Some of the parks that come to mind are Waldameer, Seabreeze, and DelGrosso's. There are others like Camden and Beech Bend that once were in trouble but have turned the corner. Surely there could be other ones that you might want to mention as well.
You can do the whole place in about 2 hours, and the food isn't good, but it's a nice day without a long drive for the Long Islanders.
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Delgrossos combines elements of a traditional park, a waterpark, and an FEC. Add good food and affordable prices and attract picnic groups and there is the reason why they are successful even with Lakemont, Idlewild and Kennywood providing competition.
I also give them credit for picking up a bargain in Tennessee which will soon meke them the home to Western PAs only looping coaster.
I do plan to get to DelGrossos this coming season.
As for Silverwood, this shows that you can have a decent sized park in an area away from large population areas. Much of their attendance comes from the Spokane area and other parts of Washington State. This is another park like Knoebels and Holiday World that defies the conventional wisdom that a park needs to be near a major city, next to an interstate, or in a prime resort area.
One more factor helping this park is that there are so few amusement parks in this region for obvious regions. Often people in this region depend upon the carnivals and fairs for many of thier thrills but where do you go if you want to ride a big coaster? Silverwood certainly did the right thing when they decided to put much of their focus on wooden coasters.
Arthur Bahl said:
...why they are successful even with Lakemont, Idlewild and Kennywood providing competition.
Lakemont is really on it's last legs. I went on a beautiful summer day, and the park was empty. There were a few picnics going on, but it's clear to me that it's hanging by a thread.
DelGrossos, on the other hand, was booming both times I was there this summer, and I think that park has really found it's niche. It's kind of a shame, because there's a park with some good wood down the road that's a little neglected. But business is business, so what are you going to do?
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Word is the kiddie-ride area is getting revamped soon, perhaps even now, with the next big attraction already in the planning stage.
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Gillian's Wonderland Pier and Playland's Castaway Cove in Ocean City, NJ. Go to those parks on any summer night, especially on a weekend and you can barely walk through the park there are so many people.
Dutch Wonderland, even on weekdays the main part of the lot can get full and they use the overflow lot area and sometimes even park cars on the grass near the Sky Princess.
Storybook Land in NJ (near Atlantic City). Their overflow lot is constanstly being used every time I drive by in the summer. They probably get less than 1,000 visitors a day but for a park that small, that is a lot. *** Edited 11/12/2006 7:20:42 PM UTC by YoshiFan***
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One thing that is nice about this park is its nice variety of rides including a top-notch wooden coaster, an interactive dark ride and several transport rides including the skyride up a mountain. There is a major waterpark as well that keeps on growing. The crowning touch to this park, of course, is its beautiful setting next to the mountain.
This was also the second park, Holiday World being the first, to offer free soft drinks.
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Idlewild is VERY underrated.
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