Largest Theme park in North America

Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:06 PM
Hi All,

I just got my Six Flags 2003 Annual report and I was reading it over and it was saying how each park ranked in size. The closest they have to #1 is #18 SFGADV. So made me think what is the largest theme park in North America? I did a search with no luck. My guess is PKI. Any one know?

Thanks,
Doug

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:09 PM
Disney World is #1. They own 49 square miles just outside Orlando.

I have never seen a top 10 list as far as size. I have only seen one in terms of attendance.

*** Edited 5/16/2004 4:16:43 PM UTC by Coasterfantom2***

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:11 PM
Thanks would you happen to know the top 10?
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:14 PM
Disney World is not one park, its the whole area he asked for the largest theme park.

Here is a link to a older thread that should help you out.

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forum.aspx?mode=thread&TopicID=19982 *** Edited 5/16/2004 4:23:26 PM UTC by supermandl***

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 12:22 PM
PKI stuck me as an odd guess.

PKI is 364 acres (according to their site)

For reference CP is also listed as 364 acres on their site.

Figures I stumbled across listed the entire WDW complex as 28,000 acres.

Magic Kingdom - 107 acres
Epcot - 300 acres
Disney/MGM - 154 acres
Animal Kingdom - 500 acres

Isn't the combined GL and SWO sites total around 700 acres?

Just some numbers...

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:26 PM
The Cedar Point pinnensula is 364 acres. The parking lot is 64 and, as far as I can guess, the park itself is about 150-200 acres.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:32 PM
The former Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was 690 acres, with the combined 2 area. The 'new' Geauga Lake park is not utilizing the most of the former SWO/SFWoA-Wildlife side , and I would estimate that GL2004 is only using around 250 acres
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 2:07 PM
I'm pretty sure the list you saw was in regards to attendance, Crashmando.

+Danny

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 8:38 PM
I may be wrong, but wasn't it established (in a thread some time ago) that the largest was Great Adventure and Safari. (Ever since they combined the safari with single admission)

*** Edited 5/17/2004 12:39:18 AM UTC by Antuan***

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:11 PM
What about Busch Garden's Tampa?
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:15 PM
What about Rye's Playland?
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:22 PM
Since we are talking about the size of parks, about how many acres is Holiday World? Including Splashin' Safari.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004 9:50 PM
I know SFDL is 2nd with 1000 acres. But only 100 is used. Six Flags Gadv I'm pretty sure is #1, but I don't know how much of it is being used.

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 10:21 PM
According to Six Flags web site it says that SFGADV is the Largest Regional Theme Park in the World.

It also says that the Wild Life Side is 350 acers.

http://www.sixflags.com/media_info.asp *** Edited 5/17/2004 2:22:45 AM UTC by carlo18***

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 11:44 PM
"Would you happen to know the top 10"

From a post by Vertigo in this thread, which was also pointed out above (The Information came from Tim'O Brian's book):

1. Disney's Animal Kingdom- 500 acres

2. Six Flags Great Adventure- 475 acres

3. Paramount's Kings Island- 421 acres *Correction by Lord Gonchar, Kings Island is 364 acres ;)*

4. Paramount's Kings Dominion- 400 acres (From website)

5. Cedar Point- 364 acres

6. Busch Gardens Williamsburg- 360 acres

7. Universal Studios Florida- 344 acres?

8. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay- 335 acres

9. Six Flags Over Georgia- 330 acres

10. Tie: Epcot at WDW / Paramount Canada's Wonderland- 300 acres

11. Geauga Lake(Excluding WoAdv days)- 281 acres

12. Six Flags Over Texas- 205 acres

*** Edited 5/17/2004 4:33:59 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***

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Monday, May 17, 2004 12:06 AM
But see, I have a problem with the accuracy of that list (above).

It says PKI is 421 acres. PKI themselves claim 364 acres.

I'd trust the park over a third party source.

For anyone with enough patience/interest just google the park name in question followed by 'acres' (without quotes) and you'll find several sources inidicating park size. A little common sense and some time and you could throw together a relatively accurate list.

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Monday, May 17, 2004 12:23 AM
So SFWoA was the largest at 690 acres, from 2001 too 2003! The torch has been passed!
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Monday, May 17, 2004 12:24 AM
Remember that the SFWoA numbers also include the lake in the middle.
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Monday, May 17, 2004 1:19 AM
Ok...so what's the smallest then? Since we're talking about one extreme...let's go to the other...Sesame Place has to be one of the smallest.
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Monday, May 17, 2004 1:39 AM
Smallest I've ever been to is Bushkill.

Roughly the size of a large yard ;)

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