Disney World v. Six Flags

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Disney World v. Six Flags

Disney World's Magic Kingdom (left) and the Six Flags Batman ride (right). (Courtesy from Telegraph and themeparkreview.com)

Disney World's Magic Kingdom (left) and the Six Flags Batman ride (right). (Courtesy from Telegraph and themeparkreview.com)

Disney World's Magic Kingdom (left) and the Six Flags Batman ride (right). (Courtesy from Telegraph and themeparkreview.com)

Disney World's Magic Kingdom (left) and the Six Flags Batman ride (right). (Courtesy from Telegraph and themeparkreview.com)

Whitney Ethridge, Staff Reporter

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Over spring break, I went to Disney World and Six Flags Over Texas. While at both amusement parks I had a lot of fun, but overall the parks are very different. I believe there are four aspects that showcase the strengths and weaknesses of both parks: Adrenaline, Affordability, Cleanliness, and Overall Atmosphere.

When it comes to Disney World, most rides are kid-oriented, not much thrill or scare factor, and all themed on a movie or character. I got scared once on the Haunted Mansion ride and it was only because the ride shut down while I was on it. Space Mountain was definitely the most thrilling ride I rode while at Disney World. Being in the dark not seeing which way you’re turning will always get my heart racing. Six Flags, however, is packed with adrenaline coasters that make you feel like your stomach is dropped to your feet. The Titan, Texas Giant, Mr. Freeze, Batman, Runaway Mountain, that’s the beginning of all the heart racing coasters. Six Flags wins when it comes to adrenaline.

Affordability…forget about it. At either park, I cashed out four dollars for a water bottle. At Disney, the ice cream is about the only thing cheaper than water. Since when is that reasonable? You want frozen sugar…sure that’s fine. You want to stay hydrated…that’ll be two gallons of gas. At six flags I spent twenty-five dollars to park a mile and a half away from the park. What is that trash? If I knew I’d be walking that far I would have free parked across the street from the grounds. When it comes to affordability neither park wins.

Cleanliness is important when you have over one thousand people walking through your park on an almost daily basis. In Disney, I looked at the bottom of my shoes and they were cleaner than when I walk through my house with my shoes on. Every few feet there is a trash can. I never saw a single piece of litter. Everything looked and smelled clean, I wouldn’t have known how many people do walk through the park every day. Six Flags is a landfill compared to Disney. The walkways were dirty and covered in trash. My shoes are so bad I need to wash them. You would think there is no cleaning crew that works at the park. Disney wins in cleanliness.

Both have the main goal of amusement, but they vary greatly in all technical terms. “The most Magical Place on Earth” vs “Go Big! Go Six Flags!” two very different mottos that highlight the different personalities of the parks. At Disney it feels like your childhood, magical, and too good to be true. When there I truly felt like a kid and not a stressed seventeen years old. At Six Flags it was fun when it came to the rides, but dirty otherwise. I felt like I wanted to clean everything and yell at snotty children’s parents for not doing anything. Disney definitely had a magic feel for me, making the experience better.
Overall Disney definitely wins. Disney: 1, Six Flags: 0.

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