Theme park survival: because five tips wasn’t enough

My family loves going to theme parks, but they can be long, hot and challenging days. We’ve picked up some tips along the way to make things a little easier on ourselves.

I blogged about a few last year here. And I’ve just posted some more over on City Brights. But I’ve come up with ten more that I just couldn’t let sit in my head any longer. So for your reading (and park) pleasure….

    1. Some people like to show up early to be first in. On the other hand, I prefer to wait until about an hour and a half after opening. Usually, the line going in has cleared by then.
    2. Start at the back of the park and work your way forward. Most people do it the other way around, so you’ll be in the minority and the lines will be shorter. Or, just buy the quick queue passes. Well worth every dime (as long as you can avoid the jealous stares from everyone else who has to wait in line). Note: quick queue passes don’t always work on every ride. For example, you can’t jump to the front of the line at the water park at Sea World. But you can everywhere else.
    3. Look for food deals. Sea World offers an all day dining pass which more than pays for itself. Even though you are limited to one choice of side OR dessert, you can always go back through the line. In fact, you can go back through the line as many times as you want. If you take an empty insulated cup in with you, you can fill it up with soda before you leave the restaurant and have it with you to sip.
    4. Bring a small first aid kit with bandages in case of blisters. Trust me on this one.
    5. Don’t try to do it all. If you do, you will kill yourself and wear out your kids to the point of major melt down. Take it slow and enjoy the day.
    6. Use a liberal amount of sunscreen and take extra to reapply during the day. San Antonio sun is brutal.
    7. If you are going to get annual passes, make sure one card has parking included. It’ll pay off in the end.
    8. Put everyone in the family in bright colored shirts and make sure you know who’s wearing what. Makes it much easier to spot in a crowd.
    9. Pack a wet washcloth in a baggie. Add a little ice (abundant at snack stops and restaurants) throughout the day. It’s great to pull it out and wipe down hot little foreheads.
    10. Use a fanny pack to carry the stuff you’d usually put in a purse. That way you can use your hands for more important tasks – like hanging on for dear life on the rollercoaster.

If you do head out to Sea World this summer, be sure to catch the new One Ocean.

[[Spoiler Alert!!]] The highlight of the San Antonio show: Baby Shamu swimming next to his mama. It brought a tear to my eye. No. Really.

What are your tips for a great theme park visit? Post them here so we can all benefit!

Disclosure: My family and I were invited to visit Sea World for a social media event. We were provided with complimentary tickets to the park, as well as Quick Queue passes and all access meal passes in order to appreciate the full experience of the park. All opinions in this blog post are 100% mine and this is not a sponsored post.

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  1. Great tips! I never thought about starting at the back of the park and working your way to the front. Good idea… It was great to see you again!

    • Thanks, Dwan. It was good to see you, too! One of these days, we’ll all head to MW together. That would also be fun. I think your kids would love it.

  2. I really enjoyed reading these tips! Wearing a fanny pack, or bringing a really small bag to carry your items, is a great tip.


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