Vote of the week: Which theme parks are you going to visit in 2010?
Many of the top Texas theme parks are opening this week, the first wave in this year's seasonal park openings. So now's a good time to ask which parks you're likely to visit (or have visited already) this year.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's debut this spring promises to draw visitors to Universal's Islands of Adventure.
And I suppose it's also a good time to remind folks looking for tips on budgeting, saving money and buying tickets about our new How to get the best deals on theme park tickets page, which incorporates the best advice from our series on those topics last year.
So where are you headed in 2010? Let's try not to make this a "wish list," but instead, a list of those parks for which you've already begun to make plans, or have completed a visit already this year. If you think there's less than a 50/50 chance that you'll visit, don't check it. And if you're not planning to go anywhere this year, please check the final box in the list.
Now that you've checked your list, tell us in the comments which park you're most looking forward to visiting this year, and why. Thanks, again, for reading Theme Park Insider, and let's have a great year at the parks!
Definitely want to see the new Harry Potter Theme Park!! And I fortunately live in the Orlando area, so Seaworld is always a given
I'm most looking forward to Carowinds and Kings Dominion because they have new coasters i'm looking forward to.
Had some extra tickets from a few years ago for Universal in Orlando for both parks, so I'll head down there this summer. I hope to get out to Busch Gardens Tampa, since I haven't been there in a while, and I wanted to swing by Sea World to try out Manta. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is my home park so I'll be going there on my season pass (and Water Country USA). I may be heading up to Kings Dominion for the Intimidator 305, but probably not until the fall after all the bugs have been worked out and there's hopefully not a 2 hour long queue.
We are adding Discovery Cove in Orlando to our trip.
Where is Mt. Olympus theme park in Wisc. as a option???
Looking forward to my second visit to Epcot this year and spending more time there. And riding Everest again at AK.
BGW passport preview day is March 20 Time to ride the Griffon and eat some ribs
The one thing I haven't read much about here, that I just read about elsewhere yesterday, is that Universal has more than one card up its sleeve for 2010.
Rod, the new Kong is at Universal Studios Hollywood, in California. The old Kong building at Universal Studios in Florida is now the home of the Revenge of the Mummy ride. So if Kong is going to pull traffic from Potter, it's gonna require a cross-country plane ride.
My apologies! You are correct, sir. I missed the small details in my excitement. Still, I'd love to read more about the Universal Hollywood Kong attraction if you get the inside scoop, even though my chances of affording a trip to the West Coast this year are slim to none.
and Michigan's Adventure.
It's the UO and WDW parks for me - gotta sere the twin town plaques at MK and Epcot ant the new Wizarding World of HP at UIOA!!!
Traveling to the West Coast this summer for the joys of Disneyland, DCA, and USH!
Considering I got an internship at BGW, I will be visiting that park, as well as Carowinds on the way up, and Kings Dominion later. I also plan on hitting up Six Flags America, Freestyle Music Park (if it opens), and if I have a long weekend Six Flags Great Adventure.
As a part of my fly-drive around California and Nevada I'll be visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and SeaWorld San Diego.
I got a great deal on Sea World /Aquatica tickets as a FL resident (buy 1 year, get 2nd year half off) which costs me only $9 month so I grabbed 4 of those for my family. I know someone who works at Universal so I am definitely going there.
Hmmm, Freestyle Music Park isn't listed as a choice. Is Robert not confident that it will reopen this year?
Some left out of my schedule:
As a season passholder for Silver Dollar City, Worlds of Fun, and (for $49.99) Six Flags Saint Louis, I will hit all three parks several times throughout the summer. As SDC is clearly the best of the three (and the only one adding a new ride), I will frequent it most. And SFStL better be as improved as some TPI posters have intimated (Ben James, Eli Katzman, etc), or I will be pi$$ed!
My family is finally getting down to Florida this year, but we aren't doing Disney. We'll have platinum BG passes, so we'll hit BG-Tampa, and Seaworld, and the two associated water parks. We'll also do the two Universal parks while we are there, all in 6 days.
(Points right finger to nose and left finger at Mike.)
My votes are all "hopefuls," of course. I would also have checked Indiana Beach and Michigans Adventure if they were "available"...
I am most looking forward to Epcot center, although it's a hard choice to make, since it will be my first timeto orlando.. so all will be new!
As always, I'm excited for a new season at my home park, Cedar Point. I miss Magnum something fierce. We became quite close at the end of last season, spending entire Friday nights together. I miss Maggie.
Erin, I hope to be at HW in June as part of a park trip, and will almost definitely be at KD the third weekend in April..helping a friend's son conquer his trepidation toward larger coasters AND celebrate his..I believe..11th birthday. I already took him on his FIRST coaster (Scooby) and his largest (Rebel Yell) Think I can talk him into Intimidator 305?
We are anxiously awaiting an "official" it's open and everything is operational before booking our summer vacation but the plans are for an on-site (to help with the crowds) stay at Universal's IOA and Studios parks...we are very anxious to get a look at the Harry Potter addition and see how they revamped the other areas of the park that the WW has absorbed.
I am a season pass holder at Dollywood so will definitely be there many times this year. We are also planning our first trip to Disneyland and California Adventure this June and I can't wait.
Mike, I'd say just try to work your way up to Intimidator with him. If he really enjoyed Rebel Yell & seems to enjoy coaster riding in general, I think you stand a chance at getting him to ride Intimidator! I guess it really depends on how he takes to the coasters, haha. Once my dad got me started on them, I couldn't get enough.
I am looking forward to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion the most. I have been to Cedar Point and Six Flags Great America (and Michigan's Adventure, which I'm sure I will also visit) several times, but this will be my first trip to the Virginia parks.
Our visits to the USA will be in Feb to Texas (rode the Broadwalk Bullet in Kemah, really good) and D.C. in Dec. I will be hitting Vegas in April and will make a visit to Desperado on the Nev/Calif border for a re-visit. Will do better next year...
You guys might not count it, but my 4-year-old does: add to my list Sesame Place!
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