Sunday, July 1, 2012

Preparing for a Day at a Theme Park

A theme park filled with rides of magic, fantasy, science fiction and a little horror thrown in, along with shows, music, food, and shops, is one of the most amazing places for children of all ages. That's why there's such a variety of entertainment. However, these phenomenal experiences tend to come with lots of not so fun things like pricey entrance fees and food costs, long lines everywhere you go, and cranky children if they have to stand around too long. There are some things that you can do, though, that will make your day at a theme park even more fun than you thought it might be.

The first thing you need to do is get ready for your trip. Theme parks constantly update their attractions and the rides. So even if you've visited a particular park in the past, research that park and collect any new information about it that may be available. If a map is available, get one and have a family meeting to decide the best ways to spend your time while you're at the park. In this way, you'll arrive ready to go and not have to take a lot of breaks to decide what you'll do next.

Once you arrive at the theme park, take note of where the biggest crowds are. Then, go in another direction. Many times the crowds flock to the rides located nearest to the entrance. If this is the case when you and your family arrive, consider heading to the back of the park and make your way to the front. You'll have more fun because the lines will be shorter. In addition, you'll be near the exit when you're ready to leave.

Plan your eating schedule a little differently. Most people will be eating lunch between noon and 2 PM. However, if you eat lunch a little earlier or later, you'll have a more relaxed meal without having to deal with a huge crowd. In addition, you'll get to waste less time eating because of the shorter lines.

Something that many people don't think about is that you'll be doing lots of walking while you're at the theme park. For this reason, you need to get in a bit more exercise before the trip. A few weeks prior, start taking walks so that you can have your body ready for all of the walking you'll be doing at the theme park. It's also a good idea to break in any new shoes that you might be wearing.

If you're going to be carrying a backpack through the park, don't load it down with heavy stuff. Pack only necessary items and use trial size products. You can pick up small sizes in things such as sunscreen, energy bars, toilet seat covers, toilet tissue and other things in department and dollar stores. Also, do your souvenir shopping right before you leave so that you're not carrying heavy items around all day.

Last, but not least, be flexible. You can plan your trip right down to the last detail, but things can always happen that will turn things around. So don't be on a rigid schedule when you visit your favorite theme park. Relax and have fun!

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