That being said the main problem with asking questions like yours [and many people do it] is that we know nothing about you. We don't know what kind of experience you're looking for. Are you only interested in coasters? Are there other kinds of rides you enjoy? Do you plan on visiting other parks on this trip? What is your budget? Are you travelling alone or with others? What kind of park experience do you prefer?
Not to sound rude but I really don't understand why people ask for others to help make their travel plans. The internet is full of resources. Each park has their own website. RCDB will give you details on every coaster at each park. Coasterbuzz [and other sites] has trip reports you can read. Get online, do the research, and figure out for yourself what park[s] offer the experience your looking for that also fits within the budget you have to work with.
Just a little rant, sorry to sound like such an ahole ;)
Have fun on your trip, whichever you decide!
There are NO stand-out coasters at PCW, save for the *non-coaster* Thunder Run, which makes me lust mightily for more of the Blauer-Enzians...but the flat rides at PCW top anything I've seen. Puyallup has a better *selection*, but PCW gets the nod based on quality...
PKD's wood is lifeless, PCar's, in my experience, is WAYYY better cared for. :)
Thank you for your opinion preferences on the Paramount Parks. PCW, PKD and PCar. Thank you for telling why you would prefer PKD and Carowinds.
This was the first time I've posted on CBuzz for many years, however I do read it on a semi-regular basis.
As per your observation:
"That being said the main problem with asking questions like yours [and many people do it] is that we know nothing about you. We don't know what kind of experience you're looking for. Are you only interested in coasters? Are there other kinds of rides you enjoy? Do you plan on visiting other parks on this trip? What is your budget? Are you travelling alone or with others? What kind of park experience do you prefer?"
Why would one need to know all of my personal information to determine which park(s) you would prefer? I didn't request that people tell me which park(s) I would prefer, but rather which park(s) you would prefer.
You went on to add:
"Not to sound rude but I really don't understand why people ask for others to help make their travel plans. The internet is full of resources. Each park has their own website. RCDB will give you details on every coaster at each park. Coasterbuzz [and other sites] has trip reports you can read. Get online, do the research, and figure out for yourself what park[s] offer the experience your looking for that also fits within the budget you have to work with."
I wasn't asking anyone to help me to make my travel plans. I was asking for opinions from you, the expert on coasters and parks. One of the greatest things about a board like CBuzz is that you will get a great variety of opinions and insights that you just won't get on a Park's biased site or on a generic stat based Inet site. Kennywood's Jackrabbit doesn't look that thrilling on RCDB but those who have ridden it know that the double dip really rocks.
I am well aware of resources on the net regarding parks, coasters and travel in general. I am aware of what parks and activities are around each of the parks. I didn't ask about what other parks or activities are in the areas. I already know what they are. You read a lot into my question that wasn't there. Don't make assumptions.
You finished up by stating:
"Just a little rant, sorry to sound like such an ahole"
I'm sure that one reason many people have quit posting or do not post at all is due to the rude, responses, such as yours that are thoughtlessly posted back. Your reply was intended as an arrogant condescending attack on an innocent survey question. I am simply interested in the opinions from you guys based upon your own personal experiences at those parks.
I for one enjoy sharing my opinions on the parks and rides with which I am familiar with others. I don't view opinion questions as annoying. I also don't assume that the poster of these questions will base their entire trip upon my response. What I find annoying is mean spirited responses like yours.
Just a little rant right back at you.Peace Out!
Take Gator's last comment: "PKD's wood is lifeless, PCar's, in my experience, is WAYYY better cared for."
If you are a wood coaster fanatic his comment is really going to matter to you and how you plan your trip. If you're more of a steel coaster fan his info is of little help.
The more info you give us about what you're looking for, the better our answers will be. And, really, if you've already done the research and are just looking for raw opinions then, IMHO, you're wasting everyone's time. You have all the info you need to make an informed decision...who cares what we think?
Help us help you! ;)
Plus everyone is original and what we think is not going to be what you think. Our thoughts about a park are from our experiences. None of us have the same experiences, so none of us will have the same thoughts about a park.
Perhaps more people would post here if people didn't get all defensive when someone points something out as politely as they can (including telling you point-blank that they are trying not to be rude, so don't take it that way).
Ever hear of a thing called "constructive criticism"? Most people on here don't know how to take it. The regulars on this board point things out for the betterment of the community, or even your question itself.
Let's take the flat rides thing as an example. For the sake of argument, let's say that you prefer flat rides, etc. If the "experts" on this site merely said that they'd prefer PCar/PKD. That answered your question to what we prefer, but wouldn't be very useful to you, because you'd actually be more interested in PCW and their flat collection.
In the same way, if you called *ANY* tech support department and said "I'm having problems with [product] doing [task]. How do I fix it?" They're going to ask you a lot of questions, including background information regarding possible scenarios where the problem may or may not exist. Are you going to call them rude, and ask why you have to tell them all kinds of personal information? No - because it's necessary to make an informed response that will actually be helpful. It's the same thing here.
Now, back to the topic...
I can't really compare parks because, of the three in question, I've only been to PKD. I personally loved Grizzly, and although my wood experience is limited, I rank it #2 behind Ghostrider @ Knott's. I especially liked it at night. Anaconda in probably the smoothest arrow I've ridden, and actually went for a couple laps on that. Hurler I found to be very rough and painful, though. As for flats? I don't recall seeing a whole lot, although their troika provides a nice ride, and their inverted TopSpin (Tombraider: Firefall) is absolutely amazing. The ride spins so much, that I found it actually less nauseating than the other topspins I've been on. I really enjoyed myself there.
The problem with these kind of threads is that they actually make things much harder for you to decide which park to go to. It's already started above since people are making side-trip suggestions for you. So now you've gotten responses from people saying "and hey while you're there, travel to park A, it's only an hour away!" Then someone else chimes in with "From park A, you're only two hours from park B which has a really great vintage woodie!" It starts to get out of hand.
What if I said I was going to the movies tonight and asked CBuzzers for recommendations without telling them what kinds of movies I liked or didn't like? How would anyone know what to recommend? ;)
Again, we're trying to HELP. I had smiley faces in my posts to show I was posting in a friendly manner. I apologized ahead of time because I knew my post might come off as being rude instead of helpful. And I even gave him my answer: PKD and Carowinds...although I have no idea if that's the best answer.
I'm glad ThrillBilly is back and posting after just being a lurker. The more people participating in the discussions the better! ;)
I am happy and humbled with the class and poise that you and the other responders have answered my flame to a perceived slight.
Again I asked for the opinions from you guys on your preferences between three specific parks. Moosh, if you asked for opinions regarding three specific movies like say Joe Dirt, Casablanca and Gone with the Wind, I'd say I’d go with the Dirt; I wouldn't waste my time on those other losers.
Anyway, to flesh out my request. The person's traveling on our trip will be my family, which includes two early 40's parents, and 17 and 14 y.o. boys. We have been to approximately 55 parks and have rode just under 200 coasters with woodies being my fav. Favorite parks for me are Kennywood, Knoebels, Indiana Beach, and Dollywood. I get motion sick on spinning flats but the boys love them. We all love darkrides and Carousels. We love offbeat Roadside America type of stuff, (Lucy the Elephant, House on the Rock, Ripley's etc.) Our budget is to do as much on as little as possible.
Take it easy,
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