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This is really hard...

 

I mean amusement park, seaside park, theme park, carnival that looks like it wore out it's welcome, etc. There are just too many categories!

 

Without narrowing it down that much:

 

SMALLER PARKS:

Castle's n Coasters

Wonderland Amarillo

Williams Grove

Rotunda

Kashikaen

Uncle Bernies

Miracle Strip

 

LARGER PARKS:

SFKK

Visionland

Worlds of Fun

 

Oh great! You help plan for our first out-of-state trip of the summer and you put one of your least favorite parks on the list! LOL! Thanks Elissa!

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I know alot of people love the Disney Parks.....and I admit, they are beautiful parks, clean, great family atmoshpere...but they wouldn't be at the top of my list when it comes to fun. But then again, what can I expect, it's disney....though it would be great if they had some great coasters like IOA. Oh, and I wouldn't really call the Disney parks the "worst" of the bunch.

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Fantasy island in the UK is bad. Its just a market with a few rides and they say its a proper theme park. Ive been twice and the main attractions Oddessy,milleninum coaster and absolutly insane were all closed both times. They do have an exelent water slide that soaks you though.

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I don't have any bad blood for any parks, bar one.

 

M&Ds Theme Park, Scotland.

 

Theme park is a contradiction in terms if ever there was one. The only theming is the American themed diner and bar, and that doesn't even connect with the park's tag of "Scotland's Theme Park".

 

The place just has has no soul, all the rides are portable fairground machines, and the best coaster there was the Pinfari Big Apple. Granted the XP56 Inverted Coaster was awaiting a major repair, but that's still atrocious.

 

It's also hoem to one of the worst coasters ever built, a Pinfari Looper. Tornado can't even go in a straight line without trying to turn you into a vegetable, and even the 1.6 metre height limit (63/64 inches approx) is no laughing matter. The ride and this park is definetly going to hell.

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For as much as I hate to say this, I'd say Conneaut Lake Park.

Before last summer, I would not have said that, though.

 

Last summer CLP was just, sad. half the rides were broke, and when you only have 12 rides to begin with, that seriously ins't good. The Park looked dirty, unkept. Sure, I know the park is broke. I keep hoping for something good to happen, but doubt it at the same time.

At least I've got good memories of when the park was doing good.

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I don't have any bad blood for any parks, bar one.

 

M&Ds Theme Park, Scotland.

 

Was that the park you did a TR for, over the summer maybe? I'm pretty much fearless but I think even I would've been a little wary of some of those rides, that place looked like the park of almost-certain death and damnation.

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I don't have any bad blood for any parks, bar one.

 

M&Ds Theme Park, Scotland.

 

Was that the park you did a TR for, over the summer maybe? I'm pretty much fearless but I think even I would've been a little wary of some of those rides, that place looked like the park of almost-certain death and damnation.

 

Yeah, I did a TR for Loudoun Castle and M&Ds.

 

Loudoun Castle was a lovely park.

 

M&Ds was the park equivalent of Stockport town centre on a good day (no offence).

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Elissa, You weren't a fan of Miracle Strip? Not a whole lot there, but I did enjoy it for the cheese factor. I loved their indoor flats. Plus, I absolutely loved The Haunted Castle, great (and cheesy) ride.

 

My least favorite small park is probably Bushkill Park. I honestly feel very bad for saying that, and I'm sure early in its history it was in much better shape, but when I visited it back in the late '90's I just got a vibe of sadness and emptiness from the park. That being said, I absolutely loved the nostalgia value and cheesiness of The Haunted Pretzel (R.I.P. Haunted Pretzel, I miss you). I was sad to hear about the floods last year. It was also cool going through The Barl of Fun. Always been a fan of fun houses and it was great going through an old school one. I absolutely loved those two attractions, but overall I just felt really bad for the park, it definitely has seen better days (I got similar feelings from Lakeside Park and Seabreeze)

 

My 2 least favorite "bigger" parks are Six Flags Elitch Gardens (there really wasn't much to do. 2nd time visiting Denver, I actual visited Lakeside a second time and not SFEG a second time.) and Wild Adventures. With Wild Adventures I just didn't like the feeling of off the shelf rides plopped down randomly with a weak attempt of themeing. Cypress Gardens for the same reasons is pretty high on my dislike list too.

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^A mosquito bit me in the eye at Miracle Strip!!!!

 

It just seemed really run down and crappy. The buildings the flat rides were in also smelled! And the roller coaster chucked shards of rust on me.

 

Other than that it was great!

 

For some reason I LOVE Wild Adventures, there's just something weird about that park that rubs me the right way. I HATE Cypress Gardens though, so who knows what's wrong with me!?!?

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I will stick with my all-time worst park, Paramount's Great America. I have never been to a dirtier, worse taken care of park. I think what makes it worse is that it is a big park chain. If it was some crap park in the middle of nowhere I would understand, but this is a Paramount's park in a large metropolitain area. Pathetic!

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Conneaut is the only park I have ever wanted to leave the second I got there. First, it is very strangely laid out...like city blocks with rides in place of the houses. It was also nauseatingly dirty...so dirty that I didn't want to use the bathroom and didn't feel safe buying food there! Blue Streak was a good woodie, but it smelled like an attic, and the Toboggan tried to put my eye out! Most of the rides were either disassembled or closed, and generally I just wanted to leave as quickly as I could.

Beech Bend is also pretty dumpy, but at least I've had a good time there. That park holds quite a bit more promise than Conneaut.

 

-Julie

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I think Las Vegas has a couple of bad spots, New York New York just for the overpriced Manhattan Express. Ugh TOGO...Need I say more.

Circus Circus Adventuredome...Overrated little kids, average Arrow Coaster. Basically Las Vegas has a couple of good attractions, however they are overpriced and overrated.

Buffalo Bills has a hyper Arrow the Desperado, its okay when it is open, the weather is not the best friend of the outdoor coasters in Las Vegas.

Just my thoughts.....

 

John

Why Stop At The Edge...

...When you can go over!?!?!?

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Six Flags America. Surprised my car wasn't on cinder blocks when I got back to it, I saw SO many things that made me shake my head throughout the day including the worst ride operations I've ever seen, dangerous operations like crossing tracks without signalling, gangs, etc. Even the Intamin megacoaster couldn't make up for that dump.

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Wow. I just read through most of this thread, and you guys sure are generous with the term "theme" park.

 

I guess I'm the oddball of the group who thinks the only "theme" parks out there are Disney, Busch, Universal, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and on a smaller scale...Holiday World (ok, maybe not the strongest example, but they try hard with what they got). Well, those are at least the most prominent ones I can think of off the top of my head. Everything else, IMHO of course, are basically thought of as "amusement" parks. Sure, some Six Flags parks have attempted to theme various sections and/or rides, but I'm still not willing to completely call them "theme" parks by any stretch of the imagination.

 

I have been known to be wrong on occasion though.

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Well, now that Astroworld has closed (it was my least favorite park ever) I'd have to go with Visionland. Great woodie, terrible park.

I'd like to invite Clementon Amusement Park and Family Kingdom to join Visionland in the list of crappiest parks I have ever been to.

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Wonderland Park in Amarillo Texas. The rides were OK . But the place is one of those "rides in a random spot" kinda places. The place has little to no landscaping, and dirty water is found everywhere, which people walk on and splash you with it. The skyride on top of the midway is a fun little spot for people who like to spit . The park didn't have lines (except for the Pinfari 'Big Coaster'), which was good, but I don't think waiting 30 minutes for a crappy pinfari was worth it.

 

My other choice is Six Flags Elitch Gardens. The park does have SOME nice landscaping, but it's usually destroyed by someone. Most of the employees were rude. The only nice employees were the ride ops for the Halfpipe. The park has some painful coasters ( Vekoma SLC, Arrow shuttle loop, and the dreaded Zamperla Flyers ) The food was overpriced and nasty. The restaurants were not clean, in fact, you were lucky to find a clean table. C'mon Six Flags, you shouldn't be doing this anymore, ESPECIALLY WHEN UR FOR SALE!!!

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Excuse my ignorance as I am an american sixflags virgin having only been to the sixflags parks in europe but there seems to be a pattern on this forum that american sixflags parks are dirty, poorly staffed/maintained and have bad food. The sixlags park in europe were not perfect but were never that bad.

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