I couldn't think of a good title for this, but which park in the last 5 years do you think has improved itself the most? I am not talking about adding rollercoasters every year, but the attractions and over all experience have really made a difference in the park.
I think Six Flags Worlds of Adventure has really improved itself over the years. It has a great collection of coasters, nice theming, a wonderful wild life section and is just a great park overall. If you look at what it was before Six Flags bought it, the park has come a long way). I think a hyper would make the park near perfect and I hear some rumors about a certain stand up coming to WoA very soon, but I highly doubt it. Let's let rumors be rumors... ------------- "There's no such thing as a mistake. There's what you do, and what you don't do."
I agree that SFWOA has done some serious improving. They have so many great rides and with this are able to compete against one of the greatest amusement parks in the world down the road. I also think that they have no plans to stop growing. They have a fair amount of land and just keep improving
For the last 5 years, I would say Kennywood has done a good job. The best "improvment" was keeping things the same, like prices while other parks have gone beserk with pricing. They aslo added PR and Exterminator which are both great rides (and I have not had a chance to get on the Areo 360 yet ).
SFA has come a long way since it was branded. Those who complain about it not being perfect today, don't recall what it was like before it was branded. It continues to improve. Early season operations this year have been vastly improved compared to last year.
Holiday World is another park that has advanced tremendously. It was a small kiddie park that has converted itself into one of the finest small to medium sized amusement parks in the country.
If you asked " since 1990," it might be Waldameer in Erie, Pa. They've exploded from a quiet little evening park for people coming off the beaches to a dynamic park worth a day's visit. They don't have a top class coaster yet, but they've brought in everything else, and they've got the room and the location. One of these years they'll put in that big coaster and rank right up there with the best of the family parks.
If you want to talk about a story, think of this. Conneaut Lake Park went bankrupt twice, was auctioned once, changed from a PPR to POP to a PPR and POP combo, and has finally gotton back to financial stability to a degree. All since the early 1990s.
I think that without a doubt the answer would definately have to be Universal Orlando. I mean, come on, the addition of men in black, and a 1billion dollar park, they have truly made themselves a one of a kind park. before, i didn't really need to go their when i went to florida but now i have to go.
In the past 5 years, no doubt about it, SFWoA. I would say Universal Orlando, but IoA is an entirely new park, and although it is an improvement, it's a completely different thing than what we're talking about here. SFWoA in just the past few years has added a ton of new coasters and thrill rides. In the past 10 years we have quite a few still, SFGAm has added Batman, Viper, Raging Bull, Giant Drop, Deja-Vu, and V2 in the past 10 years, Batman, Viper, and Raging Bull all turning out to be some of my favorite coasters. Cedarpoint is hard to say, because they already had quite a bit, but they've added Raptor, Mantis, Millennium Force, Power Tower, and Wicked Twister, I haven't been on WT yet, but it looks like all of those have been getting good reviews. Also, what about Holidayworld? They went from very little in the coaster department 10 years ago to getting two of some of the greatest wooden coasters around today in Raven and Legend since 1995, that's enough improvement right there to match any park in the last 10 years. Lastly, I'll bring up Knotts Berry Farm, Ghostrider alone would be enough to get it on here, but they've added a lot more as well to make the park better.
Gets 4 new coasters.. Three of which are major coasters..
Buys out Sea World, gets new name.
This year the staff is friendlier then ever compared to last year! I asked for an ice water, and the lady jokes and said "What do you think I am, an ice water machine?" then she picked us some ice *she worked at shaved ice stand* and threw a snowball at us! LMAO
Knotts- its gotten better since CF bought it and it will continue to improve until its the flagship park along with Cedar Point. CF has added ghostrider (hardly- knott family bought it but cf could have easily canceled it) , xcelerator, perilous plunge, supreme scream, added 2 kiddie rides, vertigo (gone now), the fireworks/laser show, several soak cities, and completely renovated the liberty hall attraction. they easily spent 200 million on the park (including the 3 water parks). sadly, they removed the haunted shack, vertigo, and screwd KoD (i hope they did this so they will get a new dark ride). best of all, they removed windjammer. all of this happened in 4 years(1998) .
In 8 or 10 years, knotts will have many more rides. they do have the resources to do this. there are literally 15 milion people (and growing) within a 2 hours drive. heck, theres probably 50,000 within a mile.
I was about to say knott's speedy. I can remember when Bommerang was the star attraction. Thank you CF for turning a once lame park into what seems to be a promising future. BTW is there anyone else who misses the Soap Box Derby Racers?
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