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Best time to Visit US Parks

ShayneColbert

Posted:
5/8/12 at
2:48:24 PM

Hi,

I'm new to the forums and just wanted a bit of advice.

I'm planning on visiting the majority of the six flags and cedar fair parks on the east coast of america this year. I will be visiting for about 2 weeks and would just like to know when is the best time to visit for smaller crowds.

The earliest I can visit is the first 2 weeks of june and then the latest would be the last 2 weeks of August as I see that most of the parks are only open at weekends after August. I have made an itinery that lands me at all the parks on weekdays but just need to know the best month to visit.

Any help is appreciated.

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by frontrow frontrow Profile at 5/8/12 3:30:24 PM
I try to make 2 major coaster trips a year. The first is in the beginning on June and the other is middle to late August. That first part of June is the best because most kids are still in school, but the parks are open on weekdays. Those first 2 weeks of June are going have the smallest crowds.
Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by RobLec RobLec Profile at 5/8/12 3:40:59 PM
The parks become much more crowded later in the summer. Lots of people head for beaches and such early in summer, then as summer's end approaches they flock to the parks to get in one last visit.

Most certainly the earlier in the season you can visit the better. I hate August crowds, and the only problem with June is it isn't long enough.

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/9/12 10:48:07 AM
frontrow said:

I try to make 2 major coaster trips a year. The first is in the beginning on June and the other is middle to late August. That first part of June is the best because most kids are still in school, but the parks are open on weekdays. Those first 2 weeks of June are going have the smallest crowds.

It would be nice if somebody kept some sort of database or table of the major theme parks schedules and the local school districts schedules and/or the time period the park is open when the local schools are still in session. Does such a beast exist?

Maybe we could just turn this thread into that database? People could post the link to the schedule for their home park and link to the schedule to the local school district. And then maybe sticky the thread?

I'll try to look up a few later and post back....

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Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 7:24:16 PM
Ok, I'll start with Cedar Point:

Sandusky school district web site:
http://www.sandusky-city.k12.oh.us/

2011/2012 Calendar:
http://www.sandusky-city.k12.oh.us/Downloads/2011%2012%20student%20calendar.pdf

School is in session Aug 29th - May 31st.

Cedar Point hours:
http://www.cedarpoint.com/hours-directions

Park opens on May 12th and closes September 3rd except for weekends.

So, weekdays from May 14th through May 30th would be good days to go.

Does Cedar Point have grad type days like Disneyland? Hopefully not....

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 7:38:15 PM
Kings Island:

Mason City School District:
http://masonohioschools.com/

School is in session until Aug 22nd - June 5th, 2012.

Kings Island:
http://www.visitkingsisland.com/hours-directions/kings-island

Open May 11th - August 23rd.

So, best dates are May 14th - June 5th.

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by RobLec RobLec Profile at 5/10/12 7:50:01 PM
lk2500 said:

Kings Island:

Open May 11th - August 23rd.

So, best dates are May 14th - June 5th.

I'll be there tomorrow!

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 8:36:56 PM
Six Flags Magic Mountain:

William S. Hart Union High School District:
http://www.hartdistrict.org/index.php/calendars

School in session August 18 - June 5th, 2012.

Six Flags MM:
http://www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/info/parkInfo.aspx

Open March 26th - August 31st.

Best times March 26th - June 4th and August 16th -August 31st.

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Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 9:05:58 PM
Holiday World:

North Spencer County School District:
http://www.nspencer.k12.in.us/nspencer/

School in session Aug 16th - May 25th, 2012.

Holiday World:
http://www.holidayworld.com/visit/park-schedule

Park open May 11th - August 17th.


Best time May 11th - May 25th but limited hours (closes 5:00-5:30pm)

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 9:25:47 PM
Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools:
http://www.wjcc.k12.va.us/

School in session Sept 6th - June 14th.

Spring break March 24-30.


Busch Gardens Williamsburg:
http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/Park-Info/Park-Hours

Open March 30th - April 15th weekdays, then F-Sun from 4/20-5/25, then 5/28 - 9/3.

Best time March 3rd - April 15th, May 28 - June 14th or Fridays in April 20 - May 25.

I've been wanting to look this stuff up anyways so I figured I would share. I wonder if the mods want a separate thread for this? I'll keep posting a few parks I want to attend.... feel free to join in...

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Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 9:53:49 PM
Kings Dominion:

Hanover County Public Schools:
http://hanover.k12.va.us/

School in session September 6th - June 14th.

Spring Break April 9th-13th.

Kings Dominion:
http://www.kingsdominion.com/hours-directions/kings-dominion

Open May 28th - September 3rd + Fridays May 11th-25th.

Best times May 28th - June 13th and Fridays in May.

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by lk2500 at 5/10/12 10:42:28 PM
Worlds of Fun:

Kansas City Missouri SD:
http://www.kcpublicschools.org/

School in session ?- May 22nd, 2012.
Spring Break March 12-16.

Independence School District:
http://www6.indep.k12.mo.us/

School in session Aug 17th - May 18th (+ make up days).

Shawnee Mission School District:
http://smsd.org/

School in session August 16th - May 25th.

Worlds of Fun:
http://www.worldsoffun.com/hours-directions/worlds-of-fun

Park open May 10th - August 19th.

Best time May 10th - May 18th or so.

Hmmm, seeing a pattern here. Taking your chances with weather in the Midwest and East Coast for no lines. Just need to catch a cheap flight on short notice after seeing the weather forecast.

Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by ShayneColbert at 5/11/12 9:14:50 AM
Well thanks for all the info everyone. I think that sums up that I should go at the begigning of June. I should've started planning this trip sooner and I could have gone now.
What is the weather usually like in June though and do they close the rides alot. I read somewhere that it is the rainy season. Bit of rain doesn't bother me too much as I'm from England and all too used to it. But closed rides does bother me.
Then again I'm planning on buying fast and flash passes for most parks. Got to get the most out of my ridicously expensive flight and car hire.
Re: Best time to Visit US Parks by GoYanks34 GoYanks34 Profile at 5/11/12 10:38:47 AM
ShayneColbert said:

Well thanks for all the info everyone. I think that sums up that I should go at the begigning of June. I should've started planning this trip sooner and I could have gone now.
What is the weather usually like in June though and do they close the rides alot. I read somewhere that it is the rainy season. Bit of rain doesn't bother me too much as I'm from England and all too used to it. But closed rides does bother me.
Then again I'm planning on buying fast and flash passes for most parks. Got to get the most out of my ridicously expensive flight and car hire.

I wasn't aware that we had a rainy season, LOL! I don't know where you got that info but rain is hit or miss - there are no "rainy" seasons that I'm aware of. Perhaps statistically it rains more in June but that's not a given and it usually doesn't rain for many consecutive days.

I'm in NJ (near SF Great Adventure) and there is no rhyme or reason to the weather lately. We had highs of almost 80 F days in April and then 50 F in May. Rained all of last week but has been beautiful yesterday and today. In the beginning of June it will usually be warmer the farther south you are. Average highs should be somewhere in the 70's but you could have days where it's in the 80's or 60's as well (that's Fahrenheit - we don't do Celsius here!). I'd pack summer clothes and take a jacket or sweatshirt for the nights in case it gets cool. It's probably the best time to visit the parks weather-wise since it shouldn't be scorching hot where you melt while waiting on line.

They only close certain rides in the rain or high winds (Kingda Ka and TTD at Cedar Point close in high winds or light rain). All rides close if there is thunder/lightning in the area but will re-open as soon as the storm has moved out and is a safe distance away. You should be fine.
Jen

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