These would include parks with in a 4 hour drive from Home.
"One big trip":
Usually hit a few on vacation: Last years vacation included Marineland (Ont), Martin's Fantasy Island, Seabreeze, Great Escape, Canobie Lake, Funtown USA, Palace Playland, Lake Compounce, Rye Playland all in 9 days. (the North East black out kept us from Canada's Wonderland and the extreme heat kept us from Six Flags New England)
This year's 2 week planned vacation in June will consist of: Carowinds, Myrtle Beach Pavillion, Family Kingdom, Boomers (Dania FL), Miracle Strip (is that place still open?), Wild Adventures (Valdosta GA), Six Flags Over Georgia and Dollywood. IF time permits, Visionland and Lake Winnie will also be in there. *** Edited 5/6/2004 4:17:12 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
I'm thankful that my parents were willing to take me to so many parks when I was living with them, but, at the ripe old age of 20, I find myself going to NYC or Boston or Vermont more than anything else these days. Back in High School I could easily add 30 or 40 coasters to my track record every year. This year I'll be lucky if I add 10.
The fact that all I do is work and go to school helps, too. ;) *** Edited 5/6/2004 4:24:20 PM UTC by matt.***
If I'm planning a major vacation and there happens to be a park nearby, I'll try to include it, but 3-4 park visits a year is par for the course for me.
My two "big trips" this year include(d) the SoCal Solace trip, and the upcoming *Tejas Adventure*, including THREE coaster events (Shark Bash, FiestaFest, and Rip Roarin' Rampage). Every park on this upcoming trip, including all the SF Texas parks, Schlitterbahn, LibertyLand, VisionLand, Magic Springs, Bell's, and Frontier City, are "new to me".
After that trip, I'll be pretty much done for the year, everything else will have to be "long weekend excursions"...like CoasterMania and/or IB's Lost Coaster Weekend...;)
EDIT: SLFAKE....yes, Miracle Strip IS still open, but this is the "swansong" for the park. Come Labor Day, MSAP will be no more...so DO get there this year....or not at all...:(
*** Edited 5/6/2004 4:41:05 PM UTC by rollergator***
also, there are so many parks close to where we are located in pa . NJ,MD,PA,VA and OH are all within 6 hours from us.
Doing that I can probably hit 10-20 parks a year if i'm lucky.
Like Moosh said a good job and flexible helps alot too.
I have always visited atleast one large park a year(often times 2), and we always used to go to Myrtle Beach once a year(now I'm good if I go every other year, but I'm getting back in the habit), and there are 2 amusment parks and a few fun parks with rides/coasters down there as well.
Then, if I know that something major is going on with family(like a childbirth, graduation, wedding, etc. But always something good;)), and we have to go to another state for it, I plan on trying to visit a park while I'm there. In june, we're going to Mass to see my nephew graduate high school, and The Beaver is going to SFNE more than likely.
Plus, now that I have friends that live closer to Pitt, I'll be hitting Kennywood.
I only plan on one major trip a year besides vacation(vacation, again, is Myrtle). This year, the Major trip will be Beast buzz. But I' m planning a second trip with friends to CP and GL in early fall.
Since I already had to go to N.C. and be near charolette this month, I'm going a day early to hit carowinds with Andy(already printed tix online).
But the most important factors is haveing a job that supports your habits, and haveing the time to do it.
We wound up staying at two Hampton Inns (just east of Kennywood and one in Saco ME near Funtown) and a Comfort Inn in Batavia NY (very close to SFDL and not all that bad for Seabreeze either) that offered this.
The complimentary contential breakfasts at these places did a few things. 1) It saved us money 2) It saved us time.
I'm going to try and con my wife into going to Dollywood and BGT for a weekend trips this fall and my sister lives in Orlando so a trip there with the right airfare is always a possibility.
In early January, my friend and I are planning a trip to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. I plan on riding coasters there as well.
So basically, anywhere I go that has a coaster, I ride it (well, except the brothels in Las Vegas).
*** Edited 5/6/2004 6:49:21 PM UTC by coasterguts***
Yes. I get passed around. There. I said it.
But seriously, I wouldn't travel nearly as much as I do if I hadn't made good coaster friends. The "normal" friends are only good for 1, maybe 2, park visits a year, and they're generally only wanting to hit local parks or big parks they've heard about (CP).
I'm also a big advocate of the long weekend. Sure, it's a little crazy to drive 1000 miles in 3 days, but it's fun, and you only live once, you know? And if you can afford it, flying for long weekends is even better (taking my 4th long weekend to Vegas in June :) ).
Buying cards and calendars helps, too ;)
*** Edited 5/6/2004 7:44:10 PM UTC by Mamoosh***
You can't count on this, though. This summer it seems that all of my business trips are to the same city for some reason.
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