Your 2010 Trip PlannerYour trip timetable.
From Eugene KohThis summer, my first park will be my home park Six Flags Over Georgia. Then I'll be heading to SeaWorld Orlando, Disneyland Florida and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. I would go to Carowinds also. I alway visit my parents at Ashland so I will go to Kings Dominion and maybe Busch Gardens Willaimsburg. I might go back to Six Flags Great Adventure to ride all the rides I haven't ride, maybe Hersheypark and Great Escape. Possibly Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over and Fiesta Texas last trip. This would be my biggest timetable so far!
Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM
So whats yours?
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From Robert NilesPreliminary plan for 2010:
Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM
The summer roadtrip will start at Six Flags Magic Mountain, then continue to Six Flags Great America, Cedar Point and Universal Orlando.
I'll be making my usual trips to Disneyland throughout the spring and hope to find time for a San Diego trip to Legoland and SeaWorld, as well. I expect I'll be at Universal Studios Hollywood sometime when Kong opens, as well.
I hope that Universal Orlando will have a media day for Harry Potter and that it will provide some advance notice for that, so I can attend. Otherwise, I might try to hop on a plane when it goes into soft opening. (TPI readers in Orlando, please let us know when that happens!)
Otherwise, there's one other park that I hope to add to this year's plans, but I'm keeping that one secret for now.
From Andrew HoldenI will be going to SeaWorld over spring break, as well as many times over the summer and the rest of the year as we live in S. Central FL and have year passes. Over the summer I will be going to the Magic Kingdom to see the Main Street Electrical Parade and later BGW.
Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:25 AM
From Anthony MurphyMay: Disneyland Resort
Posted February 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM
June-Oct: Six Flags Great America
From James KoehlRobert, will you be posting the dates of your trip? I'd love to get to meet you at CP, but will need to know in advance to request that day off from work. I know you have had a "meet and greet" time at other parks- it would be great to stop by and say "Hi".
Posted February 14, 2010 at 2:06 PM
From Adam NodjomianI know for sure I'm heading to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for Spring Break. I plan to head to WDW at least once as well. My family and i did Disney's Give a Day, Get a Day and plan to use our tickets either late this summer or early fall.
Posted February 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM
I'm moving to florida this summer, so we may hit some other Florida parks at some point. Last, we plan on visitng KD and I-305 before heading South.
From James RaoApr, Aug, Sept, and Dec - Silver Dollar City
Posted February 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM
May - Wild Adventures / Disney World (nine days!)
June - Six Flags Saint Louis / Holiday World
July - Kings Dominion
August - Schlitterbahn (Kansas City)
Interspersed throughout - Worlds of Fun
Will hit Universal Orlando in 2011 after all the hub-bub dies down a bit!
From Betty Rohrergoing to be a slow summer only a 8 day Disney World trip with all my grandsons(6 boys under9). rest of my summer will be at local Dutch Wonderland Park(part of Hershey for young kids) working in food service.
Posted February 14, 2010 at 6:42 PM
From Eli KatzmanUmm... I don't have too much yet, but here are my confirms:
Posted February 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM
-SFA all year
I know, it's not much, bet here's some more:
A close confirm for SFstL again this year, 50/50 chance for KI and possibly CP. If that doesn't fall down, then I'm sure my friend in Cinci will come here. Another chance for SFGAdv again, and hopefully another run at SFOG, but that probably will fall through. So most of my stuff are "maybe's". Oh, and most likely another jump at Dorney.
For anyone who cares for any reason at all, I'll keep ya updated. ;)
From Anthony MurphyIt would be nice to meet up with the Mr. Niles, the man that started it all, but I know you might be busy!
Posted February 14, 2010 at 8:49 PM
Glad you are coming to SFGA! Of course, you probably have been there since you went to Northwestern (Sorry, go Illini!)
From Erin BI'll be at CP all season [well, I'll probably stay away during peak crowds] & I should be going to Holiwood Nights with some friends [my first Holiday World trip!].
Posted February 14, 2010 at 9:42 PM
From Eugene KohEli, Kings Island is in Cincinatti. Can you ride the Diamondback and tell me how is it like? Diamondback is really awesome. I want you to ride Maverick and Millenium Force in Cedar Point. I am STARTING to don't like Magnum XL-200 now.
Posted February 14, 2010 at 9:55 PM
From D.S. FranciscoThis is my tenative schedule for the SoCal theme parks I plan to visit this year. However, this could change depending on availability to go. Also interested in some company with female roller coaster enthusiast. I don't mind going alone but would enjoy some company to compare notes.
Posted February 14, 2010 at 11:53 PM
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Once a month (depending on availability). Three words: Xtreme Season Pass.
Disneyland / California Adventure: 1st Quarter of the year and then 30 days afterwards using the SoCal 2-fer ticket offer.
Knott's Berry Farm: Once this year once Xcelerator has pass OCHA's seal of approval and they are offering discounted coupons at the Sunday papers.
Universal Studio Hollywood: March for my nephew's birthday. October for Halloween Horror Nights. Summer when King Kong re-opens for the Studio Tour.
From Eugene KohDS, what does Universal Studios Hollywood feel like?
Posted February 15, 2010 at 1:06 AM
From Tim Odom2/26 to 3/5 - Orlando: Will hit WDW for at least 3-4 days, Universal and IOA for 2, and maybe Sea World if we feel motivated enough. I think we plan on going a little easier this time around (we usually do Universal and IOA in 1 day, and could probably do all of WDW in 2), so I think Sea World will be less of a priority. Staying at the Boardwalk for the first time, so it should be fun.
Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:04 PM
Late May: Possible solo Orlando trip. Figuring out prices and the like, focus will probably be more coaster'y stuff. Also thinking about going to Cedar Point instead. Still in the 'thinking' stage'.
September-October: Possible trip to Washington DC, with a side trip to Busch Gardens. Depends highly on my personal employment situation.
From Kris JeronimusI plan on hitting a road trip in late May. Cedar Point on Wed and Thu, Kings Island on Fri and Sat, and Six Flags Great America on Sunday. We can go either the 19-23 (Science weeks at the parks) or the 26-30 (Memorial Day weekend, but with the added benefit of ERT at CP on that Thursday as Platinum Pass holders). Any thoughts on what would be a better week as far as maximizing ride time?
Posted February 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM
From Nick MarkhamKeep in mind, very rough schedule with a number of options to change it:
Posted February 15, 2010 at 3:12 PM
Early June: California
Christmas Break: Florida
-Universal Studios Florida
From Eli KatzmanHaha yes, Eugene, I know that's where Kings Island is. That's what I mean by KI, and CP as you know is Ceder Point. Trust me, I've been waiting long enough to know what I want to ride. :D I really have to find out why so many people don't like Mantis, and I wish I couldn't tried SoB... :(
Posted February 16, 2010 at 6:36 AM
From Eugene KohEli, I will tell you why Mantis is rough. The track is smooth itself but the trains are uncomfortable and the restrains hurts like fire. If you can bare the pain, you will find it smooth. Why won't you come to Florida Eli? I have family connections there. But I haven't been to Florida for a long time. They have Walt Disney World, Seaworld, Busch Gardens and Universal Studios (I've been there)!
Posted February 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM
From Eli KatzmanEugene, trust me, I would LOVE to go to Florida (I have no clue how you knew I'd never been there), and I even almost went last year with my dad to visit his good college friend who was at my bar mitzvah, but it didn't work out. Sadly, I don't see myself going to Florida in the next couple years. :(
Posted February 16, 2010 at 3:30 PM
From Eugene KohHands up for Busch Gardens Africa. It's gonna be great! I have ridden Kumba, Montu and SheiKra at YouTube (NOT REAL)! They look awesome... By the way, is Kumba smooth? I am hoping to go to Six Flags Great America. :-)
Posted February 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM
From Eli KatzmanAs I've heard, it's a tiny bit rougher than normal B&M smoothness (NOT including hulk).
Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM
From Eugene KohEli, Kings Island is a great park. The park is clean, staff is friendly and the rides were great. Cincinatti is a great city as well. By the way, If you go to Kings Island on late August you get to see some tennis celebs like Andy Roddick or Rafael Nadal etc at the Tennis Center near Kings Island :-).
Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM
From Eli KatzmanMeh, Eugene, I'd rather avoid those crowds. I'm an all day, all the time thrill guy. :D
Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM
From Eugene KohHey Eli, Diamondback in Kings Island is one of the best rides I had ridden. They have 30 seconds of airtime! It's smooth as silk as well! Beast, Flight Deck, Invertigo, Adventure Express and Flight of Fear are great rides as well.
Posted February 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM
From Anthony O'NealEugene,
Posted February 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM
Montu was a great coaster!
My plans for 2010 are to get to King's Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Cedar Point (a couple of times), Six Flags Great America (a couple of times), and Michigan's Adventure (it's down the road from where I grew up).
From Mike GallagherIn a perfect world, my June trip...dependent on money and vacation time..will include:
Posted February 19, 2010 at 4:39 PM
Worlds of Fun (1st time)
I also expect to hit Kings Dominion in April, and will have multiple visits to SF Great Adventure and Dorney...they're my "home parks."
From Eugene KohWow, I think SheiKra would be amazing. I've riden Griffon and I just ridden SheiKra in Youtube. Looks better. Could be aiming as my no.1!
Posted February 20, 2010 at 1:13 AM
From steve leeSheikra's probably not as good as Griffon from a purely riding standpoint. However, the visuals on Sheikra are far better than Griffon (the view of the brewery isn't exactly special).
Posted February 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM
From Eugene KohBusch Gardens Africa! Can't wait! And Steve, you have been here for a very long time. Have you met Mr. Niles?
Posted February 20, 2010 at 3:20 PM
From Donna McKayI'm heading to the Orlando area in May from Scotland. Time will be tight, so to make sure we see as much as we can, the itinerary has already been drawn up. We plan to do the following:-
Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:22 AM
1. magin Kingdom
2. hollywood studios
3 . Animal Kingdom
5. Sea world
7. Busch Gardens
8. Universal Studios
Then I'll collapse at home with severe exhaustion and will need another holiday to recover :-) I really really can't wait! I haven't visited since 2007 so I'm looking forward to seeing wht has changed!
From James RaoHope you are going towards the end of May so you can be sure to catch the new Harry Potter stuff at Universal!
Posted February 21, 2010 at 7:33 AM
Update on my itinerary: Holiday World is probably out this year. Will have to wait for 2011. =(
From Eugene KohNice! I'm going to Florida at Wednesday because our University had some staff break! Busch Gardens, Sea World and Disney here I come!
Posted February 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM
From Nick MarkhamDon't forget Universal!
Posted February 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM
From Bruce LaneActually, my schedule's pretty tame this year. The only serious trip will come in October, when I'm off to Minneapolis for some zoo visits, and a week-long workshop at U of M's veterinary college on the care and handling of birds-of-prey. Lots of hands-on, training on diet, medical care, basic training for public presentations, etc.
Posted February 21, 2010 at 8:24 PM
Sounds like everyone else is off to a busy year, based on the other responses in the thread. Happy travels to one and all (though I can't help but feel sorry for those visiting Sick Flags in Vallejo).
From Eugene KohWhat? I got two offered scholarships for engineering either Monarch University in Melbourne, Australia or Universty of Western Ontario in Canada? I really want to go to CANADA! But sorry, declined both!
Posted February 22, 2010 at 3:41 AM
From Steve PintSometime in early June...
Posted February 22, 2010 at 8:18 AM
The rest of the season...
From Eugene KohDon't forget to ride the Maverick!
Posted February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM
From Russell MeyerWe have a brand new baby now, so our plans for this year are going to be a little fluid. As usual, we will definitely make it to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Six Flags America, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Kings Dominion since we have season passes for all of them for the year. If I get the invite, I would like to attend the Carrowinds Intimidator media day, depending on when it is.
Posted February 25, 2010 at 4:42 PM
Aside from that, we're going to try to make it to Orlando later this fall to check out Harry Potter Land and take our son to Disney World for the first time along with the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.
From James RaoGratz on the baby, Russell! And good luck getting that media day invite to Carrowinds! I can't wait to see your ride video!! ;)
Posted February 25, 2010 at 8:44 PM
From Robert NilesCongratulations, Russell! Sleep will return for you... eventually. (Parents may nod knowingly know.)
Posted February 26, 2010 at 8:06 AM
BTW, I guess I can now reveal what that "one other park" was for me: Universal Studios Singapore.
From John JacksonIn June I'll be hitting a bunch of parks in the U.K., which I'm extremely excited about! Then in July I'm heading up for a quick trip to Lake Compounce and Six Flags New England. Plus, throughout the summer I'll make trips to Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, and Sea World San Antonio. (I'm hoping for a quick trip to Holiday World as well...please, please, please!)
Posted February 26, 2010 at 8:32 PM
Last summer was pretty great, but this year will hopefully be even better!
From M. Ryan TraylorI think 2010 is going to be a slow year for me in regards to attending parks. After my Disneyland AP expires at the end of March, I will go into saving mode. Saving up for a big 2011 Cedar Fair trip. KD, Caro, Island, Point, Dorney, & Knotts.
Posted February 27, 2010 at 12:04 AM
From Eugene KohThis is a big year for me to visit parks!
Posted February 27, 2010 at 12:53 AM
From Sarah MeeksFor spring break, I'm going to the West Coast Bash 2010 at Six Flags Magic Mountain! June, my mom works all through the month so I can't go anywhere. *sad *face* May, I'm going to the fair that comes every year. And thoughout the summer I'll be going to Six Flags Magic Mountain as much as possible! I love it there!
Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM
From Eugene KohAlready went to Walt Disney World!
Posted February 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM
From Eugene KohWow, everyone is having a busy year like me.
Posted March 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM
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