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My current top 5:
1)Goliath 2)Vertical Velocity(SFMW) 3)Medusa(SFMW) 4)Stealth (PGA) 5)Riddler's Revenge
It seems as if, in the last few years, SFMW has been trying to 'steal the thunder' of PGA. They're, in essence, attempting to create a park that is just marginally better than PGA, but a heck of alot closer to two major population centers (San Franicisco and Sacramento). The placement of the park (just off of I-80) has allowed it to flourish. They've added many attractions that are similar to attract those who prefer the other park:
-Kong (similar to Top Gun *in the eyes of the GP*)
-Roar (similar to Grizzly)
-Medusa (when it premiered, the commercials advertised it as "The world's first flying coaster", just as PGA was to open with Stealth)
-etc., etc., etc.
All of these attractions (and many more) bear resemblance to that which resides at PGA. The commercials even say "The best park in Northern California!", which is pretty much saying "Why go there when you could come here?"
So, the question we should ask ourselves is not "What does Marine World need?" or "What would be the coolest thing for them to get?", but "What does PGA still have that SFMW doesn't?" On this point, I'd have to agree that a drop ride of some sort is in order, probably Intamin. There are numerous logistical problems that the park needs to correct, but they still need to solidify their image before going into the realms of the unknown.
Although PGA seems to be in the downs right now (with sagging profits and attendance), their reputation could allow them to easily strike back. This reputation is apparent throughout the park; just listen to someone trying to coax a friend onto Kong: "It's just like Top Gun at Great America!". Or to someone at Roar: "I've been on this one before...No, wait...that was Grizzly at Great America..." SFMW doesn't have this reputation yet, and they're working on building it by giving the people slightly better versions of what they already have in an easier-to-reach location.
Yet may I, by no means, my wearied mind
Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore,
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,
Since in a net I seek to hold the wind. --Sir Thomas Wyatt
*** This post was edited by dmb-crush on 10/21/2001. ***
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