By the time this post is up, I’ll only have 3 more days until my trip to California for Spring Break. We’ll be going from Friday, April 14th to Friday, April 21st, and will be staying in the Santa Monica. My family has done this for the past 2 years, and we’re excited to be back again this April to do our usual California shopping, eating, and lounging around in the sun.
THAT SAID, this is a theme park website. I’m a theme park enthusiast. Therefor, I must be doing something theme-park related, right? Indeed I am, and I thought I’d share what parks we plan on (and don’t plan on) going to, and what we plan on skipping this year. Consider it a more in depth look into the first part of my 2017 theme park plans.
Six Flags Magic Mountain? Yes!
Let’s start things off with the semi-obvious. We’ve never been to Six Flags Magic Mountain before, and it’s been a dream to go and ride their fantastic collection of coasters. We also already purchased our 2017 season passes from Great America last year, which means we’ll be able to get into Magic Mountain for free. As of now we are planning to visit on Tuesday, April 18th. Hopefully the crowds will be lower that day, and we’ll be able to get on all of the coasters. As far as who’s going, I’m expecting we’ll have a group of 5 to 6 people. Some of that group will probably only stay for half the day, but I’d expect my brother and I to make it until park closing.
It’s kind of sad to say that I won’t be heading to Disneyland next week. We’ve been at the park for the past 3 years, and have done just about everything it has to offer. If the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride was open, then maybe things would be different. Since it isn’t though, there’s just not enough new things to do to justify spending as much as it costs to visit. All that said, if we do have extra time during the trip, we have been talking about grabbing a bite to eat in the Downtown Disney District. This would give me the opportunity to take some pictures of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride in its final phases of construction.
Pacific Park? Yup!
Our hotel is just a few blocks away from Santa Monica Pier, which is home to a boardwalk park known as Pacific Park. The pier is home to a small selection of rides, including a coaster and a ferris wheel. I’ve only ever done the coaster once, so maybe we’ll choose to ride it again just for fun. Even if we don’t ride it, we’ll still go walk around the rest of the park thanks to its free admission.
Universal Studios Hollywood? Doubt it.
We went to Universal Studios back in our 2015 California trip, and to say the least, I wasn’t impressed. The park didn’t have the best layout, and only a mediocre selection of rides. The only reason we would go back would be to check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened in 2016. That just doesn’t sound worth $105 though, even if we would be able to ride everything else. I’d rather spend my time and money elsewhere.
Knott’s Berry Farm? Probably!
Where is “elsewhere”, you ask? Well, it’s about 5 minutes away from Disneyland at America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm. I really hope we end up visiting this park. If we do, it’ll probably be on Thursday, April 20th. We also probably won’t spend the entire day here, as Thursday is our last full day of the trip. That said, there’s plenty of reasons to visit Knott’s that would make the trip worth it. Highlights include the Boysenberry festival, the new Ghost town VR, and the closing of their Boomerang. They also have a good handful of coasters and family rides, and some phenomenal theming that is right on par with the Disney parks. I’d say I’m actually more excited to visit Knott’s than Magic Mountain! Wherever we end up going though, I’m sure it will be complete with thrills, coasters, and more!
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