I'm in a Quandry

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:30 PM
I know some people here will think that I am crazy, but I am already planning an amusement park tour for next summer as I can't do much this year due to low fundage and I have major repairs to make to my car. Call me ocd or whatever, but my mind operates as such. So, having said that, here's my plan. I am definitely going to go to PKD and BGW. On the way, I would like to add in a trip to either Hersheypark (I'm leaning toward this one for Stormrunner) or Dorney Park (I want to ride Talon). Keep in mind that I am going for the coasters and quality flats. Dollar for dollar, in your opinion, which one should I go to. And, yes, probably over the winter months I will start booking reservations (about the time I get bored and need something to look forward to). By the way, I'm coming from West Virginia if that makes any difference. Thanks in advance.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:41 PM
It always helps to provide a little bit more information in your titles, but here it goes. Why can't you do both HP and DP? They're not that far from each other, and remember that DP will have Hydra's Revenge for next year. DP has a lot of quality flats, including a Revolution (which HP has as well), a Topspin, and the absolutely insane Skyscraper upcharge attraction (which will scare the crap out of you, trust me). Speaking like most other people on Coasterbuzz, why don't you throw in a trip to Knoebels in there as well (which is located between HP and DP)? Who knows, maybe your financial condition will change by next summer.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:45 PM
I'd suggest the same, try to hit both. Even with Hydra, you should be able to do the whole park in a few hours and then be able to relax at WWK for the rest of the day before getting some more night rides in. Also try to plan the trip for the middle of the week, as both parks can get rather packed on the weekends.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:53 PM
While in the area Knoebels is only an hour and a half from both Dorney and Hershey. Missing Knoebels when your that close is like driving right past Niagra Falls, or the Grand Canyon and not stopping.

It may not have the numbers of coasters as Hershey and Dorney but the quality of wood rivals that of Kennywood and Holiday World. Throw in some cool flats and killer food Knoebels is hard to pass up.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 5:04 PM
I don't have an opinion on which park to visit but I did want to make one comment. I begin thinking of my trips for the next year long before the current year is over. Nothing wrong with planning ahead ;)


Wednesday, July 28, 2004 5:25 PM
I hear ya Moosh! I still have a mess of trips to plan and prepare for over the next couple of months and yet my mind still drifts towards next years adventures and the fun that awaits. I'm beginning to think that I must enjoy planning these things.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 5:28 PM
He he he, mOOSH and I have traded places. I used to do extensive plans on trips that were 11-12 months away. Now I just kind of have a vague idea and don't get serious until 2 or 3 months before a trip. It's refreshing, cause the months of anticipation were killin' me. ;-)

Oh, and one vote for the Hershey Highway. Of course, if you're going that way and you miss Knoebels, you're missing out on the best park in the state... *** Edited 7/28/2004 9:30:39 PM UTC by bassististist***

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 5:44 PM
Everyone is going to suggest to do both, plus Knoebels. All three are great parks, but if I had to pick one... I think Hershey would be my pick, based only one coasters and flats. Knoebels is great and really shouldn't be missed, but Hershey would keep you busy, with rides, all day.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 6:37 PM
Sorry about the title of the thread. I just didn't want to call this a DP vs. HP thread. I know it's frowned upon. I'll try to do better next time. What's cool is, I hadn't considered Knoebels. Basically, I'm guessing that I will go from weekend to weekend and hit as many as I can without being frantic. So, of HP, DP, and Knoebels, which is going to take a whole day and could I hit two of them in one day? I'm figuring that my funds will be ok for next summer. *** Edited 7/28/2004 10:38:44 PM UTC by Dragster Freak***
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 7:34 PM
Dorney and Knoebels can be done in the same day, with DP in the morning. You'll want to ride Phoenix and Twister late in the day.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 9:21 PM
Oh, whatever. Speak for yourself, 'moosh. I want to ride Phoenix all day.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 9:32 PM
Alot 3 hour for Dorney. Maybe 3 and a half next year with Hydra opening, then take off and do the preview night at Hershey. Hershey could definitely be a day and a half park, or you could do like we did and split from Hershey for 5 hours and go to Knoebel's and come back for night rides on Storm Runner (or Great Rear if SR is closed).
Thursday, July 29, 2004 8:55 AM
Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I think next summer is shaping up to be an interesting one. I have never done what I call an amusement/theme park tour. Ususally, I go to PKI for a day or Cedar Point for two. I have just really wanted to visit some different parks.

BTW, Homey G, not to bust on you, but you typed Great Rear and I think you meant bear. It gave me a good laugh.

Thursday, July 29, 2004 9:09 AM

Homey G. said:
(or Great Rear if SR is closed).

So where was your mind when you typed that one? Don't you know that Hershey is a family park?

Thursday, July 29, 2004 11:12 AM
Apparently, he wants a ride on the old Hershey highway. (Hehehehehe) ;) Sorry, I just had to add that one.
Thursday, July 29, 2004 11:20 AM
Doesn't look like a typo to me, the "b" and "r" keys are pretty far apart ;)...

But anyways, hit my home park, Knoebel's. Phoenix is god's gift to wooden coasters, Twister is another great woodie, and whatever you do, do NOT miss High Speed Thrill Coaster. A stop at Cesari's for some pizza won't hurt you either.


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