Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Not Anti-Cedar Point, Pro-Amusement Park

If you've read some of my blogs and comments on YouTube videos you may think that I am anti-Cedar Point. That is not the case. Far from it. I feel very fortunate to live so close to such an amazing amusement park with an outstanding collection of rides. The reason I appear biased against it is because I like to get the word out about other parks. What annoys me is when people (especially those in Ohio) say "Cedar Point is the best park in the world!" and the only reason they say that is because they've only been to two parks to begin with, Cedar Point and the Magic Kingdom. I tend to paint Cedar Point as a lesser park just to try and promote other smaller, less-known parks that are unique and offer great value. (My apologizes to Cedar Point in the meantime, if your attendance drops it's all my fault). I just want people to keep an open mind and know that there are other theme parks out there. Though they may not offer the quantity or size of rides as Cedar Point, they can be just as much fun.

Which leads me to ask this question: what makes one amusement park "better" than another? What it comes down to is how an individual defines "better." Most people would say more rides equals better (based on a large number of comments on my YouTube videos this is true) or bigger rides equals better. There is nothing wrong with that. To each his own. My definition of "better" focuses on the overall EXPERIENCE. Visiting a park where I feel like they actually care about me, my experience that day, and the value for my hard earned money are more important to me the older I get. I just want to relax and have a good time (and enjoy some fun rides too!)

In the end, an amusement park is an amusement park, a roller coaster is a roller coaster. If you ask me to go to a park or go on a ride I am not going to say no, and it doesn't even matter which one it is. My favorite ride is the last one I have been on. I am pro-amusement park.


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