gurnee and santa clara positives and negatives

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gurnee and santa clara positives and negatives

Post by missedthemarriotera » Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:56 pm

what are some of the things that make gurnee better then santa clara, and some things that make santa clara better than gurnne? i've only been to gurnee... so i'd like to know if it would be worth going from wisconsin to california to see it :lol:
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Post by MGA1 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:00 pm

Well, I worked in Gurnee from '77-'82 and Santa Clara from '90-'91. The parks started as near-clones in 1976. Gurnee had a few more rides than Santa Clara when the parks first opened. After Marriott's sold the parks, the parks started to move in different directions. By 1991, both parks had many differences but still resembled each other. Later, Paramount bought the Santa Clara park and made many many changes...rezoning and renaming many of the original themed areas and removing the train so you can see from the Front Gate all the way to what was the Hometown Grand Music Hall. The parks are now very different. IMHO, SFGA has more/larger coasters than Santa Clara.
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Post by missedthemarriotera » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:54 pm

ohhh... thanks so much!!! :lol: would you think its worth going to check it out, if your a type of person who likes huge coasters and all that???
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Post by the Crypt Cruiser » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:32 pm

I'd say it's worth it. CGA still has a lot of charm and some decent coasters. I wish it was closer to me. You can go to SF Discovery Kingdom on the same trip. You will definately have fun, even if it's just exploring the differences. :D
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Post by missedthemarriotera » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:38 pm

thanks!!! i will try to check it out in 2009...
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