Author Topic: Your Travels Thread (2018)  (Read 959 times)

Gilligan

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1657
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2018, 02:52:14 PM »
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?


chittlins

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1887
  • I want a watermelon stand
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2018, 04:21:01 PM »
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.

HumphreyHawk

  • Citizen
  • Posts: 333
  • I do not think it means what you think it means
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2018, 06:05:51 PM »
I need suggestions....

I'm traveling to Ontario,CA (LA, Inland Empire) in a couple of weeks for work.  I may actually have an afternoon/evening off for a change on this work trip. 

I want to get some coaster credits and I'm heavily leaning toward trying to hit Magic Mountain.  Any tips for that park?  or reasons I should do KBF instead?  It's about the same drive to both from where I'm staying.

It might look the same distance, but it's not.  From Ontario SFMM is 90 minutes or more, depending on traffic, while Knott's should still be under an hour.  That adds up in a hurry.  And LA traffic can quickly and easily turn those much worse.  With Knott's you'd have the options of taking some other major streets instead of the LA freeways if need be, but that won't happen with SFMM.  And it's not unusual for the 210 and 5 to get gridlocked bad (those are the main routes you'd take to SFMM)

I think that SFMM has the better collection of coasters, but if you're shooting for just an afternoon/ evening, you're going to be a lot more out of a trip to Knott's than you would trying to get up to SFMM

(plus there's the whole deal with schedules and what time the parks close on the days you're there)

Thanks for the advice - It will be me first experience on a LA freeway for this ks boy.  I figured MM would be the tougher trip.  I get in late morning and hope to have the afternoon/evening available.  Both parks are open till 8 that day!  I'm still waiting to see if I have to meet a coworker flying in the afternoon (to share a car rental).  That might kill the whole plan.  I have meetings all day the next day and then fly out for a quick trip.

Practice by going to Memphis and hitting I-240 an hour before the overnight Fed Ex sort and the natives getting to work. Hold on tight. You master that, LA will be a breeze.

Wow....funny you said that...I was literal there on my last on-site visit.  Working on a project there by the airport.  I got in town and out pretty quickly.  Co-worker stayed a couple of days and came back with some stories.  Apparently theres a local BBQ place that is so amazing it had armed parking lot security...lol
"If with women don't find you handsome....maybe they'll find you handy"

chittlins

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1887
  • I want a watermelon stand
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2018, 07:00:09 PM »
That would be Panye's up Lamar in Orange Mound. Very, very good. Go in daytime only.

chittlins

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1887
  • I want a watermelon stand
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2018, 07:19:43 PM »
My next trip will be from Branson area to Washington DC.  Based on another thread, you guys suggested KC or Tulsa.  Thinking of Tulsa next time - is that still a good plan?

Frontier is offering flights to Dulles from Tulsa real cheap right now. Allegiant flies to Baltimore from Tulsa. I haven't checked to see if they are seasonal.

At BWI you either rent a car and drive into DC or take a shuttle bus to the train station nearby and go by rail to Union Station and use the Metro from there.

Dulles is still at least a year away from having a metro station right there. So it's renting a car, uber, or taking a bus to the nearest station on the Arlington Line.

I'd rent a car at Dulles ( get the toll pass). Depending on time,  you can do the Air and Space Museum there, Manassas/Bull Run, Arlington Old Town and Arlington Cemetary going into town.

When they get the Metro Line to Dulles done, I think you'll see somewhat of a shift from BWI to there from lower cost carriers. I can see WN and Frontier offering more from there. Frontier has tried serveral times to build it up. That metro is the key.

You can check KC as American may be pretty close Southwest but flying into DCA/Regan, the ideal DC airport. I have no idea if American flies nonstop to DCA from MCI, it does from XNA and LIT but they are EXPENSIVE.

If I was flying from Memphis, that would be a no brainer. The small difference in price would be well worth it.

Fly midweek(Tue,Wed), it's always cheaper than the weekend (Thurs-Sun) Sometimes, Sat is forgiving.

Gilligan

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1657
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #50 on: February 11, 2018, 03:29:06 PM »
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.

chittlins

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1887
  • I want a watermelon stand
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #51 on: February 11, 2018, 07:44:30 PM »
Chittlins, once I get near DC I'm gold!  Our son can pick us up.  During Christmas, we drove out there but don't want to do it again anytime soon.  We did spend a day at the Air and Space Museum at Dulles and that was awesome! Seeing the space shuttle and the Enola Gay in person and thinking about the historical aspect of just those two pieces of history was incredible.

That view of the SR with the Shuttle behind it is air and space porn. We spent the afternoon there, watched an A380 and 747 take off in the tower and caught Wonder Woman in the Imax while the traffic died down before heading into DC Proper.

sirwillow

  • Citizen
  • Posts: 288
  • Ralph, you remember that talk we had in the cabin?
    • View Profile
    • Confessions of a Theme Park Worker
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #52 on: February 19, 2018, 04:07:57 PM »
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!
This is a stick up!  Get it? Stick.... Nevermind, it's a train robbery.  I want everyone to get your hands up and act scared.

Gilligan

  • Craftsman
  • Posts: 1657
    • View Profile
Re: Your Travels Thread (2018)
« Reply #53 on: February 19, 2018, 04:10:24 PM »
Getting this caught up a bit and taking a hint from Swoosh and turning some of it into links to the vlogs of each that I've posted so far, as well as an update on trips.

This year is starting to shape up to be a big one, and it's very early in the planning stages still.

I leave Friday for a week in Florida:
Sat 1/13 Disney Springshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdCs_W-oMjU
Sun 1/14 Animal Kingdom  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C43tfgUWxjQ
Pandora-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnVtW67CDiE
Mon 1/15 Epcot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPyVj46jT1E
    Wrap up of Animal Kingdom and Epcot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyDvcL6uLA
Tues 1/16 Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-xLTC8olYQ
    Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR6bpbCoWiw
Weds 1/17 Disney Hollywood Studios coming soon
Thurs 1/18 Magic Kingdom coming soon

And it was confirmed this last week that I'm going to Paris, France at the end of March.  Will be spending 4 or 5 days at Disneyland Paris in addition to going into the city. So extremely excited about the trip!

Hope you have a wonderful time!