Vote of the week: Will you visit a theme park on the Fourth of July?
America's Independence Day holiday, the Fourth of July, is the biggest day of the year for the theme and amusement park industry. More people might pack top parks like Disneyland on some Christmases or New Years', but collectively, more people visit parks on the Fourth than any other day of the year, thanks to every park in the country being open on the holiday.
The America float wraps up Disney's Electrical Parade
(The Fourth of July weekend is also when we announce the results of our annual Theme Park Insider Awards, honoring the best theme park, new attraction, restaurant and hotel in the industry this year.)
So... are you going to go next weekend? As a theme park fan, do you want to be part of the biggest day of the year? Or... are you the type who visits only when others don't?
And the economy this year... can you afford the trip? Or are you doing something else for the Fourth this year?
Tell us, in the comments, your plans for the Fourth. And, if you are planning to visit a park, share with us your strategy for getting the most out of a very crowded day. Thanks, and have a great weekend!
I'm taking a road trip with my niece(a graduation present) to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Cedar Point. I can't wait. I hope the crowds aren't that bad so we can go on more than one ride.
Heading back home to Lawrence, KS. I'm going to go to WOF and ride Prowler, since James says it is so good.
My wife and I will be going to Busch Gardens Tampa on July 4th to celebrate our nation's 233rd birthday and we'll be staying in Tampa for the weekend. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, outside of Hawaii, can be found in Pinellas County, FL down the 275 from Tampa. Coming from Jersey and having to pay to go on the beach at Seaside Heights and Wildwood every summer as well as paying Tony Soprano extortion level fees to park there... well, it's truly paradise down here.
The place to be is Sea World San Diego! I think San Diego is period the IT PLACE to in San Diego! But yeah Check out sea world they have the best fireworks and the best night shows. A little insider trip take a trip on the skytower 1 or 2 minutes before the fireworks start to get the best views of the fireworks!!!
We're going to Magic Kingdom at WDW. My 3yo daughter's friend has a birthday on July 4th, and thanks to the military program going on, we're all going 'on the cheap'. Plus, we're local, so no real other added expense. We're just going with the forward knowledge that it's going to be packed. I look forward to seeing the specatcular fireworks I've heard so much about, though.
My Monday cast member story column will be about working the parks on the Fourth (as well as on other crazy-crowded holidays).
I am going to see Larry the Cable Guy live in Lincoln, NE at the Husker football stadium with 80,000 of my closest friends.
I will probably be on the National Mall at the Smithsonian FolkLife Festival in Downtown Washington DC. Why go to an amusement park, when you can attend the real party?
I went in 2005 to Disneyland..it was a week or 2 after graduation, and we ended up watching the huge fireworks spectacular..
I work at WDW and there in NO WAY I would fight the crowds there on the fourth except if I were working, (and thank God I'm not)
2 words: heck no! I went to Epcot on 7/4/1995 (the holiday proper) and it was rainy and crowded, but that marked my very first viewing of Illuminations. I had great memories, but I'm not going on the fourth this year. There's too much heat, storms, out-of-towners, and Brazilian tour groups!
Disneyland is my park of choice. I will absolutely be there on the 4th. Even if I stay on a bench all day watching the throngs. Being there on this special day supercedes the fact that most of the rest of California will be there too. That's o.k. At least the 11:30 Fantasmic! won't be too crowded. Plus, Al Lutz has hinted that the dragon may be up and running by this time too.
Randy, Prowler will be AWESOME under a night sky filled with celebratory explosions! You'll have to let me know how things go at Worlds of Fun!
I will most likely be going to Cedar Point. Ray, get ready to wait in long lines, because other than Saturday's during Halloweekends that is the busiest few days of the year. To avoid crowds, I'm going to use my free pass to the front of the Top Thrill Dragster that I got on opening day when they told us that we would not be able to ride that night after we were waiting for 2 hours.
Not only no, but "Frell, no!" (with a nod to 'Farscape').
Nope; I can cope with crowds, but there is a limit. We've got a wilderness permit for Yosemite, so we'll be in the backcountry.
Seems like it'd be fun with older kids. But, if I can go anytime, why go that day?
I once visited Sea World San Diego on the fourth of July and it took two hours to get out of the parking lot. We all fell asleep in the car because it was near impossible to leave as endless amounts of car attempted to leave the park at the same time. Mission Bay isn't capable of handling large amounts of vehicles at the same time. We've been in the Anaheim resort on the fourth of July but never inside the parks. I can only imagine how the crowds are like inside the gates.
A holiday like the fourth of July, especially in summer...that's Theme Park Hell. Or at least Theme Park Purgatory. Way too hot, way too crowded.
Looking forward to Sea World San Antonio picnic/fireworks on Friday the 3rd! I'll leave the 4th to the crowds!
Yes. It wasn't our first choice of time of year to go, but I have a son playing in Disney's Tribute to Baseball Tournament and it will be our first time to Orlando; great excuse to finally get there and check it out.
I'll be with my family at Kings Island. My sister & I have never been, and while I wish I could visit at a different time with smaller crowds, I'm excited to experience a new park [granted, having CP as my home park is NOT a bad thing].
I have a season pass for Kings Island, and live only 20 minutes away, so I might go, but probably won't. The only reason I might go is because the park is open until midnight, and I think most of the crowds will be gone by ten or so. Two hours of riding Diamondback in the dark sounds fun to me.
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