state with most amusement parks

Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:42 PM
what state in the US has the most amusement parks, anyone know?
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Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:46 PM
just a guess, probably Florida or California

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Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:52 PM
Pennsylvania MAYBE. Off the top of my head theres Dorney, Hershey, Kennywood, Knoebels, Idlewild, Conneaut and some others. But im really not sure!
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Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:56 PM

After a quick peek at RCDB.com -- just looking at some states, here is what I found:

Ohio - 14 parks

Florida - 14 parks

Pennsylvania - 19 parks

California - 26 parks

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Sunday, July 14, 2002 5:58 PM

I remember hearing on a coaster show that Cali has the most with 71

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Sunday, July 14, 2002 6:15 PM

GroundskeeperWilly said:
" I remember hearing on a coaster show that Cali has the most with 71"

That is the number of coasters overall in California. If they had 71 parks I would already have moved out there by now.

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Sunday, July 14, 2002 6:57 PM
Ca has the most coasters, with Pa in second
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Sunday, July 14, 2002 7:17 PM
I'll help out our original poster....Amusement Parks not coasters...parks. Say it with me...amusement parks.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:54 AM

Umm....RCDB has:

Cali - 84

Ohio - 78

PA - 61

for coaster (I know it's not the topic, but someone said PA has the second most.)

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Monday, July 15, 2002 2:24 PM

IT SAID PARKS!!! NOT COASTERS!!! GET WITH THE PROGRAM!

DID YOU NOT READ WHAT CPGENIUS SAID?

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Monday, July 15, 2002 3:16 PM
First off, DO NOT USE ALL CAPS IT IS VERY ANNOYING!!!

Second off, he said that "I know it's not the topic, but someone said PA has the second most." so maybe you should "get with the program" before you make yourself look like such an idoit. Did you not read what HE said?

And the topic question has already been anwsered:


Dano said:
"After a quick peek at RCDB.com -- just looking at some states, here is what I found:

Ohio - 14 parks

Florida - 14 parks

Pennsylvania - 19 parks

California - 26 parks"


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Monday, July 15, 2002 6:53 PM

I'd rather see which state has the most coasters per capita. California has a lot of folks. I'd bet PA gets the cake for that record...or maybe even Idaho! This is from a Cali-native.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 6:57 PM
Actually I believe Missouri has the highest coaster per capita. However with Wild Escape opening in Council Bluffs soon Iowa could rival that I spose.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:14 PM

Ok Ok...Guess wee need to consult both RCDB and the 2002 World Almanac.

Ok Ok...here are a couple figures if anybody cares to come up with the coaster numbers, Here's the populations for a few states from the 2000 census: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

CA: 33.8 million

PA 12.3 million

MO 5.6 million

IA 1.9 million

ID 1.3 million

FL 16.4 million

TX 21.3 million

NY 19 million

MA 6.3 million

I'd almost bet money that ID get's the cake with 4 coasters for 1.2 million. The again, Cali has somewhere appraoching 40 coasters for around 38 million. Ok...Cali.

But I'd bet ID get's it for CCI. Wait a minute IN has how many people and 5 CCI's???? 6.1 million? Anyone?

Back to Happy Gilmore.

*** This post was edited by janfrederick on 7/15/2002. ***

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:38 PM
a topic like this is almost pointless. No answers are goin to match.

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:41 PM

Oh come on! You don't think it'd be interesting to know the highest per capita coaster ration? Where's your inner geek??? ;)

Besides, numbers of coasters and numbers of pipples are pretty plain. Not much room for argument. And it'd be interesting. So if anybody'd care to help me with the numbers of coasters per state, we'll soon know the answer...

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:51 PM

Sheesh...should have read the earlier post:

Let's see:

Cali - 33,800,000/84 = 1 coaster per ~400,000 folks

PA 61/12,300,000/64 = 1 coaster per 200,000 folks

(let's not forget my Pop's home state)

OH - 11,300,000 /79 - 1 coaster 143,000 folks

Oh oh. Unless Apollo Any was wrong about the number of coasters in CA, OH might have more per capita (forgive my reversal of the figure to demonstrate the number of people per coaster as opposed to coasters per people...I thought the other way would be more interesteing)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:53 AM

Dano said:

After a quick peek at RCDB.com -- just looking at some states, here is what I found:



Those numbers aren't quite true though. It includes several defunct parks and excludes some operating parks. Bushkill Park isn't listed for Pennsylvania for example.

What does "amusement park" mean? RCDB lists some parks that are strictly water parks. What about Fairy Tale Forest in NJ? Mostly a walk through type park but it does have two mechanical children's rides. Is that a park?

I would guess New Jersey is pretty high when you consider all the stuff at the shore. Hard to count as the piers and such seem to close, reopen, rename, etc frequently. And does Morey's Piers count as 1 park or 3?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 5:01 AM

RCDB only lists those parks with coasters listed on RCDB.

Not sure of the author, but while doing a search on Amazon.Com to get the spelling of the name of the author of HERSHEYPARK:The Sweetness of Success (which is Charles Jacques as listed above), I saw a book on Pennsylvania Amusement Parks (I forget the author's name). I picked up a copy of this book at Borders Books in Lancaster PA last night.

It lists 13 "major" parks in PA (Waldameer, Conneaut Lake, Kennywood, Idlewild, Lakemont, Delgrosso's, Knoebels, Hersheypark, Dorney, Bushkill, Dutch Wonderland, Sesame Place) along with a nice write up on each (history, old pics, tips, "the park today") etc. It also gives a brief history of the amusement industry in general and PA in particular.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 7:52 AM
We have to define terms here. Throw out theme parks, water parks, kiddie parks, parks with less than 12 rides, mall parks and boardwalk parks. Use Kennywood, Hershey, Cedar Point or King's Island as examples. If we mean parks that look like those parks, Pennsylvania has the most. It also has the oldest average park age, the highest number of classic rides, the greatest variety of flat rides, and the highest number of independent parks. Anybody researching amusement park history spends the summer in Pennsylvania.
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