It was my first ever visits to Busch Gardens Europe, Canada's Wonderland, Darien Lake, King's Dominion, Six Flags America and Michigan's Adventure. I certainly got to see the difference between BGE and BGA and was wowed, as most are, by how beautiful BGE is. As for rides, my favorite new encounter this year as Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland. For airtime junkies, it was a thrill. (But the park was so crowded on my Thursday/Friday visit, that I didn't get many re-rides.) I was also blown away by Curse of DarKastle at BGE. It has certainly been a great year. (I seem to be cyclic: one year many visits, the next very few, repeat. Guess 2009 will be a quiet one for me.)
1. Disney's Hollywood Studios2. Epcot3. Disneyland4. Disney's California Adventure5. Disney's Animal Kingdom6. Islands of Adventure7. Universal Studios Florida8. Magic Kingdom9. Canada's Wonderland10. Sea World Orlando
Anyway, here is my list (in no particular order):
1)Six Flags St. Louis2)Worlds of Fun3)Universal Studios Orlando4)Islands of Adventure5)Busch Gardens Tampa6)Epcot7)Disney-MGM Studios8)Disney's Animal Kingdom9)Magic Kingdom10)Six Flags Fiesta Texas11)SeaWorld Texas12)Silver Dollar City13)Celebration City14)Adventureland (Altoona, IL)15)Elitch Gardens
My wife is a cast member giving us license to whip out the main gate pass. We hit all four of Disney's Florida parks with the kids. My folks took the grandkids to Cypress Gardens and we took advantage of comp tix to Universal Studios (Simpsons was a gas. MIB is holding up really well). We hopped a plane and flew to San Diego for two days at Comic Con (HUGE FUN!!!! AMAZING!!! FABULOUS!!!) and then ventured to Anahiem to drop in at Disneyland and California Adventure.
The summer of a lifetime!
Took a long vacation to Williamsburg, VA, and visited Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country USA. Both were beautiful parks, with excellent theming, great rides, and fantastic attention to detail.
On the way back from Virginia, we stopped in for a day of family fun at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, the home of the best wooden coaster I have ever ridden (The Voyage).
Finally, we had a mini family reunion in August and hit Adventureland in Altoona, IA, a pretty subpar iron ride park, but it was better than mowing the lawn...I guess.
I will be hitting Six Flags Saint Louis next weekend so I can ride the new Evil Knievel GCI coaster. I also want to see if SFSTL is still the pit it was when I went last time in 2006, or if some of the recent changes by SF upper mgmt have made the park more presentable. I do not have high hopes. Look for a trip report in a few weeks.
I will close the season by hitting Worlds of Fun one last time for this year's Halloween Haunt.
All in all, a pretty good year.
1. Disneyland2. Six Flags Magic Mountain3. Knotts Berry Farm4. Six Flags Magic Mountain5. California Adventure
Of all of these visits, my favorite was probably the last one at California Adventure. I just went a few days ago with my best friends for Mickey's Halloween event. We go every year and we always seem to have a blast. We were even able to snatch the first ride of the night at the Toy Story Mania Attraction, which I must say was suprisingly fun. Also, it was insanely funny that we managed to make half of the riders of the Sun Wheel deaf when we were screaming on the swinging cart. It was a fun night!
Magic KingdomEPCOTAnimal KingdomPark Formerly Known as MGMIslands of AdventureUniversal OrlandoBusch Gardens AfricaSea World OrlandoAquaticaBusch Gardens EuropeKings DominionHard Rock ParkSix Flags AmericaSix Flags Great AdventureSix Flags New EnglandHersheyparkKennywoodDisneylandDisney's California AdventureSix Flags Magic Mountain