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Planning: Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Kings Island, Cedar Point road trip 2020

Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:26 pm

I’m currently planning a 7 day trip to America to visit Cedar Point, Kings Island, Kentucky Kingdom And Holiday World in late may 2020. It’ll be my first time visiting any of these parks, so i have a few questions:

Is there fastrack at the parks? (I know about Cedar And Kings Island fastlane)

Is the fastrack worth it in late may?

How many days are needed at each park? We’re wanting break days as well, so can’t spend 2 days at each and 1 day at one. I’m wanting to do Splashing Safari as well as Holiday World, but not bothered about the other water parks

What is the best route for Kentucky Kingdom, Kings Island and Holiday World? We’ll be doing those 3, then a break day inbetween those and Cedar Point, not sure which way we’ll do this yet. Cedar could be at the start or the end.

How busy does each park get?

Many thanks,

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Re: Planning: Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Kings Island, Cedar Point road trip 2020

Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:05 pm

7 days is quite a short time to fit all of those in, and have rest days. In terms of route, the most logical one would be to do Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, Kings Island, and Cedar Point. I would strongly advise doing Cedar Point last as otherwise you risk having the other parks overshadowed by your experience at Cedar Point.

What I would say is check the operating calendars as some of those parks will have mid week closures in May which would seriously impact your ability to do all the parks you want in the seven days.

In terms of the number of days at each park, I'd advise at least 2 days at Cedar Point (normally I'd advise at least 3, but given your limited time there 2 would be the minimum); Kings Island you could do in a day if it is open until late, but you may need a day and a half if the park closes before 7pm. Kentucky Kingdom is definitely no more than a day - I only spent half a day there on my recent trip. There are only really two decent rides there - Storm Chaser and Lightning Run, plus an ok wooden coaster. Maybe look at doing 3/4 hours at Kentucky Kingdom then driving to Kings Island for the rest of the day. I can't really advise on Holiday World having not been there.

The busiest park will most likely be Cedar Point, but May is difficult to predict crowd levels. for Kings Island and Cedar Point one way to get some idea is to look at what they're charging for Fastlane + on the days you want to visit - the higher the cost of Fastlane, the busier they expect it to be. The Fastlane is expensive, but it works pretty much perfectly with most rides having a Fastlane queue that takes you right to the station. If you're not sure before you go, you can judge thing when you get to the parks and buy Fastlane on the day if needed. I don't recall Kentucky Kingdom having a fastrack option, and I couldn't say about Holiday World.

As you plan to visit two Cedar Fair parks (Kings Island and Cedar Point), once you know how many days you plan to spend at both parks and add up the combined ticket costs. It may be cheaper to purchase a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass. If you did get the Platinum Pass then you'd also get early entry at Cedar Point, and discounts on food, merch etc.

Hope that helps at least a little :)
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Re: Planning: Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Kings Island, Cedar Point road trip 2020

Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:17 pm

I'd agree with Ladyofthelake having also done a USA roadtrip recently at those parks apart from Kentucky Kingdom - 2 days at Cedar Point is definitely a good idea as there's a lot to do.  Holiday World can easily be done in a day and what is good is that included in the park ticket is unlimited drinks and free suntan lotion which is handy if it's a really hot day as it was when I went.  The park as a whole is really good and has some great rides like Voyage and Thunderbird and the water park is good too.
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Re: Planning: Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, Kings Island, Cedar Point road trip 2020

Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:37 am

Totally agree with Ladyofthelake. May is difficult to predict crowd levels.

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