# 1 coaster fan
Saturday, January 19, 2002 11:53 AM
I live in Michigan, I have never been to california before but me and my family are planning on going there this year next. But were not sure what the parks are like and how far they are from each other. I just wanna if its worth going there? Thanks:)
Saturday, January 19, 2002 12:11 PM
Of course it's worth it! If you are in LA, go to KBF and SFMM. SFMW is quite a ways away though. It's up in the Bay. Depending on how fast you drive, you are looking at between a six to eight hour drive between SFMM (which is 45 north of LA), and SFMW. Along the way, there is SCBB and PGA also, so you might want to check those out. Go to SCBB and see what the Cali life is all about!
Saturday, January 19, 2002 12:30 PM
Are you insane? Of course it is worth it. Yes, there are some clones out west, but out here you get Ghostrider (my absolute favorite), X, Goliath, Riddlers Revenge, Medusa, and it looks like Xcellerator very soon. Besides, the area is very beautiful and very different from the east.
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Saturday, January 19, 2002 1:30 PM
If you live somewhere like New Jersey, don't bother going to SFMW...
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Saturday, January 19, 2002 2:56 PM
No, dozens of new coasters you've never been on that can't be found elsewhere is a total waste of time for a coaster enthusiast.
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Saturday, January 19, 2002 4:42 PM
Living in Ohio, I visited California for the first time this past summer on a major theme park tour of the state. I'll give you my own brief opinions of each.
KBF - very nice park. Ghostrider is awesome and worth going to KBF to ride. Plus you have Montezooma's Revenge, a rare Shwarzkopf vertical shuttle that has some intensity to it. Knott's offers quite a few family attractions such as Mystery Lodge, a Native-American "show" that is worth seeing. As a bonus they have an authentic stagecoach ride you can enjoy. Also you shouldn't miss Perilous Plunge (if open) and of course there is the new Xcelerator.
SFMM - It's a nice, large park but be prepared for some walking uphill. Personally, Superman looks intimidating but it isn't. Goliath and Riddler's Revenge are sweet coasters. And you can also try out X since it should be open by the time you get there.
SFMW - Yes, it's at least a six to eight hour drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. Marine World is small compared to SFMM but seemed to be about the same size as KBF. Roar is a fantastic wood coaster and Medusa is a fine B&M floorless. All in all SFMW reminded me of SFWoA in some aspects. Another nice park to visit.
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# 1 coaster fan
Monday, January 21, 2002 8:17 AM
Do u know what the distances are from each park? Cuz they seem very far away from each other.
Monday, January 21, 2002 10:13 AM
Knotts, Disneyland and DCA are all in the same vicinity in L.A. (about 5miles separate Knotts from the Disneys). SFMM is in the far northern outskirts of LA (about 1hr or so drive from Knotts/Disney (((55 miles pending traffic)))).
SFMW is WAYYYYY up near San Francisco. It is over 300 miles from SFMM to SFMW. Just under 300 miles from SFMM to PGA. SoCal and NoCal are more like different states.
Dont expect to be able to do the LA parks (Knotts, Disney(x2), and SFMM) and just hop on over to the BAY parks (SFMW,PGA,SCBB), but you can easily visit all the LA parks OR all the BAY parks.
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Monday, January 21, 2002 10:20 AM
as far as wooden coasters are concerned, california has three world class coasters. the two giant dippers (san diego and santa cruz), and of course, ghost rider. colossus isn't to bad either if you give it a chance. the best bet is to go to southern cali.
Monday, January 21, 2002 10:26 AM
how far away is pga from yosemite national park?
Monday, January 21, 2002 10:35 AM
About 3.5 hours.
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