I have lived in Bay area for years, but I had never visited Great America until last year. I always thought, all theme parks are same and I have visited quite a few. But I went to Great America last year, and had a lot of fun. Even for a Sunday, the part was not wildly crowded (may be because it was close to season end) like Disney parks, so it was much better experience while waiting in line for the rides. Also the character photo spots were not overly crowded and my baby got a small gift (candies) from each character. Also there were some rides that a 1 year old can ride by herself. The fall decorations were in place and they offered a diff sight than disneyland. All in all I enjoyed it a lot. But I don't see myself going there every month unless they add something new.