This reminds me of a small coaster we used to put the kids on at the state fair, long ago. Wonder if they still have it. But it was in a lot better shape than this one.......don't think I'd want to risk this, Mr. Roberts, but fun to watch. It does look quite shaky.
I think most people would choose Cedar Point over Holiday World, but not me. Holiday World is just so well run and the cleanest park I've ever been to. Good food and reasonable prices, free drinks and sunscreen, wonderful scenery in the area and a lot of other interesting things to do outside the park. Hope you have the chance to spend a couple days there sometime. We spent a couple hours just at the Lincoln Museum - incredible. And the Abbey - you have to see it to believe it. Just so enjoyable, the entire area. Santa Claus itself is small but unique and there's a lot in the surrounding area.
Comedian Louis CK was on Letterman last night --he talked about a trip he'd made to China and that it was, in his words, weird and he'd never want to go back; so much smog you could not breathe and he was apparently very uncomfortable there for a lot of reasons. Couldn't pay me to go. And you're right, there's so much in our own country still to see and do - and hopefully be safer.