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  1. Oof, this is a big question...

    First off, I do really like American Dream. I know the reports are very hit and miss based on what's open but we have really enjoyed a few visits to the park and water park. The "mall" is not a real mall at all so keep that in mind. It's more an entertainment area indoors with a few random stores and food. 

    For a second broadway show with kids that age I would probably suggest Aladdin or Lion King unless you think they're a little more advanced then Six could be a fun option too!

    Food wise, there's just soooo much.  Bryant Park Winter Shops will still be going on and it's a ton of little food booths that are all AMAZING, that can be really fun for the kids. Ellen's Stardust Diner for the singing waiters. Any specific food they really like you'll be able to find a really cool restaurant in NYC I guarantee it!  Feel free to reach out to me if you have more questions!

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  2. Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld are all open till 1am.

    Disney parks are all midnight at the latest.

    The FunSpot parks are also midnight. 

    So it's really up to you what parks, rides you want to do, SeaWorld would probably give you the best deal for rides, fireworks, and fun for the price. 

  3. Yeah due to school, most of the US parks go to weekends and holidays after Labor Day (first weekend in September).  Some parks like Dollywood and Silver Dollar City will operate a few midweek days, and because of Halloween Events you'll find some other parks open Thursday or Friday nights as well. 

    If you're just doing coasters, all the parks you mentioned will be one day parks.  If you're wanting to do re-rides and other rides then you may want two days at Dollywood and Silver Dollar City.  Carowinds and Holiday World are one day parks.  I would also budget for the skip the line programs at all the parks you visit.  Operations at all parks worldwide never seemed to fully come back after the pandemic and it will greatly help your day if you can wait less in line!

  4. Fly to NYC. Do NYC stuff and then drive down the East Coast hitting up, SFGAd, KD, BGW, Carowinds, SFoG, Florida, then fly to LAX and do the SoCal Parks and then fly home!  Hits everything on your list minus the two Ohio parks and you can get bonus Carowinds and SFoG!

  5. As of May you no longer need to show proof of vaccination to fly to the USA.  Parks, hotels, public transportation also do not require proof anymore. 

    You should always check online though as things can always change.

  6. Budget for the Fast Track.  If you're a once every five years visit, you've never been before, and you want to ride all the coasters and rides and maybe get some re-rides on the better stuff it's worth it. They have a lot of low capacity coasters (for a park/coaster of that size) and I think it's worth it.  I'm not usually a fan of the 'all day dining' deals as they limit what you can get and I'm picky. 

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