2018 Plans. What's on your radar?
To go along with Robert's article about the United States of Theme Park Fans, I was wondering:
Now that the season is over for most of the regional parks, what parks are you thinking about visiting in 2018?
I'm also curious about why you are picking certain parks over others for next year's touring plan.
...and I guess I'll go first...
I need to conserve funds after the long trip last year (and the visa for my fiancee thats coming up). However, I am hoping to take her to experience Alton Towers. I think the coaster formerly known as Air (I refuse to acknowledge the VR gimmick) will amaze her.
We have another trip to Universal Orlando coming up sometime in 2018 (don't know when yet, but hopefully after F&F opens).
After visiting Cedar Point for the first time this year, I'm dying to go back. (Even more so after being tantalised by watching the Steel Vengeance construction.) Fingers crossed I can pull off a work trip to make that happen...
Last visit to Disneyland was May 2013. Disney World was Nov 2015 but I have to give the full credit to the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot (or we would not have gone). We have been following a pattern the last 3 years of going where the flight sales take us. (And it hasn't been Orlando)
I’ll be at CP sometime before the water park opens for a Steel Vengence try out. Not sure exactly when as my plan is to visit Carowinds and Kings Island in that time frame. I’ve already got my 2018 platinum pass so I’m on my way :). I want to go to Carowinds first so I can try out Fury 325 before I get back on MF. Will it demote the Force down to #2 on my list ?? But then again maybe Steel Vengence will take the #1 spot. Going to be an awesome 2018. Once the 3 parks release their schedules for next year I’ll be able to finalise my plans. I’ll spend about 3 days at each park as I find I can’t ride and ride and ride again like I used to ... it sucks getting old !?!?
Obviously, all of this is subject to change, but as of right now here are my 2018 plans.
Jeff Elliott's idea for a Dollywood trip still in the "blue sky" phase, I might be too busy hosting visitors to Cedar Point (spelled Steel Vengeance) next summer to go anywhere else! I have my own "blue sky" idea to drive over to Michigan Adventure, if just to try the coaster with my favorite name for any woodie- "Shivering Timbers". Love that name! Really, for anyone coming to Cedar Point this summer I'd love to meet up and bore you with a history lesson about America's second-oldest amusement park. Let me know!
AJ, make sure you're watching the operational calendar when you plan your mid-Atlantic trip. Busch Gardens almost certainly will operate every weekend from late March through Memorial Day, but Kings Dominion and Six Flags America have had some strange spring schedules of late due to private events. If I remember correctly, Kings Dominion was actually closed for a full weekend in late April (after spring break) and another weekend day in May for private events (where a large company rents the entire park for the day for just their employees). There used to be only 2 or 3 days a year where this happened, but there were 5 or 6 such days in 2017 (including a full weekend in late September after the start of Haunt).
Thanks for the heads up, Russell. I'll probably wait until after the holidays before I start seriously planning anything, but I'll be sure to keep a close eye on the operational calendar (especially for the Virginia parks...SFA is just a bonus if time and schedule permit). As for Twisted Timbers, it wouldn't be a deal-breaker if I missed it, but that is one of the reasons for doing the trip in 2018 rather than 2017. Based on the latest video I saw (shot on Saturday, I believe), it looks like about 1/3 of the track is installed, and given the speed of previous I-Box conversions I'm guessing it will be structurally complete by the end of January. Still, I'll be watching construction a lot closer than I typically would for a non-California coaster, and will push my trip back if needed. I've basically got three good windows in which to do the trip: early/mid April, mid May, or sometime in the fall.
Since Disney ain't gonna let me in wearing a mask, I'll be doing the Universal thang this year.
Planning our yearly May visit to Orlando. But now I am considering the first week in June when the Orlando informer has a private event scheduled at Universal..
Living in New Zealand I dont get many opportunities to visit too many parks, however 2018 is going to be a fun year as I turn 50. To celebrate that fact I am going to ride 50 different coasters while I visit Anaheim, Orlando and Las Vegas.
Nigel, take a side trip to Cedar Point and you can add 18 more coasters to your total, and 12 more if to add a side trip to Kings Island while you're in the neighborhood.
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