Theme Park Survival Guide

by Country Inns & Suites
Monday, May 13, 2013

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More than 270 million people visit their favorite theme parks each year. The thrilling rides, dazzling shows, and lovable characters promise memories that will be cherished for years. However, the long lines, expensive food, and masses of people can be a challenge. These theme park survival guidelines can help you worry less about the stress and make the most out of your trip:

1. Make Safety Number One

Make sure your children have a form of identification and your contact information on them at all times. One way to ensure this is to put the information on a piece of paper, place it inside a sandwich bag and stick it in their pocket for safe keeping. Some companies also sell personalized temporary tattoos that include your contact information in the event that they get lost. You should also take your child’s picture each day with your camera phone in case you need to ask for help in locating them.

2. Plan with Purpose

Print the park’s map and schedule of events before your trip. These are great tools for planning your day. Arrive before the park opens and head straight for the back once you pass the gates. Everyone will be lingering at the entrance, so the lines will be shorter for the rides toward the rear of the park. Work your way toward the front of the park throughout the day to prevent having to backtrack later.

You should also plan on arriving to the park’s shows as much as 30-45 minutes early to grab a few great seats, depending on which park you’re visiting. The wait before the show is also a perfect time for a pre-packed snack.

3. Prepare Before Your Trip

Being prepared with items from home can make all the difference in your theme park survival. Sunscreen, bug spray, a first-aid kit, snacks (if allowed by the park), water, an extra change of clothes, and antibacterial wipes are must-haves for your backpack. You should also pack your camera, cell phone, and other valuables in a ziplock plastic bag if you plan on enjoying any water rides.

Finally, book your stay at a nearby Country Inn & Suites By Carlson hotel. We look forward to offering your family a hot meal in the morning with our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast and welcoming you home after a fun-filled day in the park.