Or Six Flags St. Louis where I am now!
My favorite theme park travel story was the time I drove from Walt Disney World to Disneyland, by myself, in two and a half days. One day, I promise, to do a full blog entry on that trip. Good times.
Movieworld is 3 minutes away by car northbound.
Dreamworld is near to 5 minutes away northbound.
Seaworld is near to 15 minutes away southbound.
One of the things we like best is being able to go to a park just for a walk around or to have lunch, then if it is too crowded, just leave and do something else! It really makes our visits enjoyable and keeps the parks fresh for us!
everything else is by plane only...sux
90 minutes or so to King's Dominion and we go every other year.
We have driven to Hershey (7 hours) and Cedar Point (11 hours), Dollywood and Orlando.
I currently live in northern California, and live about 5 minutes from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. They're putting in "Tony Hawk's Big Spin" coaster over the winter in time for a spring opening, so I'll be getting my season's pass soon. It's nice to have some decent coasters to ride so close to home - Medusa, Roar, and Vertical Velocity are pretty good.
Our nearest true-interactive animal park, in Bandon (Oregon), is about seven hours to drive and about four hours by air/drive (taking into account the trip to the airport).
The next nearest parks that I would truly consider "decent" are the two Mexican nature parks south of Cancun, which are about seven and some-odd hours away by air/drive.
I know that some may be scratching their heads over that one, considering that we're in Washington (state), and we have California in our path south. Let me explain: None of the California "theme" parks hold any further interest for myself or my wife.