Parks to enjoy during the offseason

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 5:40 PM
I live in Southern California, so I have my year round parks, but I'd also like to make a weekend trip next month. So what other parks out there are open all year, or at the least next month.

I've done Santa Cruz, I'm sure the northeast is out of the picture, any (like Magic Springs sized) parks open this winter?

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 6:04 PM
Florida parks are probably a good bet. I'd imagine the stuff in the Edmonton Mall would be open as well.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 6:13 PM
While were on malls, there's Camp Snoopy, (or whatever it's going to be called now!) at Mall of America.

By the way, I've always wanted to hear from someone whose been to West Edmonton Mall about what that park is like. I've seen a documentary, (about 3-4 years ago), and they just didn't seem to show a lot about the amusement park. They did a whole segment about their indoor waterpark, ice rink, sub ride, ect.

Is it worth the trip? Or should I plan other events around it, and make it part of a trip?


I, for one, can't wait for the Italian Job to open...looks awesome to me!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 6:50 PM
From what I understand Mindbender is pretty much the main reason to go to West Edmonton Mall.

I haven't really seen any indication to make it worth the trip out there. For the same cost there are other areas that have more to offer.

Unless you got a wicked deal I'd sugest looking elsewhere.

But that's just my opinion.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 6:53 PM
There are some indoor water parks in WI Dells. That is about 250 miles from the Mall of America if you want to do both. (MoA is right near the airport)
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:51 AM
The only other large size, non Cal parks that would be open now are of course the Florida parks and Wild Adventures in GA. If your looking for something somewhat closer, how about the Vegas coasters or a trip to Phoenix for Castle's and Coasters? Allright, allright, at least Phoenix might be nice;) If you want to wait a little longer, I believe SGOG is opening at the beginning of March again this year. I also think that the Branson parks are opening mid-March for some weekends as well.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:23 AM
A good few of the parks in Europe are open though that might be a bit far for a weekend!
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:01 AM
i have been to edmonton three times in the mid 90's. two of the three times it was in january and the temperature was 60 below zero farhenheit. the main reason to go there is the mindbender. it may not be there much longer so i'd suggest you go there. it is a bit expensive to travel to edmonton, but once you get to the mall they offer a pop. the mindbender is the best looping coaster ever made (in my opinion), positive g's gallore and very steep drops. it is not for the faint of heart though, as it can cause nausea after three or four rides in a row. the rest of the park is pretty boring, they do have a kiddie coaster that goes around galaxyland. the waterpark is also worth it.
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Thursday, January 27, 2005 10:52 PM
Edmonton sounds like a good pick, and I didn't even think of it! I've already been to Castles'n'Coasters and all the Vegas coasters. I'd love to do Europe, but I am already doing Japan this summer, so the funds are a bit tight.

Thanks ya'll. :)

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Friday, January 28, 2005 2:10 AM
Just thought about it, Six Flags Mexico might work out. Direct flights on Alaska Air from LAX... and Superman looks like my cup of tea.
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