Park placement. That is the key.

Monday, April 23, 2001 9:55 PM
It definitely makes good sense to erect a park between 2 major metropolitan areas. Marriott discovered a little known town of Gurnee Illinois. He discovered this little village because it basically was the mid-point between Chicago and Milwaukee. After convincing the mayor of Gurnee(In case you didnt know Welton was the mayor back then and just this year got defeated after 27 years in office) this dream of Marriott became a reality and thus the existence of SFGAm today. My question is, what other parks were erected between 2 major metropolitan areas? CP seems to have the upper hand here also with Toledo and Cleveland. To me, this is the way to go with an amusement park.

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Monday, April 23, 2001 10:14 PM
You make an excellent point.

In response to your question:
Six Flags Great Adventure seems to be fairly equidistant between Philadelphia and New York City.

Six Flags America is between D.C. and Baltimore, although more on the D.C. side.

Those are the only other two that immediately come to mind.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 1:14 AM
SFWoA is between Cleveland and Akron.
PKI, though closest to Cincinnati, also draws folks from Columbus and Dayton.
SFDL is between Buffalo and Rochester.
SFoT is between Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 3:54 AM
CP is between Toledo and Cleveland, but it is also draws the Detroit crowd, since we have no other amusement parks within 3 hours.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2001 5:40 AM
PGA, San Francisco and San Jose
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 6:37 AM
Six Flags America is definitely closer to DC, and the Virginia suburbs near DC.
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 6:45 AM
In addition to Cleveland, SFWOA also serves the Pittsburgh market.

Dorney Park draws folks from Philadelphia to New York City.

Lake Compounce I think, is between Boston and New York.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg targets the DC and Richmond areas (also being close to Virginia Beach helps.)

All the parks in the LA region I would imagine draws people from San Diego.

And this supposed new park in the Northwest should draw folks from Portland and Seattle.
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 7:02 AM
With all this talk about the MD/DC/VA I suprised that no one noted that PKD is between Richmond (VA capital) and DC (USA capital)

Hershey draws from Philly, Harrisburg and B-more.

SFoT is inbetween Dallas and Ft. Worth (well it is :)).
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 8:06 AM
SFMM is a little different. It's perfectly situated off of a major freeway (I-5). It was put in the rolling hills of the Santa Clarita valley, not because of metropolitan areas near it, but becasue it was built as the center of the Valencia master planned community. The park was the orginally the major focus of a suburban development that would provide entertainment for its residents.

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