They both have Holiday Themed shows and put up over 2 million lights on buildings and structures in the parks. Normally only the water rides are closed (@ SDC most rides are open, anyway.) *** Edited 12/4/2003 5:39:01 AM UTC by Dukeis#1***
Right now SDC is open 1pm - 9pm Wed-Sun, and I highly recommend attending their "Old Fashioned Christmas" festival. Their lighted parade is not to be missed (and IMHO rivals the old Main Street Electrical Parade -- at least SDC adds something to their light parade every year). Rides that are closed are: Lost River, BuzzSaw Falls, Waterworks Waterboggan, Splash Harbor and American Plunge. But Fire in the Hole, Wildfire, ThuNderaTion, Frisco Silver Dollar Line, Great Shootout, Tom Sawyer Landing, Geyser Gulch, and Marvel Cave are all open. Plus the shows are not to be missed.
Plus, Seibert dropping some hints closing day helped too. ;)
Wild Adventures stays open Th-M through the Winter. Water rides are closed, but the rest of the park is open excluding rides down for annual maintenance.
Don't forget Hershey Park!
The only rides running are the Carrousel, a few flats, kiddie rides, and the Dry Gulch RR.
No coasters are running and the entire Midway America section of the park is closed.
A few years ago everything from Comet Hollow and beyond was closed as well, but this year I did notice that the Antique Cars were running, so that means at least some attractions in that end of the park are open.
We've got plans to go next week.
*** Edited 12/4/2003 2:57:44 PM UTC by Gemini***
I know no coasters are Hersey are open. But he talked about the Winter Light show at SFGADV. :>)
Well, probably the "best" (if not the "best", definately the "biggest") light show (meaning Christmas lights, not laser show) is actually on one of the roads behind the Hotel Hershey. Something like 2 1/2 miles, a few hundred different displays, and "one million lights"... It is bright, I will say that. It's also a little expensive... $15 per car.
That map that Gemini spoke of shows that about half half of the park physically open... but many attractions in that open area closed. That list of rides has mainly kiddie rides open.
As for me... during the winter, I think I will give the park and lights a miss and just stick to hockey games at GIANT Center.
*** Edited 12/4/2003 3:03:17 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
*** Edited 12/4/2003 3:09:24 PM UTC by Gemini***
Dollywood runs very limited rides during Winterfest. Tennessee Tornado doesn't run after Oct. 31. Fire in the Hole is open however the water effect is drained.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but I though the ride was called Blazing Fury at Dollywood.
Obviously, for some, if it doesn't involve a roller coaster, then they want no part of it.
Well that was a bit heavy handed, Gemini. Read my other posts... couldn't agree with you more... Coasters are not everything. I was simply saying, don't go to Hershey and expect everything to be open. It's my home park... and I have nothing against Candy Lane. When the Bears played in the old Hersheypark Arena, my wife would often go up to the games early and spend time at Candy Lane. Now that home ice is GIANT Center, it isn't quite that easy (you can't simply walk behind the arena any mor and be there).
Will we go to Candy Lane this year? Perhaps. But with hockey season in full swing, most of our trips to Hershey consist of visits to GIANT Center. When April rolls around, then I will start thinking about parks again.
I-75 in Valdosta, no lines and a great atmosphere....just remember to bundle up, LOL...:)
P.S. to Swoosh....Dollywood's IS called Blazing Fury, but the rides *are* pretty similar if I recall the Dollywood version correctly. Could have been refurbished in the last 20 years I guess...;) *** Edited 12/4/2003 5:20:36 PM UTC by rollergator***
Well that was a bit heavy handed, Gemini.
That comment wasn't directed towards you, but to the applicable segment of the enthusiast community. That's why I said "for some."
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