I know Holiday World and Kentucky Kingdom are alot closer then HW and SFstl but I have been to SFstl before and feel I could navigate it a bit faster knowing my way around some. It's about 3hrs 30min from St. Louis to HW.
If I got to SF at 9:30am half hour before they open would that give me enough time to process our season passes by 10 and then get thru the park and still have plenty of time at Holiday World?
Or should I stay at Santas Lodge the night of SFstl and go to Holiday World the next morning SFkk that evening and stay at a hotel near PKI my next stop on that trip?
If I spend 4 - 5 hours in SFSTL, I'm ready to go. (waiting for the coasters is soooo miserable here). The pavement is hot. The drinks are highly priced.
I could spend 10 hours in Holiday World, easy. Everyone is friendly. The food is cheap. The drinks are free. The flat rides are fun, sorta half-way between state fair and major amusement park quality. The coasters, of course, are on a completely different level. Holiday World is to wooden coasters what Cedar Point is to steel. Definitely not a one-trick pony. In addition, the water park is world class, and they keep the lines moving in all sections of the park. Put simply, I love this park! When I was there in May, I saw the owner of the park at least 10 times throughout the day. You get the sense they have higher standards here, and their involvement in the day to day operations of this park is evident.
The drive between the two is very reasonable, as well. The problem with Holiday World is the lack of hotel options. There are a few hotels out by the highway, but they jack up the rates pretty high in the summer. SFSTL doesn't have that many more options (it is in a more 'remote' corner of St. Louis County), but Eureka is very close and probably has 5 -10 hotel / motels. Some are good, some are bad.
When I stayed at Holiday World, I stayed in Evansville and just got up 30 minutes early. It worked out pretty well, and I got to stay at a quality hotel for a reasonable price.
Anyway, hope that helps.
Where to from there? Wyandot will most likely be closed next year, so you can go East to Penn or North to CP, MKP & GL or North East to Erie, Conneaut or Tuscora Park
How about this scenario: Do the morning stop at SFStL. Drive over to the HW area in the afternoon, book a hotel room, then go to the park and buy a two-day ticket. Hit the park that evening and again the next morning to get in the rides you missed the night before, and to experience the coasters at different times of day. Take the hour drive (two hours of clock time) to SFKK in the afternoon, ride the coasters and whatever else you have time for, and start heading towards PKI. A word of warning, though, hotels are scarce between Louisville and Cincinnati, so you might not find a hotel until you get to Northern Kentucky. On the plus side it means a shorter drive to PKI the next morning.
Are you going alone?
Which exact parks do you hope to hit?
Which Parks have you nver gone to?
Are you looking to rack up coaster credits or actually enjoy the parks in their entirety?
Are you driving the entire trip? If so, where is your starting point?
Have you considered Flying from One Airport...renting a car...driving partially acrossed the country... returning the car to a different office...and flying back home from that airport
The only parks on this trip I have been to are Worlds of Fun, SFstl, and Adventureland.
Holiday World and Cedar Point are the only for sures. Though Indiana Beach is looking more and more for sure.
Actually Enjoying the Parks number one priority on this Trip since my wife don't ride Roller Coasters If thats all we do she will be bored. (She'll give most rides and coasters that don't go upside down a chance.) Plus I'm not to the Credit Whore type Stats quite yet.
This Trip we are starting at Omaha, Nebraska and the parks basically make a giant circle. With longest time for the next destination is 6 hrs. (SFgam to Valley Fair) Most brives being arounf the 3-4hr mark which helps because my wife's stomach gets out of whack if she sits in a car to long.
Flying to KC is more expensive then driving their.
We got a Hotel in Louisville we can get my wifes discount at she works for Marriott. So we had planned on, no matter what going straight from St. Louis to Holiday World as we can just drive from there to Louisville hotel and go SFKK the next day. Just seemed easier and cut down on number of hotels we have to stay at.
I am interested in those smaller parks if they aren't to far out of the way or if they are out of the way but worth it. You got any info on those John?
Thanks everyone for the help this is truly cool. *** Edited 9/10/2006 3:55:19 PM UTC by TonyBlackjack***
As for the longest part of your trip being SF:GAm to VF, you're missing two of the best woodies in the world along the way...one of which can actually be seen from the highway if you turn your head at the right time. Stop at Mt Olympus and Timber Falls on your way for Hades, Avalanche, Cyclops and Zeus. It would be a sin to drive by those coasters and not stop...especially to try to get to VF. Again, those parks don't need a full day. An evening ride wrist band at Timber Falls is fine and you can decided between wrist bands or ride tickets at Mt Olympus (assuming they still sell tickets). Those parks are less than a mile apart and you can do both in less than a day if needed.
Gobbler get-a-way is cool. The other flat rides are, well, run of the mill, but the wait for them is nothing. I mean, you can walk right on (except Paul Revere, for some reason...very slow).
Water park or no water park, you can ride the 3 coasters over and over again and have a different experience every time. Try riding Voyage at 10 am. Different experience all together from Voyage at 5pm. That thing gets wicked.
As much as I sing their praises, you might think I work for them.
It seems like soaking up the ambience isn't exactly a priority given the schedule you're considering. If it's just a matter of hitting many parks and rides and doing it in a timely fashion, then HW is an easy partial day score.
My only recommendation would be to slow down the trip in general. You might fit a lot in, but when you look back it'll all be one big whirlwind blur. Not to mention with tight scheduling comes much frustration if the slightest thing goes a little off.
With that said, if you insist on keeping a hectic pace and hitting multiple parks in a single day - then HW is an easy half-day park. I'd put it on the same day as SFKK, not on the same day as SFStl with the drive.
We (me and one other person) only did six parks on our June midwest tour, and it was a great feeling to say, "Hey, I'm tired, you drive now." All the driving can burn you out if your driving solo. Other advantages to having a "co-pilot" are that you have someone who can navigate for you which is extremely important.
If you're driving during the summer, that person can also look for alternate routes should you come up on congested routes or construction. If you're trying to hit eleven to thirteen parks, you don't want anything to get in the way.
We also broke up the tour with some tourist stuff. Trust me, after a while the amusement park thing becomes stale. By the end of BeastBuzz at PKI–- which was our last park--neither one of us wanted to ride another ride for a while.
John for all intents and purposes we will just say Ohio. I will do a East Coast trip somewhere down the road because I will have to get in all the fine PA parks sometime.
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