Your season wrap-up: park by park

Wednesday, October 18, 2000 9:50 AM
The season is more or less done for most of us, aside from a few weekend trips. For each park you visited, give me two or three sentences about your experience.

Kennywood: Went twice, loved it. The charm and history combined with good food and classic coasters make this, well, a classic! Glad to see Phantom go, looking forward to the replacement.

Six Flags Ohio: The new rides are some of the best of their breed, but world-class rides make not a world-class park. They need to take a hard look at their operations for next year. No park should have so many accidents.

Cedar Point: Millennium Force is a home run. Long lines for it thinned out the rest of the park most of the summer. Millennium Mania was a hit and I had a great time there this summer.

Paramount's Kings Island: Some of my favorite coasters are here but the movie cheese and food prices are out of control. Visited during the start of the Sonny fiasco so I still haven't been on it. Will try next weekend if time and weather permits. Trying very hard to like this park as I did in the "old days."

Six Flags America: Nice little park, but inadequate staff to run the place was irritating. Great coasters, and I won't hold the Ride of Steel chain break against them.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg: If it was in my backyard, I'd like it better than Cedar Point. It's a beautiful park with best-in-class coasters. Apollo is a new and strong favorite.

Paramount's Kings Dominion: Lots of coasters but full of Paramount cheese. Volcano is outstanding, but it's the only coaster that I felt was a "must ride." I hope Hypersonic will be their "killer app" for next year.

Six Flags Great America: All Six Flags parks are not created equal. While a little rough in certain operational aspects, this park is far and away my favorite Six Flags park so far. The B&M's are outstanding and the park is beautiful.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:13 AM
I agree with Busch Gardens Williamsburg. It doesn't offer a ton of rides like Cedar Point, but it is just a beautiful park and the rides they do have are incredible. Other parks need to emulate BGW.

Millenium Force was a smash...truly the smoothest. most thrilling coaster I have been on.

SFO's new rides are excellent, but the park is a mess. They need to put money into better maintenance. Also, they need to hire more employees. I can't tell you how many times rides were closed because staff was lacking.

Kings Island is a fun park, but I never understood the fact that all the major coasters are congested in one area. It makes the park look small. Still, a superior park.

Lightning Racer at HersheyPark was a fact I love that whole area of the park and it's carnival-like atmosphere. The Wildcat is another outstanding woodie.

Finally, IOA was the only other park I visiteed this summer. Truly amazing rides. The park is a little small, but the future should be very exciting.
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:18 AM
Okay, here goes...

Six Flags Darien Lake: Granted, it's not the best park out there, and it does have it's problems, but since it was my home park (I just moved), I love it anyway. Superman: Ride of Steel is a wonderful coaster, and I will miss the laserlight show. There is lots of room to expand, so Darien Lake will only get better in the years to come.

Martin's Fantasy Island: Small, but nice, with the nice addition of Silver Comet, a 1999 CCI with steel structure. The flume WILL drench you. And free parking!!

Six Flags Great Adventure- Big park with some great coasters. The Chiller was my first LIM, and it's one of my favorites, headbanging or not.

Magic Kindom: Not many thrill rides, but still a favorite park of mine. Can't beat the Disney atmosphere.

Epcot: Test Tack is fun, and the park itself is beautiful. Illuminations 2000: Reflections of Earth is great. Saw it once- it was ok, with repeated viewings, it really grew on me. I just love fireworks that go with music.

Disney Studios: Tower of Terror and Rock n' Rollercoaster are absolute musts. For me, the themeing adds a lot to the rides.

Animal Kingdom: The day we were there was way too hot, but the attractions we saw were good. I especially liked Dinosaur and It's Tough to Be a Bug. Kali River Rapids was kinda a let down.

Hersheypark: We went here after WDW. It was a nice transition from the "magic" of Disney to the pavement of Six Flags (Darien Lake). Kind of a mix of the 2 extremes. Lightning Racer is really great.

Islands of Adventure: Wow, I love this park. Wonderful themeing, and the coasters and other rides are astouding.

S:ROS (SFDL) rides for 2000- 139!

Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:27 AM
Good Topic, Jeff...Here's mine:

Cedar Point: Me and my friends have ALWAYS had a good time at this park. Never had a bad experience. I think this is a great amusement park and me and my friends will definitely return.

SixFlagsOhio: I know opinions may differ on this one, but again, I didn't have a bad time on my visits here. I think most of their coasters are enjoyable and rank right up there with CP, IMO. Definitely returning next year.

SixFlagsGreatAmerica: I am very impressed with this park. From the rides to the shows. Me and my friends had an awesome time here and with the addition(s) of the new coasters they are getting Im definitely returning. (Still can't get over how good BatmanTR and Viper are)

SixFlagsStLouis: This park is very scenic, but I really only enjoyed two coasters there. (The Boss and Mr.Freeze). This park is very well landscaped, but as usual the SixFlags chain is ignoring the small parks. I had a goodtime there, its just they are really short some coasters. I doubt if I return, well, if they get another steel coaster.

BuschGardensTampa:Dayuum! I dont know what to say about this park. Its flawless, IMO. Every coaster I liked, even Python believe it or not. This is a must to visited next year, hopefully.

IslandsofAdventure/Universal Studious: Words can describe both parks, especially IslandsofAdventure. I was blown away by the visuals of the parks and the themeing. I HAVE to visit this park next year.

SeaWorldFlorida: Really nice park. Even though I was their for a short period of time, I still enjoyed myself. Great Place to take your family and with the addition of Kraken, this place will attract alot of teens.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:39 AM
You're right, the only other park visit that I'll likely get this year is back to the ol' home park so in order of visitation.

Paramount's Carowinds Top Gun is the most awesome B&M invert I'm ridden. Thunder Road is a great little racer. Park really needs some more flat rides.

Six Flags America I really like my new home park. Minimal waits, friendly staff, good selection of flats and of course the marvelous S:ROS.

Universal Orlando IOA's themeing is really over the top. Fire, Ice, and Spidey were really well done. Hulk was a bit of a let down. On the USF side, MIB & BTTF:TR are two great non-coasters.

Six Flags Great America My former home park and sentimental fave. RB seems to have gotten better. Loved that the trims on Shockwave and American Eagle were turned down. Viper it's usual wonderful self.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Terrible layout, dirty in most places, nice ride ops (especially on Breakdance), T-SistersDDM, Chang was great!

Paramount's Kings Island Now one of my top 3 faves. Sonny was great, not rough to me. Vortex gives great air/hang time. Finally got to ride poppa beast and loved the helix, the rest ehh.

Big Chief's Karts and Coasters Cyclops, my first CCI was fabulous, giving standing air. Zeus with the speed bump from hell, and Pegasus with the most wicked lateral on a "family" coaster. Loved the go-cart tracks. The bathrooms were downright disgusting!!!

Six Flags Ohio Great little park. S:UE was fun but not very thrilling, BD was SBNO, B:KF favorite sitdown, RWB gives standing air, Villian rides more like a twister than anything. 'G' trains hurt *STILL rubbing leg*

Cedar Point The final top 3 park. Very Crowded. Slow food/ticket lines. MF was really delightful, especially at night. Wildcat was suprisingly potent.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 10:54 AM
Here is my short list of parks, since I just got into coasters again this year. Next year, I hope to hit a few more parks.

Cedar Point: I hit this park 10 times this summer, and that's above how many times I usually go per year. Can't really complain about much - Millennium was everything I dreamed it would be and more - but I just hope the park focuses next year on giving some of their rides (like Mantis and the Blue Streak) paint jobs. I hate to see the Frontier Trail eroding away to nothing, but I suppose the Millennium Force is a fair trade.

King's Island: I have nothing to complain about this park, either. I understand it is often bashed in these forums, but I must have caught it on a really good day. Staff was friendly, and the atmosphere and landscaping is so much more scenic than Cedar Point. I even had an EXCELLENT meal there in the Montgomery Inn ribs. The "movie cheese," as Jeff called it, really didn't bother me too much, but I agree the park would be so much nicer without it. The wait for Sonny was 20 minutes, and all the other waits were also incredibly short (except Face/Off, of course). The only downer was the thunderstorm that moved in late at night that kept me from my night ride on the Beast. Oh well, next year!

Six Flags Ohio: This is not quite up to the level of PKI or CP, but I really did enjoy the new rides they put in. Villain was my first taste of CCI and it left me craving for more. I guess no amusement park is bad, and crowds were light the day I was there, so I had an enjoyable time. I did get a little peeved about the ways the ride ops ran things. Still, after hearing horror stories of other people on these forums, I suppose I also caught this park on a good day. I'll go back next year just to buy a season pass to use on my trip to SFGAm.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:00 AM
how do you people find the time and money to go to so many parks per year.
I only got to CP and Kennywood.
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:13 AM
No kidding on the time and money thing ! If there wasn't a CCI 70 miles from my door BGW for one day would have been it for this year . The job just was not so kind this summer .
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:15 AM
SFGam: My home park changed very little with the addition of the Russian Circus. Shockwave was running good, as American Eagle (what's up with the blue side closings?)
CP: First visit to the park for Coastermania. I really liked CP, and I visited it again for MM and Halloweekends. I don't need to go on about MF, but my other biggest suprise was the night rides on Magnum.
SFoG: I don't see how this park doesn't recieve more attention. Nice, big selection of rides. One of the world's best sitdown loopers(Mind Bender), standup's(Georgia Scorcher) and my fav. woodie(GA Cyclone). Very well landscaped, but kind of lacking in the trash pickup dept.
SFO: Nice, little park with some unique rides. B:KF wasn't that memorable except for it being my first floorless. SUE was very freakish and Villain was nice also. Next time, I will schedule a later Amtrak train departure, so I can spend more than 3 hours at the park.
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 11:23 AM
Excellent discussion!

Kennywood: What more can be said about this classic park! It is simply one of the best of the best in coasters, food, cleanliness and staff! I feel so fortunate to have the likes of Aero 360, Exterminator, Jack Rabbit, Thunderbolt and Noah's Ark practically in my back yard! Steel Phantom; two words - good riddence!

Idlewild: A charming little park in the woods! If and when I have kids, this will be their first park!

Six Flags Ohio: I just want the Villian to be built in my backyard, you can have the rest of the park!

Coney Island: The Cyclone is another "best of the best!" Everything else was pretty much average. But I usually have too much to do when I go to NYC anyway.

Alton Towers: If only this park wasn't plagued by the typical soggy weather that seems to be a mainstay in the UK (and if only I had more than a 1/2 day to visit,) I would cross the pond anytime to visit! Nemesis was truly the best inverted I have ever been on, the theming was downright amazing! Black Hole and Hex were also memorable. Oblivion, though disappointing that it is such a short ride, it was truly a unique experience!

Cedar Point: This park never ceases to amaze me! Millennium Force simply took my breath away, and forced right back in me after everytime I made that 310' plunge! My season pass came in very handy this year;)! The Giant Wheel's new home is where it should have been all along!

Though 2000 has been a 'light' year as far as amusement park visits. The new experiences that I had made this the most memorable year!

Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 12:49 PM
Holiday World: I can certainly see why people rave about this park. Great rides, great atmosphere, super friendly staff, and the unheard of unlimited free drink policy. Raven is awesome, but I think Legend is even better.

Cedar Point: My favorite park just keeps getting better. Millennium Force is simply amazing.

Six Flags Ohio: I had a great time on all three of my visits. Batman, Villain, and Superman are all terrific. Hopefully something will be done in the off-season about those Gerstlauer trains. Still a lot of room for improvement, but I liked this park.

Paramount's King's Island: We were only there for a few hours, but the park was just as nice as always. Son of Beast was fun, but it wasn't exactly what I expected.

Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom: Let's see: terrible food, rude employees, overflowing trash cans, dirty restrooms, and closed rides (BOTH sides of Twisted Sisters). Very disappointing, but not as bad as SFNE.

Hersheypark: Beautiful park, great variety of rides, and good food. Lightning Racer is easily the smoothest wooden coaster in existence, and it's one of my new all-time favorites.

Six Flags New England: This park needs a LOT of work. Superman is phenomenal, but it was running only 1 train and breakdowns were frequent. Hands down the filthiest park we have ever been to.

Lake Compounce: Small park with a wonderful charm to it. Boulder Dash is the best wooden coaster I have ever ridden -- airtime galore, infinitely re-ridable, and a most unique setting. Wasn't overly crowded, even on a Saturday.

Disney/MGM Studios: Still my favorite Disney park. Rock 'n Roller Coaster is just plain fun, and smooth as silk. Tower of Terror is still the best drop ride I have ever ridden, and the theming is second to none.

Epcot: Had a great, but short, visit here. The new exhibits were all very nice, and Test Tr挀欀 眀愀猀 最爀攀愀琀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䴀愀最椀挀 䬀椀渀最搀漀洀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 吀礀瀀椀挀愀氀 䐀椀猀渀攀礀㨀 匀瀀漀琀氀攀猀猀 瀀愀爀欀Ⰰ 眀漀渀搀攀爀昀甀氀 琀栀攀洀椀渀最Ⰰ 愀渀搀 昀爀椀攀渀搀氀礀 昀愀挀攀猀 愀渀搀 猀洀椀氀攀猀 攀瘀攀爀礀眀栀攀爀攀⸀ 䤀 琀栀椀渀欀 匀瀀愀挀攀 䴀漀甀渀琀愀椀渀 椀猀 栀椀最栀氀礀 甀渀搀攀爀爀愀琀攀搀℀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䤀猀氀愀渀搀猀 漀昀 䄀搀瘀攀渀琀甀爀攀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 䘀椀渀愀氀氀礀℀ 吀栀攀 爀愀瘀攀 爀攀瘀椀攀眀猀 愀渀搀 瀀栀漀琀漀猀 樀甀猀琀 搀漀渀✀琀 搀漀 琀栀椀猀 瀀愀爀欀 樀甀猀琀椀挀攀⸀ 吀栀攀爀攀 眀愀猀 渀漀琀栀椀渀最 爀攀洀漀琀攀氀礀 渀攀最愀琀椀瘀攀 愀戀漀甀琀 漀甀爀 搀愀礀 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 氀攀瘀攀氀 漀昀 琀栀攀洀椀渀最 椀猀 愀猀琀漀甀渀搀椀渀最Ⰰ 愀渀搀 愀氀氀 漀昀 琀栀攀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀爀攀 琀漀瀀ⴀ渀漀琀挀栀⸀  倀漀瀀攀礀攀 愀渀搀 䈀氀甀琀漀✀猀 䈀椀氀最攀 刀愀琀 䈀愀爀最攀猀 椀猀 琀栀攀 洀漀猀琀 椀渀猀愀渀攀 眀愀琀攀爀 爀椀搀攀 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 攀瘀攀爀 爀椀搀搀攀渀⸀ 伀栀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀漀猀攀 琀栀爀攀攀 䈀☀䴀猀 愀爀攀 瀀爀攀琀琀礀 最漀漀搀 琀漀漀⸀㰀椀洀最 猀爀挀㴀∀⼀昀漀爀甀洀猀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀眀椀渀欀⸀最椀昀∀ 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀匀攀愀 圀漀爀氀搀 䘀氀漀爀椀搀愀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 圀攀 最漀琀 琀漀 爀椀搀攀 䬀爀愀欀攀渀 ㄀  琀椀洀攀猀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 䨀漀甀爀渀攀礀 琀漀 䄀琀氀愀渀琀椀猀 眀愀猀 挀氀漀猀攀搀 昀漀爀 爀攀栀愀戀⸀㰀椀洀最 猀爀挀㴀∀⼀昀漀爀甀洀猀⼀椀洀愀最攀猀⼀昀爀漀眀渀⸀最椀昀∀ 戀漀爀搀攀爀㴀∀ ∀㸀 嘀攀爀礀 挀氀攀愀渀 瀀愀爀欀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 攀瘀攀爀礀 愀渀椀洀愀氀 攀砀栀椀戀椀琀 椀猀 眀漀爀琀栀 猀攀攀椀渀最Ⰰ 攀猀瀀攀挀椀愀氀氀礀 吀攀爀爀漀爀猀 漀昀 琀栀攀 䐀攀攀瀀Ⰰ 䄀爀挀琀椀挀 䔀渀挀漀甀渀琀攀爀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀 洀愀渀愀琀攀攀猀⸀ 吀栀攀 栀椀最栀氀椀最栀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 搀愀礀 眀愀猀 昀攀攀搀椀渀最 愀渀搀 瀀攀琀琀椀渀最 琀栀攀 搀漀氀瀀栀椀渀猀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䈀甀猀挀栀 䜀愀爀搀攀渀猀 吀愀洀瀀愀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 䄀渀漀琀栀攀爀 戀攀愀甀琀椀昀甀氀 䄀ⴀ䈀 瀀愀爀欀⸀ 吀栀攀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀 眀攀爀攀 最爀攀愀琀 ⴀⴀ 䜀眀愀稀椀 吀椀最攀爀 眀愀猀 漀甀爀 昀愀瘀漀爀椀琀攀⸀ 吀栀攀 愀渀椀洀愀氀 攀砀栀椀戀椀琀猀 眀攀爀攀 愀氀氀 渀椀挀攀氀礀 搀漀渀攀 愀渀搀 愀 氀漀琀 漀昀 琀栀攀 愀渀椀洀愀氀猀 眀攀爀攀 愀挀琀甀愀氀氀礀 愀挀琀椀瘀攀⸀ 䰀漀爀椀欀攀攀琀 䰀愀渀搀椀渀最 椀猀 愀 洀甀猀琀ⴀ瘀椀猀椀琀 ⠀椀昀 礀漀甀 愀爀攀渀✀琀 愀昀爀愀椀搀 漀昀 戀椀爀搀猀⤀⸀ 䄀渀搀 琀栀攀礀 栀愀搀 愀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀 漀昀 琀栀攀 戀椀最最攀猀琀 ✀最愀琀漀爀猀 琀栀愀琀 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 攀瘀攀爀 猀攀攀渀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀匀琀爀椀挀欀攀爀✀猀 䜀爀漀瘀攀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 匀洀愀氀氀 ∀瀀愀爀欀∀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀洀瀀爀攀猀猀椀瘀攀 椀昀 礀漀甀 挀漀渀猀椀搀攀爀 琀栀愀琀 椀琀 椀猀 瀀爀椀瘀愀琀攀氀礀 漀眀渀攀搀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 琀栀攀 琀眀漀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀 眀攀爀攀 戀甀椀氀琀 椀渀ⴀ栀漀甀猀攀⸀ 吀漀爀渀愀搀漀 栀愀搀 愀 挀漀甀瀀氀攀 漀昀 瀀漀瀀猀 漀昀 猀琀愀渀搀ⴀ甀瀀 愀椀爀琀椀洀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䬀渀漀攀戀攀氀✀猀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 䈀漀礀Ⰰ 眀栀漀攀瘀攀爀 猀愀椀搀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀椀猀 瀀愀爀欀 栀愀搀 琀栀攀 洀漀猀琀 琀爀攀攀猀 眀愀猀渀✀琀 欀椀搀搀椀渀最℀ 圀攀 眀攀爀攀 琀栀攀爀攀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 倀栀愀氀氀 倀栀漀攀渀椀砀 倀栀甀渀昀攀猀琀 愀渀搀 栀愀搀 愀 最爀攀愀琀 琀椀洀攀⸀ 吀眀椀猀琀攀爀 椀猀 氀漀愀搀猀 漀昀 昀甀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 倀栀漀攀渀椀砀 椀猀 愀渀 愀椀爀琀椀洀攀 洀愀挀栀椀渀攀℀ 倀栀漀攀渀椀砀 椀猀 愀氀猀漀 琀栀攀 ㄀  琀栀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 漀渀 漀甀爀 琀爀愀挀欀 爀攀挀漀爀搀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䰀愀欀攀洀漀渀琀 倀愀爀欀㨀㰀⼀戀㸀 䄀渀漀琀栀攀爀 渀椀挀攀 猀洀愀氀氀 瀀愀爀欀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 椀琀 眀愀猀 䘀刀䔀䔀娀䤀一䜀 琀栀攀 搀愀礀 眀攀 眀攀爀攀 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 匀琀椀氀氀 栀愀搀 愀 最漀漀搀 琀椀洀攀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 䰀攀愀瀀 琀栀攀 䐀椀瀀猀 椀猀 愀 氀漀琀 洀漀爀攀 昀甀渀 琀栀愀渀 礀漀甀 洀椀最栀琀 琀栀椀渀欀⸀
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 12:52 PM
Lots of "firsts" for me, this year, mostly because it was my first season as an "enthusiast."

SFMM Always a great park. Goliath is a great addition, and a unique hyper with the +G's. Needs a better woodie, but you already knew that. Riddler's STILL the biggest and baddest standup in the world!

Knott's Berry Farm My first year purchasing a season pass for the Farm, why?... Ghostrider. Got about 50 laps and will be riding it all winter. Too bad about The Plunge's delays, but once it opened, WOW! I hope Intamin gets the bugs out of this design, if you have to get on a flume, this is the one to go on!!

Holiday World Proves that you do not have to spend a fortune for a day of fun. Excellent value, free drinks, and 2 CCI's. Incredibly friendly staff. Also proves that total coaster count matters little when the 2 you have are so excellent. Raven was my favorite there.

Paramount's King's Island Busy busy busy! Long lines, but that is all part of the equasion. SOB was closed all day, I was VERY upset, but public reaction was mixed at best, so that made it a little better. The Beast... awesome as ever.

Cedar Point My first visit ever to "America's Roller Coast." Made it on all 12 large coasters on another busy day. Long lines, but CP really is the king of capicity. All coasters were running maximum number of trains all day, fast loading, fast dispatches, big props to ride ops here. Millennium! Magnum, double wow, I thought this would be like Desperado, wrong, Magnum rocks!!

Michigan's Adventure Two words... Shivering Timbers. My new #1 coaster, yes, over The Force. Airtime like I never thought possible. Zach's Zoomer was fun too, all in all a well rounded park. Horrible cheeseburgers and poor service at the burger stand. I am SO glad I took the extra day to go here.

Las Vegas Had to ride Speed, great fun. Fast, smooth, intense.  眀椀猀栀 愀氀氀 挀愀猀椀渀漀猀 眀漀甀氀搀 愀搀搀 愀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 琀漀 琀栀攀椀爀 氀椀渀攀ⴀ甀瀀 漀昀 猀琀甀昀昀 琀漀 搀漀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀䐀椀猀渀攀礀氀愀渀搀㰀⼀戀㸀 圀攀渀琀 眀椀琀栀 洀礀 猀椀猀琀攀爀 愀渀搀 栀攀爀 昀愀洀椀氀礀Ⰰ ㈀ 欀椀搀猀 ⠀㌀礀爀猀 愀渀搀 㐀 礀爀猀 漀氀搀⤀ 䤀琀 眀愀猀 愀 爀攀愀氀 瀀氀攀愀猀甀爀攀 琀漀 眀愀琀挀栀 琀栀攀椀爀 昀愀挀攀猀 氀椀最栀琀 甀瀀 愀琀 琀栀攀 琀栀攀洀椀渀最 愀渀搀 挀栀愀爀椀挀琀漀爀猀⸀  䤀琀 眀愀猀 氀椀欀攀 䤀 眀愀猀 琀栀攀爀攀 昀漀爀 琀栀攀 昀椀爀猀琀 琀椀洀攀 琀漀漀Ⰰ 琀栀爀漀甀最栀 琀栀攀椀爀 攀礀攀猀⸀ 䄀氀眀愀礀猀 挀氀攀愀渀Ⰰ 愀氀眀愀礀猀 昀爀椀攀渀搀氀礀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 愀 戀椀琀 攀砀瀀攀渀猀椀瘀攀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 漀栀 眀攀氀氀⸀ 匀瀀愀挀攀 䴀漀甀渀琀愀椀渀 椀猀 愀氀眀愀礀猀 最漀漀搀Ⰰ 攀猀瀀椀挀椀愀氀氀礀 眀椀琀栀 琀栀攀 猀漀甀渀搀琀爀愀挀欀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀匀䘀 䴀愀爀椀渀攀 圀漀爀氀搀㰀⼀戀㸀 䴀礀 昀椀爀猀琀 䜀䌀䤀 愀渀搀 昀椀爀猀琀 䘀氀漀漀爀氀攀猀猀Ⰰ 戀漀琀栀 搀攀氀椀瘀攀爀攀搀 琀栀攀 最漀漀搀猀⸀  圀攀 眀攀渀琀 漀渀 愀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 甀渀ⴀ挀爀漀眀搀攀搀 搀愀礀⸀  䄀氀氀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀 眀攀爀攀 眀愀氀欀ⴀ漀渀猀⸀  䄀眀攀猀漀洀攀℀  嘀攀爀礀 挀氀攀愀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 氀漀琀猀 漀昀 渀漀渀ⴀ挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 琀栀椀渀最猀 琀漀 搀漀Ⰰ 椀昀 礀漀甀 眀愀渀琀攀搀 琀漀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀倀愀爀愀洀漀甀渀琀✀猀 䜀爀攀愀琀 䄀洀攀爀椀挀愀㰀⼀戀㸀 䔀愀猀椀氀礀 琀栀攀 氀漀渀最攀猀琀 氀椀渀攀猀 漀昀 琀栀攀 猀甀洀洀攀爀 昀漀爀 洀攀⸀  匀琀攀愀氀琀栀 眀愀猀 䄀圀䔀匀伀䴀䔀℀  䤀 爀攀愀氀椀稀攀 琀栀愀琀 琀栀攀爀攀 椀猀 渀漀琀 洀甀挀栀 琀漀 琀栀攀 愀挀琀甀愀氀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 ⠀䜀✀猀Ⰰ 猀瀀攀攀搀Ⰰ 愀椀爀⤀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀栀攀 昀攀攀氀椀渀最 漀昀 昀氀椀最栀琀 眀愀猀 琀栀攀 戀攀猀琀℀  䌀愀渀✀琀 眀愀椀琀 昀漀爀 愀渀漀琀栀攀爀 洀漀爀攀 攀砀琀爀攀洀攀 瘀攀爀猀椀漀渀 漀昀 琀栀攀 䘀䐀 琀漀 爀漀氀氀 愀爀漀甀渀搀⸀  䄀氀氀 漀琀栀攀爀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀 眀攀爀攀 昀甀渀Ⰰ 戀甀琀 琀漀漀 猀栀漀爀琀⸀  㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀匀愀渀琀愀 䌀爀甀稀 䈀漀愀爀搀眀愀氀欀㰀⼀戀㸀  䤀 眀愀猀 攀砀瀀攀挀琀椀渀最 樀甀猀琀 愀 昀攀眀 昀氀愀琀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀渀搀 琀栀攀 䜀椀愀渀琀 䐀椀瀀瀀攀爀Ⰰ 䤀 眀愀猀 瀀氀攀愀猀愀渀琀氀礀 猀甀爀瀀爀椀猀攀搀 琀漀 昀椀渀搀 䰀伀吀匀 漀昀 爀椀搀攀猀 愀渀搀 ㌀ 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀猀℀  䈀攀猀琀 愀琀洀漀猀瀀栀攀爀攀 漀昀 愀渀礀 瀀愀爀欀 䤀 眀攀渀琀 琀漀 琀栀椀猀 猀攀愀猀漀渀⸀  䤀 眀愀猀 琀栀攀爀攀 漀渀氀礀 昀漀爀 ㈀ 猀栀漀爀琀 栀漀甀爀猀Ⰰ 䤀 挀漀甀氀搀 栀愀瘀攀 猀瀀攀渀琀 琀栀攀 攀渀琀椀爀攀 搀愀礀 ⠀愀渀搀 瀀氀攀渀琀礀 漀昀 ␀⤀ 琀栀攀爀攀⸀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀㰀戀㸀匀挀愀渀搀椀愀㰀⼀戀㸀 伀䬀Ⰰ 猀漀 琀栀椀猀 椀猀 愀 洀椀渀椀 最漀氀昀 瀀氀愀挀攀 眀椀琀栀 愀 氀愀爀最攀爀 ∀眀椀氀搀挀愀琀∀ 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀⸀  吀栀椀猀 挀漀愀猀琀攀爀 戀氀漀眀猀 愀眀愀礀 愀氀氀 眀椀氀搀挀愀琀猀 䤀 栀愀瘀攀 攀瘀攀爀 戀攀攀渀 漀渀⸀ 䤀昀 礀漀甀 氀椀瘀攀 椀渀Ⰰ 漀爀 眀椀氀氀 戀攀 椀渀Ⰰ 匀漀䌀愀氀 洀愀欀攀 琀栀攀 搀爀椀瘀攀Ⰰ 琀栀椀猀 琀栀椀渀最 椀猀 爀攀愀氀氀礀 昀甀渀Ⰰ 愀渀搀 猀挀愀爀礀℀ 㰀戀爀㸀 㰀戀爀㸀ⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀⴀ 㰀戀爀㸀䜀漀琀琀愀 爀椀搀攀 ✀攀洀 愀氀氀℀
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 1:08 PM
Seeing as I'm a college student and I'm always a tad strapped for cash I only hit four parks this year. Ok, enough with the lame excuses and on with my opinions! ;)

Valleyfair!: My home park, although Adventureland is the same distance away I tend to stand with Valleyfair!. Great rides on the Wild Thing, short lines for the Excalibur, and the Hydroblaster on a hot day is always a blast (no pun intended). The fireworks/light show really blows though.

Adventureland: Tornado was showing its age when I visited, and the ever simplistic double looper Dragon is crying out for a paint job. The Outlaw was awesome and on the whole Adventureland has great ride ops. Food at anyplace other then the Iowa section of the park sucks though. However, you must make a trip just for the parks pork burger.

Six Flags St. Louis: Freeze and the Boss, and B:TR are great. Pricing on food is nuts and their mine ride is above average. I didn't think the scenery was that great, but then again this is the only SF park I've been to.

Arnolds Park: Had a great time. The park is a living legend of all of those great trolley parks back in the days of old. Only has one coaster (its one of the oldest ones in the world.) and right now the park has finally picked itself up off the ground from recession and is starting to turn it around. Great afternoon trip.

Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 1:17 PM
Silver Dollar City- Love the place. Food is good, it is clean, and the 1880's themeing is awesome. Not many thrills in the lineup but Wildfire will take care of that.

Six Flags St. Louis- Very well kept up in landscaping, and it is very well shaded. THE BOSS ROCKS!!!!! if you can NEVER ride another coaster in your life except for one, i would pick the boss! This coaster blew me away, slightly rough in the beginning of the year, but it has improved. Mr. Freeze was very good and i found it to be quite smooth. Screamin Eagle is a good classic and Batman the ride is just like all the others. Ninja was also quite fun.


Cedar Point- Millenium force blew me away with 2 front seat rides in one day. Park is nice but a good park should be more than its coaster count. but i loved the classic atmosphere here!

Holiday World- WOW! great park, good value and 2 of the worlds BEST coasters!

Kentucky Kingdom- I like it here. Room for improvement, of course, but it is still fairly nice. Twisted Sisters rocked and CHANG IS THE BEST STANDUP I HAVE BEEN ON!!! much better than mantis, georgia scorcher, and King Cobra.

It was an awesome summer for me and i will never forget it!
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 1:28 PM
SF Elitch Gardens: The baby Six Flags. Twister II is still fun for me.

Lakeside: I sure hope the rumor in the rumors section isn't true. If they tore down the Cyclone it would really suck. That coaster is a classic!

Walt Disney World: Splash Mountain is the all time greatest flume. Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are cool. Lot's of rides with the name "railroad" in them.

MGM Studios: Rock N' Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror are a must. Great Atmosphere here.

Islands of Adventure: The themeing capital of the world! Three B&M greats and a cool suspended coaster.

PGA: Stealth rocked. Demon and Invertigo suprised me. Lacking good wood.

SCBB: Giant Dipper is a classic. I love the location of this park.

SFMW: Why are all the coasters in one part of the park. My first GCI and Floorless, both were great.

BTW, how do you do BOLD print?
Parks for 2000: SFEG,IOA,MGM,WDW,PGA,SFMW,SCBB,Lakeside.
#1 Park-CP. #1Steel-Montu. #1Wood-Roar(W)
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:23 PM
Okay, here we go.

DisneyLand - Good old fashioned fun as always. Matterhorn is still great as is Thunder Mountain and Pirates of the Carribean.

Bank One Ballpark - Food prices too expensive but the air conditioning is great.

Banff National Park - Still beautiful, it even snowed there this summer.

SafeCo Field - Wonderful park to see a ballgame. The coaster, err railroad that goes by is awesome.

Six Flags Marine World - No Lines! Roar is easily the best ride in the park complimented nicely by Medusa. The animals make a nice addition when you just wanna kick back for a bit.

Pacific Bell Park - Nice place to see a game. The Coke bottle slide is awesome if you wear polyester.

Six Flags Magic Mountain - Ah the King of parks. This place is always great. Light crowds the two days there meant short lines. Goliath is a good fun ride but the helix didnt hit my like I was hoping. Also the overgrown trees and weeds on Revolution and Gold Rusher made for some classic rides.

San Diego Zoo - Hey it's just awesome. The Skyfari rocks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2000 2:27 PM
PKI - Awesome trip, small crowds. The coasters rocked especially The Beast and SOB.

Cedar Point - Millennium Force is the best investment Cedar Point has ever made. It keeps getting better!
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 3:15 PM
I won't count the Disney parks or IOA since I go to them pretty much all the time.

PKI - Great to ride the Beast again at night. SoB was pretty good although painful to the legs. Overall great fun, but please get rid of Outer Limits before someone dies of head trauma!

Cedar Point - 1st trip, but won't be the last! MF met all my expectations and then some. Actually the whole park did! I completely enjoyed both days there (except the rain).

SFO - Ummmm, I don't think there's enough room or time for me to gripe about this so we'll just call it a learning experience.

Sea World Orlando - Yeah, OK so I go to this park all the time too, but had to say what a great time Kraken is! Especially riding in the front! Great airtime! Still a nice family park.

Busch Gardens Tampa - Jury is still out on Gwazi as I have only ridden it once and was rather disappointed. Overall the park is well laid out and still good fun for a weekend.

Remember, no matter where you go...there you are.
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 3:44 PM
Great Season. I need more!!! Oh, wait, I don't have a car and am only 14!!! Oh well.

Cedar Point: World class park with world class rides. Their operations are always good
and did a good job controlling crowds. Millennium Force, amazing, I had the edge because I knew how to use the ticket system!! Being able to ride three times in one hour is amazing. Keep it up CP!!(P.S Thank You JHeff for teaching me how to ride the Mantis comfortablly!!) 4 visits

King's Island: Wow! Impressive. Not perfect, but the Son certainly impressed me. The Beast was great, but not mind-blowing. Two MAJOR suprises. Vortex and Outer Limits! HOLY CRAP. These two made it right into my top ten list. Call me crazy, but I loved the fact that those trains were trying to snap my neck right in half. The games there are great. I have never won at these games and came home with a butt load! (P.S Kudos to the Racer backwards. My lap bar got notched two latches two far, but that ride was crazy.) 1 two day trip.

Michigan's Advenure: My favorite carnival on steroids. MAJOR steroids. Shivering Timbers by far the best woodie I have ever been on. The airtime is beyond incredible. Couple some other neat attractions with NO waits, and one crazy experience it does make. I need MORE of the Timbers. Only one trip. (P.S Don't overlook Zach's Zoomer, besides being terrified of odd restraints, I caught some good air and laterals.

Coasters- a little slice of heaven
Wednesday, October 18, 2000 4:04 PM
Are you going to shut the site down during the summer? Please tell me you won't.

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