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REDREAD
07-25-2005, 05:39 PM
Was thinking of taking the kids to King's Island this summer. I really haven't been there since about 1992 or so.

I was thinking about going on a Wednesday in hopes of having smaller crowds.

How bad is it there? We went to Geogga Lake last year (or whatever it is called now), and it was pure hell. Waiting over an hour for the bloody Ferris wheel, and every other kid ride. With lunch, we only got to ride 5 rides the whole day.

Note, I have small kids, so we are only going to be riding kids rides. Are the lines reasonable? Because I really don't want to stand in the sun all day for 5 kids rides.

Any insider info would be appreciated.

Red Leader
07-25-2005, 05:43 PM
I haven't been to K.I. this year, but went last year. Some of the lines in Hanna Barbarra land (or whatever its called now) are somewhat long, like 30-40 minutes, but most of them are under 10 minutes, and I haven't been on a weekday, that's on the weekend. Maybe someone that has been recently can offer more info, but I can almost guarantee you that your experience will be better than Geauga Lake.

missionhockey21
07-25-2005, 05:43 PM
I haven't gone for a couple years (have a season pass a few times and it gets old fast) but the best advice is to go right when the gates open. It will still be crowded, but you can beat out a lot of the traffic that gets there (foolishly) in the middle of the day. Hit the big, longwait rides first and save the smaller stuff for later on. But since it's kids rides, you should probably do pretty good if you go early on a weekday.

I pity anyone going out in this heat to a place like that. Be prepared to buy a lot of soda/ice cream. ;)

Redsland
07-25-2005, 05:44 PM
If you go during the week, the lines are generally short.

westofyou
07-25-2005, 05:52 PM
I went 10 days ago on a Thursday, pretty empty IMO.

BTW I no longer am enamored by rollercoasters.

Blimpie
07-25-2005, 06:00 PM
Just about any Saturday is poison. Last year, we went the last Saturday before school started and it was miserable. Normally, traffic backs up a little on the off-ramp from I-71 NB at the K.I. exit. On THIS day, the NB lanes were backed up two miles from the off ramp. If we hadn't had a car full of children, I would have turned around and headed home--but they would have rioted.

I vowed I would not return again unless it was during the week.

Roy Tucker
07-25-2005, 06:23 PM
Yep, go in early, avoid the weekends, and avoid the "bring a friend free" days. They tend to get jammed up pretty good. Also, go after it rains. Bad weather keeps crowds way down.

Bring your bathing suits and do the Boomerang Bay water park as well (part of KI and part of your price of admission). Lots of little kid stuff there to do as well.

We get passes every year (we live about 2-3 miles away from KI). The kids go with friends all the time but I don't go all that often (I've ridden a roller coaster before).

We get a gold pass with free parking early on in the winter and its just about as cheap as a Mason city pool pass. So we just go to KI instead.

westofyou
07-25-2005, 06:25 PM
Yep, go in early, avoid the weekends, and avoid the "bring a friend free" days. They tend to get jammed up pretty good. Also, go after it rains. Bad weather keeps crowds way down.

Bring your bathing suits and do the Boomerang Bay water park as well (part of KI and part of your price of admission). Lots of little kid stuff there to do as well.

We get passes every year (we live about 2-3 miles away from KI). The kids go with friends all the time but I don't go all that often (I've ridden a roller coaster before).

We get a gold pass with free parking early on in the winter and its just about as cheap as a Mason city pool pass. So we just go to KI instead.

Bring extra shirts and socks and shoes for the I'm now too wet to enjoy this crap moments.

redsrule2500
07-25-2005, 06:56 PM
Tuesday and Thursday are the least crowded days for amusement parks. (I work at one)

Monday, beginning of the weak, people take off for 3 day weekend.
Wednesday, middle of the week, people take off.
Friday, almost weekend.

The reasoning behind it is just my guess.

LvJ
07-25-2005, 09:02 PM
http://www.disboards.com/

I'd take a look around those boards for anymore info. That place is awesome.

REDREAD
07-25-2005, 10:52 PM
edit: thanks for the tips everyone!

GAC
07-26-2005, 09:22 AM
To anyone who may be going in the near future... we found out that if you go to any concession stand and ask for ice water they have to give it to you free. In this heat, and a way to save some money, that was good to know. We also ate our meals outside the park at the local FF restaurants.

ABEsolutely
07-26-2005, 04:51 PM
ok, so i'm planning on going tomorrow. it's supposed to rain.. should we reschedule? or could it still be fun in the rain? i live 3 hours away, so i don't really want to get there and just turn around and go home.
suggestions?

Roy Tucker
07-26-2005, 05:05 PM
ok, so i'm planning on going tomorrow. it's supposed to rain.. should we reschedule? or could it still be fun in the rain? i live 3 hours away, so i don't really want to get there and just turn around and go home.
suggestions?
According to NWS at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ifps/MapClick.php?site=iln&CiTemplate=1&FcstType=text&MapType=0&MapType=3&site=iln&CiTemplate=1&map.x=150&map.y=156, the local KI rain is supposed to be tonight and mostly before 4 PM tomorrow. The rugged stuff looks like mainly tonight.

Like I mentioned before, the crowds go way down when it rains. But then of course, you run the chance of getting wet. So either come early and take your chances or wait till later.

One other thing, you can keep stuff in your car (like dry clothes and food) and then get a hand stamp to exit and re-enter the park.

guttle11
07-26-2005, 05:12 PM
The old Urban legend is that Wednesday is gay day at PKI. Dont wear Red ;)

ABEsolutely
07-26-2005, 10:41 PM
The old Urban legend is that Wednesday is gay day at PKI. Dont wear Red ;)

yikes.. it's SO rescheduled now