Sacreligious question about Holiday World

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:40 PM
Please, no stoning! ;)

I'm working with a limited time schedule, a limited budget, and absolutely ridiculous plans. I'm trying to cram in the bulk of my remaining "to do" parks in just one long weekend with a minimum number of hotel stays. The Holiday World question here is, I *know* it will be *worth* more than this amount of time, but can I get on all 3 coasters, a couple of flats and "see the sights" between say 10am (I assume that's when the park opens) and 2 or 3pm on a Friday? I realize estimating waits for Voyage is impossible right now, but just take a guess!

If anyone would like to offer some planning suggestions, the desired route here is Pittsburgh -> SFKK -> Holiday World -> Wisconsin Dells -> SFGAm -> MiA -> CP/GL? -> Pittsburgh. I'm hoping to be able to do this in a Thursday to Monday route.

Don't worry SpecialEd, this doesn't exclude another Holiday World trip another time of the year ;)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:46 PM
Yikes! That's some serious scheduling.

We did kind of the same trip last year (but hit the Minneapolis parks too and traveled in reverse of your plans) and spread it over 15 days.

That's pretty hardcore.

(And no, I have no suggestions or advice to offer beyond admiration of your agresive approach :) )

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:47 PM
This would be possible and probable if you are not a water park guy!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:48 PM
You should be able to do all of that in 5 hours or so, easily. Actually in that amount of time you should be able to get quite a few rides in on at least Raven and Legend and I'm guessing lines for Voyage will not be insane even with a 2 train operation.

Its clear you already realize you should be spending more time at HW than you're planning on, but I say go for it! 5 hours at HW is still better than a full day at 90% of the parks out there IMO.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 6:50 PM
Yea, without the little woman in tow (she'll be in Orlando) I avoid waterparks. Yea, it is pretty hardcore, but if this goes down as planned, I'll have another driver in tow and neither of us are beyond doing parks in the morning, and driving until midnight or so (which is actually why I'm asking about Holiday World ... )
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:08 PM
I think getting from Holiday World all the way up to the Dells is going to be the worst part of the drive as far as highways are concerned. Your plans are hardcore but you should be able to handle Holiday World in that brief window of time you've allotted.

I'll tell ya though, after Holiday World and the Dells...your gonna be ruined for the rest of the trip. ;)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:14 PM
Which Friday?


Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:17 PM
July 21st
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:29 PM
Based on my experiences, that's going to be a busy time of the year at HW. However, since you're not doing the waterpark you should have no problem getting the coasters in and multiple times at that.

If it's a really hot day, the lines for the rides are pretty short since most people are in the waterpark along about 12-1.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:36 PM
Hey folks, since we're talking about Holiday World and potential wait times and such, has there been much info on Getaway Gobbler, like how long the ride time will be vs. how many vehicles there will be?

I'm sure the ride will be fantastic no matter what but given the insane popularity of rides like Ghost Hunt at Lake Compounce, I was wondering what was in HW's bag of tricks to keep the wait times down. Has a theoretical capacity been published anywhere?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:50 PM
Impulsive-ive, you really should try to work in a stop at Indiana Beach while you're in the area. It's about half way between HW and SFGAm and would be an excellent stopping point. I didn't see any of the coasters from there listed on your profile, so I'm just guessing you've never been. IB has a GREAT collection of coasters and flats as well as a really fun atmosphere.

I'd say you should be able to do HW in 5 hours hitting just the highlights of the park.

*** Edited 4/25/2006 11:51:26 PM UTC by thrillerman1***

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:51 PM
All I can think to say is the rides done by the Sally Corp. IMO they are the B&M of dark rides, so you won't be disappointed by GG. Other than that, all I've seen is the building itself over at Negative-G, and it's rather plain looking at this point.

I would guess it will be right around the normal length of a dark ride, about 8-10 minutes. Don't miss it, it'll be great.

Also lines could be a little longer at Splashin' Safari on a hot day in July since they have last years Bahari wave pool addition, and the new Bahari river adventure this season. Hopefully that might help with lines in the's to hoping anyway.

Best to you, hope you have a good time, and get done what you want.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:59 PM
Dude, I would arrange your trip so you'll be at HW at night. Even if you're just going for a few hours, you want to be there at night to really enjoy the coasters, not in the morning/easrly afternoon.

And Indiana Beach is a MUST!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:19 PM
Well man being honest if your going there on a fri. in late july u might be asking for it. May and June wouldn't be bad there but in july and aug. and this new coaster good luck. I'm not saying the lines will be long b/c this park is the best about ride times. Seriously, there water park is 5 hours itself; one of the best water parks in the country in my opinion. The best info I can give ya is forget SFKK b/c I think it's a waste of time. Chang and G.Lightning are about it. So go to SFKK in the morning that day ride the coasters and drive an hour to HW be there for the nite. That's the best advice I can give ya.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:25 PM
I'd definitely list Thunder Run over Chang as notable at SFKK. :)

If you're going to be in Louisville to fly out or anything like that, and you have some spare time and a SF season pass, SFKK is doable. Definitely my least favorite SF park, but Thunder Run is awesome, Chang is decent and the Sisters are alright.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:26 PM
Yah I forgot the wood there opps ;) good call
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:28 PM
I was about to say how could you leave Thunder Run out. Sacrilege!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:35 PM
IMHO you should tone it back, Make the southern tour and then do a northern tour next year or vice versa.

Whats the point, Visit HW between 10-2 and split never riding the coasters at there best, IN THE DARK! Sure you can do SFKK fri AM and HW Pm, It's a huge driver from down there to the dells, trust me. It's about five hours from HW to Indiana Beach.

tone it down, Do some of it and enjoy it. That for the credit thing is way over rated unless your actually having fun. and doing so the exaustion factor sets in.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006 8:50 PM
No offense, Brett...but a trip like that is akin to trying to see all the Oscar-nominated films in a single day by only seeing the first ten minutes of each. Sure you might enjoy those ten minutes but you miss out on so much!

None of those parks are going anywhere. Slow down, pick a few, and enjoy ALL they have to offer.

Just my .02 cents. YMMV ;)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:05 PM
If I were 10 years younger, without wife and child, I would jump all over this opportunity. While the advice given is sound...there is a lot to be said about "getting there" being half the fun! I'm a sucker for road trips though... sounds like you guys are "living in the moment." Why don't you just scrap all the hard plans and visit the parks as they come. If you feel you've got your fix...just head on down the road. I've done many a trip without anything but park maps and nary a care in the world. You may find you get it all done...OR you may spend two days at Indiana Beach. Either way it is all good if you enjoy the moment!

P.S. Don't forget to see the sights to/from the next park. Many a dive restaurant or State Park can add up in the memory department!


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