I’ve been a registered TPI user for 17 years and yet I’ve probably only contributed enough posts to fill the front page. I moved away from my fantasy of becoming an Imagineer - I now own a brewery and bar with my friends, which could equally be considered a fantasy to many. And while I’ve seen many hobbies, passions and tastes come and go over the past two decades, there’s something about theme parks that never fails to excite me.
Two of my old engineering school buddies and I run our brewery business together. I like to think we do a good job of it, too. Like any business, ours can be quite stressful - very stressful as of late - and we found ourselves in need of an escape from it all. We talked about trying out an all-inclusive resort somewhere tropical, but the prospect didn’t excite us much. We enjoy a good cultural trip, but the logistics of navigating a place we are unfamiliar with sounded beyond our current mental capacity.
No, we decided we needed some childish, carefree, and even mindless theme park entertainment. We wanted to take a theme park road trip.
Our criteria for destination selection were simple.
Researching the trip was more difficult than anticipated. There are very few trip reports here or elsewhere in which the author had travelled across multiple states to multiple parks. This makes sense. After all, regional theme parks are distanced such that each one services a different market just out of comfortable driving range. AJ Hummel detailed a pretty incredible Midwestern trip, but that’s the only report I could find.
Guess we have to blaze a trail.
On Saturday, April 13th we fly into Washington, D.C. and begin our itinerary:
Day 1 - Richmond, VA (Saturday)
Day 2 - Kings Dominion
Day 3 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Day 4 - Drive to Charlotte, NC
Day 5 - Carowinds
Day 6 - Dollywood
Day 7 - Pigeon Forge (relax in the mountains)
Day 8 - Fly out of Nashville (Saturday)
This will not be a relaxing trip, but I’m sure it will be amazing. We’re a group of six old friends in our 30s and we are ready to rock. We love adventure. We love beer. And we love theme parks.
Feel free to weigh in with suggestions or thoughts. If there’s any demand for a trip report, I’ll do my best to whip up my sentiments after the trip.
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