How do people deal with seasonal parks?
I'm on the road this week, attending a journalism conference at Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Anyway, I'm staying at a nearby hotel, one exit up the 101 from Great America Parkway.
"Great," I thought, when I saw the sked. "I'll just sneak away one weekday afternoon and get some pictures and a quick trip report for TPI!"
Except... that California's Great America is closed weekdays this time of year. Ugh.
I'll admit it: As a Southern California native and resident, and a former Orlando resident, I'm spoiled. How on Earth do you folks who live in the land of "seasonal" parks cope? ;-)
Seasonal schedules just force you to plan ahead, you don't have the luxury of just popping in any day. Many people think that the parks are closed because of demand but often it's because all of their employees are in school at the time. Most regional parks employ teenages and college students who obviously can't work during the week while school is in session.
We cope in the winter by reading TPI! LOL :)
It really doesn't bother me too much. In fact, I believe that having things readily available causes me to take them for granted. I like the suspense and excitement of having to wait for something. I think that the four months out of the year that BGE is closed only makes me more excited for the season opening. If it were open all year, somehow it would lose that excitement for me.
My local park, Worlds of Fun, has about six decent rides, so if its operating schedule was any longer, I would be even more bored with it! ;)
As a So-Cal Resident, at first I was thinking that there was no way I could relate to having seasonal parks.
I'm halfway between two seasonal parks, Worlds of Fun and Six Flags St. Louis. Neither offers the immersive environments you seem to have in the 365-day parks - so the seasonality doesn't really bother me. (Although it can be a long time between the Halloween closing the April weekend openings!)
Well, I will say this last winter was long and hard for me. I visited Florida the last weekend Worlds of Fun and SFSTL were open for the year. So my last visit to my local park actually occured a few weeks before. Flying to SoCal is really expensive where I live since is costs about $500+ just for airfare for my wife and I. I have done airfare, lodging and car rental for that amount on small trips to Florida.
I deal with the my seasonal park, by being on TPI. I LOVE to read and here about other parks. I also take the time to plan my visits to other parks while on here. And, yes that includes maybe heading south for the weekend to visit other parks.
I think the weather is the main reason parks close up here in the North. As much as I love riding Millenium, I can't imagine how I would feel riding it in a blizzard!!!
It's no fun living in seasonal land. I am fortunate to live in Ohio, home of two great parks. The Maxx Pass awaits soon.
This is the bad thing about living in the in the great lakes region of the country. You basically have a coater season of end of April to end of Oct.(thank god for Fright fest!!) Of course even when the season starts like it did last weekend it was cold and windy on opening day.
Some place warm is in my future...hopefully sooner than later, although I prefer many of those seasonal parks over the ones down south.
One of the biggest advantages of being into animals is that zoos and oceanariums are, typically, open year-round, if on varying schedules.
When I was a kid growing up in Western New York, it was always exciting when the local park would open (by "local", I mean the now defunct Crystal Beach in Ontario, Canada). Each visit was special and we'd do as much as we could because we knew we had a short time to enjoy ourselves before the cold weather returned and the park would close for another year. During the off season, we'd just focus on school, friends or whatever - but once Memorial Day came around, we new summer was right around the corner and we'd start making plans to go to Canada.
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