This isnt designed to start an argument. This is based on my personal opinion. While I have never stepped foot on Ohio soil and hopefully will do so this summer, I am in the impression that SFWOA looks more appealing then CP only because I am a coaster fan along with an animal fan. I visit my zoo(Brookfield Zoo) about 10 times a year and enjoy being there just as much as an amusement park. With the addition of marine animals to SF, I am looking at this as the best of both worlds. With animals and 10 coasters I cant help that if I can only visit one park in Ohio, to hit SFWOA instead of CP (Or PKI). Before the buyout of SeaWorld I was definitely leaning toward CP but now that has changed. Anyone else feel the same way? Remember that this is an opinion based on someone who hasnt been to any park in Ohio. I am just looking at it from an appeal factor.
------------- "SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
Hey, as I can see, both of you are from the Chicagoland,and I am too. If you have never visited CP, that is a MUST. I don't really care what you do, but I'm just telling you that Millennium Force is my personal favorite. SFWoA has some rides that look appealing, but if I were you, I'd head out to America's rockin roller coast. You can't beat that feeling of getting to the top of Magnum's lift hill, and looking straight out into Lake Erie.
Legend, if I go to Ohio this year I will definitely hit both parks. I was just making this statement based on overall entertainment. If I could only choose 1, I might just lean toward SFWOA. (Animals and coasters) its a beautiful thing.
------------- "SAVING THE WORLD BEFORE BEDTIME" Powerpuff girls
I agree with kcies13-SFGAm. Cedar Point just simply can't be beat. They have an atmosphere that you can't find anywhere else. Where else can you ride some of the world's best coasters and then go on the beach and swim. Not very many places. Though SFWOA looks very appealing this year.
------------- Get ready to fly over Six Flags Oh..er I mean Six Flags Worlds of Adventure this summer with X-Flight!
I'll go to both, but when school lets out, you won't find me at SF much because of the baby sitting phenomenon.
More to the point, I fear the worst for the transition. A friend of mine at work has a buddy I met working in Sea World. He says there are people just showing up every day with nothing to do but wait for layoffs. Most duplicate departments still exist, morale is in the crapper (since they took the animals) and many of the middle managers are just trying to figure out what the road map is for getting these two parks open on-time and fully functional.
Consider all this is going on and they have that nasty operations reputation from last year. I sure hope someone from corporate sends someone to crack the whip, because the world will be watching this year.
I would tend to agree with the others though... if you're in the area, and you're a coaster enthusiast, you'd be pretty silly not to visit both parks.
Let's see how many posts this thread has to go before it self-destructs...
------------- Jeff Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
Chi: I can understand being intrigued by both the "wild life and wild rides", but I'm not sure how good the "wild life" aspect will be this year. I dont know which animals are staying and which are newly transplanted. From what I've seen, sea mammals (eg whales and dolphins) can be kinda tempermental when moved to new surroundings (remember the Beluga Whales at the Shedd Aquarium?). In a year or so, all the kinda wil be worked out, but as Jeff alluded to, right know there is a bit of a mad dash to get things togheter so something is bound to be overlooked
As an enthusiast though, it is had to turn down CP in favor of most parks and SFWoA is no exception....unless of course you want good wood ;) lata, jeremy --heading down to florida. TR pending
I'll be making my yearly trip to CP this year and to be honest, I never even would have considered SFWOA if not for the tremendous publicity(good and bad)the park has gotten over the last year. Now I'm going more out of curiosity than anything else, that and the very good collection of coasters they've managed to create in such a short period of time. Now it's a "must visit" in 2001 park as far as I'm concerned. They have definitely succeeded in building the interest and they'll get me there. But, if I run into some of the problems that I heard about last year, I won't make a second visit, for LONG time if ever. They had better have their stuff together.
If anyone goes to Northern Ohio and doesn't ride Millenium Force and Magnum XL200, you're depriving yourself of two incredible coasters IMO. I won't even get into the MF vs. XFlight debate mentioned above because I've never ridden Stealth, but you must ride MF as it truly shocks the senses. I mean come on, it's the only over 300ft. tall, full-circuit coaster in America. SFWOA and CP are only separated by an hour-and-a-half, so there's no excuse not to go to both parks, unless you don't have the money or the time.
Oh but I have been on Stealth and well you know how that goes. I don't think comparing Millennium Force and X-Flight was very smart. Even if X-Flight is twice the fun and thills as Stealth it still won't match up.
I think SFWoA will most def have more things for the family (I think). But this is what I think, if I wanted to see animals, I would go to the Detroit Zoo.
INHO Cedar Point is the choice.
------------- Best Coaster: Millennium Force Worst Coaster: Project Stealth
I would say,, Cedar Point, I mean, I live down the street from Great America, and I would think that the rides here, are better then SFOA, and Cedar Point looks like its just a better park, well, the coasters there look different in a way then Six Flags, just, I dont know what it is , just,, not a six flags park, but SFLA does look cool.
I'm going to take a wait-and-see attitude on this one. Though my heart belongs to CP, I think SFWoA has the potential, if only they could figure out how to manage the park. Last year was my first visit ever to GL/SFO/SFWoA, and I left with a really bad impression. They have a lot of work to do (both cosmetically and in the attitudes of their employees) before they can get my vote of confidence.
SilverWinds said: "I'm a little curious about why you guys would not want to go to PKI also. There IS more to Ohio than just CP and SFWoA."
Yeah! Come to PKI. Wooden and Kiddie Coaster Capital of the World can't be beat. Great food, atmosphere, short lines(weekdays), good shows, excellent coasters, easy to get around, and can be done in a single day not even counting if you want to visit their free waterpark. Sorry. I don't mean to brag. ;)
And if animals is your thing, visit the Cincinnati Zoo. I only wish PKI still had their Wildlife Safari Monorail Tour and dolphin show. :(
------------- A Monster is Rising!! Be afraid...be very afraid! Reptar's revenge-April 7, 2001 PKI-Kings Mills, Ohio
*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 3/17/2001. ***
I've been to both cp and sfwoa last summer.sfwoa was a decent park with lots of room for improvement,but we wont get into that here and now.i would still have to lean toured cp,until sfwoa can get the park going.i am not bashing sfwoa,its just that there were a lot of really noticeable improvements to be made,and when these improvements are made,then this will be a very exciting park.