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First visit - need some advice please?

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(06/02/14 07:14pm)Mazakman Wrote:  With Platinum Cedar fair passes, you could easily scoot down to Carrowinds also, and use the same pass for entry and parking. With 5 days in VA and this park only 4 hours(give or take) from KD, It may be possible to squeeze in. Yes Busch Gardens is better, but if you already have the Cedar Fair passes, the $ savings will be substantial.

I would not recommend going to Carowinds on this trip as it's not an easy scoot down. While she may have Cedar Fair Platinum Passes, she's gonna need to spend a lot more money on gas and most likely another hotel (which she has already booked and budgeted) as the parks are almost 330 miles apart. If she is staying near KD then a visit to BGW for a day is more economical than driving 5 hours one way to the Charlotte area. Besides, after spending several days at CP and KD she really isn't going to get much of a "new" park experience at Carowinds.
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You are probably right about the 'redundant park experience' Unagi. What seems like a good idea to me, was probably not the best idea for her. Dropping $144.00 on 2 BGW tickets is hardly economical though.

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Ethical expectations of visiting Carowinds: Ride Afterburn, leave.

On another note: Since you're driving from Ohio to Virginia there's quite a few ways you can go about getting this done. A Platinum Pass is an incredible savings with Cedar Fair parks, and essentially pays itself off the second you visit two different parks (in your case KD and CP). In terms of money savings if it's just KD and Cedar Point you are doing then you might be better off with one Platinum Pass and then using discounted entry into both parks, just so you don't get your arse handed to you in parking fees.

In terms of Fast Passes, yes I would recommend them for both parks especially if you're visiting them on weekends. Cedar Point can get incredibly packed on weekends and Kings Dominion is not a place to be on a Saturday (neither is BGW really especially when the weather is nice). If you're worried about lines for Cedar Point the best thing I can recommend without a fast pass is moving to the back of the park first (Magnum, Millennium Force, Maverick) just so you can avoid the wave of people coming later in the day. Top Thrill Dragster, Millennium Force, and Raptor will have the longest lines, I can guarantee that. I'm just not sure how long the lines will be since there's a very large difference between an August weekday and a weekend visit (I went Thursday and Friday back in 2010 and the difference was basically night and day in terms of lines).

Kings Dominion on a weekday will be virtually empty, where the longest lines will be for Volcano and i305. Both have nuances that can bring them down at basically any time so it's recommended you ride them first. Avalanche has a delayed opening so that everyone waits for Volcano first (because it having a long line looks good for its popularity), so once you finish with i305, FoF and Volcano ride Avalanche.

The biggest fear you should have with visiting those two parks, however, are the prices for food. An order of chicken strips, fries, and a soda can run you over $14 just for one person. Their burgers aren't much better at $12. For comparison's sake I could buy a Pretzel and a Soda along with those for the same price from a Six Flags park (although the $20+ parking fee is even steeper than both KD and CP).
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(06/02/14 10:53pm)Mazakman Wrote:  You are probably right about the 'redundant park experience' Unagi. What seems like a good idea to me, was probably not the best idea for her. Dropping $144.00 on 2 BGW tickets is hardly economical though.

I was looking at this mostly from a distance issue. Carowinds and KD are not close at all. KD is even a lot closer to Hersheypark, Dorney Park, Great Adventure, and even NYC, than it is to Carowinds. Given the length of her visit she would be wasting a lot of time and money driving that far to a park that really is no different from the ones she came to visit in the first place. Also, Interstate traffic throughout North Carolina can be unpredictable. There are many road projects scattered on I-40 and I-85. What should be a 5-hour drive from KD to Carowinds could turn into something a lot longer.


As far as BGW not being economical, she doesn't have to pay the full price of $72 for a daily ticket as discounted coupons are readily available. If her hotel is near KD then she can easily drive down to Williamsburg for the day and drive back. What she would pay in gas and hotel going to Charlotte would cost way more in time and money than going to BGW.
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Not sure where you're staying for cedar point but resort guests get in to the park one hour early as well as passmembers. If you were staying off property and bought only one pass and then a discounted ticket than you couldn't both get into the park early. It is a huge advantage at that time of the year because there is generally 4 or 5 rides open at 9am. Maverick is usually one of them.. but I wouldn't suggest going straight for that ride during your early hour because 9 times out of 10 it is broken until 10 or 11 am. The longest line at CP is generally for Millenium Force. Fast Pass Plus at CP is generally around $100 per person. July and August are very busy times for CP and it gets very hot and humid there but they have a lot of air conditioned places to eat if you do decide to eat there, the also have a few restaurants outside of the park as well. I didn't see any one mention it but you can get a platinum pass with a season long dining plan.
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Honestly your average summer weekday at KD you will experience less than average crowds, maybe a few 20-30 min waits on the big rides but I would opt for saving your money.

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Hi Everyone
Thank you for your advice I think I will be buying one Platinum Pass and use the BAF and two FP for CP and check out if we need FP for KD when we get there. (Although I really hate waiting).
I will add a post when we come back about how it all was - thank you all so much Tongue_out_laughing
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