I think you make a lot of assumptions.
Luckily for me, that's not all I'm looking for.
What they lack in total adrenaline rushes, they make up for in making dreams come true. Parker, I agree with Moosh in that you are making way too many assumptions. I love coasters as much as any other enthusiast out there, but when I go to Cedar Point or King's Island I don't just ride the coasters. I ride the flats, the boat ride, the train, ferris wheel, ect. at CP. And at KI, I love Drop Tower, Delirium, The Crypt, the train, ect.
Don't be so close-minded to thinking that coaster enthusiasts can only ride coasters. I used to be that way, and after a while, the parks will get boring if you don't enjoy the whole experience.
These rides for me would be Dinosaur, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Snow White. Sure, I think other rides are good rides like the Teacups, Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Norway, Test Track, and Country Bears, but those aren't the rides I can ride for long periods of time like the great rides.
Look at Rockin Roller Coaster. If you look at the layout outside, it's looks like the most boring coaster ever, and people don't know the wiser. Am I the only one that doesn't care for that ride?
My favorite amusement parks are usually Six Flags, Cedar Point, and Dorney Park. Out of all the Six Flags sadly though that I went to (SFStL, SFMM-never tried the Tilt-A-Whirl, or swings, SFKK, SFOT, SFGAm, SFOG, SFA) they only have 1 great flat in my opinion, and that's Avalache at SFA. Cedar Point has 2 in my opinion, and Dorney Park has a whopping 3.
I rather go to Busch Gardens or Cypress Gardens instead. At Cypress Gardens, I think 4 rides are great: Power Surge, Yo-Yo, Starliner, the Okamogee Rampage. I have never been on the Disco which is a shame. At Busch Gardens also, I think the same thing. These would be Kumba, Montu, Scorpion, and Cheetah Chase.
I'm not too hyped over Orlando. Yes, they have a lot of amusement parks, but the most rides to me that are great in one park is 4, and that's Busch Gardens, and Cypress Gardens. To me, the Studios has 0, and IOA has 3. I don't really care to go to Sea World. *** Edited 4/21/2008 1:38:10 AM UTC by Spinout***
I'm currently in CA, going to Disneyland tonight. Park is crowded (40000-50000 guests, easily), yet, the longest line is 75-90 minutes only... for the brand new Submarine Voyage. 5 trains at Big Thunder Mountain and California Screamin... (2300 pph), 40-50 logs at Splash Mountain, 2800 pph at Pirates, Space Mountain on a 20 seconds interval (people get out, you sit in and the train moves forward to the lap bar check).
Disney is so efficient with its rides because they keep it simple for the guests. No seatbelts unless they are the primary restraint (Soarin' over California, Star Tours, Grizzly River Run, Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones Adventure) or they come like it from the manufacturer (The 3 S&S towers at DCA). No added seatbelts, 20 things for the ride ops to say before dispatching, etc.
What do you guys think?
Disneyland is hands down my favorite park that I've ever been to. I think you're taking the "Coaster" part of Coasterbuzz too literally.
Parker has a hard time understanding why someone would prefer a park like Disneyland over a park that offers a double-digit coaster count and a higher thrill factor. That's not an unusual sentiment. When I was a much younger enthusiast I felt exactly the same.
My 19 yr old step daughter on the other hand was bored on our last trip to Disney. The highlight of our trip was the day we cut out and hit Busch Gardens and she rode Sheikra. For her customer service and a good story line are not important. A thrilling time is all she cares for.
We each are entitled to our opinions on this forum. So, to the OP, I say to you that we each think differently than you do. My guess is you are younger and looking for thrills and could not give two craps how you are treated in the parks. Just remember that not everyone thinks like you do.
Totally agree and you can throw the DW parks right in there at 1a. To me it's Disney and then two levels down everyone else starts.
From what I've noticed on this forum is that while 'coaster' may be in the title name it's more about people who enjoy parks as a whole who post here. If it was just about roller coasters constantly I probably wouldn't even visit the site.
My favorite rides outside of Disney are usually the rare ones:
Whizzer: last of its kind in the US
CP Wildcat: not that common at corp parks
Cedar down: one of 4 racing carousels left in operation
Kiddieland in Chicago: Filled with vintage rides
Scorpian @ BG-Tampa: one of the last of its kind
P.S. Six Flags wanting to be like Disney is easier said then done. Time-Warner Six Flags tried and failed, why does Premier Six Flags think they can do it.
And the coasters at Disney parks aren't all that bad. Add theming to your RCT coasters and watch the excitement go up!
First tubular steel coaster? Arrow created it for Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland in 1959.
First computer designed coaster? Space Mountain at WDW.
First coaster to operate with a block based system to control the position of its cars? Space Mountain again.
I don't think that's it, Matt.
I don't see how we're in disagreement but ok.
Someday Ill make it to Disneyland too.
When you do make it out there, tell us before hand so we can all live vicariously, it will probably be a few years for me after my trip last month. :)
But other than that? Yeah. Quite nice.
And frankly, their heavily-coastered competitor down the road would be quite a bore if it only had the coasters without the atmosphere. I'd just as soon experience T2 or Caro-Seuss-el as I would Dueling Dragons.
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