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Old 06-16-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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Sadly... it's been a long time. I'm trying to talk my 12 year old in to eventually going. Unfortunately, he is in no hurry to ride roller coasters in any capacity, and therefore I'm not paying the price of admission that they're charging to not ride anything. It would be nice if Geauga Lake still existed, as it would have been a good place to start him, as the roller coasters there were not on the level of thrills as Cedar Point's. It's where I got my start as a kid.

One day though....I'll get back there!
I didn't ride my first coaster until I was 15, so I can relate to your 12 year old. But once I did, bam! It is a shame about Geauga Lake, we used to go there for the annual Ford workers picnic. Fun times, go Geauga Dog!
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:39 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I do understand visiting once or twice - even three times during a childhood. The experience will be different for a 4 year old than it will for a 7 year old and different again for a 13 year old.

What I do not get at all are people who make this a yearly pilgrimage. Often the people who do this - and make no mistake, this is not an inexpensive vacation - seem to be people who can ill afford such an extravagant vacation.

I have seen people at Disney who look downright poor. Missing teeth, shabby clothes.

I also know solidly middle class people who see this as pretty much the only destination vacation.

Even if you never leave the U.S. there are state parks, historic sights, mountains, beaches, lakes, and cities.

At the very least, I would think that they'd want a little variety.

For me, that's the head scratcher part.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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The secret to enjoying Disney is to go when school is in session, and avoid the summer months altogether.
We tried that last go around. Prior to that, a ride attendant mentioned that October was the slow month each year. So we tried mid October, as far as possible from possible holidays. Blam! Jam packed parks. Seemed like a very strong European crowd, who I thought used August for their long holiday period. This was Florida, not Ca, by the way.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:21 PM
 
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I do understand visiting once or twice - even three times during a childhood. The experience will be different for a 4 year old than it will for a 7 year old and different again for a 13 year old.

What I do not get at all are people who make this a yearly pilgrimage. Often the people who do this - and make no mistake, this is not an inexpensive vacation - seem to be people who can ill afford such an extravagant vacation.

I have seen people at Disney who look downright poor. Missing teeth, shabby clothes.

I also know solidly middle class people who see this as pretty much the only destination vacation.

Even if you never leave the U.S. there are state parks, historic sights, mountains, beaches, lakes, and cities.

At the very least, I would think that they'd want a little variety.

For me, that's the head scratcher part.
Yes, we go every 3-5 years.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:21 PM
 
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I still enjoy all the parks except Magic Kingdom, but now that the kids are high school+, they've seen that one enough. I had to cringe on the jungle safari, as it hasn't been touched since the 70's and the boat 'drivers' are close to going insane from repeating the same schtik hour after hour. Still get a kick out of the Robinson treehouse though. The Safari in Animal Kingdom is one not to be missed. Still look forward to eating somewhere in Epcot, and I'm willing to wait in line for Test Drive whenever it manages not to break down. Seaworld is always interesting and less crowded. The newish ride about the Yeti is a good one, but made even better by the design of the queue. I actually wanted to stay on line longer in order to take in all of the detail from the 'expedition', if you can believe it. I do miss the free beer at the AB pavilion that was turned into a simple fast-food joint when they sold the park. But the highlight for us was doing Universal on the last day, and paying for the priority line jump. This was a bit before Harry Potter was open. For me, it was worth every penny to stroll around and go right onto the ride on a whim. No planning needed. We managed to hit every ride in both parks in that day, which would have been impossible without the passes. We did dash over to the Simpsons for a second ride before the park closed, as it was a lot of fun going nowhere at all. Over $650 for one day (four of us), but did wonders for my relaxation level. One thing I almost forgot...if you are with a small child, one parent can wait on line (or Fastpass) while the other parent watches the child. As soon as the first parent comes out, you switch places and the other parent goes right inside. Not sure if they still allow that, but this was the case about 10 years back.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The secret to enjoying Disney is to go when school is in session, and avoid the summer months altogether.
This is my secret to enjoying anything. Movies, restaurants, beaches, trips, etc.
Go when no one else is going.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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brownsfan was referring to Cedar Point.
Ah, my bad.. Cedar Point is all roller coasters, as i recall.. great park BTW.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:16 AM
 
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My relatives that live in Florida can go "over and over again" because they buy annual passes.

"Hey honey, can we go to France for dinner tonight?" "Sure."

But the annual pass for Florida residents is much less than for the rest of us.
The Florida resident annual pass that includes parking is $36.30 per month per person, and unfortunately kids pay the same as adults.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:18 AM
 
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I still enjoy all the parks except Magic Kingdom, but now that the kids are high school+, they've seen that one enough. I had to cringe on the jungle safari, as it hasn't been touched since the 70's and the boat 'drivers' are close to going insane from repeating the same schtik hour after hour. Still get a kick out of the Robinson treehouse though. The Safari in Animal Kingdom is one not to be missed. Still look forward to eating somewhere in Epcot, and I'm willing to wait in line for Test Drive whenever it manages not to break down. Seaworld is always interesting and less crowded. The newish ride about the Yeti is a good one, but made even better by the design of the queue. I actually wanted to stay on line longer in order to take in all of the detail from the 'expedition', if you can believe it. I do miss the free beer at the AB pavilion that was turned into a simple fast-food joint when they sold the park. But the highlight for us was doing Universal on the last day, and paying for the priority line jump. This was a bit before Harry Potter was open. For me, it was worth every penny to stroll around and go right onto the ride on a whim. No planning needed. We managed to hit every ride in both parks in that day, which would have been impossible without the passes. We did dash over to the Simpsons for a second ride before the park closed, as it was a lot of fun going nowhere at all. Over $650 for one day (four of us), but did wonders for my relaxation level. One thing I almost forgot...if you are with a small child, one parent can wait on line (or Fastpass) while the other parent watches the child. As soon as the first parent comes out, you switch places and the other parent goes right inside. Not sure if they still allow that, but this was the case about 10 years back.

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Old 06-17-2015, 05:48 AM
 
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We tried that last go around. Prior to that, a ride attendant mentioned that October was the slow month each year. So we tried mid October, as far as possible from possible holidays. Blam! Jam packed parks. Seemed like a very strong European crowd, who I thought used August for their long holiday period. This was Florida, not Ca, by the way.
October USED TO BE very slow, but the Epcot food and wine festival turned that around. People that came just for that realized that the weather is very pleasant that time of year, and word spread.
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