The Stampede used to be so awesome for young and old. And if you're a partier, you'll still love it and rate it excellent. Unfortunately, the family is no longer the focus for the Stampede. Crowds, lineups, huge expense and lots of alcohol is what you will now find. My suggestions for parents with children - prepurchase as much as possible, carry food and drink, and hang on to the kids. It is busy! The trains are very overcrowded with the poor, grumpy souls who are trying to get to and from work. Perhaps go to Calaway Park instead (I know plenty of parents who do). The rides are just as good, far cheaper and lineups are short. And If you don't like crowds, don't go to the grounds.