Need help planning midwest trip for '04

Monday, June 30, 2003 3:42 PM
I am starting to plan my trip to the midwest in June 2004. I only want to spend 7-8 days doing it, and I live in New Jersey. I have tried several combinations of parks and different orders to get the best out of each park, but I have yet to come up with a good selection or order. The parks that I want to visit are: CP, KW, HW, IB, SFWoA, SFGA, and PKI. Other parks that I would also like to include, if possible, are: CC, SDC, SFKK, SFStL, WoF, and MiA. If anyone can come up with a good itineary for me, I'd appreciate it very much. Also, if i'm overlooking any parks, please let me know. Thanks!
Monday, June 30, 2003 3:50 PM
Here is what I'd do.

Start out in Jersey early in the morning and hit Kennywood about 12 noon giving you a full day there, next day would be SFWOA, Next Day CP. Followed by a partial day at MIA. I would then head to SFGAM for a full day, from there head to IB. Next up morning at HW followed by an evening at SFKK . The next Day PKI.

That puts you at 8 days plus another day back home. That is the geographic way to do things, the Missouri parks woudl put you over the edge SFSTL is doable at 4 hours from HW but the Branson parks may put ya too far.

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce 6/30/2003 7:52:10 PM ***

Monday, June 30, 2003 4:08 PM
That sounds good, however I'd really like to be hitting HW at night.
Monday, June 30, 2003 4:21 PM
Unfortuantely they aren't open past dark.

However you could switch the two parks, you gain an hour heading to HW from KK and the parks are only an hour apart you may want to do it that way.

The distance is insignificant. I was just simply going via the route that would cost you the least mileage.

Monday, June 30, 2003 6:02 PM
Thats what I was planning on doing this summer. Just a short 7/8 day trip to the midwest. But that didnt last too long, with my insane friends. We came up with an itinerary that just kept on growing and growing! It went something like this:

June 12-Flew from Boston to Akron, drove to Kennywood.

June 13-Cedar Point

June 14-Timbersfest at MIA

June 15-Santas Village and Kiddleland in Chicago then to Indiana Beach

June 16-SFGA

June 17-Little A-Merrick-A, Riverview, Big Chief

June 18-Valleyfair!, Mall of America, Arnolds Park (Iowa)

June 19-Adventureland(Iowa), Worlds of Fun

June 20-Silver Dollar City, Celebration City

June 21-Silver Dollar City, Bell's (OK), Frontier City(OK)

June 22-SFOT, Sandy Lake, SCAD Tower

June 23-Magic Springs, Libertyland(Closed) so we went to Graceland!

June 24-SFStL, Holiday World

June 25-PKI, Coney Island (Cinnci)

June 26-Flew back to Boston then back to work

It was a little crazy, but definately worth it! In the end we rode 104 roller coasters in 26 parks. So here are some definates that you need to visit on your trip.

Big Chief-Cyclops----AMAZING

Celebration City,Ozark Wildcat----Get there as soon as possible, its perfect!

Indiana Beach, Cornball Express--Definately not a family coaster, also LoCoSuMo---Fun fun fun!

Kennywood, Phantoms Revenge----Ride in the back and just hold on.

Holiday World, Raven, Legend, Zinga---'Nuff said

Have fun planning! Dont worry, your plans will change-so just go with it and enjoy!

matt-wish Ozark Wildcat was on the East Coast

Tuesday, July 1, 2003 6:25 AM
MagnumForce said:
Unfortuantely they aren't open past dark. ------------------

Actually...that's not totally accurate information. Please refer to Holiday World's operations calendar: for the specifics. (We don't have the 2004 calendar, yet, but it should be similar to 2003.)

In June this year, Holiday World was open Saturdays until 9 pm or 10 pm. In July of this year, we're open till 9 pm every day except Saturdays, when we're open till 10 pm.

Hope you can include us in your trip! Paula

Paula Werne
Holiday World PR

Tuesday, July 1, 2003 8:18 AM
One word of advice: don't cram! Don't plan half-days at parks. Don't rush...explore each park and enjoy what it has to offer. If you're travelling for 7-8 days only plan on going to 6-7 parks.

None of the parks you've mentioned are going in danger of closing and will be open the next time you make it to the area.


Oh, and one more thing: if Conneaut Lake is open next year don't pass pass up a visit, it's about an hour north of Kennywood.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:09 AM

Mamoosh said:
One word of advice: don't cram! Don't plan half-days at parks. Don't rush...explore each park and enjoy what it has to offer.

Agreed. I'm doing a 7 day trip this August and only hitting 3 parks. What I would do is get a core list of "can't miss" parks and use the others to fill in blank spots if you have the time and inclination to go. I think you'll have a blast however you decide to do it though.

Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:34 AM
Good planning, Jeff ;)

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