I want to do a 9 day trip with my family to the mid-west, north-east. My plan right now is: Holiday World, PKI, CP(1 1/2 days), Hersheypark (1 1/2 days), Sesame Place (my wife insists!), and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Any opinions on what parks may be better overall that I should visit? I have a 7 year old and a 2 year old. I'm trying to stay with parks that have something for everyone and that have plenty of 48" height requirements on the coasters. I will be riding a few 54" coasters by myself but don't want to take too much time away from coasters I can ride with my 7 year old.
If it is not too far out of you're way I would suggest SFGAm. For the kids they have the viper an awesome wooden twister American Eagle a decent out and back woody, Demon a small Arrow Looper,the Whizzer a fun speed racer, a kiddie coaster, and Bugs Bunny World. For you they have B:TR, Raging Bull, Iron Wolf, an Arrow Mega looper(sucks) And this year are getting a Super Invertigo and a S:UE clone. Not sure of height restrictions on S:UE and the Invertigo.
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If your in the Hershey area drive the hour and fifteen minutes up I-81 to Knoebels. They have lots of small kiddie rides including a kiddie whip, bumper cars, handcars, helicopters,to name a few. About 15 to 20 kiddie rides total average price between 40 & 60 cents a ride. Then they have all a few of the best flat rides of their kind Lusse Bumper Cars, Flying Scooters, and haunted Mansion. At Knoebels you can ride all 4 coasters with you 7 year old I believe the minimunm for all are 48". Knoebels has the same friendly atmosphere as Holiday World with the feel of Kennywood or Idlewild. You can also pay per ride or get a handstamp depending on how long or how much you want to spend. IMO you couldn't go wrong by going to Knoebels.
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- Baltimore is a two hour drive(I-83) from Harrisburg, from there follow the SFA directions to the park (40 min.) . 301/207 will put you out to I-95 above PKD. - Great Adventure has two kiddie lands, two log flumes and a Raging Rapids. We do have a Perilous Plunge type ride, but this year it was open occasionaly. Ask Buzzers for hotel suggestions. I f you were to do SFNJ, and then SFM, I would suggest you consider staying in Mt. Laural NJ [18 min. from Philly, re.Sesame Place]on route 73, just by the entrances of the NJ Turnpike, and I-295. It is 45 min. to SFNJ, and 3 hours to SFM. SFNJ has an accomadation brochure, but you get it in the park :). Write to them! -4 hours between CP & Kennywood. 2 hours, 47 minutes between Kennywood and SFO. 1 hour 51 minutes between SFO & CP. Kennywood to Hershey is 4 to 5 hours. ------------- "Jesus Freak" "First we're gonna puke, then we're gonna die !" The Grinch to Max,on the turbo sled
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I gotta start hyping Knoebel's again ... what a park. Beautiful, tranquil setting, great (inexpensive) food, unique rides, wonderful, friendly employees, the best (IMHO) woodie in the world in Phoenix, easily the best value around. For us, it's a must-visit every year, and we live in Canada.
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Six Flags Ohio(Flying Dutchman) Six Flags Kentucky(Twisted Sisters) Dorney(Talon) Kennywood(Phantoms Revenge) Paramount Kings Dominion (Hypersonic) Six Flags America (Flying Dutchman???) Six Flags Great Adventure (Nitro)
Judging by the path that you are taking these are all parks that will be getting new coasters next year, and are not that far away from the parks you have on your list. plus it could iliminate much of the cost if you visit more six flags parks with a season pass.
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Thanks for the help. I may opt for knoebel's instead of BGW because of the drive time and the fact that I have been there. I'll definitely keep an eye out on all the trip reports as I am going in August and you guys will be all over these places all summer. Also, maybe someone will open up an impressive looking coaster. Let's see what happens. Thanks.
Kennywood can't be missed. It has some great, classic flat rides the 7 year old would love. And you haven't lived until you ride the back seat on the Jack Rabbit's double dip. This thing is the definition of "ejector air".