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M. Ryan Traylor

Where is 2014 taking you?

Published: January 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

As a SoCal resident Disneyland AP holder, I'll be going down to Anaheim quite a bit. But what else do we all have in store this year?

My family has a WDW vacation planned during hurricane season later this year.

I also want to visit SFMM to catch up on the new rides there. I've been neglecting that park for a couple of years.

Lastly, I like to try and visit my family back in Richmond, VA so I can celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Kings Dominion.

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Duncan Henny

Published: January 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

my wife and i and my brother are heading to Orlando the end of sept this year for two weeks, hopefully the harry potter will be quieter then ?
Mark Russell

Published: January 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM

I am planning a coaster trip starting in Hershey and ending in Holiday World. Plan to hit 6 parks in 8 days, 5 of which will be first time visits for me. Hershey, Knoebel's, Kennywood, Cedar Point, King's Island and Holiday World. Looking at dates in late June. I've only been to CP and that was way back in '95. Excited to ride the Phoenix at Knoebel's as I rode it when it was the Rocket in San Antonio and also really looking forward to the remake of Mr. Twister which was one of my favorite coasters of all time.
Robert Niles

Published: January 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I'm planning on covering the openings of Despicable Me at Universal Studios Hollywood in April and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida in June. Beyond that, I might get down to SeaWorld San Diego for the opening of Explorer's Reef and to Knott's for the new Camp Snoopy, and if we can make the numbers work, I'd love either to go to or have someone local cover the openings of the Ratatouille ride at Walt Disney Studios Paris and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan.

We'll have people covering the openings of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom, Goliath at Six Flags Great America and Banshee at Kings Island. I'd like to have someone at the openings of Firechaser Express at Dollywood and Wonder Mountain's Guardian at Canada's Wonderland.

So, even if you're not able to visit every major new attraction this year, we'll have readers on site covering those debuts for you here on Theme Park Insider.

If you are going to one of these openings, though, and you see me or one of our writers there, please don't hesitate to say hello!


Published: January 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

My husband and I, with both our daughters are heading to Disney for 3 weeks on 24th June. Looking forward to seeing the changes at US/IOA . Not visited this park for a couple of years, so really looking forward to it.
Mike Gallagher

Published: January 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I'll make my usual 10-12 or so visits to SF Great Adventure. At least one visit each to Hershey and Dorney. Probably take my annual April jaunt to Kings Dominion. If I can swing it financially and logistically, I'd like to head to Missouri, to visit a coupla parks including RaoLand :)
Russell Meyer

Published: January 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

As season passholders to Busch Gardens, King's Dominion, and Six Flags, we'll be hitting our 3 local DC-area parks quite a few times this year. I'm trying to figure out how to swing a trip to Canada this summer to Canada's Wonderland along with a trip to Dollywood. However, we're definitely taking an extended (10-14 days) trip to Central Florida in October to check out all of the new attractions (Harry Potter, Seven Dwarves, and Falcon's Fury).

It's looking to be a busy year.


Published: January 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM. Edited: January 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Oh, does any TPI faithful have to ask me where the family is going this Summer? Diagonally!!!!...... What did he say, dear?.... Diagonally..... That's what I though...

I'm sure the wife will drag me to Sea World kicking and screaming because we get free tickets.... ugh. I'll just pout and complain the whole time like a child... that'll learn her...

James Rao

Published: January 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM. Edited: January 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

After our big Disneyland vacation last year, the Rao Family will scale back their adventures in 2014. If I can arrange it, we'll try to spend a couple days at nearby (9 hours away) Kings Island. I think their new inverted coaster, Banshee, looks amazing. And, as always, we'll make an excursion or two down to Silver Dollar City, the best theme park west of Orlando and East of Anaheim.

2015 is probably a better year financially for the Rao Family to head back to Orlando for New Fantasyland, Diagon Alley, and possibly Falcon's Fury. We'll see.

And Mike, let me know if you make it out to my neck of the woods... Raoland only takes about five minutes to tour since we have no spinners, one good show, no good restaurants, and really almost no good rides whatsoever (I modeled my park after Universal Studios Hollywood - heh heh heh). However, at Raoland, at least parking is free!

Mike Gallagher

Published: January 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

But your wife's a good cook, there's a merry-go-round at the local city park, and parking's on your front lawn....right?

Def will let you know if I'm Midwest-bound.

James Rao

Published: January 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Absolutely! And when the front lawn fills up, you can park in the construction zone just west of here. Uh, and you might want to lock your doors and roll up your windows.

And not necessarily in that order.

Jacob Sundstrom

Published: January 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

This will be our first full summer in Texas, so I'll finally knock out Sea World in San Antonio (we're living in the Houston area now after living in California our whole lives) and I'll also have to check out Iron Rattler at Fiesta Texas.

Beyond the Lone Star State, we're hoping to get up to Toronto for the first time which means a trip to Canada's Wonderland will be on the docket.

Looking forward to seeing pictures and the like from all your trips!

AJ Hummel

Published: January 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

2014 plans are still being finalized, but I can say for sure I will be visiting the Disneyland Resort, Knott's Berry Farm, and Six Flags Magic Mountain as I have passes to all three. As for other trips away from my home of Southern California, I've got several tentative ideas:

-I'll be traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska for a school event in June (FSAE Electric to be more specific). Assuming it doesn't cause issues, I plan to turn this into a road trip. At the very least I'll stop by the Denver parks, but depending on route and budget the trip could also include Worlds of Fun, Silver Dollar City, and/or a few smaller parks. It will end with a few days in Las Vegas, which is somewhat of a giant adult theme park in itself.

-I am currently signed up for a group trip in July that will start in Cincinnati and end in Chicago, stopping at Kings Island, Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Indiana Beach, Six Flags Great America, and one or two small parks along the way. I'm also considering adding a couple days at Cedar Point at the beginning of the trip as it has been a long time since I last visited. If I only do one trip this summer, this will be the one.

-I am considering a second group trip in August (immediately following the previous trip) that would go from Harrisburg to New York, with stops at Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, and a few days in New York for random sightseeing stuff at the end. This one is less likely as doing both trips would be pretty expensive and the other is more appealing to me.

-Finally, this one isn't all that likely but I'm considering visiting the Northern California parks (California's Great America, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom) again. I was just up there last year, but as I missed out on a couple rides due to issues and I could stay at my relatives' house for free I may make a long weekend trip out of it.

As I'll be graduating college this year, I'm using Summer 2014 to do as much as I can before I have to start working full time, as I doubt I'll get a significant vacation for several years afterward.

Andrew Dougherty

Published: January 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Don't have much planned. Maybe 1-2 stops at Six Flags New England and at least 1 trio to Six Flags Great Adventure. Also will be in south Carolina in the summer. Anyone know any good parks nearby. Will be at myrtle beach.
luca ferracuti

Published: January 22, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I'm going to disney, busch gardens tampa and universal for 12 days
Mike Gallagher

Published: January 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Andrew, when you're in Myrtle Beach, be sure to visit Hard Ro...oh, wait...
Anthony Murphy

Published: January 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Here is my list (not that it ever really changes)

Six Flags Great America (Goliath and Fright Fest)
EPCOT (Flower and Garden Show, Food and Wine Festival)
DHS (Star Wars Weekend)
Magic Kingdom (MNSSHP)
Animal Kingdom (to see the Animals? I got nothing!)

Disney Cruise Line (if that counts)

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