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    Theme Park Heirarchy

    So since this is a "Disney" board, and not alot of people really think about, or go to other parks I think it's good if people have an idea of what they are getting themselves into before going to any Non-Disney parks.

    So from this list, you can look at what type of experience you want and then pick the parks that meets that kind of experience:

    Highly Themed Family Parks - Not alot of "grown-up thrills"
    Disney theme parks

    Themed Family Parks - with some "grown-up thrills"
    Universal
    Busch Gardens Africa
    Busch Gardens Europe

    Family Parks - with moderate "thrills" (not necessarily "themed" but nice natural settings alot of times)
    Sea World (Orlando, San Diego, San Antonio)
    Bonfante (Gilroy) Gardens
    Cypress Gardens
    Hershey Park
    Dollywood
    Silver Dollar City
    Celebration City

    Classic style Amusement parks with good mixes of modern "Thrills", family rides and good old fashioned fun
    Knoebels Grove
    Kennywood
    Holiday World
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    Indiana Beach

    "Thrill" parks that contain a mixture of Thrills and Family attractions for everybody. Don't offer any real 'themed' experience although some rides may have themes.
    Cedar Point
    Knott's Berry Farm
    Paramounts Great America
    Some Six Flags Parks (Fiesta Texas, Over Georgia, Great Adventure)
    Dorney Park

    "Thrill" parks that are great to just ride coasters, don't offer any real 'theme' and don't have a good mix of family vs. thrill rides
    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    I know there are other parks that fit into some of these categories, but I don't want to mention those that I haven't been to or don't have any knowledge from.

    Those of you who have been to more parks than me, feel free to add more posts to the list.

    This way when you are planning your vacations next summer, and you want to include an amusement park or 2 along the way, you will have an idea of what parks will meet the needs of your family.
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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Very cool list!

    I'd put Tivoli in the 3rd or 4th category & Bon Bon Land in the so-cheesy-it's-awesome category.

    Anyone want to rank Coney Island? We're thinking of going to visit.
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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Universal doesn't have any more thrill rides than Disney parks do.

    Universal Orlando Thrill rides:
    Dueling Dragons
    Hulk
    The Mummy
    Dr. Doom
    Jurassic Park
    Dudley Do-Right

    Disney Thrill Rides:
    Rockin Roller Coaster
    Tower of Terror
    Mission Space
    Everest
    Splash Mountain
    Dinosaur

    If you do a case by case comparison on thrill rides they're about the same. Depending on your definition of thrill ride, one group may have one more or less. But not enough for a major difference.

    Other than that, fairly good list.

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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Quote Originally Posted by kcnole View Post
    Universal doesn't have any more thrill rides than Disney parks do.

    Universal Orlando Thrill rides:
    Dueling Dragons
    Hulk
    The Mummy
    Dr. Doom
    Jurassic Park
    Dudley Do-Right

    Disney Thrill Rides:
    Rockin Roller Coaster
    Tower of Terror
    Mission Space
    Everest
    Splash Mountain
    Dinosaur
    Comparing 2 parks to 4?


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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Not only that, but the thrills found on rides like Dueling Dragons and Hulk are VERY different than the thrills found on rides like RnRC or Everest.

    There are no rides at Disney that are over a 48" height requirement except Maliboomer at DCA.

    As for Universal, Hulk and Dueling Dragons are both 54" and are definately not "in-between" coasters like RnRC and Everest.

    So while they may have the same amount of "Thrills" the thrills at Universal are a little more intense.


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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Bon Bon Land - Great theming from the perspective of a 12 year old boy!

    The Dog Fart Rollercoaster is one of it's highlights
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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Even though Dorney doesn't have any theme, I would hardly classify it as a thrill park lacking family attractions.

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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    You've only really got two thrill rides in all of Universal land as I see it, and that is the two main coasters. Everything else is easily comparable to Disney. Universal Studios is exactly the same as Disney. In fact it only has one "thrill" ride by any real standard and is nowhere as intense as RnRC.

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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Don't forget my favorite non-Disney park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. HIGHLY themed park in a natural setting, with moderate thrills. AWESOME!
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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    Don't forget my favorite non-Disney park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. HIGHLY themed park in a natural setting, with moderate thrills. AWESOME!
    How Can I have forgot about SDC, Dollywoods parent park.

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    Re: Theme Park Heirarchy

    Quote Originally Posted by kirbilicious View Post
    Even though Dorney doesn't have any theme, I would hardly classify it as a thrill park lacking family attractions.
    That one was questionable I know, so I moved it.


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