I hate these type of topics, so please forgive me for starting one. First, some background: I'll be taking a trip to PA from Northern VA to visit three parks I've never been to on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. I'm reserving Monday for an all day visit to Knoebels. Sunday I want to hit Lakemont, and one other park. Problem is, I'm having trouble deciding which one. I've done what research I can online, but I would like to get some of your opinions to help me decide. I've narrowed it down to either Idlewild or Williams Grove, but I'm possibly open to other suggestions as well (I will not go to Kennywood, Hershey, or Dorney, as I've been to all three fairly recently). Distance is a concern, as I don't want to spend too much time between Lakemont and the undecided park driving, and miss out on time in the parks. I'm aware of the coasters each park has, I just don't know them, if you get me. Which, in your opinion, has the better collection? Which park has the better atmosphere? Better assortment of other attractions? What should I not miss out on?
Vater - I'm doing a very similar trip in the same area over Labor Day Weekend:
*Friday - Knoebels *Saturday - Lakemont, Del Grosso's, Conneaut *Sunday - Kennywood *Monday - Williams Grove, Clementon. We may also make a brief stop at Hersheypark on Monday depending how full the parking lot looks.
The problem with adding Del Grosso's on Sunday is this: what do you do after you've done both Lakemont & Del Grosso's and you realize you still have 1/2 a day left? Idlewild would be an option but since you're not doing Kennywood does it make sense to continue heading west, especially if your next destination is Knoebels?
As for "Idlewild or Williams Grove?" I can't answer that as I've never been to WG -- well, I've been there but it was closed! But since your plan is Knoebels on Monday and you want to minimize driving it makes sense to head east from the Altoona/Tipton area and visit Williams Grove.
I had considered DelGrosso's, but I kind of ruled it out because it lacked something Idlewild and WG don't--a Schmeck woodie. Plus, it seems really tiny; I can't see myself spending more than an hour there, and that's being generous. However, do you think I'd have time to Lakemont, WG, and DelGrosso's?
That actually sounds good, Gonch. Pretty cost-effective, too, since DelGrosso's ride tickets are only $0.50 each. My wife and I should get in and out while only dropping a couple bucks each.
Too bad we'll missing each other all weekend, Moosh. :(
Thanks a lot for the help, guys...all I needed was a little guidance!
Edit: coasterfanatic - yikes! Waldameer is quite a bit out of the way. I'd actually pick Conneaut Lake over it and a couple of the parks I'm going to visit, but that's just not feasible on this trip, unfortunately. Maybe on my next trip to Kennywood or the Point.
Whoops...thanks for the correction, SLFAKE. I did actually know that, though I guess after researching all these small parks I started confusing them with one another, and somehow got it into my head that WG's Cyclone was a Schmeck.
However, don't forget PA's fifth Schmeck, Idlewild's Rollo Coaster.
I rode the Cyclone just a few weeks ago. Let me tell you, it was an interesting experience. I sat in the 3rd seat and have never experienced such a violent ride on anything. Ever. I've flipped and totalled a car, but this coaster was more violent. No lie! ;)
What's cool about this coaster though is the fact that it's been through hell and high water (excuse the cliche) and is still standing.