SRM with little ones?

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 8:12 AM
Having never been to one, I'm dying to get to SRM. I'm not up on the idea of coming by myself, so I was thinking of bringing the family. My question is.....

Do you think SRM would be enjoyable with little ones? (one is 3 yrs. old and the other is just over a year old.)

Obviously, the ERT happens after their bedtime, so that part I would have to negotiate to attend solo. I've read a lot about people bringing non-enthusiast significant others, and them having a good time, but I've never heard any input on having toddlers along.

Please advise. Thanks

Later,
EV
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"I swear -- by my life and my love of it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine"
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:18 AM
Holiday World is a family park. The guest tend to be well behaved and the waterpark is a great attraction. They have a kids section called Holidogs Funtown and several family rides if thats what your asking bout.

Now for the ERT. This is hardcore woodie fanatics and coasting friends having a fun time together. The two coasters are not for the weak but are not painful and they are fun and run in complete darkness.

Don't know if your planning camping or motel. The campground is next door to to the park and motels closeby are probably getting filled up. early in the season though the campground should have plenty of room.

Can't make your mind up for ya, Thats a tough plan but as for daytime HW can keep the Family happy. If you can make ERT consider that a BONUS as these two coasters are even better with the INSANE mode and complete darkness. Maybe you can sacrifice and only do one of the nights ert's to keep wife happy.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester.
Confirmed, Lesourdsville Lake opening for 2003 details soon at Lesourdsville.com

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:19 AM
EV - I emailed Carrie Drabek, who has experience bringing her 3-yr-old son to SRM the last three years. Hopefully she'll reply shortly....

Moosh

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:24 AM
Moosh, now why would we want a NON-Enthusiast POV?

Oh yeah, shes a Mom :)

Chuck, who thinks Bond would ride Raven and Legend in a second if he could :)


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Charles Nungester.
I previously announce Lesourdsville as Confirmed. I now change that to POSSIBLE as I can get NO NEWS :(

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:27 AM
Carrie has officially been an enthusiast since PPP 2001, thanks to the costume I convinced her to wear asking people to vote on that very issue ;)

Moosh

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:39 AM
I took my family last year (3 and 5 year olds). We stayed in one of the RV's for rent at the campground next door. We had a great time during the day and in the evening ERT time, they were able to go back to the RV and I stayed on rode. The nice thing was that it is close enought that I was able to walk back to the campground.

Keith

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 9:59 AM
You *walked* back....I was so tired, I had the shuttle take me back to the campground....SRM, it really IS quite draining...

bill, camping with Rudolph (and Baran) in '03...
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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 10:27 AM
I can't believe you guys walked at all! We drove to and from the camp ground.

Gator - Just look for the campsite surrounded by PBR cans, and you'll know you've found it!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 10:28 AM
Yes, I walked back. I did not know that the shuttle was working that late.

Basically, if you stay right along the lake you go right to the campground. It is really not all that far.

Keith

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 10:41 AM
chris, I'll do what I did last year, and post our campground up at the regstration/check-in booth....look for a map with the word *SWAMP* acroos it....pointing at our site.

BTW, have you booked a campsite yet...maybe we can set up next to you and that GIANT-sized keg of PBR...;)
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Dr. Thrill IS my family practitioner
Would you just LOOK at what you've done to CoasterBuzz - you're going to have to clean it up ;)

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 10:44 AM
I tell you what, The camping was funner than the ERT last year for me. We were up to the wee hours beings the weather was so great at night.

Sunday I was officially dead. To much free Pop, Too much free sunscreen, Too much free pizza and other food and too much fun. By the time we got back to my brothers house, he hit one couch and I hit the other and we were out like the lights at SRM ERT!

Chuck who once again will be at SRM with about 5 or more friends and family!

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Charles Nungester.
I previously announce Lesourdsville as Confirmed. I now change that to POSSIBLE as I can get NO NEWS :(

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 11:14 AM
Gator - Plans for right now are to camp, but that could change. I haven't made any reservations yet. I should probably get on that, though.

EV - If I had young kids and an understanding wife, I would bring them along for sure. As others have said, Holiday World is first and foremost a great family park with a lot for little ones (and their parents) to do.

If you and your wife have no problem with you going off to ride coasters till the wee hours while she watches the kids, then go for it!
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*** This post was edited by chris 3/5/2003 4:22:06 PM ***

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 11:45 AM
I am seriously considering attending SRM this year for the first time and was wondering if anyone has stayed at the comfort inn in jasper and if so how was it and if it would be better to fly into indianapolis or louisville.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 11:55 AM

voldemort said:
I am seriously considering attending SRM this year for the first time and was wondering if anyone has stayed at the comfort inn in jasper and if so how was it and if it would be better to fly into indianapolis or louisville.

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I hope they kill that iron yuppie. Thinks he's so big. The great homer simspon


If your comming for SRM only then Louisville is far closer than indy. If you want to do both Holiday World and Indiana Beach then Indianapolis is 3hrs from HW and 1.65 from Indiana Beach.

Chuck

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Charles Nungester.
I previously announce Lesourdsville as Confirmed. I now change that to POSSIBLE as I can get NO NEWS :(

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 12:09 PM
I too am interested in hearing about experiences with bringing the whole (not-yet-enthusiast) family. My wife has ridden the Kennywood Thunderbolt, and liked it, but still claims I have a sickness ;). Our kids are 4 and 2.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 1:11 PM
So who is all camping I already have the campsite reserved for myself JDee, Kneemeister and VACoasterfreak

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Da Poodle

Coming in 2003-The Spawn Of Magnum!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 1:31 PM
I brought my non-enthusiast cousin, Chris, to SRM last year. He lives in Indianapolis. He had a blast and would be going this year if I was going to be there.

Moosh

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"Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 1:51 PM
This year will be Bond's very first SRM, actually, but at nearly 3 years old he's getting to be quite the seasoned veteran of coaster events in general. We've never really had any problem, and enjoy having him with us as often as we can (but then, we've been taking him along since he was 2 months old!) Holiday World is certainly a good park to take kids to, and they have an enormous selection of kiddie rides in 2 different areas of the park, as well as a play area and a wading pool in the water park.

The only think I can see that would be an impediment to your kids enjoying the event, EV, is if they have a problem with lots of people and noise - SRM weekend is a bit more crowded than some times, for obvious reasons. Still, the crowds at that time of year don't quite approach crowd size at other, bigger parks, imo. Other than that, there's certainly more than enough to keep them happily entertained for quite some time.


-Carrie
http://www.negative-g.com/mental_rose

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 2:09 PM
We walked to and from the campground last year, maybe grabbed a shuttle once. Our spot is right along the lake across from Raven so it's not a long walk at all. Yes, we have the same spot this year, 58L.

As far as taking a little one along, like everyone else says, it's whether or not your wife is willing to sit at the hotel/campground while you are riding coasters and having a ton a fun.

Holiday World is a great family park and I can't wait to take our daughter (4) someday, but until she can fully enjoy the whole day with us, she stays with grandma and pap pap for the weekend. It may sound selfish, but when you travel 8 hours, you want to be able to enjoy every part of the event. She's not keen on water, so the water park would be out and she's not 48" which means just about everything during the ERT sessions, she can't ride.

Besides, she loves staying with the grandparents (and they love having her) and she has stayed with them quite often since she was born. It's like her own vacation away from mom and dad.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2003 2:16 PM
Mom and the kids don't necessarily have to stay at the camp or hotel while Dad rides. During the first few hours of ERT other rides are open, too. And there are always people hanging out and taking breaks to talk to.

Moosh

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"Outside of a dog, a man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

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