Geauga Lake isn't worth going to, in my opinion. They have a really good coaster [Dominator], a couple of okay ones [Steel Venom and Big Dipper] and then a bunch of whatever.
I haven't been to any of the other ones, however I'm incredibly excited for Hershey [which I will hit this summer], and less so for Dorney [which I will also hit this summer]. However, I am also excited for Knoebel's [which I will hit this summer], which isn't too far away from Hershey.. so if possible, you should hit up both. If money's a problem, Knoebel's seems fairly cheap, so you could probably work that into your plans pretty easily.
Dorney is a good park but doesen't require much time.
GL is a good park but can be completed in about 2 or 3 hours if you are taking your time.
However Hersheypark is a GREAT park. They have two great woodies, a B&M invert, a rocket, and all in all have a wonderful collection of coasters. I went there last year for the first time and I have to say that my friend and I had a great time.
I suggest going to Hershey park
However if possible try to drive to NJ for SFGadv becasue that is a great park as well.
I like this thread because we have a good chance of visiting a few parks in Pennsylvania immediately following the 4th of July. It sounds like it would be possible to do Dorney and Knoebel's in the same day, am I correct?
Hershey park is the 2nd best park I have ever been to (Cedar Point #1).Dorney is a nice park and usally not very busy,you can ride all the rides in just a few hours.GL has a couple of nice coasters and the new water park is very nice,I was just there 3 days ago and every ride was walk on (weekday visits are always the best times to go).
If you have to chose just one make it Hershey you won't regret it.
Of the three you suggest, I would go with Hersheypark. Just a fantastic park, one of the best anywhere.
Buuuuut...as others have said, you might want to skip those and hit Knoebels instead, and find out what a wooden coaster is really supposed to be like ;)
macho nacho, it is very possible to hit both parks in the same day, they are just two hours apart. Go to Dorney in the morning, and you should have no trouble getting in everything there, and then head out to Knoebels.
macho nachos, A good friend and I once hit Knoebels and DP on the same day, and it was easily doable. We did Knoebels in the morning and it took about 1 1/2 hours drive from there to Dorney. I remember that we arrived at Dorney at about 3PM so I guess that means we left Knoebels at about 1:30PM. I also remember that it was difficult to leave Knoebels even though I am not a fan of the park (sorry Moosh). I suppose we were having a decent time there.
I will repeat myself here. Hersheypark is one of the best parks in the world. They teach their employees that they aren't in competition with DP, SFGAdv, or Knoebles, rather they are in competition with Disney. How's THAT for lifting morale? And the park is really big; they have so much to do that halfway through your day you may find that there is a lot you haven't done yet. In the past 10 or so years, they have pretty much doubled the size of the park, and they just keep adding rides and improvments.
The place just makes you happy...Hershypark Happy. :)
Thanks for the info Cyclonic and dexter. I hope this trip pans out, its just around the corner and at the moment I'm playing phone tag with my buddy from down South, we're supposed to meet in PA. Any other advice would be appreciated. :)
You know what, don't listen to these people who say GL can be done in 2 to 3 hours. Thats absurd, when you factor in, all of WWK, all of HH, all dry rides, Shows, and Attractions. If you like all of that, WWK will take a while, as it has been seeing decent crowds lately. Then work your way through Happy harbor, with Dino Island which is right outside WWK. If you don't mind a 3D Movie geared tword kids, but is cool with the effects, check out robots.
There are a few flat rides also to check out on the south side. Once across the boardwalk, you have RWB, then Dominator. If you truely rode everything, and was there on a weekend, it would take you 2 days to do everything fully, and have fun. I lost track of time in Splash Landing, I was busy hosing dry people down, it was great.
Trust me, things are a bit different there now. Check it out. WWK is one of the most beatiful waterparks you'll see. The old Sea World landscaping really makes this a great park with the way they utilized it. Also has some of the best in water attractions. A beatiful watepark, and very caribbean. Definately like paradise close to home. It's not costly at 25 a ticket, so I say hit up GL&WWK.