Vote of the Week: How many theme parks did you visit this summer?
With children heading back to school, extended hours ending at the year-round parks, Halloween planning in full swing, and seasonal parks getting ready to close for the year, we're coming to the end of another theme park season. So let's take this time to look back.
Where did you go this summer?
Theme Park Insider James Rao is sharing with us on the front page this week his family's summer roadtrip to Kings Island and Cedar Point. (Here are the links, in case you've missed them: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. He'll continue tonight and tomorrow.) For the first time in years, my family did not take a big cross-country roadtrip this year. But we still visited several parks, with the highlights being coverage of attraction openings at Universal Orlando and Knott's Berry Farm.
We'd love to hear about your summer and your theme park travels. Which parks did you visit? What was your favorite ride or show? What was the best thing you had to eat in a theme park this year? Which park are you most looking forward to visiting again one day?
Of course, not every visit goes perfectly. Did something go terribly wrong on a theme park trip this summer? (Besides the stuff that's supposed "to go terribly wrong" at the start of just about every theme park ride....) Tell us about the most notable moments from your theme park travels this year, in the comments.
But first, let's take a count of how many different parks you visited this summer. (Don't count repeat visits to the same park, please, just the number of different parks you entered since — let's say — May of this year.)
Was this more or fewer parks than you've visited in a typical summer in the past. Let's keep the summer going with a conversation in the comments!
The only parks I visited this summer were water parks. As a Florida resident in a hot climate, I think water parks are incredibly underrated. They don't have nearly the crowds that theme parks have in the summer, you can cool off easily any time of day, and many of the attractions are no lines, no waiting, such as wave pools or sandy shores. It's a nice break from the planning that has to go into a day at a modern theme park.
Robert, summer is not over. I'm not done with my visits. Remember that those of us on the north coast actually have seasons.
No, summer's not yet over as far as the seasons go, but when school starts back up... summer's over for families with kids. :^(
We had a great year this year - more than usual!
Apparently schools in SoCal run seven days a week. Our kids are lucky- they don't have school on Saturday or Sunday ;+)
So far: Worlds of "Fun", Kings Island, Cedar Point.
Magic Kingdom: 3 times
I live for these moments. My wife and I have visited 86 different amusement parks and facilities since the start of 2014:
After 15 years between my last visit I was finally back in Orlando this summer.
I had my biggest year ever this year, as far as theme park travels go. I did visit a few parks prior to May, but as for official summer visits I've done:
Disneyland, DCA, USH, Knotts, CA Gt America, Gilroy Gardens, 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Cedar Point, Kennywood tomorrow.
I visited four, but since they were all apart of WDW..... It's really like only visiting one. I voted four, but it just feels almost like going to one because they are all part of the Walt Disney World Resort.
In a more regional deviation: I went to Six Flags Great America, Holiday World, and Dollywood. The latter two were first-time visits. I might put it all in one big report depending on school work.
My list with a little detail about each park. Won't be visiting any theme parks for another few years until some new rides pop in. Just moved to California so hit up a few of the parks to see what's new. I'll need to go to Universal Studios a Hollywood at some point, I haven't been there in 18 years.
Summer is Theme Park Hell.
Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm for me this summer. Once the weather cools down though in Fall we're heading to Universal Hollywood for Horror Nights, EPCOT, Universal Orlando for Potter and Horror Nights, Islands of Adventure and if we have time maybe one more of the Florida Disney parks.
By now(the end of August)we would have traveled down to WDW twice as had been our practice these 15-odd years. However, given the way Disney treated The Boy Scouts of America earlier this year, that is no longer an option. Why spend money at a place that thinks we are stupid. It was a good run, tho. We have made do with travel "out west" and have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, plus saved an awful lot of money.
More than 5 parks. Disney World plus local SoCal parks.
The Best!-- My favorite moments, memories, or just plain old best stuff at each park I visited this summer:
Second comment-Best Food!!!!
Last Post--2 tips!
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