There’s nothing quite like the call of a theme park – the exhilarating rides, the games, the people, the sights, the sounds, everything. Whether you’ve got the whole family in tow, you’re with a group of friends, or it’s just you, a theme park is a lot of fun.
Yes, there are usually a lot of other people there too and the bigger theme parks can have way more than you can get to in a day to explore. That’s why it’s so important to go with a game plan. If you’re fully prepared, you are likely to have the time of your life.
Be Smart With Your Packing
It can be tempting to pack as much as possible to ensure that you are covered for any eventuality – getting wet, sunburnt, dehydrated, hungry, lost, and more. However, you are going to end up having to carry all of this around with you because no one wants to have to head back to the car or hotel room to get supplies in the middle of the fun.
Instead, get only the bigger items like water bottles and sunscreen in a bag that is small and easy to carry. Then, make sure everyone is wearing pants or a top with pockets that suitable for keeping their own essentials in. Everyone can also carry a lightweight, waterproof jacket tied around their waist.
Waterproof Your Tech
Theme parks are surprisingly wet places. There are often water rides and there can be wandering clowns or other acts that spray water. If you’re traveling in the middle of summer, you could get very hot and want to walk through a misted walkway. This is why ziplock bags are your best friend in a theme park. They’re perfect for keeping your phone, camera, money and any other sensitive valuables dry.
Consider Express Passes
Many theme parks offer visitors special passes that allow you to skip the worst of the queues on the day. Yes, they cost more. However, they can save you a lot of time and frustration, and allow you to see and do more in one day.
Even if express passes aren’t available, it’s always a good idea to see what kind of deal you can get if you buy your tickets ahead of time. At the very least, you’ll likely skip the queue at the gate by purchasing your tickets online.
Plan Your Day
It’s often easy to find out when the worst of the queues are and what attracts the biggest crowds. A quick Google search and some forward planning can help you to maximize your time in the theme park. You may need to consider missing out on the parades in order to get a shorter queue at the more popular rides. It’s up to you to decide what’s important to your personal experience.
Don’t forget to add meal times to your plan. It’s always best to avoid the rush at lunch and dinner time if you can.