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Old 06-26-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Jellystone Parks and Yogi

Before any of you make reservations at a Jellystone Park, (not Yellowstone!) I would urge you to visit it first if possible. Or contact someone who has stayed there. We are camped at the one in Montrose, CO. If it wasn't for the kids, all three families would have all pulled out. Why? Here's the short list:
1. The pool heater is not working, water temp 72.
2. All campsites are badly rutted, many large stones abound. Not at all level.
3. No patios and no mats allowed either!
4. Yogi shows up once in a while. Not as advertised.
5. This particular Jellystone Park seems to be out in the middle of a horse farm!

When we confronted the owners, they were ambivalent.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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We've tried Jellystone parks a couple of times and didn't like them at all. Prices were too high and the parks were dirty, unlevel sites, crowed and noisy. Never stayed at a Walmart, Circle J, or rest area, but would try either one of the three rather than stay at a Jellystone.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:13 PM   #3
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Before any of you make reservations at a Jellystone Park, (not Yellowstone!) I would urge you to visit it first if possible. Or contact someone who has stayed there. We are camped at the one in Montrose, CO. If it wasn't for the kids, all three families would have all pulled out. Why? Here's the short list:
1. The pool heater is not working, water temp 72.
2. All campsites are badly rutted, many large stones abound. Not at all level.
3. No patios and no mats allowed either!
4. Yogi shows up once in a while. Not as advertised.
5. This particular Jellystone Park seems to be out in the middle of a horse farm!

When we confronted the owners, they were ambivalent.
We have stayed at a few jelleystone parks and have had pleasant experiences. We had the idea that there is a set standard and you knew what you were getting before even going there. I'm surprised and disappointed to hear this...
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:17 PM   #4
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I guess it just depends on where you are. We have several in TX and all that we have stayed at have been great. Was at the Frederickburg one a couple of weeks ago and it was great. We stay at the Canyon Lake one often and will be at the Burleson one next week for the 4th. I can only speak for the ones in TX but we have never had a bad time.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:18 PM   #5
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We always stay at Jellystones and have never found one we didn`t like. in fact we just came back from the Wisconsin Dells Jellystone and had a great time. we will be staying at the Jellystone in Niagara Falls ON. for the 4th and we will be at the Jellystone in Amboy IL for Columbus Day weekend. I will always recommend a Jellystone.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:39 PM   #6
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We always stay at Jellystones and have never found one we didn`t like. in fact we just came back from the Wisconsin Dells Jellystone and had a great time. we will be staying at the Jellystone in Niagara Falls ON. for the 4th and we will be at the Jellystone in Amboy IL for Columbus Day weekend. I will always recommend a Jellystone.
If you are a light sleeper you may want to reconsider. It's right next to the highway and the KOA backs onto the train tracks

I should add a disclaimer, I haven't stayed at either place because it doesn't sound too relaxing.

We will try branches of niagara campground when we go to the falls (branchesofniagara.com). I can't give a review because we haven't been there yet!

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:18 AM   #7
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You just never know what you’re going to get with a Jellystone park. I’ve visited three in recent years. The Jellystone in Horn Lake, MS is excellent, the Jellystone in Lawrence, KS is so-so at best, the Jellystone near St. Louis, MO is horrible.
If you haven’t already, please visit rvparkreviews.com and leave a review of the campground.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:35 AM   #8
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We have stayed at a few jelleystone parks and have had pleasant experiences. We had the idea that there is a set standard and you knew what you were getting before even going there. I'm surprised and disappointed to hear this...
X2 - 3 Jellystone campgrounds over the years and all 3 were OK.
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We stayed at the Jellystone in Hagerstown, MD a couple of years ago in our pop-up. We went for Halloween so the pools and stuff were closed. They somehow figured out how to get Murphy after me that weekend. Not only did I run out of propane, our electric space heater also died! The only saving grace is we found all of that out before going to bed. Work up the next morning and it was in the 40s inside and outside of the camper! Needless to say- I went directly to Home Depot while the girls all stayed snuggled in bed.

Otherwise, our site was pretty nice and it was our first escorted trip to our site by an employee.

I don't think I'll ever go back with our fifth wheel. They're "big rig" parking is incredibly cramped! I swear the awnings all but touched the next camper beside of it. But they were all pull thru sites and no one seemed terribly unhappy.
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Price wise... We camped 5 nights at Lake Raystown Resort in PA for @$250 & we are going to Jellystone in Luray VA next wk for 5 nights for close to $500. We usually go to the one in MD or MillRun/Ohiopyle in PA. All so far seem very overpriced... $80+ per night, but if you have kids, the water slides, splash zones, & jumping pillows are nice. Our kids get bored when we camp anywhere else. As for the camping theme wks & activities, don't expect too much, some of those can be pretty cheesy!
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