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  1. HRP didn't fail as an experience because the crowds weren't big enough to make it seem like a full day, HRP failed because once people got in the door with the possible exception of LZ, people didn't want to do things again after having done it once, and there wasn't enough non-ride stuff to hold their interest.


    I think that the biggest reason for failure is not a lack of attractions, but an over-estimation of the people who visit Myrtle Beach.


    Nobody visiting Myrtle puts big bucks up for a theme park ticket. If they did, they wouldn't be at Myrtle Beach.


    Not to say that a theme park can't survive there, I just don't think a $40-50 themer is the ticket.

  2. Already completed:

    California - Disneyland, Knotts, SFMM



    Upstate NY, Mass and Connecticut - Sylvan, Great Escape, SFNE, Compounce and Dorney


    Holiwood Nights - Holiday World, Kings Island


    Middle America - Worlds of Fun, Silver Dollar City and Six Flags St Louis


    PPP - Knoebels


    Sprinkle in Kennywood, Cedar Point, Geauga Wildwater, and a couple other locals and that just about does it.


    Saving the BIG trip for next year.

  3. My question is for anyone who has been to the park during the day. Having been to Myrtle many times, I just can't see anyone visiting this place during daylight hours. Do they get ANY all-day visitors?


    Why not place the park in a true position to succeed and open it from say ... 5pm to 12am. Charge a sensible evening rate (say $25 Adult) and offer general admission for those non-rides. Limited hours could keep down costs while the cheaper rate helps pack the place. I know we as enthusiasts don't like crowded parks but it helps build visitor confidence in the park.


    Face it, the non-riders don't want to go to this park because of the price and they will keep everyone else at Broadway on the Beach, Ripleys or Putt Putt.

  4. ^ I'm not sure what part of California you've been driving in, but that's not the norm and not what I would tell someone who is looking for advice for driving in California.


    I've driven literally over 1 million miles in my driving career all over the world and California is where I call my driving "home" and I can tell you that people almost never use the turn signals, they almost never let you over when you do signal, and they are some of the rudest most inconsiderate drivers I've experienced.


    The only part I have really been on is San Diego to SFMM which is about all that I imagine he will encounter.


    I guess my opinions are just a contrast to what I am used to. While I find WV drivers to be very good, we are sandwiched in between Western PA and Ohio and both have some of the worst drivers I have ever seen this side of Texas. Throw in a handful of years in Tampa, and I find California drivers refreshing (has that ever been used to describe them before).


    For pure hell, I highly recommend the experience of driving in Columbus, OH.


    Anyway, I don't want to mislead the poster into thinking that driving in California is the same as Florida. It is not. But, it doesn't have to be a horror show either. As a park goer, I would imagine that the worst times to be out will be the same that he is in the park. Maybe that is why my view is skewed as well.

  5. Busch Pass (All Parks, Water and Parking) - Locked in at $9 a month and they will have to take it from my cold dead hands.


    Cedar Fair Platinum - Haven't had any type of Cedar Fair pass in a couple years, but with Geauga, CP and Kings Island close, we made the plunge this year. Plus, we are planning on hitting those Middle-America woodies this year.


    Six Flags - $40 upgrade at WCB and we have plans for Great Adventure and St Louis this summer. Paid.


    10 Day WDW Park Hopper - Wondering if we will ever use all the water park days before we die.

  6. To an international visitor, it may actually be easier than you think. Pretty much every park is on Interstate 5 or damn close to it. Should make your travels fairly simple (except for the whole traffic thing).


    I find the drivers in California to be more tentative than those in many other states. I mean, there is a lot of traffic, but they do courteous things like signal and make an attempt to let you in.

  7. Just caught Adventureland this evening and I wasn't expecting too much after reading the reviews. Unfortunately, I didn't even meet my lower the usual expectations.


    The movie does have some decent comedic moments, but there are twice as many that are meant to be funny and just come out flat.


    From the Kennywood perspective, there isn't a whole lot to see. Other than some quick "stock-like" video clips, they only use about 3-4 locations in the park for various scenes: Outside the Jack Rabbit, Next to the Enterprise, Musik Express and the Palladium.


    You won't find a too many bigger Kennywood marks than me and was STILL a little let down.

  8. Williams did make the best machine


    If that doesn't get Cameron in the discussion, I don't know what will


    For more information about the "Death of Pinball", grab the excellent documentary, Tilt! I think it is available on Netflix and includes a lot of footage detailing the creation of Pinball 2000. TPR's own Cameron is one of the primary characters in that chapter of pinball.


    My favorite pins are:

    Family Guy

    Attack From Mars

    Cirqus Voltaire

    Medieval Madness



    and my absolute favorite place to play is ...




  9. Ouch!! That kink makes my back hurt already.


    Funny, but GCII puts little "quirks" like this in nearly every coaster and they never feel as bad as they look. Mark me down as a fan of the little air pops.


    Anyways ...


    I too agree that Knott's needs to really rethink the Solace event. Apart from being way too late this year (Disney Spring Break crowds ... yay!), it just doesn't seem to have the draw as in years past. I know first hand that they are trying to gear the event towards ACE members and that really confuses me. Why would you want to limit your audience like that?


    Pair that with a constant need to pair up the event with something else (this year it was a HUGE cheerleading competition) and I am not in a big hurry to return.


    WCB has passed Solace as the main draw for the weekend and I don't see that changing for a long time. But, I would like to see the Solace event improve. I have lots of good memories from past Solace events.



    Question ... what kind of cheese is on your "vegan" pizza. I am just confused.


    Anyway ...


    The WCB event was awesome, but this is what we have come to expect from the folks at TPR and RideWorld. This has to be the only event I have ever attended where there were more trains operating and more coasters operating than during regular park hours. Just amazing!

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