Top ten Amusement Parks

Saturday, July 15, 2006 10:31 AM
Did anyone else see this on MSN.com.
http://local.msn.com/special/amusementparks.asp?GT1=8322

I really like the last one. Hopefully the link works, first time doing a link.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:24 AM
What they said about BGT:

"Three coasters serve as the park's anchors, including an old wooden one and an inverted coaster."

Im guessing those three would be Gwazi, Montu and Kumba so obviously Shiekra hasnt been built yet so this article is at least two years old.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:48 AM
^ I like how 1999 constitutes 'old'.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:55 AM
THis list is already out of date and very subjective. SFAW isn't even around anymore.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 1:07 PM
Sadly, many people think all woodies are "old."
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 3:44 PM
^And some age better than others. :)

-Tina

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 3:51 PM
If 1999 is old, then I'm Ancient...
:)
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 4:26 PM
Dont know how astroworld got in the top 10 because if you click on it It has reveiws of the park from the general public and most of them were pretty bad.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 5:02 PM
This is very old in internet terms.

I think it was stated earlier they tried to find a few popular/famous parks in each geographical location to put on the list, so it wasn't skewed to the far east/west coasts and Ohio.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006 10:07 PM
If they wanted to list a Texas park, why didn't they list SFOT instead. This park is the original Six Flags and has a much better image than the former Houston park.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:08 PM
This list has been debated (and discredited) here in the past. It's an old list. The one thing to keep in mind this time around is that it is a list on Microsoft's site but the reviews are coming from Barry Diller's company (IAC/InterActive's CitySearch).

I think I recall original commentary behind each selection.

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Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:52 PM
One of the reviewers for Cedar point mentioned Wicked Twister and Top thrill Dragster, but not Millennium Force. What is up with that!
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Sunday, July 16, 2006 2:13 PM
At least, most of us would agree that CP belongs on such a list even now. Everything is subjective, however and comparing different kinds of parks is like comparing apples to oranges. Comparing CP and some of the big Six Flags parks might make sense, for example, but comparing these parks to KW or HW or the Disney and Universal parks does not.

That is one of the reasons why we do not make our own lists on this site. It would just cause too many arguments and take up too much space making it harder to find and focus on more useful discussions. *** Edited 7/16/2006 6:15:27 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***

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Monday, July 17, 2006 1:13 AM
Microsoft's new list is coming early 2007. :)
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Monday, July 17, 2006 7:34 AM
I just wonder, will Holiday World be on it?
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Monday, July 17, 2006 9:44 AM
All lists like this are subjective, but I have to admit there are a few downright weird picks here. (I'm lookin' at YOU, Astroland and Carrowinds) :)

But hey, whatever...

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Monday, July 17, 2006 9:58 AM
^ Considering the graphic used to "illustrate" these fine establishments is an SLC....I kinda doubt they're really looking for a TRUE representation of the top-10 parks. ;)

But, since virtually anyone can toss opinions around...here it is, the most anticipated LIST in coasterdom... :)

gator's top ten PARKS (in no particular order):
Disneyland
Knott's
Holiday World
Knoebels Grove
SFoT
SFoG
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Indiana Beach
Kennywood
Hersheypark
Canada's Wonderland
Puyallup (Western Washington Fair)

OK, I know, that's a dozen, and the last one isn't even an amusement park per se...but isn't this hobby supposed to be about FUN... ?

*** Edited 7/17/2006 2:00:38 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Monday, July 17, 2006 11:20 AM
Here are my opinions about that old list. I am assuming that the list is partly intended to emphasize diversity in type of park, ownership and location.

Astroland Coney Island: They have Cyclone but some of it is too much like a carnival making its inclusion questionable. Still Coney Island has some memorable rides although some of them are in Deno's or are independently owned.

Busch Gardens Tampa (BGA): You could make an argument in favor of either of the Busch Gardens parks. Some might prefer the Virginia park instead.

Cedar Point: Little disagreement here. Probably the best of the coaster heavy megaparks.

Disneyland: Another good choice for the list. This is the park that started the theme park boom and it has more historical character and intimacy than its Florida counterpart.

Kennywood: Probably the best of the mid-sized traditional parks and one of the most historical parks. Knoebels comes close but KW has a better assortment of thrill rides.

The Park at MOA (formerly Camp Snoopy): It's an indoor park making it different but is there really anything else really special about it?

WDW Magic Kingdom: Certainly a strong example like DL but the parks have so much in common. I gave reasons earlier for favoring the California park but still, it would be difficult to exclude the most visited park in the North America.

Paramount's Carowinds: Aren't PKI and PCW better examples of a Paramount park?

Santa Cruz B&B: Probably the best of the surviving oceanfront parks with a great wooden coaster. Still, this park and Coney Island's Astroland seem redundant selections in some respects.

Six Flags Astroworld: Its now defunct but it wasn't even the best SF park in Texas when it was open. SFOT was generally considered much better while many regard SFGam as the best Six Flags park overall.

Some other parks that could have been considered would be the Universal parks in Florida, Knotts Berry Farm, Hersheypark, and Holiday World.

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Monday, July 17, 2006 12:08 PM
Hasn't this list been pointed out at least once a year for the last six? Someone should send a letter or something to discourage the dis-information, or at least encourage them to update. Someone traveling to see Astroworld would be sorely disappointed. *** Edited 7/17/2006 4:09:10 PM UTC by rc-madness***
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Monday, July 17, 2006 12:46 PM
^ I did. Just click the link in the lower right hand corner that says "Feedback." It's a generic form, so you'll have to be specific in your response. I doubt I'll get anything other than the automated 'thanks for responding' screen, but it still doesn't hurt to point out their, ahem, inaccuracies.
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