Help Needed for a Theme Park tour of USA!I'm going over to the US from England this summer and I need some help!
From Stewart LeachRight, I'm going over to the US from England this summer and I need some help! I'm travelling with a few others from LA across to Orlando by car and we have decided to visit as many theme parks as we can along the way!
Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM
I wanted some ideas on where to visit and what is good and not so good! We have about 6 weeks to get across so there is plenty of leeway on where we go and what we do!
If anyone could make any suggestions it would be very appriciated! :)
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Anthony MurphyCA
Posted April 26, 2010 at 7:55 AM
Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Georga
Walt Disney World Resort
From Bob MillerStewart, I did a trip like you want to do about 10 years ago. My daughter and I went from central Pennsylvania to the west coast and back.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 8:29 AM
We started with Six Flags Great Adventure and got a season pass because you could use it at all Six Flags Parks. From there, we went to SF Over Georgia and then to Disney World, Universal and Sea World.
Then we hit that long trip out to the west coast, by passing the Texas parks. On the way, we stopped at the Grand Canyon. Once out in California, we went to Disneyland,Knotts Berry Farm,and SF Magic Mountain, plus the different tours Gray Line Tours have.
On the way back, we stopped at Las Vegas(for the shows, because my daughter was only 10 years old). We then went to Branson, Missouri(for the shows) and then onto SF St.Louis.
From there, we hit SF Great America. Cedar Point. Kings Island, Kennywood and finally Hersheypark, Dorney and Knoebels. It took us 33 days and I spent nearly $25,000 dollars for the whole trip (ouch).
From Joe BrownIf you can go north definitely check out Wisconsin Dells. Mt Olympus and Noah's Ark are a blast.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM
From brian lochridgeYeah..... if your coming from all the way across the pond you want to avoid the Dells, trust me. Unless you're into cheap tourist trap locals with a lot of overweight, air brush t-shirt wearing, cheese eating rednecks then go for it. Watch the SNL skit Super Fans if you need a reference point. Yes that’s Chicago but that will give you a taste of what you will get at the Dells.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Spend your money on the best of the best, WDW, Universal, Busch, Cedar point.
From Joe BrownWe go to the Dells every other year and have a blast. No it's not Disney, Universal, etc. But it's a good week of fun at a low cost.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM
From David L.IF you like water parks, Schlitterbahn in Texas is pretty mush the best and biggest water park in the world with tons of slides and water coasters(some of them are even themed). Wild adventures is a unique park in south GA with animals, rides and a small water park. Get a sixflags season pass and hit as many parks as you can while hitting the headliners. Holiday world and Dollywood are a bit out of the way but their fun.
Posted April 27, 2010 at 3:54 PM
Hope you have a great trip
From James RaoKeeping with Anthony's original route and considering you have six weeks, I've added a few stops along the tour:
Posted April 28, 2010 at 1:57 AM
From Bob MillerBoy James, you and Anthony must think alike, not a mention of one northern park. You guys do know that we have great parks up this way! lol
Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:14 AM
And Stewart, I forgot to mention Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens in Virginia, also Sea World and Geagua Lake in Ohio and it was 36 days not 33, my bad.
From Anthony MurphyI stayed away from the Northern parks because they are going across the USA from CA to FL. How I would love for them to come to SFGA and Chicago, I doubt if that would make much sense. James's list is great and realistic.
Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:14 AM
I like the Dells too!
From Bob MillerAnthony, I just went back and reread Stewart's post and you are correct, they just want to go from LA to Orlando, my bad. ;)
Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:19 AM
From Tony DudaI was looking at the TPI map of parks and there are no parks listed in Arizona or New Mexico. Is that true? Aren't there any theme parks in AZ and NM? I think that no parks between Southern California and east Texas is mind boggling.
Posted April 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM
From AJ HummelLooking at your starting and ending destinations, it appears that you will be passing through three main amusement park areas: West Coast (California), Texas, and Florida. Each of these areas has a number of parks, but there are few parks in between, and they aren't really worth the time to stop at. If you want to visit as many parks as possible, I would suggest you spend a week and a half visiting all the California parks, then spend a week in Texas, then a week and a half in Florida. You can also add on the Deep South area (Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee) fairly easily and all the parks in that region can be completed in a week as well, giving you plenty of extra time on a six week trip.
Posted April 29, 2010 at 8:39 PM
I have not been to any of the parks listed below outside of California (although I will be visiting a couple Deep South parks this summer), but if I was doing a similar trip these are the ones I would visit. The parks without an asterisk are major parks and should not be skipped, a single asterisk (*) means it is a minor park (will only require half a day) but worth stopping at, and two asterisks (**) means it is worth visiting but it won't ruin your trip if you skip it (and is a minor park as well).
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider: Orlando 2014
Get all of Theme Park Insider's reader ratings, tips, and advice for planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld, in our new 2014 Orlando guidebook! It's more than 200 pages of well-tested, insider information that will help you get the most from your vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Connect with Theme Park Insider
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive