The Best Park Map

Tuesday, April 3, 2001 1:38 PM
I feel that Cedar Point's 1998-1999 map was extremely accurate in most part for a majority of their rides. Like Mantis, I was actually amazed at the accuracy of the layout. And the look of the map is cartoony, but it's really attractive to look at. And the map is clean looking, with everything laid out nice without giant words obstructing the contents of the map. But their 2000 park map blows.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 2:16 PM
All the Paramount parks have nice maps too.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 2:48 PM
From all that I have seen, Paramount's Carowinds is the best. I will scan mine in and post it sometime.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 2:48 PM
From what I have seen, all Six Flags ones are pretty lame. The Cedar Fair and Paramount ones are not much better.

Disney, however, does a real good job. I remember looking at the DCA map and saying to myself, "Now THIS looks like someone actually looked at the park and drew what they saw." Not nearly as cartoonish as 6 Flags, CF or Paramount's. They look more computer drawn, but still looks "fun."

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"X" marks the spot in 2001!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 4:22 PM
I like WoF's 2001 map, they have not changed over to the cheap looking style that CP has this year (and last). The style that WOF, VF, DP, and KBF are all the same, so I guess all 4 of those parks have the coolest maps.



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"Sit back and hold on tight, cause the Mamba is about to strike."
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 5:05 PM
I'm with Soggy on this. It's (DCA's map) kinda like a "how to have fun" diagram...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 5:07 PM
Wow, we're really trying hard to come up with new discussion topics!

My vote for this question goes to Islands of Adventure. It's in color unlike some Six Flags maps, and it's really colorful.

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E.J.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 5:17 PM
By Far it is the Hersheypark and Canobie Lake Park maps. They are so accurate and proportional. The rides are colored and drawn the way the auctually look. It is the only realistic park map I have ever seen. Hershey has been using these good maps since 1999.

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Talon 2001

'Nuff Said
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 5:39 PM
Actually, the BEST park maps are the Great Escape maps of the 80's & early 90's...

The drawings were really excellent. It wasn't as cartoony as they are now for all Six Flags parks, but just artistic. It wasn't actuate on the layout of the coaster or water rides, but it was sure fun to look at. It was busy... almost like a "Where's Waldo" kind of map.

The best part is that it was a full 3 foot by 3 foot map with some kind of different paper that made it much stronger. It had this rough surface finish that made it durable.

In fact... I got a few of those maps still... and it looks in better condition than the maps I got last year or the year before!!

Each year, the maps cost a buck... but you are getting less and less for that buck!
They are getting smaller, lower quality paper & just horrid sloppy cartoon drawings!!!

This doesn't reflect only Great Escape... I saw this at Darien Lake as well, and I am sure other Six Flags are the same way!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 8:42 PM
I like the DCA and Disneyland maps for their style and accuracy. They have a lot of very confused tourists in there and need to have accurate maps.

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Home Park: Knotts Berry Farm!
but also Disneyland and DCA
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Tuesday, April 3, 2001 9:45 PM

kRaXLeRidAh said:
"...But the (Cedar Point) 2000 park map blows."

I definitely agree...When the employees can't read them, it's time to get a new design. Something remotely reflecting the accrual layout and size of the park and rides would be nice (drawing 2 tracks on Gemini would be a good start).

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Cedar Point ride host -
*2000 - Cedar Downs crew, WildCat crew/acting team leader
*2001 - Cedar Downs assistant team leader
*** This post was edited by CP-Dustin on 4/4/2001. ***
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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 8:24 AM
I don't know how many of you will have seen this but I collect park maps and the best I have is Miribilandia 2000 map!
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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 8:54 AM
No contest, Hersheypark's 2000 map. The details are extremely good, especially on "Chaos". Their map uses highly detailed computer graphics instead of cartoon-like art like CP.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2001 12:43 PM
The older CP maps were really nice - I have a 1983 that is very detailed and still colorful. It actually has all the gondolas on the Giant Wheel, and they're in the right color sets. :) I agree with the sentiment, though, that CP's maps have been generally getting worse: lower quality, fewer details. Not that I won't still buy them - they're still my #1 souvenir! What I do like though is that they are the big poster maps rather than brochures, and I haven't seen too many parks offer that.

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