I walked outside for lunch break today, and its probably in the mid-60s in Pittsburgh, some puffy sort of stormish clouds around, not windy, but not calm either, and the air had a crisp, clean smell to it.
Usually when I walk out of here, my first thoughts are the music I'll listen to in the car, the things I'll do when I get home or what I want to eat for lunch. Today, the first thought, was "wow, what a day to be at Cedar Point".
Got me thinking - what do some of you feel is "perfect" park weather? For me, its the time of year when you need jeans and hoodie to be comfortable, especially the Halloween events. I hate being hot and thirsty all day, and standing in the sun just sucks it out of you. But, when its party cloudy or overcast, the wind's blowing and its cool and crisp and just feels clean outside, I want to be nowhere but in line for Wicked Twister or Raptor or Millennium. A lot of people probably prefer the summer (especially SoCal and Florida people) but I just wanted to see if anyone agreed, disagreed, had thoughts, didn't care ...
I love going to parks in the fall because they are empty and the weather is great. You can wear a sweatshirt which helps on rough coasters. I hate it when its really hot out, it makes the day unbearable.
Realistically the perfect park weather that I have experienced is this: It is cloudy and threatens rain in the morning cutting the crowds down by about 80% and then in the afternoon it is shining and the rides are running great and still all the rides are walk ons. This happened to me at SFWOA and it was heaven, I also hit Celebration City on a rainy day and we were able to stay up front on Ozark waldcat. Then IB got rained out for about two hours and then when they opened everything you'd have to wait so there was enough people on the ride. The only ride that had any form of line ws locosumo, and those damn friction wheels don't like water so it would go down every now and then. To say the least I have been to Indiana Beach twice, ridden Cornie at least 40 times and to have yet make a pass on LOCOSUMO.
Perfect park weather is weather that deters crowds, like labor day, it may have been rainy as hell but CP's lines were all less that 5 minutes mostly walk on. Thats perfect weather. Cold fall days work good also.
I agree I can't stand waiting under the hot summer sun. My weather is night times in October where you have to where pants, and a sweater. Its kinda chilly out, but not too bad. Your fingers could get a little cold, but my face can't get red. The rides are usually walk on or minimal waits of people enjoying the evening. For some reason the coasters seem to move faster, and thought he park is not busy the midway never seems dead. The smell of roasted nuts is in the air, and all the sudden I realize I sound like IM writing poetry.
Or just cloudy skies no bright summer sun to blind us, and a temperature around 70 degrees. Or once in a while very cold to the point where fog almost comes out our mouths, and we just put on our huge jackets with gloves, and scarves. That's fun just once every other season.
Ahh gotta love Autumn! I can't wait for my first '03 Fall coaster trip...hmm now where to go? Oh yeah gotta get in my first ride on Rampage at Visionland probably in October. Hopefully the high that day will be about 72 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a slight chill in the air as the sun goes down.
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I hate going to parks in the summer without at least clouds or a chance of rain. I can't stand it and I usually leave before 6 because of the heat. I do like the spring but most of all the fall. Especially Fright Fest and PPP.
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My friends think I'm crazy when I go to parks on the last day of the year. But I love it! It is the best time! The trees are amazing, you don't have to worry about the heat, and I don't know why, I just love freeze drying my hands on the rides. Nothing like coming home with red cheeks (both sets!) and cracked/dry knuckles! :)
My perfect is at Silver Dollar City around mid-to-late-December when it is just above 33 out (So they can run the coasters) Practically no lines, and not to mention, it is the only time you can ride any coaster at the park at night durning the whole year.
------------------ The Ozark Wildcat, voted #26 wood coaster, the higest rated new wooden coaster since 2001. ROYALS!!!
My perfect park weather includes cloudless skies temperatures hovering around 90 degrees with no humidity. Although some of you east coasters should come here to California around Thanksgiving when its in the low 70s, that's perfect.
I have always said that the fall is the perfect time to go to any park, especially Cedar Point.
Besides the lower crowds and cooler weather (I just can't stand hot weather and lines...UGH), the atmosphere is different, especially with Halloween just around the corner.
Late March/early April is also a perfect time to visit parks, especially PKI. May is a bit trickier, with all the kids taking their school trips and such. CP is usually VERY crowded in May, however opening day this year wasn't crowded at all.
My ultimate ideal weather?
Mid to late 70's, clear skies, maybe a slight breeze. :-)
<------looking forward to my *first* Halloweekend of the season next Friday....woohoo!
------------------ Gimme speed, height, airtime and plenty of LAUNCH!!!
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