Friday, October 23, 2009

Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride

In 2006, according to, 335 million people visited more than 600 amusement parks in the United States. That, the site says, amounts to estimated revenues of $11.5 billion, a $4 billion increase over 1996.

Amusement Today magazine reported that there was an overall increase in amusement park attendance during the summer of 2008.

Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida, shown at the top of this post, ranked #1 in attendance with 17,063 visitors. Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, was second with attendance of 14,721,000.

I thought it would be interesting to see what the best amusement parks in the United States look like on Google Earth.

Having reviewed numerous articles addressing the issue of exactly which parks are best I concluded the list would have to include...

Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Knot's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia

Kings Island, Mason, Ohio (Cincinnati)

Hershey Park, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Legoland, Carlsbad, California

Epcot Center, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida

1 comment:

Unknown said...

i love amusement parks roller coasters are my favorite ride!! these parks look really different from the air practically unrecognizable but they do put how large they really are into perspective!!