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Vote of the week: How many parks did you visit?

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Published: April 10, 2008 at 9:58 PM

One of the issues raised by the recent TPI Best Ride in America Tournament, was the discomfort than some readers felt about voting on match-ups involving rides they hadn't been on.

Which... inspired me to ask this particular question for the vote of the week:

Granted, an Orlando trip allows someone to knock off seven parks in one go (we're not counting water parks here). And keep in mind that we're just asking for the past 12 months here, not how many parks you've visited all time.

Tell us where you've been, in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on April 10, 2008 at 10:35 PM
Yeah, technically it's been 6, but that's thanks to WDW and Universal Studios Orlando. I rarely visit my "hometown" park, Wonderland, anymore, although Cedar Fair took over and they are introducing a new coaster this summer - Behemoth. Might be worth a trip.
From Brian L on April 10, 2008 at 10:51 PM
The Disney parks and my hometown park Busch Gardens Europe sooo 5
From Danny Melillo on April 11, 2008 at 4:37 AM
Major parks:
EPCOT
DHS
DAK
MK
USF
IOA
SFGADV

Small Parks:
Rye Playland

From Diane Graebner on April 11, 2008 at 6:12 AM
Let's see:

DAK
EPCOT
MK
DHS
USF
IOA
SW

(Do DHS and USF/IOA count if I go to them nearly every day when I go to work?) :-)

From Iris Hernandez on April 11, 2008 at 7:53 AM
Of course all mine are in Florida as well...

AK
DHS
MK
EPCOT
USF
IOA
SWO
BGA

From Zack Wilson on April 11, 2008 at 7:54 AM
EPCOT
MGM
Animal Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Holiday World
From Tyler W. on April 11, 2008 at 8:24 AM
Only one: BGE
From Marc Ricketts on April 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM
SF Discovery Kingdom
Magic Mtn
California Great America
DLP
WDS-Paris
DL (original)
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
From Valmy Serrano on April 11, 2008 at 8:26 AM
Lets see here:

MK
AK
EPCOT
DHS
USF
IOA
HERSHEY PARK
SESAME STREET
KNOBELS
BGE

From Mike West on April 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM
OK don't laugh at what we consider visits.
During the "normal" year
Discovery Kingdom,
Great America
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Gilroy Gardens
Hershey Park
Cal Expo(our ACE event)
Then on our vacation we flew to Vegas
and rode:
Manhattan Express at NYNY
CanyonBlaster at Circus Circus
Speed the Ride at Sahara
(Stratosphere rides were closed from high winds)
Then drove to stateline & rode Desperado(6 times in a row)
Drove to Knotts
Drove to Magic Mountain
That vacation was 26 different coasters in 6 days
From Todd Houts on April 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM
2007 was a down year for me - only 8 parks.

My two local ones:
Six Flags St. Louis
Worlds of Fun

Two parks during other trips:
Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags New England

My annual solo theme park vacation last year over 6 days to:
Kennywood
Geauga Lake
Cedar Point
Kings Island

From Kelly Smith on April 11, 2008 at 2:15 PM
In the past year, just five: the four WDW parks and Hersheypark. Ask me in a year and it should be 8 -- the previous five, plus BGE, Disneyland, and DCA.
From Eli Katzman on April 11, 2008 at 2:36 PM
Well, I only got 4 this year, but thats ok for me. I ususally avrage that, so i'm not disappointed. I only got KD, Hershey, BGE, and SFA. I'm glad I got to 4 different companies though. THAT'S AWESOME!
From Joshua Counsil on April 11, 2008 at 3:29 PM
I'm shocked at how high these results are. I mean, I average maybe between 0-1 a year, typically. Every few years, an Orlando trip boosts that, and that's because my buddy owns a Disney Vacation Property so I get free lodging.

It's a shame we have such expensive hobbies.

From James Rao on April 11, 2008 at 3:30 PM
In May of last year we did the whole Orlando scene....two full weeks of glorious theme park Heaven. Oh yeah, and we hit our local Cedar Fair park, Worlds of Fun (yippee).

Next month we'll add BGE to the mix and we should be hitting Six Flags St Louis once they get their new woody built (Great Coasters International, Inc., RULES!).

Next year we'll be headed back to Branson for Silver Dollar City & Celebration City, and we might take a jaunt to Pigeon Forge and hit Dollywood as it has been a few years since we visited.

Then, in 2010, after all the new coasters are added and the Space Mt. refurb is done - we go back to Orlando! We should even get a taste of the new Harry Potter land at IOA....just be careful in the dark rides and watch out for "Backdoor" Dumbledore!

2011 should be Disneyland (after the 1.2 billion in DCA work is done), then in 2012 when my kids can finally ride all 17 coasters, we head back to Cedar Point.

Then the Mayan calendar runs out and the world ends. But that's okay cause at that point I will die as a very happy, contented, and POOR man.

From steve lee on April 11, 2008 at 4:38 PM
SFOG
Carowinds
Ghost Town in the Sky
Santa's Land (ugh)
Epcot
Magic Kingdom
Universal Studios
Islands of Adventure
Busch Gardens Tampa
Sea World Orlando
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Dollywood
Beech Bend
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Kings Island
Coney Island (Cincinnati)
Cedar Point
Holiday World

Jeez. It didn't seem like that much.

I'll be adding Hard Rock Park to that list in a few days.

From Chris Walton on April 11, 2008 at 5:34 PM
8 major parks:
MK
AK
Epcot
Disney's Hollywood Studios
BGE
Sea World Orlando
USF
IOA

+ Cypress Gardens

From Gabe Henderson on April 11, 2008 at 6:01 PM
FLORIDA TRIP:
MAGIC KINGDOM
EPCOT
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
ANIMAL KINGDOM
CYPRESS GARDENS
BUSCH GARDENS
SEA WORLD
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

OHIO TRIP:
GEAUGA LAKE
CEDAR POINT
KINGS ISLAND

VIRGINIA TRIP:
BUSH GARDENS EUROPE
KINGS DOMINION

OTHERS:
SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
KENTUCKY KINGDOM

From Larry Zimmerman on April 11, 2008 at 6:48 PM
Both Busch Gardenses. Oh, and a trip to Emeril's Orlando, but that doesn't count for theme park...just great food!
From Bradley Robertson on April 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM
I visited 13 and I am trying to keep a running total of at least 12 every 12 months.

Six Flags St. Louis
Worlds of Fun
Knotts Berry Farm
Disneyland
Universal Studios Hollywood
ValleyFair!
Universal Studios Orlando
Busch Gardens Tampa
Epcot
Disney-MGM Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
Islands of Adventure

From Robert Niles on April 11, 2008 at 8:50 PM
I've had the lamest 12 months in memory for theme park trips this year. Just five parks:
DL
USH
Legoland CA
DAK
WDW MK
From John Waddell on April 12, 2008 at 1:12 AM
The parks I visited in the last 12 months are... in the order they were visited:

Alton Towers (UK)
Blackpool (UK)
Disneyland (US)
Disney's California Adventure (US)
Knott's Berry Farm (US)
Universal Studios Hollywood (US)
Sea World San Deigo (US)
LegoLand California (US)
Port Aventura (Spain)

small park

AdventureDome in Las Vegas (US)

From David Sutter on April 12, 2008 at 2:41 AM
Ok heres the list for 2007:
Magic Kingom
Epcot
Studios
Animal kingdom
Seaworld
Universal Studios
Islands of Adventure
Cypress Gaardens
Bush Gardens Africa
Six Flags Great Adventure

To be fair this does not include repeat trips as my faimly and I hold passes to most of them. Being Fl. residents we get great deals on passes.

From Kevin Sowinski on April 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM
List of parks visited in the last 12 months.

Parks visited from May/Oct 2007
-------------------------------

Playland (Vancouver, Canada)
Enchanted Forest (Oregon)
Oaks Park (Oregon)

Michigan's Adventure
Cedar Point
Geauga Lake
Waldameer
Kennywood
Darien Lake
Marineland (Niagara Falls, Canada)
Canada's Wonderland

6 Flags Great America
Indiana Beach
6 Flags Kentucky Kingdom
King's Island
Dollywood
Carowinds
6 Flags Over Georgia
Alabama Adventures
Lake Winnepesaukah (Georgia)
Holiday World
Timber Falls Adventure Park (Wisconsin)
Mt. Olympus (Wisconsin)
Riverview (Wisconsin)

Parks visited since start of 2008
---------------------------------

Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Animal Kingdom
Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
SeaWorld Orlando
Busch Gardens Africa

Disneyland
Disney's California Adventure
SeaWorld San Diego
Buffalo Bill's (Nevada)
Adventure Dome
Nascar Cafe
New York New York
Stratosphere Tower
6 Flags Magic Mountain
Knott's Berry Farm

Hanayashiki (Japan)

Water Parks
-----------
Typhoon Lagoon
Noah's Ark

From the looks of things, it was a pretty good year :)

From Erik Cobbs on April 12, 2008 at 2:55 PM
I had a good year. I went to Orlando in Octiober '07 and visited:

Animal Kingdom
Busch Gardens Africa
Islands of Adventure
Magic Kingdom
Universal Studios Florida
Sea World Orlando
Disney MGM (now Hollywood Studios)

Skipped Epcot, got in a extra day at IOA.

From AJ Hummel on April 13, 2008 at 9:15 AM
In the past twelve months, I have been to five amusement parks.

Major:

Disneyland
Knott's Berry Farm
Universal Studios Hollywood

Minor:

Castle Amusement Park
Pacific Park

From scott sorensen on April 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM
Last year it was 15 different parks, but that was an exception. We did a family road trip in August in which we hit 13 parks in three weeks - think Griswold family vacation. This year it will only be our local park at Valleyfair.
From Deidre Dennis on April 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM
2007
Disneyland
Disney's California Adventure
Knotts Berry Farm
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Sea World San Diego

2008
Busch Gardens Europe
Kings Dominion
Six Flags America
Disneyland
Disney's California Adventure
Sea World San Diego
Six Flags Magic Mountain

Thought I'd list where I'm going in '08 since others did. I got really jealous when I saw some of the other posts and all the trips others have taken :(

From Tim Hillman on April 15, 2008 at 1:09 PM
In the past 12 months I've been to:
IOA
USF
MK (at Christmas - big mistake!)
BGE
PKD

I had several more on my schedule, but several of my trips got canceled or the weather just didn't work out.

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