Who Doesn't eat park food because...

Wednesday, March 13, 2002 6:21 PM
Personally I really like the Pizza at the Chicken and Pizza Patio at VF as well as Atomic Pizza. I tend to eat at either place for one meal, and then eat outside the park for the other one.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 6:41 PM

Oooooooooooh. Don't even get me started on what Minnesotans call pizza...... a thinly-crusted abomination loaded with grease and cut into silly little squares. Chicago police would put people in jail for calling this 'pizza' for their own protection. Genteel, cultured society women in Manhattan would pull off their lacy gloves and put up their dukes. You think I'm out of insults, but I'm just getting warmed up...

This stuff makes Little Caesars Pizza! Pizza! look like a viable dinner option. You heard me.


PS-It's not VF's fault...it's what the locals believe to be a pizza. Wait till you see a 'Philly' Cheese Steak or what gets called a Coney.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002 7:35 PM

I could eat anything, but as mentioned, small parks have WAY better food and WAY better portions/prices...Anheuser Busch parks being the best of the chains IMO. See Spacecase, your spelling's fine...just don't ask me about lederhosen(sp?), I watched my share of Ren and Stimpy, but they never spelled it for me.

Jill however is a veggie (damned hippie crap, LMAO) as well as a diabetic, so park food can be a little tricky for her. Thank goodness for cheese sandwiches and our more recent discovery, PB&J at the kids areas...and I can go ride THEIR coasters...

bill, saying the 'Playa sounds more concerned about the food than the coasters....j/k. Springer's final thought: Listen to Colin W., help support your smaller traditional and family-owned parks!!!

It must be March, the Madness is setting in! I'm lost in Bracketville and there's no way out...

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Wednesday, March 13, 2002 9:32 PM
Park food gives me the trots.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002 11:43 PM

When I go to SFWoA I bring a bookbag with some pepperoni rolls (don't have to be heated or cooled) a bag of chips that me and all my friends usually share, a bottle of cold water, and maybe 1 or 2 bottles of water that I froze at home so by the time I am done with my first one...they are thawing out.

Also I found that the Mr. Hero in Coyote Creek will give you big cups of free water and it's not the nasty water either.

If I go to Kennywood I eat there...they have great food. If I go to CP...usually we eat before we go...fries during lunch...then we usually go to the buffet after. I can usually chow down about 4 or 5 hamburgers among other things...so I get my money's worth.

I also like to bring a cooler in the trunk of the car when going places...you can make all kinds of food and keep is fresh...and then go out to the car when you get hungry. You can always bring some of it in at a time anyways in a bag or something.

Thinking of going to the parks...riding coasters...hanging with friends...and eating good food I really miss going. This off-season was not nearly as bad as last season...I hope I am not growing out of my enthusiast phase...I just think it has to do with CP's new ride not exciting me, PKI's ride being shrouded in secrecy, and SFWoA not getting anything new. I am really missing my baby the Villain though...:(

"Villain-Once You Drop, The Fun Don't Stop!"~SFWoA Rules In 2002~With SFWoA ANYTHING Is Possible!

Thursday, March 14, 2002 2:39 AM
I can't imagine a trip to a park without getting a corndog, chicken or ice cream. It's just part of the experience for me, and I always plan for the expense. I figure I eat healthy at home, I'm allowed some fat and grease when on a "holiday"

I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Thursday, March 14, 2002 2:57 AM

The only thing you will hear me saying to a park food attendant is "Can I have a free water?" I always leave and go to McDonalds or Taco Bell down the street. (My home park is SFGAM.)

Thursday, March 14, 2002 3:04 AM

When I go to a park, the food is part of the experience. For instance, who can pass up Kettle Corn at Hershey or Dollywood? OK, so regular food is pricey, but I see it as a complete day. Do you skip popcorn at the movies because it is too pricey?

Added note - the Burger King by Great Adventure is a little more pricey than other Burger King locations.

Thursday, March 14, 2002 3:57 AM

I believe it's "liederhosen," with "lieder" being German for "songs." I guess I did learn something in music school.

Busch parks have great food. No problems there. When I used to go on my 2 week trips to WDW, most of the planning was done around where my g/f and I were going to eat. If you check out the hotel restaurants, you can actually find some world class food (re: California Grill, Yachtman's Steakhouse, Ohana, Maya Grill) for prices that are reasonable for that type of fare.

Cedar Point seems to have average food, at best, and PKI sucks beyond belief. Don't even bring up that pizza, because I've brought it up after eating it. My only SF experience was at SFWoA, and the service and the prices were so poor that I wouldn't eat there again.

Doesn't it seem as though morons always have the caps lock on?

Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:32 AM
I don't eat park food because:
1) most of it is unhealthy.
2) all of it is overpriced and I'm cheap.
3) I'm a vegetarian and I can only eat so much pizza and french fries.

I do make exceptions at smaller parks. Vegetarian fare is sometimes available or else they are willing to take special requests, prices are more reasonable, and they need my money more then the large parks do.

I don't eat popcorn at the movies because it is too expensive (and it also isn't very good - too salty/buttery).
everything's better with a banjo

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Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:54 AM

Since I've already ranted about my home park, lt me open up a little more about theme parks in general and my personal food situation.

For the last 4 1/2 years, I've live the Carbohydrate Addict's lifestyle..dropping from 275 lbs to 220 and keeping it off without any effort. The only thing I have to do is limit my heavy carb intake to a single meal that can last as long as an hour.

So I can still down a cheeseburger (sans bun), turkey drum or pickle anytime I wanna, I have to carefully coordinate the Reward Meal to include what I really want to eat most. And since it's only a single meal, I only want the best food, not some mediocre stuff. In fact, I've not only become much more selective in my food choices...I'm about 20 times the cook I used to be.

Nine times out of ten, I won't bother eating the carbs at a park...I'll stick to the safe stuff but haul something good out (read: topped funnel cake) for later. CP is the standout exception, where Midway Market has fair-to-middling food, but excellent desserts.

BUT if the prices are reasonable, I'll buy more stuff. At MA I was buying cotton candy, caramel corn, stuff I really had no plans on eating right away just because it was so much cheaper than at home.


(who loves his local theater's popcorn, but watches everyone else eat and takes a bag home)

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya on 3/14/2002. ***

Thursday, March 14, 2002 5:33 AM

-'Playa sounds like you are a Doctor Atkins advocate :)

I usually bring my own food to the park and around lunch time go to the car to eat it. At SFGAm I put it all in a backpack, put the backpack in a locker and then eat by the carousel. Security has never said anything about it so I will keep doing it until they say it is uncool.

There are a few exceptions though. The frozen custard at CP is really good and pretty close to the stuff we have here in Wisconsin.(For those who don't know, there are very few Ice Cream places in Milwaukee, it's all frozen custard which is 10 times better). The Kettle Corn I had at SFWOA last year was really good. Last but not least, Green Eggs and Hamwich at IOA totally rocks!

Bob Hansen

Who just bought a Screaming Serpent and is now a 33 year old giddy little boy!

Thursday, March 14, 2002 5:51 AM
I personally like SFWoA chicken on the animal side. Mostly because you can get a lot of food for a "reasonable" price. For a 2 piece chicken dinner and drink and sides it only cost a little over $10. Because hotdogs are $4 and a pop is $3. For 2 hotdogs and a pop you spend $11. I would much rather eat the chicken and get a meal for the same price.

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Thursday, March 14, 2002 12:58 PM

I don't eat park food, because the majority of times I have been at parks, the day has been tremendously hot, and my stomach doesn't like hot days. Now water...a different story. Especially in Japan. Hotter than hell last summer. There was a string of days that the temperature broke 110 degrees, and 2 days in a row that hit 116. Who can, or wants to, eat when it is that hot?
You are all afraid.....

Thursday, March 14, 2002 1:13 PM
depending on which park i visit really depends on if ill eat the food there. great escape seems to have some pretty decent food, and you actually get a decent amount of food. At the Chicken Chalet, you get a good amount of popcorn chicken and french fries, for about $3.50 so after another $1 for a soda from the soda machine its only about $4.50. most other parks though forget it. eithier the food isnt that great, or its to expensive for the amount i like to eat lol. popcorn...cotton candy and a candy bar maybe but rarely anything else unless im really hungry.

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Thursday, March 14, 2002 1:17 PM
Depends on the park, the prices, food selection, and if there are convenient places to ear near the park. Generally when it comes to the major themers [especially SF] I tend to eat elsewhere. One park I can tell you I definitely eat at is Knoebels, especially at PPP when there are so many delicious thigns to sample at the Covered Bridge Festival. I've also had really great food at Holiday World.

2002 - the year of LoCoSuMo!!

Thursday, March 14, 2002 2:08 PM
My wife's a vegetarian, & I do not eat beef or pork products, gelatin, natural flavors, none of that business, and cursed preservatives(those preservatives that make you sick on hot days out in the sun & keep you thirsty, lol). I'm a label reader who does not eat what I do not eat. BGW, I was more pleased at PKD. BGW just doesn't do it for my stomach or the taste buds. My wife has to starve everywhere we go riding, I always feel bad for her, but we don't expect parks to accomodate what is obviously a small part of the market, so why complain? It takes less time to go to Subway than it does to complain, & when you like Subway, it all works out. Most people eat hamburgers, let 'em have their burgers.

But I was more than highly impressed with the international buffet at Cedar Point(the one just through the main gate on the left before you get to coasters). There I was, loading up on all kinds the stuff, I'm shocked people aren't always ranting about that place, it must have its' days or something, or all the CP regulars are burnt out or something.

Any ways, there's two kinds of pizza in this world. Pizza, & NY style pizza. By NY style, I don't mean thin, all NY style means is that the pizza was made using the maker's dough & sauce recipe. You make your dough, you make your sauce, you make NY style pizza. Ever had a Scicilian pie? Those NYers aren't all about thin, Scicillian is as thick as it comes. Any ways, that kind of pizza originated in NY.......

Thursday, March 14, 2002 2:13 PM

I usually eat something before I leave home, which will tide me over until around 1:00, then I'll grab some fries, and maybe a coke. Maybe a burger later around 5:00, followed by ice cream and then a funnel cake near time to leave. Can't afford much else.

Thursday, March 14, 2002 6:10 PM

p_c_r said:

But I was more than highly impressed with the international buffet at Cedar Point(the one just through the main gate on the left before you get to coasters)....Any ways, there's two kinds of pizza in this world. Pizza, & NY style pizza.

The buffet of which you speak is the Midway Market. If I eat a big meal at CP, that's where I'm going. I've had good days and bad days with the entrees...but you can always count on the hand-packed Toft's Ice Cream and desserts.

As for pizza, I've had relatives who lived in the Heights and in-laws in money-earnin' Mount Vernon. I've had plenty of NY style slices from Manhattan, Flatbush, Fulton Ave, Chicago stuffed (Giordano's is my personal fave).....you name it. In fact, the more good pies you've had, the tougher it gets to tolerate the flat-out bad.


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Friday, March 15, 2002 11:25 PM

Mark W. Baruth said:

I believe it's "liederhosen," with "lieder" being German for "songs." I guess I did learn something in music school.

Actually it's "lederhosen"

Leder = leather, Hosen=pants (not to be confused with the leather pants that horible bands like Loverboy used to wear in the '80s).

As far as the food goes, I think the Busch parks have the best value. Disney has by far the most variety, but you pay quite a bit for the better stuff.

And frankly when I'm being whipped around and flipped upside down all day, I usually don't feel like eating at all, I just do it to keep up the energy level. My favorite park food (if you can find it) is roasted corn on the cob. It's yummy, filling, healthy (if you go easy on the butter), and relatively inexpensive.


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