The three best parts of a roadtrip are planning it, taking it, and remembering it afterward. Actually, given how endless hours on the road can feel to your brain and your backside, maybe we can promote the "planning" and "remembering" parts above the actual "taking" the roadtrip itself.
So let's celebrate the past summer roadtrip season by remembering some of the best trip reports posted to the Theme Park Insider Discussion Forum over the past couple months. If you've not visited the forum, please do. Anyone can read it, and you can post and respond simply by registering with the site. (It's free and takes only a moment.)
AJ Hummel described what sounded like the roadtrip of the summer in his nine-part The Keystone, Timbers, and Vengeance Tour epic. These reports detail a journey to several top theme parks across the Midwest, along with trips to some other popular tourist destinations from the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic region.
Not enough for you? Russell Meyer also checked in this summer with Is Minneapolis a Theme Park Destination?, which details some places to visit in the upper Midwest that might be of interest to theme park fans.
If you're beginning to think about your vacation destinations for 2019, reading trip reports can give you some great first-person insights about potential places to visit. And it's not just from the reports themselves. The comments to trip reports often include some great first-person advice about visiting, as well.
In fact, one of the things I am most proud about Theme Park Insider is the high quality of the comments on our blog and discussion posts. You folks are the best at providing smart, sharp, and funny comments that often are more useful than the original posts themselves. (At least they are when I'm the original poster!)
Which parks and destinations are you thinking about visiting in 2019?
Pretty much the same places I visited this year such as Cedar Point, Canada's Wonderland, Kings Dominion, Six Flags Great Adventures, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags America, Busch Gardens Tampa & Williamsburg, Universal Studios Orlando, Islands of Adventure and Dorney Park. It wasn't until recapping this list I realized I didn't make my Hershey Park visit this year. I will make sure I hit Carowinds next year as well but I'm holding out on Kings Island until their next major investment. Then again I've been contemplating on omitting all six flags visits next year for something different. I finally made it to Pandora - The World of Avatar this year but I'm in no need for a 2019 return.
I went to six flags great adventure
Did not take one this summer and we generally stay away from the parks during the summer due to temps and crowds. But as for me, the planning, setting the countdown clock on the phone, the chatter leading up to the day we leave is almost as fun as the destination itself. For me the anticipation and the drive is enjoyable as we talk about where we are going to eat and what rides we want to do first. That reminds me, time to plan the next trip
Leaving for a week at WDW in 5 days!! ^_^
So you KNOW which part of the process I'm currently in!!!
Oh...and I LOVED AJ's report...well except about Hershey Park ;)
If Galaxy's Edge stays on the current projected schedule, we'll be taking an extended trip (close to 2 weeks) to Southern California in August 2019, where we'll be hitting all of the major parks (DL, DCA, SFMM, USH, Knott's, SW, and probably Legoland).
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Today is end of summer 2018. Maybe next year.