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Vaporman87
I came across this piece today. Creepy. I would really like to visit all of them! Well, maybe not the one close to Chernobyl. 

Can you imagine growing up somewhere close to an abandoned amusement park, venturing through the woods you grew up next to, exploring a bit further than you had ever gone before... only to discover the remains of an amusement park that closed 30 or 40 years ago? 

That would have been pure magic to me at 12 years old.


Obviously we all like those big, elaborate theme parks like Disney World and Disneyland, but what are your favorite, more localized amusement parks?

I have mentioned before King's Island here in Ohio. It is a great park, with some great (and record breaking) rides... The Beast being chief among them.


This year they are introducing a new coaster called the Banshee, and I for one am excited to get in line for it on opening day.

Also, Cedar Point in Sandusky is known as the roller coaster capital of the USA, with about 15 coasters to choose from. 

Both parks are now owned by an outfit called Cedar Fair. 

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ThatDudeintheHoodie
Seabreeze is the park I grew up with as a kid. In my summer vacation article on RJ I list my favorites from there.
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Mr Magic
I used to love going to Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta. It had a great water slide.
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Vaporman87
Okay... so here are my thoughts on this...

I've seen the documentary "Blackfish", and naturally it's an extremely one-sided film (as are most documentaries). While I feel like Sea World is not completely innocent in this, I certainly don't feel like the incidents that occur there are "all their fault".

For starters, these trainers surely know the risks involved. I mean, they are called "KILLER WHALES" after all!!!
It's like expecting no problems taking your pet T-Rex out for a stroll only to have him decide to "play" with you one day.

Secondly, where do we draw the line in assessing whether or not a job is just TOO risky? I work with propane. Propane blows up if you don't handle it right. Should we just not ever handle it then?

I don't know, I say if the trainer is willing to risk life and limb to play in the water with animals 500 times heavier than them with a mouth full of sharp teeth, then hey... have at it. Just don't expect a whole lot of anger to be directed at your employers for YOUR choices.

But, I still don't know where I fall here. Somewhere in the middle I suppose. How about you?


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Vaporman87
A friend and I hit King's Island yesterday. Their new coaster (Banshee) was a very nice addition.  Great coaster. Now I'm sunburnt and sore though today.
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At first I agree with you: Anyone wanting to do this job should be aware that it's inherently dangerous.  

But a dog chained up on a concrete patio in all weather, fed scraps, beaten, never cleaned or played with, will become vicious and mean.  The creatures at SeaWorld are abused and neglected.  They're going to lash out, and everything I've heard indicates SeaWorld SOP has zero consideration for the well-being of their animals.  So that is their fault.
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Vaporman87
@steak: I agree with you also. These are just not animals that handle isolation and confinement well. Dolphins and some other creatures seem to do okay, but not the orca.
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Vaporman87
Here is a picture I took of The Banshee. This was an AWESOME coaster. Just truly awesome. You never feel like you are just cruising along. You are in constant motion (aside from moving forward of course). An amazing ride.



Another cool fact about this ride: It was built on the same ground as the Son of Beast. So to commemorate the Son of Beast's time there, there is a giant monument with the Son of Beast's logo and the dates "2000-2009" inscribed on it located along the waiting line. Cool. 
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I miss riding this ride with no shoes on and enjoying the breeze from the lake nearby
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Vaporman87
That looks pretty wicked TDitH. Reminds me of Delirium at K.I., only Delirium doesn't swing you completely upside down like that.


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Vaporman87
Hey... anybody feel like chipping in some dollars for a roller coaster? Shouldn't be too expensive.




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