Hershey Park vs. Kings DominionPlease help my family decide where to go
From cathy greenwoodHi, I am planning a family trip to either Hersey Park or Kings Dominion. Which park is better??? We are going to go on a weekday this summer. I have a ten year old little girl as well. I have been to both parks, but its been almost 20 years( Yikes !!!) Anyway, just looking for some opinions to help me decide where to go. Thanks :)
Posted June 12, 2007 at 7:49 PM
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From Dustin KernI would totally suggest Hershey Park, much more for everyone not to mention the environment. Kings Dominion doesn't really offer a little over everything like Hershy does. Even though Kings Dominion is my home park, go to Hershey, much better for a family vacation and you can actually spend more than one day at the park. Also, Hershey has a better location than Kings Dominion does, if you decide to do stuff outside the park, you can at Hershey, not so much at Kings Dominion.
Posted June 13, 2007 at 12:53 AM
From Claudine DeshaiesI haven't been to Hersheypark in years, but I went to KD last summer and based on that alone, I'd say Hersheypark. KD was full of unruly kids on class trips and didn't have anyone from the park keeping them from making it a not-so-fun experience. The other person with me just went to Hershey a few weeks ago and she liked it better. Plus, the rides I liked the best at KD might not be something a 10-year old would go on. I remember LOVING Hersheypark when I was younger and there being lots of rides that were fun for kids.
Posted June 13, 2007 at 3:01 AM
From John MelilloKings Dominion is about 4 hours closer for you. But I personally like Hershey Park better.
Posted June 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM
From George GrayI've never been to Hershey Park (Well, it's been years...). Kings Dominion probably has better thrill rides, but Hershey Park is probably better for a family visit. Kings Dominion IS full of line jumpers and teenagers (lots of em), but they seemed to improve when Cedar Fair bought them.
Posted June 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM
From David KirbyComing from Pennsylvania, I might be a bit biased but I would personally choose Hershey. It's not as much of a thrill park, but they still do have some great roller coasters (Stormrunner, Wildcat, Lightning Racers). I also personally feel as if there is much more to do in the park. You could probably spend 2 days there and if you like animals, they have a zoo that's included in the admission price. They also just opened a new water park inside the park gates this year.
Posted June 13, 2007 at 12:47 PM
From cathy greenwoodThanks so much to all for your quick responses. I guess with numbers like 5 of 5, Hershey it is :D
Posted June 13, 2007 at 1:32 PM
From cathy greenwoodI wanted to thank all of you again for the advice :) we just returned from Hershey, and we had a GREAT time. The park was clean, the staff were friendly, the wait times were not too bad. I cant wait to do it again. I have posted pics from our trip on my myspace page @ www.myspace.com/mntnharleygirl under my blog section. Oh, by the way, about the debate over the smell of the town, on Thurs, the smell was so thick, you could cut it, but on Friday, no smell at all. Thanks again ;P
Posted August 13, 2007 at 1:32 PM
From David KirbyGreat! I'm really glad you had a good time!
Posted August 14, 2007 at 3:56 AM
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