CoasterAuditor wrote:Sometimes coaster enthusiasts like to use "this park needs" as a word filter for "I want this park to have this because I want it, me"
Hey, look at that, someone is actually making some sense!
Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are different. While the parks share a physical demographic, their clientele are different. Kings Dominion is an exciting coaster park with a few hotels scattered throughout the immediate area. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a landscaped theme park, in an already tourism-friendly area, that just so happens to have a few really good coasters in it. Kings Dominion has the better coasters, for sure, but it can't match the selection of shows, good food, and beautiful vistas that Busch Gardens provides.
Are we really so spoiled that a park is "losing ground" only because they haven't one-upped another park in the past few years? There's something to be said about a slow and steady business model. Does anyone realize that Busch Gardens had literally no new "headlining" coaster additions for eight years (Apollo's Chariot to Griffon)? In fact, the only other major new attractions that I can recall happening in that period were the Ireland renovation in 2001 and Curse of DarKastle in 2005. In my opinion, a park doesn't have to continually one-up themselves or their competitors to continue to grow - they just have to keep delivering a great experience.