So it's been forever, March 2007 since I have been down to parks. Now I have 2 kids, 2 and 3, and we are ready to take them. I would like to go at a time when it's not so busy, and not so many rides are down. My friend told me that the first week of Sept, they close HM and SM for Halloween overlay, and I should go the last week of Aug. I see that the marathon is the 31st, so I don't want to be there that weekend, but I would like to be there on a Saturday simply for the late closure of the parks. Any idea what the hours will be for say the 22nd-27th of August? Is it a better idea to just go Monday to Friday so I avoid weekend crowds, if the hours are the same anyway?
Also, the hotels across the street. I have never stayed in any of them except the Ramada (yuck), and right now I am looking at Tropicana, Camelot, Desert Inn, and the Best Westerns. Desert Inn has the best rate for amount of room, but is it a decent place? The kids will be coming home early at night with my mom and probably spending a few hours during the day, so I want some place that isn't disgusting to hang out. Thanks so much for your help. I am so excited!