Vote of the week: How close do you live to a theme park?
I'm declaring Mickey Mouse the winner of last week's vote
. So we're moving on to a new topic, one day early, since I will be on the road Friday. (No theme park trip this time; sorry. So no trip report coming from me.)
But on the subject of travel... How close do you live to the nearest theme park? For the purpose of this question, let's assume that we're talking about major theme parks here... not local carnivals or "amusement parks" that include little more than a go-kart track or carousel.
Tell us your favorite personal theme park travel story in the comments.
Six Flags Great America for Me!
On a good day it would take me about an hour and a half- 2 hours, but I normally hit traffic so I voted 24. And my park is Six Flags Great Adventure.
Six Flags, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Kentucky Kingdom all within 4 hours or so. However, we never go anymore. We only go to WDW now. All the rest just dont compare.
Well, I live two to four hours from theme parks. Darian Lake, HersheyPark, Dorney Park, etc..., but I usualy drive more than 8 hours to get to Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg.
SFGAM is my home park, and if traffic isnt bad it is about a 40-45 minute drive. And usually when we go early in the morning traffic isnt too bad, but road construction has been a pain this year and will likely be the same next year.
5 minute drive to sctually park in Universal, I live close o the back so it takes about 2 minutes to drive right past Men in Black or Duelling Dragons. Also 15 minutes to the Disney resort.
I live 20 minutes from Universal Hollywood now, but once lived across the street from the rear gate of Universal Orlando. (That was when I worked at - irony - Walt Disney World.)
Nashville Tn, since we lost opryland, my choices are Dollywood 3.5 hour drive, Ky Kingdom 3 hour drive, SF over Georgia 4 hrs..you know which one I made the drive to 3 times this year?? UNIVERSAL ORLANDO!
Shoot, we're way up here in Washington state and aren't near any amusement park, unless you count Enchanted Parkway or whatever they're calling it these days. That must be the reason why we get excited every time we get ready to take a vacation to a theme park, or why we get excited when we hear about new rides coming to a park!
I am 10-15 minutes away from Busch Gardens Europe.
I only live about two and a half, three hours away from Disney World, Universal and Sea World. Barring traffic on I-4, anyway. It's a convenient distance, really. I enjoy being so close to my favorite theme parks.
For me living on the Gold Coast Australia, I am virtually on the back fence to Wet'n'wild Water world,
Oh yeah, I'm 70 minutes from Busch Gardens Africa too.
I feel I am very fortunate to live in Orlando and am only 15-30 minutes from any park barring a traffic snarl and now we take 429 to WDW, so that pretty much eliminates the traffic going there.
I AM VERY FORTUNATE. I LIVE RIGHT ON THE GROUNDS OF KNOEBELS. [THE NO-THEME PARK].
i live in puerto rico. no theme parks!!!!
I currently live 45 min from Kings Island and work 5 min up the street. I used to live 20 min from SFGAM and 10 min from Disney's Animal Kingdom. Honestly, the best drive I've had when it comes to theme parks is driving home every night from WDW with the Magic Kingdom fireworks in my rearview mirror.
I love living in Orlando, we go to the parks after rush hour, go on rides, see shows, have lunch, see more shows and head home before rush hour. The best way to live.
About 5 mins from Universal, 15 from Disney World. I can't really complain. In fact, I'm going to the Magic Kingdom after work for dinner with a friend.
I live in Jacksonville Fl, if I go directly from here to Universal or DIsney is about 2 1/2 hours, but I usually stay at my parents house and thats only a 20-30 minute drive. I was raised in Orlando and still consider it my home and i feel so lucky to have 7 major theme parks near me.
Less than 15 minutes from BGE and I don't know how I could live any other way.
1 hr 45 mins from King's Island in Cincy, 2.5 hrs from Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, and 3 hrs from Kentucky Kingdon. And 16 hours from Universal Orlando! :( LOL :D
5 minutes for Coney Island's Astroland Park
In fact I just got home from Busch Gardens Africa. Rode everything I wanted to ride in under 4 hours. No crowd, everyone smiling and in a mellow mood - this is why I moved to Florida! We're an hour from the Mouse, an hour 15 from Sea World, and we don't believe in Universal (but if we did, we'd be an hour 20 from there). Nine hours from SFGa, and we have to pass Valdosta to get there.
15 minutes to Busch Gardens Europe and that is on a bad day (lucky me!)
I live in VA. I am 45 minutes from KD and 1 hr. and 45 min. from BGE. This is a wonderful place to be because both parks are fun (although BGE does things at a much higher level than KD). I consider both to be my "home parks". I am within 2 hours of Apollo's Chariot, Alpengeist, Volcano, Griffon, Flight of Fear, Grizzly, etc., and, soon, Dominator! My family has passes to both parks and we visit each 8-10 times each year.
Universal Studios Hollywood is less than ten minutes from home, with Disneyland and Knotts about 30 minutes further. Ironically, when I worked at WDW, I had almost an hour commute each way!
I live about 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs from SFNE. Still, I flew to the Orlando parks this spring and drove 12 hrs to get to BGE in September. I didn't even go to SFNE at all. I guess it's a good thing I don't live too close to any park, I'd never get anything done aside from my actual job.
I love how Disneyland is only an hour drive away (assuming there's no traffic).
I used to live about 10 minutes from Kennywood, but only went there once a year during the School Picnic. I was terrified of the Jack Rabbit and the Pippin. Now, I get to go back there every couple of years to ride the Thunderbolt, the Jack Rabbit, and the Phantom. I'm going to try and get to Hersheypark and Dollywood this next summer.
I'm an hour and a half (give or take a couple of minutes) from the Disney parks, Universal, Busch Gardens and Cypress Gardens (a forgotten gem). The parks are close enough to do in a day and far enough that staying for a weekend is an occasional option.
I live 10 minutes away from Six Flags America. I'm about 1 1/2 hours from Kings Dominion & about 2 1/2 hours from Busch Gardens Europe & Six Flags Great Adventure. I actually hit KD, SFGA & BGE more than I do SFA. Me & my buddies usually only do SFA for some quick swimming & water rides.
I'm fortunate to live near Daytona Beach so theme park access is only 75 minutes to Universal Orlando and another 15-20 minutes down I-4 to Disney World. Of course I-4 traffic dictates everything. Sometimes its better and faster to take a longer route even if you have to use your EPASS. Locals know what I mean.
I'm 15 to 45 min from Disneyland, depending on traffic. About the same for Knott's. Universal and Magic Mountain is about 45 min to an hour away. We can get to most of the San Diego parks within 2 hours.
I live about an hour and a half away from Universal and Sea World. Three from BGT 2 and a half from WDW.
I made a slight error. I voted 'Have to fly,' but we do have two zoos within less than an hour's drive (Woodland Park and Pt. Defiance), and Canada's Greater Vancouver Zoo is only about three hours north.
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