I'll be there, yeah baby! My wife and I went to Kings Island this past weekend. Rode the new Banshee. Very cool and smooth; kind of a combo of Gatekeeper and Raptor.
Anyone who thinks the economy isn't much better these days should ponder the fact that Ohio has 2 large amusement parks only a few hours from each other, yet on any given day, thousands of people come to spend a couple hundred dollars of leisure/discretionary funds.
The lines for the rides are longer than they were 5-6 years ago, with more people at the park. Which is why CP is making money hand over fist with their FastPass option. Amazing (and annoying) to see just how many people have a few hundred extra $ to pay for that.
I recently read that consumer confidence is now at 77 (up from the low 30's at the end of the Bush years). That helps explain why we found someone to buy our house, for the price we wanted, I suppose. People aren't afraid to spend money anymore.