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SimFan1985
05-03-2001, 09:27 AM
I want to know, which US park, in your opinion, is the best-themed. My vote would go to Disneyland in California, for the simple reason that it's Disneyland.

Nick
05-03-2001, 09:30 AM
Mine would have to be Islands of Adventure in Orlando

Taipan
05-03-2001, 09:32 AM
I'm with Nick.

SimFan1985
05-03-2001, 09:43 AM
I've never gone to IOA, but, from all the great things everyone tells me, had I been there, it would have gotten my vote

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 09:54 AM
While Islands of Adventure may be the best park as far as thrill is concerned, I don't think it is superior to any Disney park when the question asked is "What is the BEST THEMED park?". Disney has, by far, the best themeing around, and IOA's rides may be faster, higher, and more thrilling, the "Disney experience" is far more satisfying because of its completeness.

GRAVEDIGGER
05-03-2001, 10:10 AM
I dont go there to look at the trees, or the pretty stuff, lol. Give me the rides!!!!
<BR>CEDAR POINT gets my vote!!!

coasterkevin
05-03-2001, 10:14 AM
I agree w/ Gravedigger, Cedar Point is the best!!!

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 10:15 AM
Sorry Gravedigger, but Cedar Point is not a "theme park." There are no themes, only cheaply-made "steel rides". They are we we call an "old-fashioned amusement park". You are straying from the orginal question, which is "What park is best-themed?".
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Ghostrider
05-03-2001, 10:20 AM
This is a tough call between DL and IOA, but I think DL has to take the cake for best theming. IOA definately has more thrilling rides, but DL just engulfs you into the total experience. You just can't beat the fact that the park has even taken the time to make sure you can't SEE outside of it!!! You really do get pulled into a totally different world at DL. When you can do that and still have great rides you've got something special.
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<BR>And BTW, I'm talking strictly DL here. The Magic Kingdom in Florida can't hold a candle to DL.

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 10:24 AM
Ghostrider, the Magic Kingdom at Disney World may not beat Disneyland, but I think the "World" as a whole tears it to shread when you consider it has four great theme-parks, three water parks, DisneyQuest, and so much more.

B&MAaron
05-03-2001, 10:24 AM
Disney Experince? I don't see much of an experince in DCA do you? 3 years ago I would have agreed with you about Disney being the best themed parks around, but how can you say no to IOA. I know Disneyland was the first, but how many times have Fantasyland and Adventureland been copied. Where in Disney is there so much detail like Seuss Landing where every single thing is bent to make you feel like your in a Seuss book yourself?

B&MAaron
05-03-2001, 10:25 AM
Disney Experince? I don't see much of an experince in DCA do you? 3 years ago I would have agreed with you about Disney being the best themed parks around, but how can you say no to IOA. I know Disneyland was the first, but how many times have Fantasyland and Adventureland been copied. Where in Disney is there so much detail like Seuss Landing where every single thing is bent to make you feel like your in a Seuss book yourself?

Ghostrider
05-03-2001, 10:30 AM
Coasterfreak, I'll agree with you on that one. DL is far superior to the Magic Kingdom park, but DW as a whole simply blows away the (he-he) "Disneyland Resort".
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<BR>Sorry, I still can't take that name seriously...

Diehlin
05-03-2001, 10:46 AM
Take out all the rides, and IOA is still ahead of either Disney Park. I am not knocking Disney. IOA has just upped the ante.

VorTeX
05-03-2001, 11:04 AM
I think Disney World (including all the magic kingdom parks like epcot, animal kingodm, mgm) take the cake.
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<BR>But what's life if you never get to the Point?

VermontThrill_Rider
05-03-2001, 11:17 AM
IOA gets my vote. Going to both Disney and IOA, I think IOA is better themed, all around...all of the islands have every little detail themed...and the rides are a ton better than Disney, too!

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 11:22 AM
I don't think IOA has "upped the ante" so much as just come up with some original themes. Disney's themes don't seem so original becuase they've been copied so many times, but I do have to conclude that Disney does a much better job of immersion (and thats what theming is all about) than IOA. For example, Splash Mountain is far superior to Dudley Do-Right; Tower of Terror is a much better free-faller than Dr. Doom because of its ability to immerse you in a much better (and not to mention less cheesey!) storyline. While the Disney rollercoasters may not compare to the Islands' collection, you have to admit that the themes Disney gives them (the whole ride, not just until you get onto it like IOA) are far superior.
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<BR>I'm not anti-IOA at all, I just think they have a ways to go to reach Disney-level, and Disney had better do something before IOA reaches that level.

goopy1
05-03-2001, 11:28 AM
Ok here it goes - It's ok I can take the abuse but as far as theming goes the ANIMAL KINGDOM at WDW took theming to a new level. Yes it might be lacking in the thrill ride department, but the question was about theming. Universal did a great job with IOA and I was very impressed, but the detail at AK is amazing. It is only a matter of time and a couple of big rides away from becoming a great park!

VorTeX
05-03-2001, 11:40 AM
Yeah, I have to agree with goopy... I was very, very impressed by it. The rides they had were excellent and the nature surrounding everywhere just sucked me right in.

Skyboss
05-03-2001, 11:41 AM
Knotts. I have to buy into the theme aspect and Knotts has done a better job than Disney, save Main Street.

Skyboss
05-03-2001, 11:43 AM
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<BR>Sorry Gravedigger, but Cedar Point is not a "theme park." There are no themes, only cheaply-made "steel rides". They are we we call an "old-fashioned amusement park". You are straying from the orginal question, which is "What park is best-themed?".
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<BR>Spoken like someone from DC.... Cheap and Steel coasters? Right! NOT!

SLFAKE
05-03-2001, 11:46 AM
From my experience, I would say Islands of Adventure.

VorTeX
05-03-2001, 11:49 AM
Heh... cedar point an old-fashioned amusement park, that's funny <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">

Coasterman Mike
05-03-2001, 11:51 AM
My favorite theme park is IOA.
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<BR>Coasterman Mike

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 11:54 AM
Skyboss, don't tell me the Point's rides aren't cheap compared to those of Disney or Universal. What is CP's most expensive ride? MF=$25 million. A typical Disney ride can cost close to $100 million, sometimes more! And what about Spider-Man at IOA? Don't tell me the technology backing that ride up is greater and cheaper than that of Magnum XL... and where I live has nothing to do with the truth.
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Iceman
05-03-2001, 11:59 AM
it's IOA. The only reason it beats disneyland is because while disney pushes you into its theming, IOA just sits there, and it really wants you to feel like you're <i>in</i> the ultimate comic book or the jungles of jurassic park...
<BR>just my opinion.
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Philip Sloggett
05-03-2001, 12:19 PM
I haven't been to that many parks all across America, but Islands of Adventure really impressed me.A park like that takes some beating!!

coaster man098
05-03-2001, 12:36 PM
IOA at universal complex in orlando, its simply the best out there

CoasterACE
05-03-2001, 12:51 PM
The #1 themed park is definitly Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.

The Jet Coaster
05-03-2001, 01:16 PM
Yes! BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG! <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">

CoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 01:33 PM
Yeah, I have to admit that BGW is a great park... probably my 3rd favorite. I go there at least 5 times a year, its nice to live within a 2.5 to 3 hour drive of it. <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif">
<BR>Alpengeist and Apollo's Chariot ROCK!

danesporty
05-03-2001, 02:22 PM
I think that IOA is the best
<BR>I have been there many times and its great but disney world is good to
<BR>know any good IOA sites

ComicRider
05-03-2001, 02:24 PM
I think IOA an WDW's MK are tied for first, with DL in a close second. IOA has great theming (with the exception of Dr Doom's Fear Fall, which is really cheesy) tied into great rides, for theming alone does not a great attraction make. The ride is a part of the theming. MK has such immersion that is unbelievable. There is no outside world when you're there. DL just seems too close to civilazation to be number 1.

danesporty
05-03-2001, 02:24 PM
is appollo good i have never rode it
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danesporty
05-03-2001, 02:26 PM
how can you not like Doctor Dooms its great

ComicRider
05-03-2001, 02:33 PM
The theme is kinda cheesy. Suck the fear out of us? Yeah right.

magicmountainoverCP
05-03-2001, 03:22 PM
Best theme park has to be Animal Kingdom I agree with that or Disneyland. The best Thrill park has to be Magic Mountain easily I don't know how anyone could deny that!!! Especially with Deja Vu and X on the way!!!

coastergenius100
05-03-2001, 03:31 PM
I'm glad that we can finally discuss this without that stupid Jeff deleting it. But I haven't been out to many of the great parks, so I would have to say SFMM just becuase of sheer quanity of coasters (hell they even have great quality).

hulkster
05-03-2001, 04:32 PM
Islands of Adventure, having relatives who live only 8 miles from IOA is the best. I have been there countless times and i'm still not tired of it

BGTBFL
05-03-2001, 05:09 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE IOA - it is definitely the best THEMED park there is - I read many posts about DL being better than MK at WDW - I thought the two were identical - what's the difference that makes DL so much better??? Even though BGT has more roller coasters than IOA, IOA is a better THRILL park because of Dr. Doom and Jurassic Park - <IMG SRC="/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif"> -

Professor KoasterFreak
05-03-2001, 05:34 PM
Busch gardens, williamsburg is the best themed...i loved riding the big bad wolf through the fake town and swoosh-drop over the river. that is definitely the icing on the cake. Apollo's chariot is excellent. Loch ness and Alpengeist was well done in the theming. love the natural look, not the concrete and steel look like most major parks...theose parks are great on their merit. but busch gardens Williamsburg is the grand champion!

Tycoon612
05-03-2001, 06:13 PM
I think that Disneyland is the best themed because nothing beats looking at the river with Splash Mountain on one side and Thunder Mountain on the other.

Launched_2_40
05-03-2001, 08:29 PM
Without a doubt, the best park in the world is Islands of Adventure.

Koaster King
05-03-2001, 08:50 PM
Best themed park-
<BR>1)Busch Gardens Williamsburg
<BR>2)Islands of Adventure
<BR>3)Walt Disney World
<BR>4)Disneyland
<BR>5)Busch Gardens Tampa

satanhanx
05-03-2001, 09:06 PM
I haven't been to Disney since I was very young, so at this point, I'm gonna have to go with BGW. Went there last year, and even though they don't have a long list of coasters, the ones they have are great, and the park is simply beautiful.

lakerpurpleandgold
05-03-2001, 09:17 PM
I HAVE TO GO WITH SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN , ITS JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT THE MOUNTAIN, ITS TURNING INTO THE ROLLERCOASTER MECCA SURPASSING CEDAR POINT FOR NOW.

CaliforniaCoasterKing
05-03-2001, 09:42 PM
DISNEYLAND HAS MY VOTE!

Catfish
05-04-2001, 06:44 AM
Disneyland is the best hands down!!!

TRDCDS1
05-04-2001, 06:47 AM
Islands of Adventure

tallman910
05-04-2001, 03:35 PM
Best Themed: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
<BR>Best Rides and Coasters: CEDAR POINT ALL THE WAY

loriu
05-04-2001, 04:03 PM
IOA has to be the best "theme-park." This park just blew me away when we were there last year. They lack on rides, but the theming is incredible.

CoasterBill
05-04-2001, 04:56 PM
I'm sorry all of you, but I strongly believe that the best themed park is Silver Dollar City, in branson Missouri!

JoystickKing
05-04-2001, 05:36 PM
I might say Hershey park, but Disney World in the long run. Sorry, I can't say IOA cuz ive never been.

robotman4
05-04-2001, 09:48 PM
Its all about the rides! Cedar Point obviously.

Nick D
05-04-2001, 09:58 PM
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<BR>There are no themes, only cheaply-made "steel rides".
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<BR>Uh they are far from cheaply made, and they are some of the best rides out there.

condor27
05-04-2001, 10:07 PM
IOA for sure. Disney parks are full of boring rides/attractions.
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<BR>Again, I hope you guys know the difference between 'amusement park' and 'theme park'.

ComicRider
05-04-2001, 10:26 PM
Borin? There is nothing more exciting to me than Disney paks. I love thrill rides, but they do not dominate my park life.

icky
05-04-2001, 10:53 PM
BGW is tops. Where else can you convincingly travel so many countries in one day? There is nothing like the chase through the town or the trip down the slopes.
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<BR>IOA is pretty cool to, but i don't think it has the exact effect as BGW. One is fantasy-like the other is like taking a real trip somewhere.
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<BR>Both have my props, but BGW has my heart!

Anaconda
05-05-2001, 08:07 AM
BGW is the best theme park I've ever been too

peters007
05-05-2001, 01:16 PM
Knotts Berry Farm by far.
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Longhorn
05-05-2001, 01:20 PM
IOA is the best. Disneyland is in a close second. How could you not like disneyland
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Nosk8er
05-05-2001, 01:37 PM
Knott's Ghost Town is the best theming around. With everything down to a blacksmith. Fiesta village and camp snoopy are good too. But the Wild water Wilderness and Boardalk themed areas leave a LOT to be desired. When you can go to disney or IOA and everything is good.

ParkFreak
05-05-2001, 03:16 PM
Ok, my 2 cents:
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<BR>1. Magic Kingdom WDW
<BR>2. Disneyland Park
<BR>3. IOA
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<BR>DL is a VERY CLOSE second, only because of the Matterhorn being visible throughout the park. What I consider great themeing is the immersion one feels going from land to land. MK's transitions are incredible. The crystal palace evolving Main Street into Adventureland, the passageway halfway through Adventureland into Frontierland and the subtle changes in the buildings between Frontierland and Liberty Square. . .just incredible!
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<BR>IOA is fantastic in its detailing, but being able to see Jurassic Park from Seuss Landing just doesn't cut it IMHO.
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<BR>Don't get me started on DCA!!!
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<BR>Cedar Point is an incredible amusement park, but we're talking about theming here, let's try to keep on subject!

rockman89
05-05-2001, 03:21 PM
Disneyland, it is the original period

nitro
05-05-2001, 04:37 PM
the best themed park is BGW it looks great and has the rides that fit so well with each area plus you get to go to a beer brewery WAHOO!

leftcoastpunks-MXPX
05-05-2001, 05:54 PM
I have to say both parks in the Disneyland Resort and the Parks over in Universal Studios Escape. Also doing a good job is Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knotts Berry Farm.

leftcoastpunks-MXPX
05-05-2001, 05:59 PM
Also the Paramount and Cedar Fair Six Flags parks. Paramount parks with the movies, Cedar Fair parks with Snoppy, Universal Parks with what else than Universal Movies and Marvel Comics. Then theres Six Flags parks with Looney Tunes characters, WB Movies and DC Comics. And last but not least, the Disney Parks with the Disney characters and Movies. All those parks within those company's have good theming, but very different from all the other parks.