Longtime member but mostly lurker here. Like many here, I’m no stranger to the Orlando area theme parks, but man cannot live on the combination of butterbeer and turkey legs alone. Nay, it’s time to set foot on the distant shores of a land so iconic that Drew Carey calls out its name at the end of his sitcom’s opening theme. O-hi-o, bay bay!
Yes after 16 years of basically sitting on my hands about it, I’m going (along with my girlfriend and two of my cousins) to Ohio for the first time on the last week of June (23-30) in order to visit Cedar Point and Kings Island. Presently the itinerary for the trip is as follows: Saturday, June 23 - fly into Cincinnati International/open day in Cincy; Sunday, June 24 - open day in Cincy; Monday, June 25 - Kings Island; Tuesday, June 26 - travel day to Sandusky/open day; Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28 - Cedar Point; Friday, June 29 - travel day back to Cincy/open day; and Saturday, June 30 - fly back home.
Now if you’re wondering about all the open days, I have them for three reasons: one, the same two cousins and I did a big Orlando trip last year (a park per day at Universal Studios, Islands, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, DHS, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens) since they hadn’t been to Orlando in about fifteen years. I know they couldn’t handle some running and gunning like that again, so I figured it would make traveling easier. Two, I’d like to see some sights and do some non amusement park related things. And three, I’d like to have some flexibility in case the weather put us in some sort of bind for whatever reason.
This brings me to why I’m here. With this being my first time to Ohio and these two Cedar Fair parks, I’m a little nervous about the trip. I know there are some of you with a ton of insight and experience about the parks (like Russell, James K, AJ, James R), and I’m going to break down some specific questions I have in the rest of the post. Generally speaking though, I’d be happy with any sort of advice from anyone who is willing to take the time to give it. Here goes...
I’m not so much worried about temperature (I’m from central Mississippi, so anything in the summer that doesn’t feel like straight death might as well be paradise to me). What I am curious about is the frequency and intensity of stormy weather and rain? Are we talking like your daily, quick summer thunderstorm? Or an if rain comes in, it stays in type situation? Or is it all just luck of the draw?
How are the crowds in June? I’d assume the crowds start to pick up as June rolls along, but even in the latter part of June, it’s more of a normal busy (60-90 min waits for the most popular or lowest capacity of the big coasters, 30-45 min for the high capacity or mid range popular coasters). Or am I totally off base? Another question I have is what are the waits usually like for the non coaster thrill rides and flat rides?
Fast Lane Plus:
From what I’ve gathered looking at some of the past discussion posts on using FLP at Cedar Point is that it’s really only absolutely necessary under certain conditions: going for one day; going on a Saturday; and/or getting multiple rides out of all of the coasters. Plus it’s best to wait and see on the day of the trip if you actually need it. Is that still the consensus? Also would most of that criteria apply to Kings Island as well?
For Cedar Point, I’ve seen a lot of people say to try to hit Maverick, Millenium Force, and TTD (if it’s up and running) early seeing as they usually have some of the longest waits throughout the day, and after that, it’s best to just pick a spot and start riding things as you come up to them since Cedar Point has a lot of ground to cover. Is that still the best plan of action, or should we bum rush Steel Vengeance like we have nothing to lose?
For Kings Island, I’ve seen some people say that they like to start with Firehawk and Flight of Fear seeing as how their capacities usually make for longer lines. From those two, should we make our way over to Mystic Timbers and Diamondback or head in the opposite direction over to Banshee? Or is there a better starting point for the day?
Points of Interest for Open Days:
Finally whether it’s in Cincinnati, Sandusky, or somewhere in between, I’m looking for any kind of recommendations for things to do on our open days. Now I don’t think we’ll have a hard time finding things to do, and I do have some things in mind already, such as the Cincinnati Zoo (which was the first thing that came to mind) and the Cincinnati Museum Center (depending on what of it is open because of the Union Terminal restoration). Like I said, I am open to any suggestions, no matter how niche.
A big, hearty thanks to anyone who takes the time to read any of this and indulge me while I’m being so extra. I really appreciate it.Tweet
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