My favorite time will always be at night. I love the atomosphere with all the lights and energy. This is probably because I'm a DJ whose used to working until 3:30 am.
Neither. We usually roll in to a park an hour or two after opening and are usually gone before close. There are exceptions, but for the most part we don't open or close the park.
As one of the world's most impatient people, I usually avoid park openings. I remember one time I drove to Hershey from Maryland in time for opening, only to be stuck in a 2 mile traffic jam waiting to get into the park.
Another time, I met some friends from Hbg. and we were supposed to spend the day at the park then go out to dinner that evening. Well by 2:00, they were ready to leave, and I'm saying no way did I spend 30 dollars to get in here only to leave after 3 1/2 hours- including a lunch break. So they left and I hung out by myself till I met them later.
Personally I prefer to hit the park around mid-afternoon, find a relatively close parking space from an early bird who left already (most later arrivals don't make the effort to cruise the closest rows), then stay until closing. I love a park in the evening and at night anyway. I only need to spring for one meal and some drinks and snacks. Besides, I'm probably past the point of being able to last in a park for 12 hours anymore. :)
Start early, open the park and stay 'till the end. If I need a break, it's in the afternoon.
If not, I'm there at opening, and gone by 2. :)
So I guess my preference is mostly dependant on keeping my drive pleasant. Does that make me a sleep enthusiast instead? ;)
I'm a night owl by nature. Amusement parks are one of the few things that can (sometimes ) get me going early in the morning, though.
Yep, I agree, especially working a modified 2nd shift. I have made several attempts to get to CP or PKI by park opening and have actually made it once for each. I have a 2 hr drive to each, and I went through a period of time where I was getting sick if I got up before 8 AM, Glad Thats OVER! I will still need something to wake me up for the Valleyfair event this comming Friday.
Nowadays, I'm definitely a night owl overall. Everything rides better at night. That said, you can get more done in the first half hour of park opening (if you "surf the wave" - see my park strategies post in Travel Tips thread) than in 3 or 4 hours at peak time.
If it's new to me, I usually plan on getting there at opening (and usually end up getting there about 30 min. late) and I almost always stay 'til close. If it's a smaller park (DW and AA were my recent examples) I'll get there around midday and just take a lazy afternoon.
Parks, really, I understand some of you get there AT opening for the quick re-rides and such. For me, really, the ATMOSPHERE of parks lit up at night, that's what I live for... :)
Recently I got to take my sister to Magic Kingdom for "Magic After Hours", and I think she was nearly converted...SO nice when the weather's cooler, crowds are thinner, and the LIGHTS are lit up beautifully....that's why I keep trying to get more parks to adopt IB's "ride sessions"...so all the daytimers can be out of there when the night owls are *hunting* the all-important NIGHT rides... :)
Beast: Wasn't really that fun AT ALL till night. Then it rocks!
Same for Apollo's Chariot, liked it during day alot but at night it jumped to No. 4 on my list.
Others include: Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, Phantoms Revenge, Voyage, Legend, Raven, Raging Bull, Incredible Hulk,etc.
For me I would say I am an Early Bird because I hate lines. And the lines in the morning aren't as bad as at night.
I did a daytime visit to KW this year and left around 6 PM but I plan to return some evening before the season is over.
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