Kings Island opening day

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Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, USA

Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:20 PM
LostKause's avatar

I think a lot of us really make only about three or four park visits a year, Dave Wetterstroem excluded. ;)

Last Year, I just went to Kings Island three times and Dollywood once, which is pretty much a typical for amount of yearly park visits for me. This year, if my plans work out, I am going to both BGW and KD once each, and KI maybe twice. I really want to fit a first ever trip to HW in there somewhere, maybe late in the season if I can. If all that works out, it will be a lot more park visits than I am used to. After that, I'm trying to get to the SoCal parks next spring.

I still consider myself a coaster enthusiast, but a park enthusiast is a better description for me. If I made a hundred K a year, I'd probably go on more park trips. :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:26 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

I almost never travel exclusively for parks anymore (used to about 10 years ago, but after I hit everything I wanted to do and started a family, there's not much point). That said I will piggy back the local park on just about any trip I am already taking if the opportunity presents itself (3 or 4). I also make about 10 trips to my home park a season, but it's only 20 minutes away and I probably average 3 rides and 2 hours in the park per trip.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:12 PM

I consider myself a park enthusiast with special penchants for coasters, historic or unusual flat rides, and charm. :)

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:13 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

LostKause said:
I think a lot of us really make only about three or four park visits a year, Dave Wetterstroem excluded. ;)

Some of us have websites to gather material for. :)

You can see every park trip we've made in the past 10 years right here.

Our slowest year was 8 parks (the year we spent the park budget going to WDW for a week) and our busiest year was 28 parks. (those numbers don't include return visits - that's different parks each year)

With that said, we have no plans this year. In fact, our plans are to take a year off. I'm not sure that necessarily means being park-free for the year, but it does mean no week-long trips, no two week trips and no multiple week-long trips.

I just realized that every year since 1999 I've ridden at least 3 new-to-me coasters and I'd like to keep that streak alive. So we'll see, I guess.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:14 PM
Thursday, May 5, 2011 11:43 PM
LostKause's avatar

You could always take a few day-trips to Kings Island, Gonch. :)

Friday, May 6, 2011 12:39 AM

Having moved back to WI my yearly coaster count has really taken a hit. This is mostly due to me having zero desire to go to SFGAm. My thoughts on that park are akin to gonch's thoughts on KI. Frankly I would rather go less days to parks further away then waste my entertainment money on a SF pass. This will be the first summer in ten years that I will not own a SP to any amusement park. To fill that void I will own a Noah's Ark SP. At this point in my life spending a morning on slides and an afternoon napping on a lazy river just seems like a better way to spend a day off then hitting an amusement park, I'll save those for long weekends vacations and Halloween season (I go for the haunts almost as much as the coasters)

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Friday, May 6, 2011 1:44 AM
DantheCoasterman's avatar

I just go for The Crypt.


Friday, May 6, 2011 9:53 AM
Vater's avatar

I'm lucky to get to one or two parks a year. Haven't owned a season pass since...2003 I think? I gave up my enthusiast card years ago.


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