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Old 04-08-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: North of the Eastside
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So I'm originally from the East Coast, where there are some killer amusement parks, with world class mega coasters, inverted loop coasters, huge wood coasters, and other interesting rides. PA, VA, OH, all those states are full of them.

There's really nothing like that in WA state, so I was wondering, how far do I have to travel by car to get to a huge coaster like that? You would think that with the very mild winters and dry summers, we'd be a prime candidate for a park like that.

Please don't say DisneyLand, or I will cry.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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Depends how you define the word "real". There is Wild Waves in Federal Way, about 40 minutes for me from Kirkland, but its a smaller park than you are used to. Its a water park, with some rides and roller coasters, none very tall.

The only other amusement park I hear about driving distance is Silverwood in Idaho, about 6 hours I think.

We lived in OH and you will not find anything like Cedar Point here, unfortunately.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: North of the Eastside
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Right, I was spoiled on Cedar Point, Dorney Park, and Busch Gardens.

Thanks for the Silverwood tip... that's basically what I'm looking for. Just wish I had known about it before my wife got pregnant! Guess I will have to wait a few years.

So what's the next closest like that? Oregon, Northern CA?
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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Nearest major park is Great America near San Jose California.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I haven't made it there yet, but I have heard fantastic things about Silverwood.

Wild Waves is alright, haven't been in several years. I remember enjoying the wave pool and some good water slides. There are also other rides there, a couple of roller coasters and a few other things.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:20 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Mild winters and dry summers are not enough to make money on an outdoor entertainment venue. You really need to get 8-10 months of heavy use to make any money. There is an indoor amusement park that's available but it's really only good for kids, and their parents. Young adults would probably find it boring. It's near Centralia.


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Old 04-09-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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Yeah, I miss the real amusement parks, too. Particularly now that I have children. Busch Gardens at Williamsburg was just the best.
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Old 04-10-2011, 03:52 AM
 
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This place rains a lot and it's kinda cold...People don't come out when it's cold. The weather is not really suitable for an amusement park. That's why Florida is the leader when it comes to amusement parks, good weather all year round. Although it would be nice if we had a major amusement park in Seattle, it'd get totally packed in the summer.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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I would think that the six flags in Vallejo is closer than great America. Not by a lot though.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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I would think that the six flags in Vallejo is closer than great America. Not by a lot though.
Yep. This is the closest one.
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