Friday, August 18, 2000 8:44 PM
I know it is a little early to start thinking about this, but I am planning my coaster trip for next summer already. I have narrowed down to what I want to do three possible plans. Would somebody who's been to these parks please help me in making my decision? By the way, I live very near Cedar Point so that is where I would start my journey.
Plan # 1
Head to Chicago, go to SFGam for a day, hit Michigan's Adventure on the way home and ride ST... the coaster I want to ride more than any other right now.
Plan # 2 - Pennsylvania Parks
Hop on turnpike and hit Kennywood (possibly hit SFO on the way down for half a day). On day two, hit Knoebels for half a day, then drive to Hershey and take advantage of the free admission to buy my ticket for the next day...hit Hershey next day and drive home that night.
Plan # 3 - Virginia Parks
Hit Busch Gardens and PKD to ride Hypersonic. THis is the least likely of my plans to happen because it is the farthest, and also I've been to PKI so why should I waste my time at PKD.. although I DO want to go to Busch Gardens.
What do you think?
Friday, August 18, 2000 9:43 PM
I'd say #2.
Friday, August 18, 2000 10:12 PM
I'd say 2 also
Can't wait to ride a Giovanola. SFoT ROCKS
Craig the Coaster Freak
Saturday, August 19, 2000 5:49 AM
Do 3 when BGW gets another coaster. That way the hype surrounding Hypersonic will cool off a bit. Of course, there hasn't been any hype yet.
DOWN WITH TRIM BRAKES!
Saturday, August 19, 2000 6:09 AM
#1 ALL THE WAY- and for one reason only, Shivering Timbers. As long as you are going to be driving right by it, don't forget Indiana Beach. If you really want to make a go of it, head South to Holiday World too. That would make for 4 big CCI's and one CCI Jr. in one trip. I HIGHLY recommend this one.
Gotta ride 'em all!
Saturday, August 19, 2000 8:04 AM
Why not do number two, and add Dorney Park to your plans, they are adding a 15million B&M inverted with a 135 foot lift hill, and a 150 foot drop, which brings the total coaster count there up to 6 :) Plus you'll get in with your Cedar Point season pass.
Cedar Fair is easily #1
Saturday, August 19, 2000 7:59 PM
2 is the best and most expensive
Riddler's Revenge: The most underrated ride in the universe!
Saturday, August 19, 2000 8:23 PM
#2. If you are near CP why bother with SFO since you are within 2 hours from it? I'd hit Kennywood first then hit the 2 Altoona parks (Lakemont and Blands Parks) They are about an hour or so from Pittsburgh. They are cheap too at Lakemont they have 5 coasters including the world's oldest, Leap The Dips. Then hit Blands they have a Zyklon it's kinda like the Wildcat at CP but with 3 car trains. From there you could drive to Knoebels about a 2 1/2, 3 hour drive. I think once you get to Knoebels you will want to spend more than a half day there. Hershey is about 1hr. 15 min. from Knoebels so it's not a bad drive. If you have Cedar Point passes you can get in Dorney for free they will have the new invert next year too. :)For an Idea of drive time to Knoebels from SFO it's about 6 hours. :( We drove it earlier this year.
___You could always hop on the Turnpike after Kennywood and head to Hershey. It will cost you like 6 bucks but it's probably the fastest route to Hershey from Pittsburgh. Then head north and go to Knoebels. I-80 is only 20 minutes from Knoebels and that wuold be the fastest way to Ohio again.
___Hope this helps you out :)
Parks hit for 2000!
Sunday, August 20, 2000 4:58 AM
#3 is a mostly steel trip
#2 is a mostly wooden trip
(spend the whole first day at Kennywood)
and #1 has the best wooden coaster that you can't miss in 2001
choose #3 or #2 depending on your overall preference, but make it a MISSION to get on Shivering Timbers, you thank yourself for getting there, and you'll probably find a way to get back there more than once!
And never apologize for thinking ahead to next season.
Sunday, August 20, 2000 6:49 AM
Well, it doesn't really matter because you are going to Cedar Point.
"I feel like I'm stuck in Stand By Me
." - The Ataris
Sunday, August 20, 2000 9:42 AM
Shivering Timbers is incredible. I just rode it for the first time on Friday. I got nine rides in with average wait of 15-20 minutes. The air time is unbelievable. It is easily my #1 coaster. In the back seat I actually had to staple myself partially during the ride becuase I thought I was going to fly out of my seat. You have to ride this ride to believe it! (Get here by car, get here by plane, just get here!!) Great America is also a nice park with four quality rides.
Sunday, August 20, 2000 7:55 PM
I personally like #2, Kennywood is an excellent park and I've nothing but good things about Knoebels and Hershey.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 5:30 AM
To everyone who gave their suggestions, thank you.
I'm still debating whether to do # 1 or # 2. If SFGam gets a big ride next year that will most likely seal it. Still, the Pennysylvania plan sounds so good.
My friend really likes Chicago, so most likely we will do plan #1. Plus, that's the only way I'll get on the Timbers. I'll probably make a side trip to Kennywood next year also, since its only a 3 hour drive. Anyway, thanks again everybody!
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 4:55 PM
Personally planing number 3 to ride the hypersonic, and hoping to convince friends to do the same. Is the ACE 2001 schedule out yet? That may effect my plans of what to see and when to see it -- if you can get exclusive ride time on something like the hypersonic, you may find it worthwhile to include that coaster in your plans, rather than brave a several hour wait.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 6:03 PM
I might just head to Texas next summer, myself. Another Giovanola hyper and a CCI woodie, not to mention all the rest which would be new for me. I might join ACE, if I can get to the events.
Gotta ride 'em all!
Wednesday, August 23, 2000 7:09 AM
For my 16th birthday next year, I am going to GET TO THE POINT finally! Then I'll make a trip to Six Flags Ohio.
**The Future Is Riding On It!!!**
Wednesday, August 23, 2000 7:27 AM
Hey Medusa don't be surprised if The Point is all its cracked up to be.
This site got me too pumped up for CP and when i finally got there........what a let down :(
Wednesday, August 23, 2000 8:46 AM
Just because you hear all this bad stuff about SFO doesn't mean you shouldn't go there. Sure the park itself isn't that great, but they sure do have some great coasters. And plus it is a whole lot less crowded than Cedar Point.