Ok You may all laugh at this request but here it goes.
Me and the missus are tying the know next year (eek). And are looking to go the good ole' US of A.
Naturally we want the best theme park holiday available and was wondering where's best, peak times, least busy fun parks and so on. Money not really an issue. I've looked at The various six flags around and Cedar obviously but wanted a few "expert" opinions.
Pick a state! Then start looking around at all the parks and plan out a trip. You can go to Ohio and hit Cedar Point, Six Flags Worlds of Adventures, and Paramounts Kings Islands. Then you can head down and do Kentucky Kingdom. Or you can go to Cali and do all the parks they have there. You can come to PA and Do Dorney,Hershey, Knoebals,Six Flags Great Adventure and KennyWood. You just gotta get a starting point. My favorite park is Busch Gardens Williamsburg. You can go there and do Busch and Paramount Kings Domion.
Well Ohio, Cal, or the northeast has the biggest amount of parks, but you should also consider the middle o the country with places like HOliday world and Indiania beach, though they are small parks. You could spend a week in pennsylvania and not hit all the small parks.
I think that Ohio, starting with Six Flags: Worlds of Adventure, hitting Cedar Point, going down to King's Island and on down to Holiday World would be a great trip. You could also stop at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on the way if you wanted. Also, Pennsylvania is a great place and not far from Cedar Point which you really cannot miss.
Expanding on the above suggestions, decide how much time and money you have available. Then pick an anchor destination (say Cedar Point) and check what's available within the area around there (http://www.rcdb.com/locationsearch.htm).
Edit: bah... too slow :) *** This post was edited by Strijder 9/29/2003 7:25:53 PM ***
The best theme park holiday has to include Holiday World, Indiana Beach, and Kennywood. A good holiday is spent "getting away from it all". To do this, try hitting as many parks as you can that aren't part of a huge chain.
These parks will be every bit as busy as any other park, without the sense that you're just cattle. They may not have the tallest or the fastest, but the atmosphere is indescribably a much better experience. For example, the free parking, inner tubes, sunscreen, and, best of all, free soft drinks(yes, free all day long) that you get at Holiday World just blew me away! Indiana Beach has a great "boardwalk" feel to it that's like a blast from the past. Also a must. And Kennywood has a number of classic rides that you can't find anywhere else, mixed with modern favorites.
And while I assume a number of big chain parks will be on the itinerary, for my money don't skip Cedar Point or Paramount's Kings Island.
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I think BGW would be a great honeymoon destination. It's a VERY beautiful park and could be quite romantic. Also, CP would be the other choice for me because after spending all day riding rides, you could have night strolls on the sandy beach. Plus, it has a great waterpark for honeymooners I imagine. Congrats and have fun! ------------------ Nashville needs a theme park!
Congrats on the marriage as I am also getting married next year, you could always start in MN (go to the Mall of America biggest mall in the US), then go to Valleyfair (about 25 minutes away) and then head to Des Moines, IA and go to Adventureland (3 1/2 hrs from Valleyfair) and then go to Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City(3 1/2 hrs from Adventureland). You get 3 parks + the Mall for a 7-8 hour drive.
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The best thing about your honeymoon is not going to be what you did, but rather the time you spend together. Don't pack the schedule. Relax and leave time for spontaneous r & r (and such ;-)). I would pick someplace with a little atmosphere and areas to just sit and enjoy being together. I would pick someplace with nice lodging nearby.
Unless BOTH of you are terribly dedicated to getting in as much ridetime in the greatest parks . . .
Well, thinking back on it now, our honeymoon was a good mix of coaster riding and uh... not coaster riding. We went to Florida, which is a good choice because there are so many things available to do. We spent a couple days at Universal and the rest of the time on a beach or just hanging out at our ocean side hotel room in Daytona. There are also a myriad of cruise options launching from Florida that makes it a good choice.
Then again, I don't know how many more chances you are going to have to get to the US so that may affect your plans. Maybe it would be best to save the coaster trip for later.
what you should be ridin' on your honeymoon ;) (sorry for the tasteless humor)
I figure I could do both at the same time ;)
Thanks for the info guys. We don't want to spend the whole time at the park but would like it as a focal point for the holiday we aren't going to spend all day every day for 2 weeks queuing up for coasters, more after a fun day out with the option of riding some impressive rides.
*** This post was edited by Ross McColl 9/30/2003 1:32:39 PM ***