Rainy Day: Do you go or not?

Kings Dominion: When it's cloudy out and you've been waiting to go to that themepark of yours for so long, do you stay home or go?

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 11, 2005 at 9:19 PM
I just went to King's Dominion yesterday (10-8-2005). The weather report was saying rain all day and sometimes scattered. I decided to go anyway because the lines would most definatly be short, it was the last chance that I would get to go this season, and it was fear fest. Well, it only rained for 45 minutes and it the rest of the day was awesome.
For those of who have gone to the park, you'll most definatly understand this. You could walk right up to the Hypersonic and hop on. The park was empty. The longest you would wait is maybe 2 trains. It was an awesome day, but they closed the park early due too "capacity" reasons. The bonus is they gave everyone a complimentary to come back today or next weekend.
The wooden coasters were flying because they were so wet. They were going so fast that the wheels weren't even spinning, just sliding. It was tons of fun.
The fear fest was a bust because they were closing the park early and told everyone not to come in. Overall it was a great day, minus Flight of Fear being closed. I thought it was definatly worth going and putting up with the rain for 45 minutes.
Post any comments on wether you would go on a rainy day or not.

From Pete Brecht
Posted October 12, 2005 at 6:48 AM
Rainy days are great as long as there's no thunder/lightning, which generally shuts down all outdoor rides for extended periods. However, some parks (e.g. Cedar Point) will shut down rides just because of rain. And I'm pretty sure that none of the Intamin rocket coasters are supposed to run in the rain.

From Russell Meyer
Posted October 12, 2005 at 6:59 AM
Going on a rainy day can work against you sometimes. Many attractions will close with just a threat of rain sometimes, and despite an empty park, they'll be nothing to do. It's hard to tell from a weather report sometimes. I also went to a theme park this past weekend (Six Flags Great Adventure), and was severely concerned that half of the rides would be closed down because of the copious rain the night before and scattered showers forecast for the day. However, I was treated to a day where most of the coasters were running at peak capacity, and only a light mist in the morning. While the park was not very crowded in the morning, it became more and more crowded throughout the day with lines approching 1 hour for the big coasters by the time we left at 3:30.

It can be a catch-22 when deciding whether or not to go on a rainy day. Obviously if you've already purchased tickets or lodging, than you should bear the weather. However, if you have a season pass, you may not want to deal with the frustration that comes with trying to experience a park on a rainy day.

From Robert OGrosky
Posted October 12, 2005 at 11:32 AM
The only park i go to often when it rains is my home park Six Flags Great Ameica. I have found that rain is usually a good thing, as long as its not a all day rain. The rain tends to make alot of people leave which makes for short lines and a better time. I also find that this time of year cold weather can reduce crowds for halloween, and snow flurries also helps in making crowds smaller. Im willing to put up with some inconviences if it means more reides, escpecially re-rides!!

From Pete Brecht
Posted October 12, 2005 at 11:49 AM
Another issue is whether the park in question is mostly for locals or mostly for tourists. King's Dominion is definitely a "locals" park, so if there's bad weather in the area, the crowds are light. Any park that is also a resort (such as Cedar Point) doesn't have noticeably lighter crowds in bad weather because people are already staying there and paying for it, so they go into the park anyway.

A park like BGW is somewhere in the middle; it's not a resort itself, but in the summer, they rely heavily on out-of-town tourists who are visiting the area for a few days.

From Trace Eggers
Posted October 13, 2005 at 8:40 AM
I disagree. Paramount Kings Dominion is a destination park as is Cedar Point as is The Bush Parks.

From Pete Brecht
Posted October 13, 2005 at 10:19 AM
Well, I don't have access to PKD's marketing survey results, but I would bet that the percentage of their visitors from more than 100 miles away is very, very small. You could not say that about Cedar Point! Just compare the number of hotels in the vicinity; where would all the people visiting PKD as a destination even stay?

PKD is more like Geauga Lake or Dorney Park.

From Robbie Crockett
Posted October 14, 2005 at 5:31 AM
I was at KD on the 8th as well. I had originally planned to visit Knoebels and Lakemont Park with ACE, but decided against it because of the weather. I just didn't want to invest in a 5 or 6 hour drive and take a chance on rides being closed. So I settled for a 20 minute drive and hit PKD for the 33rd time this summer.

Good: Walked right on to the Volacano twice in a row. Fearfest stuff has moved the Grizzly's entrance right next to the exit, making it much easier to reride.

Bad: Flight of Fear and Rebel Yell forward closed. I love the Rebel Yell in the rain and was seriously bummed.

Ugly: The Hurler felt like being in a car wreck. Also, we practically walked right on to Hypersonic, which I usually don't do because the wait isn't worth it. I learned last Saturday that it isn't worth it to walk up the queue. That's a dreadful ride.

All in all, it was a great afternoon. We left when the fearfest crowd started to gather and got free Chick Fil A coupons for filling out a survey.

My top nugget of advice for visiting parks on rainy days: Wear a pair of those J-Lo lightly tinted sunglasses. Or motorcycle goggles if you really want to be a freak. The Volcano would have been better if I'd been able to look up without little droplets of rain pelting my eyeballs at 70 mph.

From Dustin Kern
Posted October 21, 2005 at 8:41 PM
I have to disagree about what you said about the Hurler. It was better wet than it is dry. The wheels weren't rolling, they were sliding and it was great. I rode it 4 times in a row in the rain instead of the Hypersonic because that one gave me a headache. It seems to me the only way to clear up a headache is to hit the Hurler or the Grizzly...hmmm.

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