Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

PhotoTR: Coaster Journey to WV, NC, SC, VA, MD, PA! 9 Parks!


Recommended Posts

I'll second what Chris said about Idlewild. The Behemoth-Flyer trip was my third visit there, and it's just been amazing every time. I suspect your mom will enjoy it, as well; mine strongly dislikes theme parks, but she enjoyed it there so much that she actually agreed to a return visit. Be sure not to miss the Caterpillar (supposedly one of only three caterpillar rides left operating in the world) and adult handcars along with the coasters (the Mr. Rogers ride is a trip, too, though I'm not sure I'd do it again). And if you're looking for a real taste sensation and aren't worried about taking a few years off your life, try the fully loaded Potato Patch fries!

 

If your tastes lean toward barbecue, Trappers Smokehouse in BGE is pretty good for park food; I personally like their fried pickle spears. My favorite restaurant there, however, is Festhaus, with its German sausage sampler and Oktoberfest show.

 

I'll also second what others have said about KD's food. It's not very good, and when I went last year the service was horrible. The lines for the "quick serve" restaurants were about 45 minutes because they basically had a single person (sometimes two) running each place, taking orders and cooking food.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 89
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

For a hotel near Carowinds, I'd suggest you stay on the SC side in Fort Mill. Charlotte has a very high hotel tax and the closer you are to Charlotte, the worse the traffic you will experience is. If you do decide to stay in Charlotte, do NOT stay in downtown. On the average day the traffic will be at a stand still on almost every road.

 

Carowinds crowd wise for when you are going to be there shouldn't be that bad. You probably will experience waits for rides such as Nighthawk and Vortex of an hour or more, but for the most part we keep the waits down to around 30 minutes except on the busiest of days.

 

Anyways, I'm happy you are coming to visit our park. I'll probably be working that day. When you are riding Afterburn, look for the guy in a red shirt with blond hair and Andrew written on his name tag. Please say hi. It's always cool to meet other members of the TPR community.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well... I've booked some hotels, and have done a little more planning and research.

 

It is crazy to me that in order to rent an electric cart (Amigo) at BGE, we will have to spend $45.00 a day. That's $90.00 on top of parking and tickets. That just seems ridiculous!

Does anyone know if you get any of it back when you return the cart?

Also, do you think that I could get away with pushing my Mom in a wheelchair around BGE, or any of the other parks to help save money?

 

Another question that I have is where to book our hotel in Williamsburg?

I don't care where we are at the other parks, cause we will pretty much just be sleeping, then leaving the next morning. Plus, I already have the others booked.

In Williamsburg though, we are going to be there for 3 days and if possible, we would like to be in a well populated touristy area near a lot of restaurants and attractions. Especially any Putt-Putt Golf places, as we both love Putt-Putt!

If you don't have a specific hotel suggestion, I'd be happy with just a general area suggestion.

 

Thanks again for all the help everyone!

Link to post
Share on other sites

When I was in Williamsburg last I stayed at either a Courtyard or Fairfield (can't quite remember, but you should see it on any of the hotels.com or priceline.com type websites) that was quite nice and within a few miles or so of BGW and it isn't too bad price wise. I'd suggest that.

Link to post
Share on other sites

^^My parents have rented scooters at BGW, and I recall that you do get some of that $45 back as a "deposit," but I might be misremembering this. You could push her around without too much trouble, except for the stretch between France and Ireland (where the wolves and other animals are kept)--that would be the worst part (down one end and up the other). The trip down to the Rhine River from Germany would be a bit tricky, as well, if you want to ride the boats--a fairly steep hill with some steps at the bottom.

 

There's a Pirates Cove Adventure Golf on the Rt. 60 Bypass (across from K mart on one side and Hooters on the other). If you want easy access to restaurants, I'd stay in the tourist corridor on Richmond Road, aka Rt. 60. There's the usual assortment of chain restaurants and fast food, such as Chili's, Carrabbas's, and Five Guys, and lots of hotels.

 

Something else--the ride with the trickiest handicapped access is the Loch Ness Monster. In the past, you had to enter via the exit, which is at the bottom of short, steep hill. Then you deal with some switchbacks, not to mention other guests exiting the ride.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I have three $15 off Admission KD passes that I will be willing to trade for any old or new maps/brochures. I'm not exactly sure where they came from because my brother's German teacher gave them out as prizes for something but you should try any local fast food/hotels/supermarkets around Hampton Roads/Richmond if you don't wanna trade. Good for up to 6 people, the pases expire June 28th.

I posted this in the discount thread just in case you were interested...

 

As for touristy stuff around Williamsburg, you could try...

The Historic Triangle (Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown)

 

..on Richmond Road

There's a small Ripley's you can check out.

Prime Outlets

Williamsburg Pottery

Yankee Candle

... and because you're into Mini Golf, you could try Go Karts Plus. They've got mini golf, go-karts, and a small kiddie credit.

 

The Pottery and Go Karts Plus are a little bit out of your way though.

 

As for hotels -----------

I've never stayed in any Williamsburg hotels because I live there, but there are a number of new hotels along Bypass Road that you could check out...

 

Richmond Road also has a number of nice-looking hotels that you could try.

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you buy your KD tickets online at least three days before your visit, you save $15 per ticket--and you can print them at home (no waiting in line at a ticket booth).

Link to post
Share on other sites

If you do Conneaut heres some bits that may help.

 

You will not have to worry about Lines it is just about always WalkOns. The Tumble Bug is great and If you sit in the back you get a nice

Surprise. And by the time os your visit most of the Rides should be open.

 

If you stay at the Hotel Conneaut it is around 40 bucks a night and it has a rare charm which cannot be found anywhere else also it is Haunted.

 

What ever you decide just have Fun!

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just got off the phone with BGE. It turns out that you do not get any of the $45.00 (plus tax!) back from the electric scooter rentals. That's outrageous to me!

Anyways, it looks like I will be pushing, pulling, weaving, and heaving my Mom around the park in a wheelchair for 2 days, cause there's no way in hell I'm spending $90.00 (plus tax!) on top of all the other expenses.

 

cfc - My Mom can not ride any coasters, as she has had open heart surgery and a plethora of other health problems, so I will not have to worry about the handicapped access to the coasters. Thanks for the heads up though!

 

I found a Days Inn Historic Williamsburg on Bypass Rd.

Is that still going to be near all of the touristy stuff? It says it is about 1 mile from Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

 

netdvn - I have a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass, and my Mom will have one soon as well, so the tickets would be no good for me. Thanks for the offer!

Link to post
Share on other sites

^I actually asked about the scooter rental stuff when I was at the park yesterday. According to the CM working there, they used to refund $10 at the end of the day, but stopped doing so a few years ago (the last time my parents were there).

 

The Days Inn you booked should be OK--and it isn't far from Pirates Cove Adventure Golf. You're not far from the Richmond Road touristy stuff, either (a short drive to the restaurants and the Ripley's Museum, if you're so inclined).

Link to post
Share on other sites

That Days Inn looks nice from the outside and its next to a pancake place so you can eat breakfast before you head off to BGW.

 

Its also close to Colonial Parkway and Colonial Williamsburg, although you may have to do a bit of driving if you're headed to BGW or most of the Richmond Road attractions that are on the outskirts of town (Pottery, Go Karts Plus, Prime Outlets, Yankee Candle).

 

Have fun...

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

I know the talk about food has ended, but there's actually a Johnny Rockets new at SFA this year, so people were saying that there's nothing to eat there. If you must eat at SFA, I would eat there.

 

As far as Carowinds, just don't eat there. The prices have actually gone up since last year for just about everything. Hold off.

 

BGE, my favorite restaurant is actually Festaus (although people may debate me on that). I hit it up every time I go.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool I'm from Nebraska, and I'm heading to Virginia on Saturday! We'll be hitting up Busch Gardens Saturday evening, Tuesday, and Wednesday! Also Kings Dominion on Monday. We got those tickets (I think it's called a Fun Card? Correct me if I'm wrong) where we can visit Busch Gardens anytime during a 7 day period. You'll probably hear me on Tuesday, I'm the one kid that screams obnoxiously loud!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, it's about 5:00 am and the weather is terrible.

I'm just about to head off for my journey.

Keep an eye out for my Photo TR's when I return home in about 8 to 10 days.

 

Thanks again for all the tips and such, everyone!

You all we're a great help.

I'm out.

 

Brian

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey... Andrew (Pufferfish),

 

I looked for you today when I rode Afterburn, but I didn't see you.

I rode it at about 12:30 pm, and then got on again at about 12:45 pm.

I rode in the very front the first time, and the very back the second.

 

Bummer. I really enjoyed my rides though!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Alright, I'm back from my trip and finally unpacked.

I'm gonna do this TR in sections by park so it doesn't take me forever to do.

 

My Mom and I ended up visiting 9 different parks within 7 days. 2 of them were unexpected. I rode 48 new coasters, which now puts me at 260. Thanks again to Big Mike for the heads up on Del Grosso's. I would have totally missed it.

We visited parks in 6 different states. 5 of the states were new for me, so I have now been to 32 of the 50 states. Only 18 more to go!

We drove 2186.2 miles, and spent WAY too much money. It was well worth it though. We had a blast!

 

Here are the parks that we went to in the order that we visited them, which is the order that I will post the Photo TR's.

- Camden Park

- Carowinds

- Go-Carts Plus

- Busch Gardens Europe

- Kings Dominion

- Six Flags America

- Lakemont Park

- Del Grosso's

- Idlewild & Soak Zone

 

Up next, Camden Park... after I take a bathroom break, and grab something to eat.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Alright, here we go!

 

The first park of our trip was Camden Park.

Camden Park

Route 60 West

Huntington, WV 25704

 

They have 2 coasters, both of which adults can ride.

They also have quite a few flat rides. Some of them are VERY old school.

There are quite a few photos in this first TR cause Larry wanted a "Comprehensive Photo TR" for the park index. I did my best.

 

It was blazing hot, and super humid.

The lighting was terrible for picture taking.

I didn't think anything about the park was too special, besides the awesome sign, and the Big Dipper. There were absolutely no waits for anything!

 

I'll get to the photos so I don't bore you, as there are quite a few.

There will also be photos of random bridges and road shots mixed in, as I am also a bridge and structure enthusiast, and I just like to have photos of places that I have been and seen. After all, some of the best things about these park tours are the road trips in between.

 

There are a couple on ride photos in here as well, but don't fret, I got permission to take them.

 

Hope you enjoy!

1596353007_IMG_3964DesktopResolution.JPG.f9935213e1c700cdf353411697fde603.JPG

867221700_IMG_3954DesktopResolution.JPG.6cc59e5e73117524eef21979f78b6fee.JPG

312312976_IMG_3947DesktopResolution.JPG.a466dc9c93285ce97875d3491b5dad5d.JPG

Buh Bye Camden Park!

234448443_IMG_3944DesktopResolution.JPG.d60deb2b9338c5e810bf0e5668c98c27.JPG

The entrance and ticket booth from our parking spot.

1057914630_IMG_3943DesktopResolution.JPG.f2bcfd91f0e9274705436db7ebed6cfd.JPG

1236239378_IMG_3942DesktopResolution.JPG.66f08a5a6e969e207acc99044be800ac.JPG

Mini Whip!

1603076095_IMG_3938DesktopResolution.JPG.a770ddd507fc7532c547b385b4b570cd.JPG

1629895799_IMG_3937DesktopResolution.JPG.3344aa73069688eb5c7a6fddacace904.JPG

Some nice landscaping.

907118932_IMG_3918DesktopResolution.JPG.e462e4748c2d192a71234e23a80b568f.JPG

The parking lot, with about 10 times the amount of cars than when we arrived. It was dead.

290680502_IMG_3915DesktopResolution.JPG.1ea7b5fd72d3f43c5783d710dde5bae8.JPG

The SUPER janky turnaround on the Sky Ride.

1359267060_IMG_3910DesktopResolution.JPG.c3d338a3a7c5fb936a08a70cf8d18431.JPG

1828035285_IMG_3909DesktopResolution.JPG.544654d927c1d9b66c4afeed7eadfec7.JPG

585826803_IMG_3908DesktopResolution.JPG.a4fd9d8f9e816344d5c4d57443ab91a7.JPG

2077507885_IMG_3907DesktopResolution.JPG.08e34258acf10c2e60aab2c5e00bfac8.JPG

Me waving to you!

1048006751_IMG_3905DesktopResolution.JPG.a05cef39ae7e5a5bac440ca8aaa64025.JPG

1185158506_IMG_3761DesktopResolution.JPG.5f25b4114f74497a64b14b1310b01670.JPG

New for 2009, West Virginia Adventure Golf.

I believe this is sitting in the old location of the Thunderbolt Express. Their old Arrow shuttle coaster.

1558550890_IMG_3764DesktopResolution.JPG.cc3c46496c244e2e70e30c2871fe7833.JPG

The Sky Ride.

1177691740_IMG_3900DesktopResolution.JPG.ca9dadaa4a749767f2641e43510828c7.JPG

Midway?

2085038482_IMG_3867DesktopResolution.JPG.8e9afcc7c0b612a9ad64c967cbcfdfe6.JPG

1864997151_IMG_3864DesktopResolution.JPG.4c43dafa10bf84b4a653a709a82cc569.JPG

1277683968_IMG_3860DesktopResolution.JPG.f6b74e681509027d9490186d07685284.JPG

127609389_IMG_3858DesktopResolution.JPG.54d79780c7c3c3fc0f2c5357d553c978.JPG

1063311942_IMG_3866DesktopResolution.JPG.3e4a7d50596c482e40d8b98716cbad06.JPG

1915352530_IMG_3855DesktopResolution.JPG.f9b41f1c855ad5a2c3aa7bcf0ebc25b9.JPG

1822346197_IMG_3854DesktopResolution.JPG.b91c9e8d46b7e69d5b3816728ce08b09.JPG

1679268357_IMG_3849DesktopResolution.JPG.10f0eaaa9bea640a29c081f56e39031e.JPG

2129316430_IMG_3845DesktopResolution.JPG.fc3abe9cd238082947e082c61a63d3b1.JPG

1421995837_IMG_3844DesktopResolution.JPG.10ee75c5e723be91c007ead98bc19b83.JPG

1250181129_IMG_3843DesktopResolution.JPG.df95b67791230f1dfbf3e1cb703ae53d.JPG

1916469651_IMG_3841DesktopResolution.JPG.b98574c1600a294103ac1c2950b359e0.JPG

150868795_IMG_3837DesktopResolution.JPG.bcd1c69dcb870a2914e84e11e0c4e6b5.JPG

249902822_IMG_3836DesktopResolution.JPG.257ec599c30d19505d16372b364b081a.JPG

A lift hill? A track? A drop? Why is this not a credit?

1777181304_IMG_3831DesktopResolution.JPG.1e9d85d7ef1f2ff7d5d947c2cf6d7908.JPG

The Bebes!

 

Just kidding. But these Bebe impostures did have me tricked for a second.

148607096_IMG_3832DesktopResolution.JPG.92aff71be3be3d65a4bef91af0f5d06c.JPG

354370457_IMG_3827DesktopResolution.JPG.ae780df2cc7892bb25f614bc60b70cbe.JPG

1105651402_IMG_3826DesktopResolution.JPG.89996d7588714699b7dac763b13002af.JPG

1083468924_IMG_3823DesktopResolution.JPG.01515fe391fe1f9e50f6c3e78167ebc5.JPG

1726284273_IMG_3822DesktopResolution.JPG.7a9e82cf65357423f033059bef4d8feb.JPG

1434793057_IMG_3817DesktopResolution.JPG.740326edeb9774f40c2b7521ea643ace.JPG

TheWhip.jpg.2021df1c20427244819b8994d1b98b19.jpg

Another photo edited for my personal use. This one is of me sitting in the Whip.

189170758_IMG_3810DesktopResolution.JPG.c2a6249b4064600e8c28f1e7c5299018.JPG

Onride POV!

373745957_IMG_3806DesktopResolution.JPG.ebe8bcf6b8d95ca12eb3937b6f2f7f47.JPG

1138575196_IMG_3901DesktopResolution.JPG.874ff16d91a1a5b88c315af4cceccdef.JPG

962019139_IMG_3804DesktopResolution.JPG.7edf926de0fbb7b2fa3546d97867e4bd.JPG

934068958_IMG_3803DesktopResolution.JPG.a85e8693c4f0cab6ebc906ade8bcafa1.JPG

Those tires in the middle spun. Whenever a bumper car would "bump" into them, they would usually spin the car. Definitely something that I have never seen before.

1694958686_IMG_3800DesktopResolution.JPG.a57bdcfff2bd98a1b5a7847dee7c991e.JPG

562277241_IMG_3799DesktopResolution.JPG.b40bf04c68bb3607b5e5b9f1d25f5abb.JPG

1445692147_IMG_3777DesktopResolution.JPG.03288d4e213b8e576b9ba1a872ce8bd4.JPG

2129837203_IMG_3776DesktopResolution.JPG.e0377bcf469ede3172ae58e8e2313eee.JPG

576381588_IMG_3775DesktopResolution.JPG.0b34582f9da1599b177544861ab816e3.JPG

498565063_IMG_3774DesktopResolution.JPG.b7b5a1f1626a18ab0aece755722b1957.JPG

1303049042_IMG_3779DesktopResolution.JPG.6b4acf7426de467b80d409b89703b33d.JPG

1111493450_IMG_3772DesktopResolution.JPG.96ef2188c12df337f57a3121c0198505.JPG

245033296_IMG_3771DesktopResolution.JPG.62582ddab5a1921efadf89163792a352.JPG

1794695637_IMG_3769DesktopResolution.JPG.5e8ae8f03392a6ceb6ac042e88544249.JPG

1261580699_IMG_3768DesktopResolution.JPG.1bc6e0e4c3cedb32d80e9550fe3b8883.JPG

1582949604_IMG_3767DesktopResolution.JPG.c293696cd564f58fca43d635013e8693.JPG

The only shot that I got of the train. Sorry!

69277789_IMG_3766DesktopResolution.JPG.96b524f6c7eb50042bf17443c9beed61.JPG

1359078201_IMG_3765DesktopResolution.JPG.80d0677bb719b8a05f0db01ff861083b.JPG

1924016525_IMG_3903DesktopResolution.JPG.b2435905a29bfa1771f5b47b4bf9e5de.JPG

1852958916_IMG_3760DesktopResolution.JPG.299440f07a531f2b843a54f01b6f5b2b.JPG

A SBNO Skydiver.

895706558_IMG_3929DesktopResolution.JPG.e3c677838c6b779dcd9b7218334f592c.JPG

Overview of Big Dipper.

1890204185_IMG_3895DesktopResolution.JPG.10f6209b5162e4136b897508f1a64fa0.JPG

898506916_IMG_3894DesktopResolution.JPG.ef98de1cbdd609b5e8c3958e07a51d05.JPG

1166310148_IMG_3889DesktopResolution.JPG.c226ca5c94973b37b1cd261494f8fa8b.JPG

Mmmm...

1487051161_IMG_3888DesktopResolution.JPG.0eb06dfa7854f4b1b2c2ffc389530657.JPG

Old School!

1337543365_IMG_3878DesktopResolution.JPG.a4438629e50ec07c14b7de0c9144a9a1.JPG

TAKE THE TUNNEL!

933410709_IMG_3877DesktopResolution.JPG.efb6aae88c65960403c17f52fff9fa2b.JPG

1665945194_IMG_3876DesktopResolution.JPG.f9dc1e4c71c1fdaabf73d02061518a08.JPG

477921940_IMG_3874DesktopResolution.JPG.cbe4987c9582906ff00ce48cf16f8d4a.JPG

1535023681_IMG_3881DesktopResolution.JPG.89d822060c1a9d75c362cbdda5c51ce2.JPG

1759484491_IMG_3862DesktopResolution.JPG.36a000bcadf0db25371e86f673b01366.JPG

480958339_IMG_3861DesktopResolution.JPG.941ad839e2d899c67e844e95b547bd04.JPG

1391467641_IMG_3898DesktopResolution.JPG.8ac20928534017d74847cc9958c72cbb.JPG

1915439897_IMG_3853DesktopResolution.JPG.dbf629e7610c83b124bf95646b8d7a3a.JPG

Now, photos of the Big Dipper.

I thought this was a great coaster. It had the old buzz bars with no seat belts. We all know what that combination equals.

981278620_IMG_3797DesktopResolution.JPG.fda16acf64e61bf382b71ce36faa36b5.JPG

Look at how bumpy and wavy the track is!

381769097_IMG_3931DesktopResolution.JPG.d5fea1ef7cb22f27b549e17d502976a0.JPG

Somewhat of an overview.

1783369873_IMG_3773DesktopResolution.JPG.56d3a6ed5771dfbd4defe30bbe106283.JPG

1242544206_IMG_3781DesktopResolution.JPG.8ce10fc18160fe93dbc698d7577c8b66.JPG

122386762_IMG_3791DesktopResolution.JPG.01c8db0a9ec50afa75756c86f13f4617.JPG

1567692047_IMG_3787DesktopResolution.JPG.51cb88ad658f1ad059692c0c7c65b590.JPG

646523657_IMG_3848DesktopResolution.JPG.1b704a1282196fd9acfbf5f4a3d39906.JPG

The parks AWESOME sign!

3206153_IMG_3757DesktopResolution.JPG.46e35030e6590bb959c35444e02b95fc.JPG

On the way to Camden Park.

345535733_IMG_3784DesktopResolution.JPG.83eecea47ded7b65b9932c230ad6ce0b.JPG

Now, photos of the Lil' Dipper. For some reason I don't have a photo of a sign. I can't remember if there wasn't one, or if I just forgot to take a picture of it.

1532709510_IMG_3785DesktopResolution.JPG.854361132f728e349cbd455263c90bef.JPG

1238567042_IMG_3786DesktopResolution.JPG.1660efe933c8cfd6bfe478d45cf28849.JPG

LilDipper.jpg.63163d3e70f4d896855063e2a06a3bfd.jpg

I edited this one for my personal use. I love it! It just feels so old and nostalgic. The kid riding in the front seat looks like he's from the 60's as well, so it just makes it feel perfect!

867024597_IMG_3971DesktopResolution.JPG.a8c80425f00a15b3c28efac00cb3a87d.JPG

I'll leave you with this photo of our mountain driving view while heading into Virginia.

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Up next, Carowinds.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I was there for maybe 2 1/2 hours max. That was taking my time and making sure to get photos of everything. I rode Little Dipper, the Whip, Sky Ride, the Haunted House, and the Big Dipper multiple times.

It was pretty much a stop for credits like you said you'd like to do.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/