Visit the Independent Parks

Friday, March 22, 2002 7:44 PM

First off let me say that I'm impressed with the scope of SonOfMagnum's plan to hit every U.S. Six Flags' park this year, and I understand and respect his reasons for only wanting to hit Six Flags on his planned trip.

However, for those of you planning to hit parks I want to encourage you to include small independent parks as they offer a new and great view of the amusement park world on a whole. I feel that by visiting the independents a person gains a better perspective on the little things that make parks great, and you start to realize what people mean when they say that a park has charachter.

It also lets a person to be able to appreciate more rides on a whole, as you'll often see the pride that some people display when working at an independent, because its their park. More times then not you're usually treated to a great wooden coaster, and given a doorway in evaluating what makes a coaster great.

So before you plan all your trips to simply hitting a couple of corporate park, I say go to the one of the little guys and you will begin to understand the compassion that ignites when some of the "old timers" talk about their old hometown park.

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*** This post was edited by Valleyfair Fan on 3/24/2002. ***

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Saturday, March 23, 2002 6:39 AM

I will definitely visit a few independent park this year. They have a lot of little surprises that you won't find at big amusement parks.

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Saturday, March 23, 2002 6:44 AM
I completely agree with your comments, each small independent park can provide a unique atmoshpere, ride or personal attention to the customers. My summer coaster trip last year had a ecelectic mix of parks(3 independents and 6 chain parks) and I was very gratiful for it. The independent parks with great atmoshpere and nostalgia can easily break up the monotony of visiting multiple Six Flag parks in a few days. Visiting the more historical independent parks also helped to galvanize my interest in the history of amusement parks. I am hoping to plan just a small park trip including IB,HW, Big Chief's and Michigan Adventure( I still consider it a small park even though it is part of CF). That would be a lot of good wood, including 9 CCI's, thats some rreally rrealy good wood!!

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Saturday, March 23, 2002 6:57 AM
This is why I am getting a season pass for Conneaut Lake this year :)

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Saturday, March 23, 2002 7:48 AM
This is why I want to find out more about this Silverwood racer coming. Wait a minute, what the latest on that new waterpark? Some one catch me up here?
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Sunday, March 24, 2002 2:28 AM
All the parks that I plan on visiting this year are independent parks.This list is PNE/Playland,Silverwood,Oaks Park and Thrillville USA and maybe the Puyallup Fair.These are all Pacific Northwest parks.The only chain park in the Pacific Northwest is Six Flags/Enchanted Village.I am holding out on this park until they build the proposed woodie there.In its' current form it is not worth it to me to make the 2 1/2 hour drive north of Portland,OR.

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 7:27 AM

bigkirby... That's $60 towards getting back our Wild Mouse! :-) I'm still deciding whether or not to get one..

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 7:44 AM
Knoebels is a great Independant Park.
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Sunday, March 24, 2002 8:48 AM

:)

Or a Galaxy would be nice :) (hint: Americana)

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 9:11 AM
i'm going to lake compounce, astroland, canobie lake park for the ACE event, and rye playland.

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 9:24 AM
I never hear Rye Playland ever mentioned. It's a shame because the Dragon Coaster looks like a work of art. Anyone ridden it?

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 2:04 PM
I will be joining you, Ronald! Silverwood should be a part of everyone's eventual-destination list. It really is a wonderful park, and has 2 amazing CCI coasters. From the news front up here, it sounds like the waterpark is being put off for a year. They are erecting the skycoaster now, but the waterpark, as well as the new dueling coaster (the latest buzz, anyway) will start building late this year, early next for the 2003-04 season. Oh well....that gives me more time to dedicate to the PNE Coaster, because who knows what will "really" happen to that?
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Sunday, March 24, 2002 2:35 PM

Quote "First off let me say that I'm impressed with the scope of MagnumForce's plan to hit every U.S. Six Flags' park this year, and I understand and respect his reasons for only wanting to hit Six Flags on his planned trip."

You got the wrong guy on that one. It wasnt MagnumForce

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 2:37 PM
Whoa whoa hold on ther I have no such plans LOL I dont know who you are talking about but it definitely is not me. I will hit maybe 4 If I find the time LOL but no more then that. I have a CP season pass and plan on going there many times along with PKI and HW, and IB. Also plan on hitting MA as well so this Magnum Force is definitely not this one, I htink you have someones name mistaken. Or there is anoither of me, but i don't think so.

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Sunday, March 24, 2002 3:17 PM
I apologize, I was referring to SonOfMagnum's trip. Sorry for the confusion.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 4:11 AM

"hit independent parks..."

Advice well taken here.

The only "planned" park trip so far is to BGW next week while in Norfolk for two hockey games (were going to do PKD too, but we can't leave until Wednesday now and that leaves that out). However, there are two trips that we are kicking around...

1) Northwest PA and upstate NY: Conneaut Lake, Waldamere, Martin's Fantasy Island, SFDL, Sea Breeze, and Great Escape (the most independent of those under the SF banner).

2) New England: Playland Park (Rye NY), Lake Compounce, SFNE, Canobie Lake and Funtown (and probably tacky little Palace Playland with its thrilling Zylkon in Old Orchard Beach).

Not limiting it to only independents (three SF's got in there... and Lake Compounce is part of Kennywood Entertainment), but geography just took things in that direction. Only regret... Didn't do this before now... could have included Whalom in that list if we had.

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*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 3/26/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 6:12 AM

VF Fan - I'm in 100% agreement here. There is nothing wrong with a big corporate themer, but in addition to the excellent points you mentioned I also think its important to visit the small, independent parks to get a better appreciation for our history. Some also need our financial support to stay alive.

If Americana opens this year I think every enthusiast who can get there should go. Don't play the "well, it opened in 2002, so it will be open in 2003" game because one never knows. If 2002 is not a good season for Americana the chances of it opening again could be slim to none, and I think we need to show support.

When I plan trips I like to plan a mix of small parks and large themers. My SRM2002 trip includes HW, IB, MIA, CP, SFWoA, CLP, KW, Idlewild, Waldameer, and Del Grosso...and Americana if open.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 6:21 AM

Valleyfair Fan,

I'll already be visiting at least 5 independent parks this year. They will be Indiana Beach, Holiday World (SRM Baby!), Americana (when they finally open in June), Stricker's Grove, and Coney Island: Cincinnati. There are ather parks that I'd like to hit, but they'll have to wait until next year or in 2004.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 6:32 AM
Hmmm, let's see, what will I be hitting this year on the Indie circuit.

Definite:
Kennywood
Idlewild (ok, these first two are part of a "small chain", but compared to the big corporate themers like Six Flags, they're indie :) )
Old Towne (already hit)
Knoebels
Holiday World
Indiana Beach

Highly likely:
Lakemont
Del Grosso's
Conneaut Lake
Coney Island/Cincinatti

Hopeful:
Coney Island/Astroland
Rye's Playland
Vancouver Playland
Puyallup Fair
Silverwood

Not to mention the parks on the UK trip.

...just doing my part to support the little guys.

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*** This post was edited by GregLeg on 3/26/2002. ***

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Tuesday, March 26, 2002 6:53 AM
I plan to visit Knobel's, Holiday World, Indiana Beach, and Morey's Piers this year, plus some of the smaller beach parks.
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