One thing that I have always tried to figure out when coming to these enthusiast sites is WHERE you people get the time to go to all these great coasters! I work all week long and weekends are spent catching up on all the things I couldn't get done during the week. So how do you guys manage to hit so many parks in a year's time?
Ahhh..........so many great thrill machines.........so little time......
You pay a price... that's for sure. With events and stuff I want to do every weekend through the end of June, I'll be pretty fried by then. I did the same thing last year.
And I still need to find time to do BGW, Dorney, the PA parks, Indiana Beach... thank God I have an understanding quasi-enthusiast wife!
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Some of us don't. I go to PKI once a year, CP or SFWoA once a year (both if I'm lucky), and then any other parks I go to I fit into previously planned vacations. i.e., during trips to Chicago and San Diego last year, I got side trips to SFGAm, Belmont Park and SFMM. And occasionally I'll do a weekend road trip (Kennywood or Holiday World) but that's rare.
That's about all the parks I get to, and it's fine with me. I have other things to do...
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You got that right, Jeff...it also takes a lot of planning and a little luck. I go on one large trip each year [7+ days] and it always begins at SRM, which thankfully is at a time when most parks in that neck of the woods have opened for the season. With Holiday World being pretty central, its easy to pick a direction, drive, and hit a bunch of parks.
Last year post-SRM we hit SFKK, PKI, SFWoA, CP, and Kennywood. This year we're heading in a similar direction but hitting IB, MIA, Americana, Waldameer, Conneaut, Del Grosso's, Idlewild, Lakemont, Kennywood, Wyandott, and Indy Zoo. But we could have just as easily headed west and hit SFStL, the Branson-area parks, WoF, and others in that area.
I work all week and my weekends are busy, too...sometimes you just gotta forget about life and go ride ;-)
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For Mrs. DEK and I, we have a somewhat unusual lifstyle. This is our second marriage, so our kids from our first marriages are with our ex-spouses every other weekend. This gives us the freedom on the opposite weekends to be by ourselves to persue our main summer interest: coasters. Of, course when we do have our 4 kids together, all 6 of us makes for a very crowded home. :)
There are drawbacks to our coastering. First is the obvious one: expenses. It can get very expensive to go riding every other weekend but there's several things we do to save money. We use Priceline as much as possible for hotel rooms and we almost always drive rather than fly. We get season passes to our favorite park chains: Six Flags, Cedar Fair and Paramount. Additionally, we save some money by being ACE members. Several parks give discounts to members. And one other thing is to join the hotel reward programs. Everytime you stay at a hotel where you're a rewards member, you get points. When you accumulate enough points you get free stays.
The other drawback is that our house tends to get ignored during the summer months. Household projects are put on hold or are done very slowly during evening hours because the weekends are taken up either by coastering or kid interests. This means alot more work during the winter months to catch up on those projects. But I guess this helps keep my mind off the fact that I'm not riding.
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My family is in a lucky situation. Both of my kids aren't in school yet, I work out of the home and my wife is the boss at her job. For local trips she just takes the day off and makes it up on the weekend (no weekend park visits for us, thank you). For long distance trips, she uses vacation time. She gets 3 weeks a year which is plenty for parks / leisure / family visiting.
Time is not a problem at all. Money seems to be more of limiting factor and evn then it's not really a problem - I see it like any purchase, it's something I (we) want to do. That's where we choose to blow some of the cash.
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My parents always told me, do everything you can while you are still young. So I am. My riding partner (KicksTheSky) and I plan trips while we still can before worrying about various things from family to jobs. We are both in college and so far we've done our trips on breaks during college. Spring break we went to Florida, and this summer break before summer classes we are going to 5 different parks in 6 days.
It's alot to do but we are still young and we figure that we'll never be able to do this once we get older. My advice is that if you find that you have the time to go on a trip, do it! It's not as expensive as you may think if you drive instead of fly. Having multiple season passes help, too.
For any of those going on trips this year, goodluck and have a safe trip :)
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Let me know when you'll be at Waldameer and Conneaut Lake.. I'm about 45 minutes away from Conneaut and the people I usually take don't like the *dumpy little park*
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Most people i take hate it too, many see it as a carnival. I however love it, especially with their new coaster which has gotten no press here. I live about 15 minutes away and would like to go every other day this summer
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So how do you guys manage to hit so many parks in a year's time?
Well, last year I hit 4 day-tripable parks near home in Atlanta(SFOG, Visionland (RIP?), Wild Adventures and Lake Winnie.
Then, I took a two week+ vacation that included 9 parks in 9 days(SFOG, SFKK, HW, PKI, CP, SFWOA, MiAdv, SFGAm and Big Chief's) on the way to the International Juggling Festival in Madison, WI.
This year, work is paying for me to travel to several cities that also have coasters and we will be doing a week of eastern parks on the way to the juggling festival in Reading, PA.
Well, I'm in the UK and only live about 45mins from Alton Towers so it's a breeze to get to.
As for managing work, I book leave and find a friend and just go.
"'cos you know, it's strange! You stand in a library and go "AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH" and everyone just kinda stares at you, but if you do the same thing on a aeroplane everyone joins in!"
I hope you get some free time and can go to some new parks and ride some exciting coasters in the near future. Take a break! You deserve it. :)
I have vacation for two weeks a every summer, and spring break.
THe last 3 spring breaks i have gone to SFMM, and every summer i go to SFMM and Belmont Park in San Diego, even though Belmont Park isnt HUGE, it is still a great place because of the Giant DIpper, it doesnt hurt that i rent a beach house in San Diego every year either.
THis year im going to Disneyland/California Adventure, i want to try out California Screamin. I heard the bad news that Rocket Rods was closed, i loved that ride, oh well.
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"hi, my name is Tim, and im a coasterholic"...."Hi Tim!!" hehe:)
Lucky for me and the Mrs., we live in Indianapolis which is smack dab in the middle of "coaster central".
I mean, PKI, SFKK, SFWoA, SFGAm, Holiday World, and Cedar Point are all within a days drive. So, we often "do" these parks on a weekend.
We usually try to plan a trip in the winter to some place nice and warm. Maybe SFMM and KBF this year. Can't wait to ride X and EX. ;)
So many coasters, so little vacation time....
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