Early season crowds: the first week of May

Kings Island: I love amusement parks and heard this was a good one, yet I despise waiting in lines (a half hour is about my threshold).

From Mindy Corie
Posted April 27, 2007 at 8:25 AM
Does anyone know what the crowds will be like the first weekend of May, the 5th and 6th?

I love amusement parks and heard this was a good one, yet I despise waiting in lines (a half hour is about my threshold). I normally go on weekdays early in the year to avoid any waiting, but this particular weekend is the only available time for my visiting family.

Have any of you more experienced visitors gone this early in the year? I believe it will only be the second weekend of the season so I'm guessing I may be out of luck... I wish there was a site with a "crowd meter" so that I could gauge things but I can't seem to find one.

Anyways, will it be crowded the first weedend of May? Thanks in advance!

From Rick Strawser
Posted April 28, 2007 at 8:23 AM
This is my home park and I go often. I will say the same thing most would probably say; if you go Sunday it will be less crowded than Saturday. In general, the earlier in the year you go, the better. You will walk right on some rides but will probably wait at least a half hour for some. It depends on the ride capacity and loading time. Drop Zone tends to always have a wait where as Advernture Express usually doesn't. Anything in the Action Zone will have a wait and Italian Job and the Beast will too. Just plan your route so you hit rides one after the other close together and don't criss-cross the park, that will save some time. I would start to the left (Action Zone) and work counter clockwise.

From Bob Mackay
Posted April 28, 2007 at 1:08 PM
If you truly despise crowds and long lines, I suggest choosing a weekday over a Saturday or Sunday, even if it means taking a day off work. Mondays are fantastic, usually. The potential downsides are shorter operating hours, and sometimes certain shows don't run every day of the week, because they're saved for busier days. Also, fireworks tend to be on weekends only in some parks. If you don't care about these things, you're better off on a weekday if you want manageable lines ... and always get an early start, no matter WHAT day you go.

From Mindy Corie
Posted April 30, 2007 at 7:29 AM
Thank you for the feedback.

Unfortunately this time of the year, the park is only open on weekends so I have to pick the lesser of two evils (looks like Sunday). I will try and plan a route so that we can take in as much as possible.

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