Holiday events at regional parks growing this year

Posted Monday, November 27, 2017 9:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The destination parks have been presenting holiday events for years. More recently, smaller regional parks, which traditionally had only been open during the warmer months, have been hanging Christmas lights, serving hot chocolate, and, yes, cranking up their roller coasters and other rides for holiday celebrations.

Read more from USA Today.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:56 PM
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slithernoggin said:

Oh, Mr Lord Gonchar, I don't understand you.

Why anyone would prefer bitter cold temperatures and snow that has to be shoveled over nice, warm, summer temperatures escapes me :-)

To each their own.

From where I'm standing, it's more like this:

Why anyone would prefer oppressive temperatures and the yardwork required over nice, cool, winter temperatures escapes me :-)

My take has always been it's easier to stay warm in the winter than it is to stay cool in the summer. You can always add layers, but you can't get more naked. Plus, my comfort/tolerance skews to the cold side. At 75 degrees I'm starting to get warm. 80 is hot to me. On the flip side I usually don't even put a jacket on until it nears freezing and a bonafide coat requires temperatures below the drinking age.

Funny thing is, I was just reading info on the various smart thermostats and one was talking about how it could save you X amount on your bill compared to setting your thermostat at 72 and leaving it and I'm thinking, "Who the hell keeps their home that hot?" Around here 68 is "turning it up" and even then we keep a window in our bedroom open to some degree all winter long. The winter air is so awesomely crisp and fresh and it keeps our bedroom around 62 degrees - pretty much perfection for comfort and sleep.

But mostly it's about dewpoint. I hate that feeling of sticky moisture in the air. It's the main reason the south sucks. Temperature matters, but dewpoint matters more. Nothing worse than gross, heavy, thick air. It's one of the main reasons fall is the best season of all. The air is drying out, so even those warmer days are entirely tolerable.

In the end, I'd rather die of hypothermia than heat stroke...and I'm less likely to. ;)


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Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:33 PM
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Only because you limit your exposure. Cold will kill you faster while heat mostly just makes you uncomfortable. That's why amusement parks are open mostly in summer.

Also, my energy bills are lower in the Florida.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:52 PM
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I run the AC harder and longer (giggty!) than the heat ever runs. The longer warm period of the south works the opposite for us.

(And this discussion exists within the bubble of temperature preference - in the big picture it barely matters. I'm not choosing where to live based on weather unless we're down to like the 12th tiebreaker.)

Jeff said:

That's why amusement parks are open mostly in summer.

Well, theme parks are mostly a warm weather activity. Water rides, rides moving quickly in open air. It's the same reason you don't put the top down in the convertible in the snow.

Although (as the very topic of this thread indicates), the parks are adjusting/modifying their available attractions to make them suitable winter activities. The 'seasonal' parks are finding ways to operate 8 or 9 months out of the year.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:47 PM
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When I finally moved out of Ohio, I was like, "Wait, so the weather doesn't have to suck most of the time?" One of many realizations that regrettably came too late in life.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:39 PM

While I'm not currently a fan of bitter cold I prefer cooler weather and will take the winter cold of Ohio over being too hot any more of the year than I already am. Like Gonch said, you can only get so naked. The main value I get out of summer is that it's amusement park season and I have a career with a summer off season so I'm free to spend tons of time at the park. Anything over 80 is hot. Over 85 I get really sluggish over 90 I feel sick. I have left a totally dead park with walk-ons as far as the eye can see because I was too hot. I just physically can't take it. I love fall. I would love September weather all summer.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:22 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

slithernoggin said:

Oh, Mr Lord Gonchar, I don't understand you.

Why anyone would prefer bitter cold temperatures and snow that has to be shoveled over nice, warm, summer temperatures escapes me :-)

To each their own.

From where I'm standing, it's more like this:

Why anyone would prefer oppressive temperatures and the t required over nice, cool, winter temperatures escapes me :-)

Well, I'm kind of like a snake: My blood temputare is based on the temputare outside. Give me 80 degree weather and I'm a happy camper. Give me 40 degree weathter and I'm wondering why I didn't move to Florida...


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Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:29 PM

My favorite weather is fall jacket weather. Temps in the comfortable upper 60s or low 70s during the day and then a crisp 50 at night. Aka, Florida winter. This is why I think I have always loved Halloween at Cedar Point/Geauga Lake so much.

At the end of the day for me, it isn't even the snow or cold. It's the lack of sunshine. Which is why I don't think I could make it through winter again.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:35 PM
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Yes, this completely encapsulates my weather m.o. It took Seattle of all things for me to see the sun problem. Seattle winters "mist" every day, but you'll usually get a chance to see the sun at some point (and summers there are like Florida winters). That's the opposite of weeks of flat gray Ohio winter skies. It depresses me.


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Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:06 PM
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Jeff said:

That's the opposite of weeks of flat gray Ohio winter skies.

Over the years, I think I've realized that Ohio is two very different states weather-wise. My Ohio isn't nearly the pale, dark world yours was.

BrettV said:

My favorite weather is fall jacket weather. Temps in the comfortable upper 60s or low 70s during the day and then a crisp 50 at night.

1. Jacket weather? Pfft. That's shorts, t-shirt, swimming in the afternoon weather.

2. If I could find the place where that's summer weather, I'd be set.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:33 PM

(insert previous conversation about sunshine, weather and depression)

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Sunday, December 17, 2017 2:36 PM
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If the unions would just negotiate for better weather, we could consolidate these threads.


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Sunday, December 17, 2017 3:05 PM

I personally enjoy going during these events more then the summer season. I would much rather be a bit chilly then hot. For the past few years I’ve visited more parks and spent more days in one from Sept-May then June-Aug. I like all the extra shows and attractions parks add to their holiday events and festivals


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Sunday, December 17, 2017 6:05 PM
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Northern Ohio is probably different from y'all in the south, but it's probably pretty close to yinz in Pittsburgh and Western New York.


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