A question about crowds at Flordia Parks

Thursday, March 28, 2002 10:44 AM
I am going to be going to Universal Studios and IOA in early June. I have heard that is a good time to go because the schools in that area arent out of school yet. Is this true, or partly true? and for those of you that have been there during this time, is it a bad time crowd wise or what?

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Fear the Wrath of the Phantom! Phantoms Revenge, Kennywood park, West Mifflin Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 12:13 PM
Could someone please answer?

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Fear the Wrath of the Phantom! Phantoms Revenge, Kennywood park, West Mifflin Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 12:38 PM
I live in Miami Beach, and the schools getout in the very beginning of June. It probably will be very crowded so just stay at Portofino or Hard Rock (Front of the line acces).

*** This post was edited by Flying Unicorn on 3/28/2002. ***

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 12:44 PM
Summer is the busiest time of year in Florida (go figure, it is also at it's hottest and most miserable). IOA will be packed. Look forward to long long lines.

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Bob Hansen

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 5:56 PM

Flying Unicorn said:
I live in Miami Beach, and the schools getout in the very beginning of June. It probably will be very crowded so just stay at Portofino or Hard Rock (Front of the line acces).

*** This post was edited by Flying Unicorn on 3/28/2002. ***



What do you mean by front of the line acces? and yea Kick the sky, I know summer is the busiest time of year and all that...thanks for the encouraging comment..

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Fear the Wrath of the Phantom! Phantoms Revenge, Kennywood park, West Mifflin Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, March 28, 2002 6:11 PM
I live in FL, and schools can get out anytime from the last week of May through about the first week of June. However, I've never found the lines at IOA to be too insurmountable, especially since there aren't so many coasters. So if you have to wait a bit longer for them, what's the rush? Going mid-week, of course, would help to a certain extent, if that's possible for you.

I wouldn't stay at the Hard Rock, however, not for $200 or so a night. There are plenty of hotels you can get within 5 miles that are anywhere from $40 - $140 a night.

As for the weather, beware about 4pm - 6pm, there's likely to be a quick thunderstorm. But it will be over and mostly dry within an hour, and helps to cut down the crowds. Have fun!

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Friday, March 29, 2002 5:58 AM

Jason, let me be the cheery voice of encouragement: Early June is fine. Someone posted that schools let out in late May or early June. I have a half-dozen teachers in the family and can assure you that school has never gotten out in May. It is usually between the second and third week of June. It will be that way this year too.

So, if by early June you mean the first week in June, weekdays will be heaven. The second week should still be nice, though with a bit more of a crowd trickling in. After that, all bets are off though late June is still better than the month of July.

Either way, I can't stress this next point enough: Get there when the park opens at 9am. As far as IOA goes you will be able to do ALL of the thrill rides well before lunch and then be able to spend the afternoon absorbing the themed bliss before taking on re-rides before closing. USF is a much wider park so it's not as easy to get around and a lot of the attractions are time-consuming -- so, whether it's peak season or not there, you will be spending time there anyway.

You will enjoy it!

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Friday, March 29, 2002 7:15 AM
I allready made my reservations at the Clairon Hotel Universal. Amazingly cheap, for being 1/2 mile from the park. The exact dates I will be in either theme parks are Mondy, june 10th, tues. 11th, and wed. 12th. So I guess that would be like the second week. Im guessing it would be best to go to Universal on Monday, IOA on tuesday, then do all the re-riding or whatever I missed on wensday. Thanks Paris, you cheered me up!

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Fear the Wrath of the Phantom! Phantoms Revenge, Kennywood park, West Mifflin Pennsylvania.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:17 AM

Paris....Sorry your wrong about school getting out. The last day of school for Palm Beach County schools is May 31. College and high school seniors get out even earlier than that. Now each county down here is different but I dont think they get out to much later than Palm Beach County schools.

Also you can find rooms at Hard Rock for $150 a night, and in mid June there new hotel The Royal Pacific opens. There rates are around $100 a night. Both are worth it if it means no lines.

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:22 AM

I would suggest using the Fast Lane passes and you can get right on if the line is really long or if your group doesn't mind getting split up, most rides have single rider lines which get you on fairly quickly as well. I would suggest this for Spiderman, but the rest should be less than 45 minute waits for Hulk, Dr. Doom, and the water rides. I've never waited over 15 minutes for the Dragons.

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PKI Uncovered Review

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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:41 AM
Schools in Miami let out in the second week in June. It shouldn't be that bad. Not on a Mon-Wed. Go early, though.
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Friday, March 29, 2002 11:53 AM

Hockey, mea culpa. The Dade and Broward County schools always get out in June, but I see, you're right, I'm wrong on this.

Lee County gets out on May 30th.

http://www.lee.k12.fl.us/community/calendars/calendar02-1.htm

Dade County gets out on June 12th.

http://www.dade.k12.fl.us/calendars/2001-02.htm

Broward County gets out on June 13th.

http://www.browardschools.com/maincentr/calendar/cal2001.html

Osceola County gets out on May 22nd. Ouch.

http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/TempCalendar/academic0102.html

Either way, you're going on weekdays while the locals tend to hit the park on the weekends. So, yes, some of the area schools will be out, but the parks should still be very doable.

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