I don't know. The Travel Channel has picked Islands Of Adventure Number 1 on it's countdown. But every other channel has picked Cedar Point. What is everyone's number 1 park. Mine would have to be Cedar Point. But MAgic Mountain isn't far behind.
IOA does look interesting. I like it because it combines extreme hemming with thrills. Unlike the Disney and other Universal parks it actually includes thrills. Although I'm not quite sure if it's the best.
This is the first year I really traveled to parks outside of PA. We hit the big 3 in Ohio, Holiday World, SFKK,SFNE, SFA, PKD, BGW, Camden, Wyandot, Great Escape, Quassy, Lake Compounce, and the 3 parks that make up Coney Island.
My favorite is still the park I grew up at Knoebels. I just love the scenery in the park with the big pine trees and gravel lined paths. It just resembles the appearance of parks at the turn of the century. I don't think it changed in the 75 years it's been around.
Even if you go and do Pay per Rides Twister is only $2.00 and the Phoenix at $1.50 throw in a round of the bumper cars at .90 the Flyers at .80 and Haunted Mansion at a buck you can have a quick hour of fun for around 5 bucks. That won't even get you into the parking lot at most parks.
------------- 2000 stats: 135 coasters in 26 parks Not Too Shabby For A Summer
IOA has great quality but not enough coasters. You have MM with 12 (now 15), CP with 14, and SFGA with 11 coasters. Plus what about the Paramount parks? Maybe if IOA had 1 more large coaster it would be my pick. It has the best rides, no doubt but it could use a couple more.
------------- See you in 2001 for twice the fun (hint, hint)
People bash Disney, because we now take them for granted. But this is the park that invented theming, and they still do it better than anyone else. Call them boring if you want, but these parks are the cleanliest, well staffed, friendliest, well prepared, capacity oriented in the world. Disneyland, hands down, does it better than anyone else.
------------- Have you ever gotten the feeling that you've been here before? Six Flags Magic Mountain 2001...
Well not 3 days at IOA unless you wanna ride some rides 100 times. IOA has REALLY short lines and not alot of rides. When I went, I was done with all the major rides by 1. I went on Hulk like 15 times. ------------- See you in 2001 for twice the fun (hint, hint)