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Why you should keep your family
far away from amusement parks

New York Post, by Naomi Schaefer Riley

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Posted By:MissMolly, 8/25/2014 5:15:58 AM

With summer drawing to a close, parents are desperate. Camp’s over; the kids’ friends have left for more exotic destinations. A trip to the pool doesn’t yield the same excitement it did in June. And so many families are caving to demands for a trip to the amusement park. Whether you’re thinking of Six Flags, Sesame Place, Hershey Park or Dutch Wonderland: Don’t do it — you’ll be sorry. Amusement parks — especially water parks — have never been more popular. More than 26 million people went to a Six Flags last year. John Robinett of the nonprofit Themed Entertainment Asssociation has some hifatlutin’

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/25/2014 5:44:10 AM     (No. 9979612)

Wow, check out the nasty snarkfest of comments after the story in the Post. I think there are plenty of places to take kids that don´t involve huge fees or standing in endless lines.

Plus, the thought of spending 5 hours stuck way up high on a roller coaster awaiting rescue isn´t my cup of tea.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: DW626, 8/25/2014 6:05:12 AM     (No. 9979619)

I went to one of these parks in June, and you know what? This writer is dead on. I had a nice time and all, and didn´t see or experience any rude or uncivilized behavior, but I can see how easily that can happen with the long, 45 minutes or so, lines. Like I said I did have a great time, but I wouldn´t make a practice of going very often.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno, 8/25/2014 6:27:34 AM     (No. 9979631)

We used to take our kids to Cedar Point about every other year. It just isn´t something we did that often and that was more than a lot of people did. A a result, it wasn´t that bad, but timing is everything. We went towards the end of June and the weather was nice, the crowds were low and the kids always had fun.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/25/2014 7:21:49 AM     (No. 9979675)

An Yogi Bera-ism

Nobody ever goes there = it is too crowded

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bazi, 8/25/2014 7:32:02 AM     (No. 9979683)

In Minnesota, the destination is the State Fair. The attractions are bacon wrapped turkey legs, deep fried bacon, beer gelato, pizza tots,pork chops on a stick and deep fried Snickers bars.
And it´s not cheap.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 8/25/2014 7:45:06 AM     (No. 9979700)

I guess Six Flags and Dutch Wonderland didn´t place any ads in the Post this year.

I bet they won´t next year.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/25/2014 7:46:33 AM     (No. 9979703)

I have grieved since 1997 about the closure of Opryland theme park in Nashville. After reading this article, my grief has ceased. We thought $25 for an all-day pass was horrendous but we saved up for it.

The article barely touched on the security issues that will face us forever at amusement parks, and he didn´t even mention equipment failures.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/25/2014 7:52:18 AM     (No. 9979714)

I knew a woman (now deceased) who was so lonely she bought an expensive season pass to Six Flags so she could feed the ducks in the pond and watch the families walk by. Sometimes an amusement park offers more than fun.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 8/25/2014 8:10:32 AM     (No. 9979738)

Yes, it sin´t worth the money to have fun. One shouldn´t have fun. Isn´t that how liberals control us? They always eliminate fun by first telling us its bad for us. Remember when milk, eggs and avocados were evil? Now there considered very healthy. It wasn´t about health, it was a way to start controlling us through the joy we experienced in simple eating. How about ´unsafe´ park and schoolyard amusement equipment? Those were eliminated as ´unsafe´ and now we have sterile equipment that thrills a 2 year old and nobody else. It was for our own good that liberals made it safe cause the old equipment caused too much fun! Now this. Expect regulations to soon come gooberning lines and cost and such. Its the fascist way cause a society that has fun is much harder to control.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/25/2014 8:47:49 AM     (No. 9979792)

I have fond memories of going to Great Adventure in NJ when I was a kid. Looking back, I´m sure the adults weren´t having such a great time, but we loved the animal safari and all the rides - especially the flume. We only went a few times due to the cost - but that was enough.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 8/25/2014 11:42:33 AM     (No. 9980077)

I would rather crawl on my hands and kness -naked- through a half mile of broken glass than go to an amusement park.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/25/2014 12:00:00 PM     (No. 9980133)

Yes #9, it´s probably time Congress get involved and produce an amusement park customer Bill O´Rights.

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