Trip Decisions :(

Thursday, March 18, 2004 11:02 PM
Trip 1) HW, SFKK, Beast Buzz Airfare for 2: $620

OR

Trip 2) Dollywood, Lake Winnie, SFOG Airfare for 2: $527.40

NOTE: I have already been to HW.

I like #2 myself, but I wanted to get some other opinions.

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Thursday, March 18, 2004 11:25 PM
Trip 1: You have the amazing Holiday World, and the various Kings Island coasters. Then SFKK, nothing special there.

Trip 2: Dollywood, the gem of the south (With Thunderhead and Arrow's smoothest ride, Tennessee Tornado), SFOG, the gem of the south in the 70s(With three classic coasters, Mindbender, Scream Machine and Georgia Cyclone), and Lake Winnie which has the Cannon Ball and a nice lakeside setting.

I would say Trip 2, since it appears to be new territory for you.

But if your looking for more thrills then I think Kings Island and Trip 1 would be the better choice.

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Thursday, March 18, 2004 11:33 PM
I say #2. You've already been to HW. SFKK is a blast but I'm not big on PKI. Plus it's cheaper.

Frank, who thinks the Beast is way overrated.

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Friday, March 19, 2004 12:12 AM
Unrelated subquestion: does anyone here think that $700 for a road trip from New Jersey to the midwest, covering up to six parks over seven days, is unreasonable? (Yes, this includes hotel and admissions.)
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Friday, March 19, 2004 12:19 AM
My take on it all... do what you feel would be the most fun. Forget the monetary part of it (for now) Just go with what you think would be the most fun and if it turns out that you choose the more expensive one, heck just work another day or two extra. (any job paying around 10 bux an hour will take care of this in about 2 work days) Just remember: take more pictures than you can possibly imagine for the memory value of it all.

and to the person who said, "nothing special at SFKK" I say to you PUH! There's allot to be said for Thunder Run, Chang, Greezed Lightning, and other great attractions. It's not always about having the biggest and fastest coaster around trust me. :)

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Friday, March 19, 2004 2:00 AM

Joey Stewart said:

and to the person who said, "nothing special at SFKK" I say to you PUH! There's allot to be said for Thunder Run, Chang, Greezed Lightning, and other great attractions. It's not always about having the biggest and fastest coaster around trust me.


Something else special about it is the Highway that runs right down the middle, and the small footbridge across it.

I doubt I would have suggested Dollywood if I'm such a thrill/extreme rides whore. ;)

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Friday, March 19, 2004 1:40 PM

Nitro Dave said:
Unrelated subquestion: does anyone here think that $700 for a road trip from New Jersey to the midwest, covering up to six parks over seven days, is unreasonable? (Yes, this includes hotel and admissions.)

ND, that is cheap! Are you serious? I did my trip last year for a mere $1300. One week. 7 parks.

Yay for me. Even better, yay for you! :)

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Friday, March 19, 2004 6:42 PM
Right on Joey. Thunder Run consistently gives me great rides and amazing airtime. Chang = rock n roll too. Pretty damn special in my book.

Hmmm Brahma2003, that's a difficult decision. Screw it...go to CP.

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Friday, March 19, 2004 7:36 PM

Dukeis#1 said:


Something else special about it is the Highway that runs right down the middle, and the small footbridge across it.


Yeah, that situation with the road that cuts the park in two parts and the bridge across said roadway does stink in ways, BUT I challenge anyone to find a park anywhere in the world where everything is perfect. Considering what that park has to work with, I think they've done one helluva good job.

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Friday, March 19, 2004 7:44 PM
Yeah, that comment by Duke about SFKK is completely wrong. Thunder Run is special, and better than any wood coaster I've ridden(sans SOB).

HW beats Dollywood in pretty much every department(definately not saying Dollywood is bad), although Thunderhead is almost getting the win for DW.

I would have to say that I'd rather go to SFKK than Lake Winnie, but of course, I've been to Lake Winnie every year of my life, so It's getting a little old for me. SFKK really gets it on Thunder Run almost by itsself. It's that good. Then again, the Fly-O-Planes can't be ridden anywhere else, and are insanely awesome, as well as the also crazy wild mouse.
I prefer Bigger rides over better atmosphere, so SFKK would absolutely win in my case.

Now SFOG vs. PKI is much harder to choose. I loved Vortex and Son of Beast, but then again other people don't like them. I also think that the waterpark will be great this year, if you're into that. Mindbender,S:UF, and Deja Vu are great as well as their great wooden supporting/lead cast.I've gotten a little sick of SFOG, having been there a lot, but I'd have to give it the win.

So, in my case trip 1 wins 2-1. I did take that trip last year, so it's pretty fresh on my mind, and it was very fun. Although, for you, you've never been to any of the parks on Trip 2, and it's cheaper. So I'd suggest Trip 2.

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Friday, March 19, 2004 7:58 PM
Nitro Dave -that is a deal you should manage my trips from now on.The first time I went to CP I spent $900.00-thats hotel,rental car,3 nite stay way down the road,food ,gas, tolls,(2) two day tickets,and souvineers.that was two years ago.
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Friday, March 19, 2004 8:01 PM
SFKK:

Get a variance, put a 2-way skyride over the road, and that bridge becomes WAY less of a problem all around....AND you get a cool ride...:)

I think they also need a better bridge for wheelchair accessibility, as the one there is seemed REALLY bad when there were strollers AND wheelchairs (with a full park, at peak traffic times, I can only imagine a nightmare)....:(

As for those trips, I haven't been to Dollywood since 1982, and NEVER been to Lake Winnie.....then again, I *do* like SFKK (love TR), and HW absolutely ROCKS (but you already know that, LOL). I always love coaster events though, good times with great friends on rides running at their very best...:):):)

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Friday, March 19, 2004 8:22 PM
I've pretty much decieded on #2... now I need some tips for them!
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Friday, March 19, 2004 10:38 PM
Since I used to live in Chattanooga, TN, I would say #2 because all 3 of those parks are excellent. SFOG has your SF setting and variety, Dollywood is in my opinion one of the most beautiful parts of the country and has good rides, and Lake Winnie (ive been there countless times) is good for a family day at a nice peaceful park.
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Friday, March 19, 2004 10:40 PM
Well, you know all my tips and opinions on Lake Winnie, from that topic you posted a while back, and there are plenty of SFOG help threads so that leaves Dollywood.

Definately do not miss Daredevil Falls, or for that matter, any of the water rides. TT is best ridden in the back seat, with a few minimal air spots, but is really the same everywhere, so go for the shortest lines.

The food everywhere is excellent, so it doesn't really matter where you eat.

And if you want to go back on forth from TT and Thunderhead, be prepared to do a lot of walking.

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Saturday, March 20, 2004 12:30 AM
For the Lake Winnie experts: Do you think it would be plenty of time to spend an afternoon and evening and still have an enjoyable time?
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Saturday, March 20, 2004 1:18 AM
Lake Winnie is not a large park and is basically flat. It will be a major contrast to DW and SFoG where everything is spread out and hilly. You should have plenty of time to do everything at Winnie in an afternoon and evening. Be sure and ride the park's Old Mill Chute (the oldest operating in the US), Fly-O-Plane, and of course Cannon Ball.
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Saturday, March 20, 2004 1:36 PM

brahma2003 said:
I've pretty much decieded on #2... now I need some tips for them!

When at Dollywood, see some of the shows! The park has some great live entertainment.

Be sure to check out some of the more unique rides at Dollywood: The Dollywood Express, 5 mile ride into the Smokies aboard a 110-ton steam train, Blazing Fury, an indoor roller coaster through a burning town, and the Mountain Slidewinder, a log flume combined with a waterslide.

Dollywood also has some wonderful food. Not much freeze'n'fry stuff.

Lines don't normally get that bad, except on a few of the water rides like the River Rampage and the Slidewinder.

Have fun! :)

*** Edited 3/20/2004 6:37:19 PM UTC by Dukeis#1***

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Saturday, March 20, 2004 3:56 PM
You guys must stay in some decked out hotels....I've been looking at a 10 park east coast trip with about a $600-$700 pricetag.
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Saturday, March 20, 2004 10:50 PM

brahma2003 said:
For the Lake Winnie experts: Do you think it would be plenty of time to spend an afternoon and evening and still have an enjoyable time?


Yes.

I can do everything at Lake Winnie in 5 hours and have a plenty enjoyable time. But I would suggest about 8 hours would be good for a first timer, if you want plenty of re-rides on everything, and some simple sitting down time.

And don't forget the Alpine Ride. It's very relaxing.

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