Wisconsin Parks--How Many Are Possible In One Day?

Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:23 AM
I'm trying to plan a complicated coaster junket for June (ironically just prior to the ACE convention there!) and know very little about the Wisconsin parks.

Is it possible to hit three of the four Wisconsin parks in one day? Where should I spend most of my time and should I, perhaps, allot more than one day for the Wisconsin Dells area? What are my major coasters and unique rides to hit in those parks?

For those of you in the know, thanks in advance!

Barry J.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:44 AM
I am sure others will disagree (credit whores) but there are only 2 must do parks in WI for coasters, in my honest opinion. Mt Olympus and Timber Falls are about 3-5 minutes from each other and can both be done in half a day with normal crowds assuming that you are only interested in the coasters. If you want to do the put-put, and the go karts and take your time, 1 day should be enough. However, Avalanche is so good, and Hades looks so good, you probably won't get bored if you spend 2 days there.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:46 AM
If all you're looking to do is ride the coasters then you can easily do the Dells in one day.

On the other hand, there's a ton of other things to do in the Dells. If you're planning on going to Noah's Ark (and you should if you like waterparks), you should plan at least a majority of one day for that.

Personally, I'd plan for two days if you've never been there before.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:53 AM
Mt. Olympus has become quite the waterpark in its own right these days...and the last hop on their six-way Proslide racer (also new this year) should have as much air as HW's Jungle Racer.

Don't forget Little-A-Merrick-A (near Madison) either. The more support they get, the closer they'll be to finally erecting Little Dipper again.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 11:59 AM
Random Thought:
JR (Jungle Racer) air definately competes with JR (Jack Rabbit) air.
Thursday, April 21, 2005 12:10 PM
Don't forget the Galaxi at Riverview, which is right between Mount Olympus and Timber Falls geographically.

It is really easy to hit every single coaster in the state of Wisconsin in one day if you start at Little A Merrick A in the morning and then hit the Dells in the afternoon/evening. Avalanche really starts rocking at night with some seriously insane, out of control rides.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:27 PM
This is so funny...I live in WI and I never go to most of these places. I haven't been to Mt. Olympus in a while, though. Gotta check out Hades this summer. I guess I figure that $25 for a few rides on Zeus et al is a waste when I can hit SFGAm for $40 and ride so many more good coasters!

That being said, I'd say one day for Noah's Ark, and you could probably do Mt. Olympus that same day (in the evening--they're open late). Little A-Merrick-A isn't worth more than a couple of hours. If you can afford it, Kalahari Resort has an awesome indoor waterpark that's worth a day in itself.

Noah's Ark is a blast, but I think Family Land is awesome for a lower price. Fewer crowds, and they have two kick-ASS slides. Demon Drop or something like that is the name, and there's one right next to it too.

I actually have an extra 2-4-1 coupon for both Noah's and Family Land that I'd be willing to mail anyone who's interested...

Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:33 PM

So you liked Family Land? And you liked Big Chief's?

They've been combined into Mt Olympus.

See why there's so much fuss about it?


*** Edited 4/21/2005 5:34:24 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Thursday, April 21, 2005 1:39 PM
Ohhhhhhh. Haha! See how much attention I pay to what goes on in my own state? :) I'm all wrapped up in popping my CP cherry next month. Yaaaaah!

If you listen closely, you'll hear me screaming all the way from Sandusky..

Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:12 PM
DO NOT miss Little A-Merrick-A!!! Charming little park, great classic old mouse, well run Toboggan and they'll let you ride the kiddie coaster! Make sure you take the train ride and don't miss the walk-thru Haunted House [as we did...d'oh!]

Last June Dawnmarie, Zingo, and I did Mt Olympus and Little A-M-A quite easily in a single day. You won't need more than 2-3 hours tops at Little A-M-A.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:14 PM
Thanks, everybody, for the great input!

I really appreciate it!

Now, here's a final question on the Wisconsin parks: is the second and third week of June a good time to go or should I try and go a few weeks earlier, while school is still in session?


Barry J.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:10 PM
I have never experienced any kind of significant line at Big Chief or any other WI ride/park. We often just stay on the coaster and they run us through again. I don't know if they still do it, but they used to give you 2 sequential rides (don't need to get off) for your ticket price.

Regarding the waterparks, even June can be chilly in WI. We just had a flurry of warm days, but it's back in the low 60's today. I've gone there on days under 80 degrees, and it feels very nippy!

Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:27 PM
If you're not there on a weekend or a holiday you'll be fine.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:51 PM
Hmm.. I was actually thinking of posting this in a few days, as we are hitting Wisconsin Friday, June 10th, day 7 of a 9 day tour. ('We' being 15 of the members of www.coastertrek.com ) But since it's already here, I'll just post here. :)

Everyone is really pumped to ride Avalanche and all of the Mt. Olympus, but I'm having a really difficult time convincing the rest of the group that Little A-Merrick-A is worth a stop. They are worried that since it opens at noon, it will take away from time at Timber Falls and Mt. Olympus. Any ideas to help coax them? I'd also like to do Riverview as well, but since that is actually in the Dells, they should have less of a problem going there.

Waterparks interest me none, so I doubt I'll be going to Noah's Ark, though some of the other members wanted to go there. I could just hit Riverview while they're at Noah's Ark.. hmm...

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Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:00 PM
As for when to go, I don't think there will be any trouble the second or third week of June. Just don't go before Memorial day because they are only open weekends, that is hit or miss, and Hades probably will not be open yet.

As for convincing people to go to little america, first see if they are 5 years old. If not, ask if they are credit whores. If not, I really can't help.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 7:07 PM
Jammin - with the park's Little Dipper Schmeck Jr. Woodie still under construction and not slated to open until late June at the earliest it might be tough to convince some people to go there for "just a mouse, toboggan, and kiddie coaster." And the park is indeed heavy on kiddie rides.

If you get to Little AMA by noon you should be done no later than 2pm. It really depends on what else you want to do other than the coasters. If you're just there for the three credits you could be done within an hour.

They have a walk-thru Haunted House [that I accidentally missed] and a nice long train ride thru the countryside. They have some classic flats that are fun and a unique single-car monorail.

If the Dells parks are open until 10pm I think you'll be OK spending some time at Little AMA. I was there early last June and was done with Mt. Olympus in about 4 hours, and that includes multiple rides on the three woodies.

Thursday, April 21, 2005 8:22 PM
Raven TTD, isn't ACE Coaster Con one of the last weeks in June? Wouldn't be too smart to go during that if you ask me...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:19 PM
He said in his first post he was planning to go just before con. I agree con would be a bad time to go unless you want to meet people.

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