Travel Tips on Amusement Parks
- Protect your
wallet from the deluge of water rides by sealing it in a freezer bag
before your ride.
- Bring a spare
pair of shoes to leave in your car in case one pair gets wet during
your day at the park.
- Most parking
passes are good for the entire day. If you leave the theme park
early, donít throw out your parking pass in case you decide to
return later in the day.
- Is your family
looking forward to a specific ride? To avoid disappointment, call
the park ahead of time to see if any of the big rides will be closed
due to scheduled maintenance during your stay.
- Downpours are
common during sultry Central Florida afternoons. If you want to keep
to your schedule and not get stuck inside, be prepared for the
showers by bringing along lightweight rain gear.
- Donít ruin a
vacation by getting sunburned. Cover your body with a strong
sunscreen several times throughout the day, especially after water
- Donít lose a pair
of expensive glasses during a wild ride. Take a cheaper pair that
you wonít fret over losing.
- Donít let your
child be disappointed because he doesnít meet a rideís height
restriction. Do the research ahead of time to find out about any
restrictions, and to read about scary elements. Then let them know
which rides they can expect to go on.
- Nature reserves
are a wonderful way to view wild animals in a setting more natural
than a zoo. There is an element of danger, however. Obey all posted
signs and instructions given by the park employees. Donít leave your
car to take pictures.
- Through WTAís
arrangement with amusement parks around the country, members are
entitled to discount coupons that can save you a bundle.
Click here to get more
information on this popular WTA member benefit!
- Get a National
Park Pass this year. For $80, you and your family gain free entrance
into national parks, monuments, historic sites, and national
wildlife refuges for a one-year period. Seniors (62+) can pay a
one-time $10 fee and gain free entrance for a lifetime, plus
discounts on facilities and services such as camping, swimming, and
tours. Get details at http://usparks.about.com/od/usnationalparks/p/park_passes.htm, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, ext. 1, or by
visiting a park where an entrance fee is charged.
- Here are some
ideas for enjoying theme park parades. Stand at the beginning of the
parade route and enjoy the show. Then, while the crowd along the
rest of the route is watching the parade, youíll have seen it all
and can scoot to visit rides with shorter lines. Be sure to stand on
the side of the street the rides are on, since you wonít be able to
cross through the parade route.
- Reduce the time
spent in amusement park concession stands and restaurants by
planning to eat your meal either before or after standard meal
times. Then when most other people are eating, you can enjoy shorter
lines for the attractions.
- On a hot day in a
theme park, donít forget to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of
water. The cost for a bottle may be higher than youíd normally pay,
but the benefits to your body will make you glad you did!
- Theme park
gift shops offer many tempting goodies. But, donít get weighed down
carrying around packages all day. Check to see if the park will
either hold your purchases for you to pick up at the front gate as
you leave, deliver the items to your hotel, or provide a locker in
which you can place the packages. If not, shop at the very end of
the day while most people are exiting the park.