Need Help - The Pavilion vs. Family Kingdom

Saturday, April 8, 2006 10:21 PM
Hey everyone.

Thanks for the help on the other thread about Myrtle Beach.

I am going with my cousin and my aunt to MB Monday at 3:30 am(driving 14 hours straight from syracuse NY).

I would hypothetically like to go to both Family Kingdom and the Pavilion but I don't know if it's possible. My cousin likes coasters and water rides, but not nearly as much as I do. His main purpose of this trip is to lie on the beach and go golfing.

I need a coaster to ride.

Anyway, I really am torn between which park to go to. I know that Hurricane is rough, and Swamp Fox is really smooth and well maintained.

I like rough wooden coasters as long as they are intense as well. Wildcat at HP is AWESOME. I'm worried that if I have 1 coaster to go on this trip, Swamp Fox is too tame.

The other thing is that I love drop towers, and Family Kingdom has some sort of a drop tower the "Slingshot Drop Zone", I think it's a Chance but I'm not sure. Has anyone been on it? Is it any good at all? The
Moser kiddie towers are 15 feet tall, but pack quite a punch! ;)

So I don't know where to go if I can only pick one. The pavilion has more rides, and Go-Carts are a definate plus. I don't know how much there is to do at Family Kingdom.

Thanks for the help!


Saturday, April 8, 2006 10:44 PM
Both can easily be done in the same day. Family Kingdom is pretty small and other than the woodie and the dark ride the rest are standard flat rides you'll find anywhere.
Saturday, April 8, 2006 10:46 PM
Yeah but it's more a $$ concern. If we are going to spend $20-25 to go to A park, which should we go to.
Saturday, April 8, 2006 11:48 PM
Well, if you're ever going back to Myrtle Beach, this is the last season of the Pavillion.

So If you care to ever visit the Pavillion, now'd be the time.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 12:01 AM
Both parks have the option of buying tix for individual rides. We did this a couple of years ago and did all the coasters in MB, including the spinning coater at MB Grand Prix, in just a few hours. Not buying the all day ride pass held down the cost. Of course we didn't do any ride marathon either.

Hope this helps.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 12:15 AM
If you can only visit one park it should be the Pavilion as it's scheduled to close after this season.
Sunday, April 9, 2006 12:31 AM
I agree with Mamoosh do both. Both parks are over a mile apart. If you are coming from NY do both.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 12:39 AM
Definately check out The Pavilion. It's gone for good after this year. After you finish with that, it'd be quite easy to head down the street a bit and buy a ticket for a ride on Swamp Fox.
Sunday, April 9, 2006 1:36 AM
I walked between the two parks. It's about a mile, but do-able. Definitely hit Pavilion. It's more than likely your last chance to ever ride Hurricane. You'll probably love it as it is rough. Pavilion also has an insane Rainbow about AIRTIME!
Sunday, April 9, 2006 11:43 AM
I also walked from Family Kingdom to Pavilion and back. If nothing else you'll have ample opportunities to buy a "Git R Done" shirt along the way, LOL!
Sunday, April 9, 2006 12:56 PM
Gotta love those bikers on the strip huh Moosh?
Sunday, April 9, 2006 1:08 PM
Ok guys. Thanks for the help!

I think that we'll check out the Pavilion then since theres more to do. However, I'll do my best to convince my cousin to check out Family Kingdom too.

Sunday, April 9, 2006 1:11 PM
My weekend in Myrtle Beach coincided with Black Biker Week. It was...surreal, to say the least.

Ride of Steel - yes, there is more to do at the Pavilion but it still is not a full-day park. You can easily do both parks in less than a single day. Heck, you can do both parks and the Grand Prix and still have time to dip your toes in the Atlantic.

*** Edited 4/9/2006 5:16:32 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Sunday, April 9, 2006 3:57 PM
VERY surreal. I've never seen (or heard...sheesh those motorcycles are HELLA LOUD) anything like BB Week before in my life. I too was there during that ummm "event". Off da chain and crunk.
Sunday, April 9, 2006 5:17 PM
While your cousin is laying on the beach or golfing, you can be walking between parks. Like someone mentioned earlier, they are both free entry parks, and you can buy individual ride tickets. If money is a problem, skip the corn dog and go take a ride on the Swamp Fox (after dark if possible). The view looking over the lift is incredible.
Monday, April 10, 2006 7:02 AM
^What they said. :-) And I agree if you HAVE to choose, choose the Pavilion, but I can't imagine visiting one and not visiting the other since they are so close.


Monday, April 10, 2006 10:49 AM
The parks are close. The lift of Pavilion's Hurricane can be seen from Family Kingdom's Swam Fox.

As for the two coasters... Hurricane is bigger, but Swamp Fox, in my opinion, is better. Hurricane can be brutal with its Gerslauer trains. Unless it has had some track work done or has gotten different trains in the past two years, I assume this to still be the case. HOWEVER... The Hurrican's life expectancy is very short... probably no more than 5 more months barring any "rescue efforts" from another park or investor (and that seems like a very long shot at best).

Aside Swamp Fox, reason to go to Family Kingdom... A short but SOAKING flume.

Aside from Hurricane, reasons to go to Pavilion... Wild Mouse (is it running? Wasn't in 2003), Haunted Hotel dark ride, a fun flume, and and knowing that this is the LAST season.

The spinning mouse at Myrtle Beach Grand Prix is a few miles north of Pavilion in Norty Myrtle Beach and really isn't that much. If you can't make this one, don't sweat it... seen one spinning mouse, pretty much seen 'em all.

But if in Myrtle Beach, it would be plain down wrong to pass up riding Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom.

Monday, April 10, 2006 6:44 PM
I rode Pavilion's Arrow Wild Mouse last was a force to be reckoned with! ;)

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