I was wondering which park I should go to next year: SFGAM or PKI? I have been going to Cedar Point every year for almost 5 yrs. now and think I should try something else for a change. Both are pretty much the same distance away from where I am, but going to both would not be an option. I looked into both and just don't know which one I should go to. I just figured someone who has been to both could tell me which one I'd be better off at since I don't know anyone who's been to either. I know I should just decide for myself, but I really would appreciate a little advice to help me make the decision. Thanks a lot!
I think it really depends on what you're looking for. I think most people would agree that the coaster collection at SFGAm is superior. Not only are there more adult coasters at SFGAm, they're all at least decent. I also think the operations are better at SFGAm. However, PKI is a nicer park in terms of atmosphere, and Delirium is really, really good. I haven't been to either waterpark, but both look pretty decent. Food is a bit subjective, but I'm guessing most would prefer the food at PKI.
So, if you're looking to visit a park strictly for coasters, SFGAm would probably be your choice. If you're looking for flat rides and atmosphere, then choose PKI.
Yeah, it seemed to me that both are fairly decent parks which is why I don't know what to do. Both the waterparks do seem pretty good and that would probably be part of the determining factor of which I go to.
I might get to make a side trip to Holiday World later on next year also since the only time I've ever went was last year and loved it and can't wait to ride that Voyage! Plus, SS is probably one of the best waterparks I've been to.
PKI is A very well rounded park with something to do for everyone. Most of the Major Roller Coasters are somewhat lackluster. The Beast & Adventure Express are two exeptions. Flight of Fear is O.K. The Racer is good. (When Maintained Properly) The Kid's Area is second to none. It's A Great Family Park. P.S. If you ever ride S.O.B., Don't sit above an axle and Don't hold on. That ride can ruin A persons day. The Italian Job: Stunt track was O.K The atmosphere and customer service is above average.
SFGAm has A great collection of Roller Coasters. They have Four great B&M designs. The Whizzer will be A pleasant surprise. The Viper is one of the smoothest and most enjoyable woodies I have ever been on. There are several other notable Coasters and Flat Rides. It's A thrill riders paradise. The Atmosphere was average. Customer service was suprisingly good.
There's my opinion. Thanks for reading. *** Edited 8/13/2005 9:48:22 PM UTC by Blackie***
I wanted to say thanks to everyone who took the time to reply and that I really appreciate your opinions. I'll think about it over the off season and I'm sure when next summer rolls around I'll have a fairly good idea of where I want to go.
I will probably be going to Holiday World sometime, but the three Pennsylvania parks would be a long drive from St. Louis and I figured there were so many other parks closer that would be worth giving a shot, but I get what you're saying Mamoosh.
I did consider IB but I don't know how much I'll be able to do. So I guess I'll have to wait and see.
<----who is wondering why there is suddenly an onslaught of "versus" threads as well as "Should I do this park or that park" threads.
Two words: GAS PRICES
Gas here at least is up a dollar a gallon from last year- going to two parks 200 miles apart- thats an extra $10 bucks than if you did it last year- for me in Columbus- just to go to CP- its like what $40 gate, $9 to park and $40-50 in gas- thats $100 for one park 2-hours away now
An extra $10? Man, are YOU lucky. It costs me $60/wk to drive my car, and that's if I only drive straight to work. If my wife and I cannot commute, we're out at least $100/wk. Add in insurance, etc....
The Flying Turns makes all the right people wet - Gonch
If you're mainly going for coasters, SFGAm has more excellent (Raging Bull, Viper) or great coasters (Batman, Superman) than PKI does. PKI's are mostly good (Adventure Express, Top Gun, Face/Off, The Racer) to great (Flight of Fear, Italian Job) plus the excellent Beast (IMO at least =p). How much you like Vortex, Demon, Son of Beast, and American Eagle will be totally up to your ride and how you take them. Some people love those and some people could do without them. So SFGAm is the winner for me as far as coasters go.
As far as everything else goes (and I haven't been to SFGAm's new waterpark), I prefer PKI. The non-coaster thrill rides (Delirium, Tomb Raider, Drop Zone, SpongeBob 3D) are better and more interesting for me, the atmosphere, food, customer service, etc. are on par to better than SFGAm's, the waterpark is solid and one of the biggest around, the Kid's Area has been named Best in the World for years now, etc. PKI wins there and overall for me. It was the "second best" park in the CB awards last year after CP.
That being said, I don't think you can go wrong with either.