While at Lakemont, you might as well go over to DelGrosso's as well. It's only 20 minutes away and has a free gate so you only have to pay for the rides you actually ride, a good thing if you are just making a brief stop to pick up some credits. They have a crazy mouse, a kiddie coaster that adults may ride, and are adding a steel multilooper (although I don't know when the latter will be opening). Its a clean, well maintained small park with some decent food. (Food products are the DelGrossos main business)
I notice that KW is not on your planned route. I assume that you already visit it or you are planning to go there on another trip. This is a park that you absolutely have to visit sometime. Not as many coasters as a Six Flags or Cedar Fair park but some good ones along with outstanding rides of other types. I should also mention that the park has many historical rides (like Rye), beautiful landscaping, and food that is reasonably priced and quite good. You can always consider doing this park on a trip to the Midwest while hitting parks like CP, GL, IB, SFGAm, HW, and KI.
You aren't going wrong adding PA parks to your plans. There's a lot of wonderful parks in the state, large and small, and almost all of them are worth visiting if you have the time. Also the state has more wooden coasters and more ACE classics than any other state.
One more thing. Check Conneaut's website frequently. There is some doubt whether the park will open this year. If it does open, make a stop at this park even if all you ride there is the Blue Streak.
*** Edited 1/26/2007 7:17:09 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
Barry and I were at Kennywood for the Halloween event last year. We had a blast and plan on returning in October. It is a wonderful park.
That is good advice aboud DelGrossos. We will have to look into that when we are up there. I try not to miss small parks like DelGrossos as they offer a unique experience a Six Flags or Cedar Fair could never provide.
Also good advice about Conneaut. I will continue to check the website.
It is for a GREAT CAUSE and the people that run that event are excellent and give a lot of their time and effort to make it special.
The list was clearly referring to just New England coasters.
At any rate, though, seeing as Yankee Cannonball comes it at #56 here
and there are 2 steel coasters I like more than SFNE's S:RoS, too, there's probably a good chance there are at least 50 coasters out there I'd like more than S:RoS given the chance to ride them.
That's just how it works here from my arm chair, if the ride is running on steel it pretty much has a snowball's chance in hell in my rankings no matter how good it is. At least compared to wooden coasters.
Another reason I think ranking such things together is pretty ridiculous, it's like apples and oranges to me.
Thanks for clearing that up, Matt. Personally, I, like you, could care less what people like or don't like, but your taste was so far deviated from the average coaster geek that I had to ask. It's all cool here.
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