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Amusement Parks

Monday, 27 October 2008

Finding the right park to suit everyone in your family can be a challenge. Doing some research beforehand can help you pick the park that has the most to offer for everyone in your group.

 

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Age Considerations

  • With younger kids: go for tamer rides and character attractions. Try Florida’s Disney World or California’s Disney Land. Or SeaWorld for animal lovers.

  • With older kids and grown up kids: more extreme rides offer the best thrills. Movie buffs will love Universal Studios. Legoland offers historical wonders and landmarks.

When to Go

  • Most parks have the smallest crowds in late August through mid-December and again in January and February.

  • Go first thing in the morning to get a jump on the line-ups. Midday tends to be the busiest time.

Watch Your Budget

  • Purchase in advance and you’ll save a ton off the gate price. Look for a deal, whether as part of your travel package, a website offer, through your credit card company, or another special offer.

  • Consider a “fast pass”, used by many parks to help speed up wait times. It gives you a separate ticket with a specific window of time to return.

  • Half the fun of amusement parks is indulging in tasty carnival treats. To save money, pack essentials like water and sandwiches and leave them in a locker just beyond the gates (check first if the park has these facilities), since most parks don’t allow outside food and beverages.

Rides & Attractions

  • Take a break from rides and lines and attend other theatrical attractions to give you a place to relax (and cool off) while still being entertained.

  • Be sure to research height restrictions before committing to a park. Families with youngsters will want to be sure there are enough kiddie rides to make the price and trip worthwhile.

  • For families with small kids, look for rides that have family privileges that allow one parent to ride and then switch off with the other parent instead of waiting in line twice.

   OUR TOP PICK

With several hundred theme parks vying for the dollars of more than 80 million North Americans who visit them every year, how could we pick just one? They’re all F-U-N!

To ensure a pleasant experience:

  • Keep hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks. Water is best.

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen. Use waterproof and remember to re-apply often.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, with socks.

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