I've been to HW twice (in 2000 and 2001 for SRM) and I am planning on making a return trip the third week of May. I will be travelling with a couple friends (I'm 22) who have never been on a real trip for rollercoasters, so I'm trying to not make it too crazy.
We can do the trip for 4, maybe 5 days, and anytime during the week between the dates of May21 thru May27, but as I've said, it's been awhile since I've travelled and would like some logistical help and suggestions for the trip.
The trip is centered around HW, but I'm also thinking about SFGAm and Mt. Olympus. Can anyone help me with anything at all I might need to know to do this, or any suggestions about what other parks I could consider?
Thank you in advance.
It seems you must enjoy woodies, so I would suggest you possibly keep this in mind. It is only 100 miles south of Holiday World and it is supposed to open on 5/6/06! It is a little out of the way if you plan to head north...BUT maybe you could start at Beech Bend and make your way to Holiday World in the same day (may be too much for the group)???
Another suggestion is to hit Indiana Beach on the way to SFGam (which you could skip in my opinion---but I'm overly wood biased)!
They have two good woodies and one that many enthusiasts place near the top of their lists (those geeks who make lists)! You could spend a day or just an hour or two at Indiana Beach and this would be right on your way to the Dells region!
If you are at the Dells you cannot skip Avalanche at Timber Falls Adventure Park just down the road from Olympus!
This is a kick butt woodie (at least it was in the summer of 2004) that I preferred over all of the Olympus offerings (Hades was being built at the time)!
Hope this helps! This is what I would do if I was young and energetic again! :-)
*** Edited 4/18/2006 3:04:29 PM UTC by Jeffrey R Smith***
Would ya just LOOK at all these people posting with "gator" in their screen names? I am just WAY ahead of the (fan) curve...ROFL! :)
...and yes, skipping Indiana Beach is a "capitol" crime...DON'T do it!
I'd forgotten about Indiana Beach...I'm not too sure about going out of the way for Beech Bend, but if IB is on the way to/from Chicago, that's definitely a possibility.
If you would go north. SFGAm has some great steel at it, (Raging Bull, Superman, Batman). The Dells is about 2-3 hours north of that, and they have a great collection wood up there, (esp. Hades @ Mt Olympus and Avalanche @ Timber Falls).
Plus, if you go to Treasure Island or TI's Pleasant View Motel, (it's older, but cheaper). And if you stay at one of the TI resorts you get free admission to Mt. Olympus' Theme Park, Mt. O's Outdoor waterpark, their indoor waterpark, and their new indoor amusement park for the length of your stay.
Bzzzzing....gotta love SEC life! :)
I'd LOVE to go to HN, but we don't want to be travelling during the holiday, whatsoever...
I love SFGAm. I've been there once, in 2001, and want to go back bad. That's why I'm including it in our 'plans' because the crowd I'm going with need some steel. The only wooden coaster anyone has ever ridden that's going, other than me, is Gwazi. So, they made it a point to make sure I planned something other than wooden coasters. :)
Indiana Beach is a must, you have to go. A great woodie, a very good woodie and a third that I adore for it's uniqueness. Theur flats a run excellently also. The park does look like much aqnd it is not shiny clean but it has do tons of charm and character.
Timbers Falls is only a mile from Mt Olympus and I have to agree with a Volunteer on this one. You have to give it a shot at night with their night time special. Avalanche rocks. Even riding it for an hour and returning to Mt. Olympus later is worth it. However at that time of year check the park schedules. It might make sense to stay at MtO until it closes and then go to Timber Falls if possible.
Beech Bend does not sound like much of a park, I'll be there for Rumblefest because Kentucky Rumbler looks sweet and the the price is nice as a add-on for Holiwood Nights, but if your time is limited focus on the other four places first
Day 1: Wisconsin Dells
Day 2: SF Great America
Day 3: 1/2 SFGAm, 1/2 Indiana Beach
Day 4: Holiday World
Day 5: 1/2 HW and fly out
My questions is, starting the trip in Wisconsin, where would be the best place to fly into (aka, the closest) and would Louisville be the best place to fly out of after HW?
Have you considered Little Americkka?
It really isn't all that far out of the way(In Wisconsin), and it could be done in a relatively short amount of time.
I've done this before, but the park was closed, so I just got back on the highway, and continued up to Wisconsin Dells. *** Edited 4/21/2006 5:35:55 PM UTC by Coasterphan***
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