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Old 05-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Smile Disney-like parks in your area

Hello! I just wanted to see how many Disney-like parks thats out there. I mean some places that you can see that are inspired from Disney. You can also post pictures of the parks


So I'll start. We have a park in Stavanger(Norway) that has the name Kongeparken. It is actually my work place, and I love the place! It is so like Disney because it has Norway's biggest collection of characters, and even more to come. It also has a big castle and even a small "Main Street".
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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I can't think of anything that compares to Disney and I'm sure a lot of people on here are probably thinking the same thing. Perhaps the closest I can think of, on its level of cleanliness, theme, professionalism and quality of shows would be Busch Gardens in Williamsburg (not Tampa). Otherwise, I'm at a loss.

That said, there are some parks that I like BETTER than Disney for certain things....Cedar Point in Ohio has far better thrill rides and Knoebels in PA for affordability, for example.
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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I've only been once, but I was impressed with Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy, CA. Lots of very pretty theming, tons of flowers/trees, and cute rides that were themed after Northern California. Like teacups shaped like artichokes, another ride that was garlic bulbs, strawberries, etc. Really a cute park!
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I live really close to Hershey Park, and I think they try to be like Disney. Character candy bars walk around, and they do special Halloween and Christmas night events, but it's not even close. I used to get season passes to Hershey Park, but just can't deal with poor planning, rude employees and $4 bottled water.

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I live near a place called Holiday World in Santa Clause Indiana. It doesn't hold a candle to Disney. I can barely go there anymore.

We went to a Six Flags a few summers ago and the whole time I wished I was at Disney.
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I live really close to Hershey Park, and I think they try to be like Disney. Character candy bars walk around, and they do special Halloween and Christmas night events, but it's not even close. I used to get season passes to Hershey Park, but just can't deal with poor planning, rude employees and $4 bottled water.

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I agree. They also have "onsite hotels" with transportation. However, Hershey park was around long before Disneyland so I wonder if Disney ever looked at Hershey to see what worked and didn't in those early days.

It is a very nice park and lots of fun, but nowhere near Disney standards. Financially it would be next to impossible though, given the limited operating season it would have due to weather.
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I agree. They also have "onsite hotels" with transportation. However, Hershey park was around long before Disneyland so I wonder if Disney ever looked at Hershey to see what worked and didn't in those early days.

It is a very nice park and lots of fun, but nowhere near Disney standards. Financially it would be next to impossible though, given the limited operating season it would have due to weather.
IMO, the thing that separates Hershey from Disney...enough to keep me away from Hershey altogether....is their complete lack of any crowd control whatsoever. Geez, I've tried going every day of the week you can imagine and it is always mobbed. I know Disney can be mobbed, but they do have a knack for moving people around in a controlled way or entertaining people while they wait (or preventing waits altogether, ala Fastpasses!)

It was a good example, but I'm so jaded toward Hershey. It's my childhood park, I love it, but I can't stand it anymore!
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