You can't be serious, can you? Think about it--first of all you gave no park name/s in your thread title. This kind of topic has been posted numerous times in the past, but usually with a "What day of the week is a good day to visit "Park A" question (it's also covered in the terms of service that you signed off on). Some websites have legitimate answers to their best predictive ability (official and unofficial). Try those first in the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section. As to be nice, all I can say is that it's a crapshoot. Pay attention to special days in a parks calendar like "Cristian Music Day", or "Corporate Company" Day (this one may not be advertised). Those days are sure to be extra crowded. Crowds can also fluctuate wildly from day to day at any park.
Its a good idea in theory but its not completely practical. You're bound to find some instances where someone experiences low wait times one year and humongous wait times the next. Hopefully people will use it as a tool and not gospel.
You don't need a Web site to figure out what the crowds will be like. Look at the hours they're open, consider if the kids are in school and factor in the weather. It's not rocket science. A sunny weekend in July when the park is open until midnight will be busier than a weekday in may when the park closes at 7, the kids are in school and it's raining.
There's your crystal ball... it's called common sense.
Jeff said: You don't need a Web site to figure out what the crowds will be like.
Sorry, I think the site Moosh found is a great idea. It's one thing to know how many crowded the park will be, but it's another to see the breakdown of expected lines coaster-by-coaster.
The data in WhenToRide is pretty weak. (I reported data for 9 US parks I visited in the last year, and Cedar Point was the only one where there at least two other enthusiasts reported results.) It will be a lot more useful if coaster-geeks like us report our experiences. :)
Jeff said: Give me a break. Do you think Raptor will have a long line when the park opens, given its proximity to the gate?
I understand the logic here. But, while there are some givens relating to the park layout, hours, and such, there is a big factor that this thinking doesn't cover at all ..... operations. Not all parks run their rides the same.
The site could also be helpful to someone that knows nothing about the park or layout. No everybody is quite as smart as all of us.
I prefer to do most of my travelling April, early May, September and October. PKI is usually DEAD in April and CP is the best during October. Better weather, less crowds. I don't really care to visit a "home" park (and I have adopted many) in the summer, especially on a weekend.
Most of my trips involve May/ June, and early Sept/Oct. this year, so we will see. If it all possible I try to visit the parks on the weekdays, if they are open of course.
I am not crazy about heat, crowds, and lines. :-)
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I'm with Tina, the best trips are early and late in the season. I do the above just on the heat factor alone. I can't stand frying on asphalt all day, especially while waiting in a long line.
However, I have found that early June isn't too late for nice crowds and weather. Most people think that Memorial Day yields huge crowds, but the last three years I have taken my big trips over that weekend which have included, but not limited to the "Ohio Triple Crown" & "Pennsylvania Quadruplets" to find moderate crowds and cool weather.