How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Amusement parks are popular recreation spots that offer a variety of rides, sports and other fun attractions. Going to an amusement park in Gurgaon can be an enjoyable and memorable experience, but it can also be a bit stressful if you are not prepared properly. By planning your trip ahead of time, dressing appropriately for the park, and packing everything you need, you will be able to make the most of your time at the amusement park.

1.Book your tickets in advance.

Most amusement parks sell tickets online, allowing you to skip the line to buy tickets when you visit the park. Also, by purchasing tickets ahead of time, you will be able to get a better price than yours at the park. You want to search online for discounted tickets. Many websites sell tickets at low prices, especially during the off-season of the amusement park.

2.Do Research

Research about the amusement park to decide which are your top priorities. Unless you plan to spend several days at the amusement park, it is unlikely that you will be able to visit every attraction. To make sure you want to do the things you want to do the most, do research on what is available ahead of time so that you can make a point to visit those attractions.

3.Make a list

It may be useful for you to write a list of your first, second and third choice attractions. In this way, you can focus on your first choice and only move on your second and third choice list if you have extra time. While amusement parks are not as large as theme parks, a large number of attractions are usually offered. In addition, the types of attractions in amusement parks can vary more than a theme park, which makes it even more important for you to research what is offered ahead of time.

4.Print a park map and mark your route.

Once you decide which attractions you want to visit, print a park map and use a pen to plan your itinerary. Once you are in the park it can serve as your guide and help you save time traveling to and from the attractions you want to see the most.

Most amusement parks in Delhi Gurgaon have a printable map available on their website. If it does not, you can usually pick up in a day or advanced form from a local tourism office or at the park entrance. Make sure you also pay attention to the food spots you want to visit. Then, you can plan to see the attractions around the time that you think you are ready for a meal.

5.Plan to travel during an off-day or off-season to avoid congestion.

If you want to avoid the crowded sidewalks and long lines in the park, plan to travel on days when the park is less crowded or during the off-season. Although this varies by location, Saturday and Monday are the busiest days at the amusement park, while Tuesday and Wednesday are the least crowded days. Summer is the busiest season for most of the year’s amusement parks. However, there are many amusement parks that are open seasonally and are, therefore, likely to be crowded for most of the open season. You can still avoid the crowds, though, by visiting a less busy day during the week.Surprisingly, holidays at amusement parks are less busy and this can be a good time to plan your trip.

Conclusion

Thus, you can enjoy your trip to an amusement park with a little preparation. Taking care of the above mentioned points will definitely help you make a memorable day at an amusement park.

Taking an autistic child to an amusement park can be a very scary thought, but it could also be a lot of fun! Yes, there is a lot of potential for sensory overload, but there is also a lot of potential for sensory output which can be helpful for many children.

Autistics and Amusement Parks

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Let me start by saying I’m autistic, and two of my daughters are as well. I’m writing this post from the perspective of a mother of an autistic child but also as an autistic human myself. ? If you’re looking for more resources for autistics, I highly recommend Autistic Mama. She is not an “autism mom”, she’s autistic herself and has neurodiverse children.

When we start dreaming about taking a trip to the amusement park, we start with a solid plan. While no outing will be perfect, being prepared can help prevent many common issues.

Ask the park.

Check with the amusement park that you plan on visiting ahead of time, and see if they have any special guidelines or practices in place for those with varied needs. Check out this list of autism-friendly theme parks if you are searching for one to try! ?

Make a plan.

Prepare your child, as well as you can, for the noise, excitement, and vast amounts of people who will be there.

If possible, print out a park map beforehand and mark out safe meeting places and places to find help if you get separated. Let your child get to know the layout of the park on paper.

Practice – over and over again if necessary – the process of what your child should do if you get separated. Where should they go? Who should they ask for help? Do they have your name and phone number memorized? If not, do they have it on a piece of paper in their pocket?

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Snap a pic.

When you arrive at the amusement park, take a picture of your child/children with your cellphone, so you will have a current and accurate photo of exactly how they look and what they are wearing that day.

For non-verbal children: make sure they have a card with a name or contact info on it, so someone can help them, if need be.

In the head of the moment, when a child is wandering around without you, you might forget what they were wearing – or mix their outfit up with another day. Having a current photo can save tons of time in locating your child at the amusement park.

Show your child who their helpers are.

Point out various staff members and/or safe people who your child can go to for help. If they know these things ahead of time, it can help them in the moment if you do get separated.

Pack the snacks!

Have plenty of snacks, liquids, and comfort items on-hand. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for quiet, potential calming spots. You never know when those will come in handy.

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Take their lead.

Have fun, but don’t force it. Start off with movements that your child is comfortable with and let them decide when they are ready to try something else.

If they show hesitation when it comes to getting on a new ride, respect that boundary they are setting and cheerfully help them find something else to do.

Take your time.

Move slow and relax. If you get frazzled, they get frazzled, we all get frazzled and then, we have meltdowns. We talk about this a lot with positive parenting, but responding positively in these situations will help everyone.

Tackle sensory issues head on.

For kids with sensory issues, always pack ear plugs, goggles, a towel and a change of clothes. Because some amusement parks don’t allow over-the-ear headphones but allow in-ear headphones for phone calls, we settled on these sensory plugs that help cancel out the noise.

While they don’t get rid of all of the sound completely, they take it down to about 50%, which is exactly what I need when I’m in public places!

Take breaks.

Take breaks. Eat. Find a room with AC. Find a grassy area. Whatever you’ve gotta do to get everyone comfortable, make it happen. ?

Focus on the positive.

All trips have their good moments and their not so good moments. Take more of the good moments home with you and leave the not so good moments behind.

Entry #460, March 27, 2011

So… I’m officially in Orlando, Florida and I realized that everyone and their mother visit amusement parks. Regardless of your nationality, age, race, religion, every country seems to be represented at Walt Disney world.

How do you survive amusement parks with your family?

So I’m also realizing that surviving your own family can be work in itself! I thought I would share with you some tips that help keep me sane when we travel!

A post from the archives….

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Original Entry #231, August 1, 2010

Last weekend, my husband and I decided to take a 1 day, 2 night trip down to Disney World. Living in Jacksonville, Florida you would think we would visit Orlando more often – but to be honest we only go once a year, if we are lucky… or unlucky depending on how you look at it. Family amusement park vacations are one of the most popular destinations for families.

The nostalgia of amusement parks has always been a long standing summer tradition in my family. My sister and I used to always get excited to know that we would spend 1 week in Orlando and that was all we needed in our summer!

As I’ve gotten older, the thought of amusement parks isn’t quite as fun. Maybe it’s the thought of money, food, hotel, gas, sweating, whining kids, and hurting feet that has marred my memory of wonderful years when I was young. Although, last weekend it was about perfect. I think my husband and I finally have figured out how to make the experience fun for everyone!

Buy souvenirs from gift shops located off the premises to save money!

Here are 5 tips that helped us enjoy the amusement park:

1.) Plan your day according to your family:

Depending on the age of your kids, endurance of the family members, and how much territory you are trying to cover in the park(s), consider this the day before you hit the park.

  • If you’re traveling with teenagers, ask them what they want to do. What rides they’d like to go on, so everyone will be on the same page on park day. There is nothing worse than a family vacation being ruined because everyone’s expectations were different.
  • Over estimate how much time you will spend at the rides, eating, standing in lines, shopping, etc..

2.) Eat a good meal before you get into the park:

This one seems obvious, but then families don’t often do it. Unless you enjoy spending a small fortune for hamburgers, fries and a drink for each family member 3 times in one day, eat at a good restaurant before arriving.

  • If you eat before hand it will give you energy, and it will probably be more healthy. Consider bringing granola bars, nuts, and bottled water with you to the park.
  • Most parks will allow a diaper bag (good place to stash snacks, bottled water, etc.. Don’t try to bring fast food bags, coolers, etc.. Most parks will not allow).

Eat a good meal before hitting the park.

3.) Determine how much time you REALLY need at the park:

In the past, our family would get to Disney at 9:00 am and stay until the park closed at 11:00pm. The next day we were worn out, and it took another two days to recover. This last time we decided to go at 5:00 at night. This helped us avoid the awful heat, and enjoy the park at night. After about 5 rides the kids were tired, and it was enjoyable to just sit and watch the light parade!

  • You and your family may enjoy themselves more if they actually do less! ?
  • Remember, you still might have to drive home or go to work the next day – take it easy!

4.) Have a budget:

This one is hard. It seems like you never can estimate how much souvenirs, snacks, meals, etc.. cost at amusement parks. My best advice if you’re on a budget are below:

  • Stay in a hotel that is off the premises of the actual amusement park. If you don’t want to drive, choose hotels that offer shuttles to the park.
  • If you will be in town for a number of days, consider getting a hotel room with refrigerator, microwave, and/or kitchenette. Then you can buy food, and eat smaller meals in the room.
  • Buy souvenirs in local gift shops rather than the amusement park. Often times they have similar items, and your child won’t know that’s it isn’t the ‘official’ merchandise of the park!

Dress comfortable so you can enjoy the attractions.

5.) Wear comfortable clothing:

This tip is especially for dressing your kids. I have seen too many children with Minnie Mouse dresses and black dress shoes running around the park. By the end of the day, you could tell their feet were hurting! Make sure adults and kids have hats, comfortable shoes, light clothing, and plenty of sunscreen!

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Amusement parks can be lots of fun for the whole family(familia). However, if you have young children, it can get complicated. Due to height requirements, your child may not be able to go on some of your favorite rides.

In order to enjoy amusement park rides with your kids, you should start by learning which rides they are able to go on. If possible find this information out before you visit the amusement park.

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

If your child has a particular ride they want to get on, make sure to get the height requirements. It’s better to let your child know that they are not able to get on the ride while planning your trip than to find out after waiting in line for an hour.

Find rides that everyone will enjoy. Some rides are perfect for people of all ages, for example, electric trains for shopping centers(trenes eléctricos para centros comerciales). Start your trip by visiting these rides. It will allow your family to experience the park together.

If possible have more than one adult along for the trip. With more than one adult, you can take turns watching the younger children. That means no one misses out on the rides they want.

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Another adult will also ensure the younger children are not left sitting on a bench waiting for the older children and adults to finish going on the “fun” rides. If they are kept occupied on the rides they are able to get on, they may soon forget about the rides they are not able to try.

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How Seniors Can Enjoy Amusement Parks With the Whole Family

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

During this time of year, there are many seniors who will attempt to travel with their family to enjoy some of the world’s best amusement parks. Whether you are taking a big trip to Disneyworld or Disneyland, taking in thrills at Six Flags, or just planning a day at your local amusement park, there are certain steps you should take as a caregiver or loved one to make sure that your senior loved one is making the most out of their tip to any amusement park.

Check Out Your Theme Park’s Amenities

Many large amusement parks, such as Disneyland and Disneyworld are known for accommodating guests of all ages and types. This means they often have wheelchair accessibility, break areas and even specialty companion restrooms. These are all things that can make going to a theme park with a senior much easier. Before you travel to any of these destinations, look into what amenities that specific park offers for seniors so you know what will be available to you when you get there.

Make a Plan

Planning ahead can go a really long way when it comes to taking any senior loved one to an amusement park. Most amusement parks, no matter how big or how small can be very crowded. Considering FASTPASSES or other passes that you can pay for to help you skip the line on rides can be great for seniors who don’t want to stand outside in cramped, crowded or hot lines waiting for their rides.

You should also look at what types of rides there are and what each ride entails. It can be hard to determine this when you get to the actual park, so doing research ahead of time can only help. Make sure to look for rides that aren’t jerky and jolty as they may hurt the neck of your senior loved one. For example rides like The Haunted Mansion at Disney are great for seniors who are worried about rides jerking their head and neck around.

Look into Discounts

There are often senior discounts for visiting most theme parks, available for individuals over the age of 65. These discounts can really add up, especially if you are planning on visiting the park for multiple days. There may also be special discounts available for handicap parking and senior shuttles, if necessary.

Plan for Plenty of Snacks and Breaks

Taking a senior to an amusement park can be a lot of fun for the whole family. However, it can also be quite taxing on any senior. With this in mind, make sure that you have a plan to stop frequently so your senior loved one can rest, sit, have a snack and of course, drink plenty of water. It is important for seniors to drink plenty of water while at any theme park, even if it isn’t hot, so they can avoid dehydration. Theme parks require a lot of time outdoors and a lot of walking, putting many seniors at risk for dehydration.

Take these steps for your loved one and you can make the most of any upcoming trip to your favorite theme park.

Who would be stupid (or crazy) enough to visit an amusement park with a special needs child and an extremely fussy toddler?

ME!

I’m stupid and crazy!

I’m married to a roller coaster enthusiast. I don’t care for high-thrill rides myself, but it’s not a question of “when” or “if” my family will be visiting amusement parks this summer. The question is, “Should we get a regular season pass or a Platinum Multi-Park Pass?” I knew the answer to that one before it was even asked.

The follow-up question is, of course, “How on earth are we going to pull this off?” Allow me to explain.

Therapeutic Goals

I warmed up to the idea of taking my disabled son to amusement parks when I realized that the cost of one hour of physical and occupational therapy was comparable to one full day for our family at Cedar Point or Kings Island. Personally, I’d rather be having fun with my family than sitting in the waiting room at the therapy clinic.

Amusement parks offer the opportunity to work on many therapeutic goals:

  1. physical stamina after lots of walking
  2. matching the pace of a companion
  3. turn-taking
  4. verbalizing physical needs
  5. anticipating patterns of activity
  6. sharing emotion
  7. joint attention
  8. visual tracking and processing
  9. proprioceptive and vestibular sensory integration
  10. self-regulation
  11. reducing sensitivity to noise and temperature
    and the big goal:
  12. reducing anxiety while increasing a sense of trust and security.

My husband and I agreed that our older son would be allowed to watch the rides for as long as he wanted, and would not ride anything that made him nervous. We would ask the operator to stop a ride if he became frightened. Our younger son had a strong interest in watching rides but not going on them, and the best way to keep him calm was to wear him in a carrier — the Ergo Baby Carrier is safe for children up to 40 pounds and the Beco Butterfly carrier up to 45 pounds. We did not want to be burdened with a stroller (we’ve seen far too many children crying in strollers while waiting in line), and we knew that the key to success would be frequent breaks. Once we understood our goals and our ground rules, the rest of the planning fell into place.

Parking and Lodging

Theme parks are often affiliated with a nearby hotel or campground. It may be a standard hotel with an upscale price, such as the Breakers Hotel inside Cedar Point, or something much more affordable — Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania has a campground directly adjacent to the park. A trick that we learned is that the dates with the lowest rates are typically the dates with the lowest expected attendance, so we avoid the largest crowds by booking the least expensive night on the calendar — usually a Wednesday, Sunday or Tuesday, but some destinations such as Disney World report lower attendance on Saturdays. One of the fringe benefits of staying overnight in these accommodations is convenient parking. Sometimes resort guests receive other privileges such as early entry into the park in the morning before the general public, but the main advantage is having a retreat within walking distance or a brief shuttle ride away. We go back to our lodging several times during the day for rest and quiet time without re-paying the parking fee. When we do a day trip to an amusement park, we park near one of the alternate park entrances instead of the main entrance for quicker entry and exit, and this often puts us closer to the rides we wanted anyway.

The Guest Services Office

Once inside a theme park, the guest services office is the first stop for a disabled guest. Some parks, such as Disney World, may request a letter from a physician stating the nature of the disability before giving any privileges like a Fast Pass. Although many parks do not offer a Fast Pass to disabled guests, the Guest Services office can still assist families in identifying special care stations throughout the park — usually a small air-conditioned building for nursing mothers and other guests who need extra assistance. The office can also clarify park policies for mobility-impaired individuals; for example, Cedar Point now allows a proxy to wait in line for a mobility-impaired guest, who may then go on a ride with a companion. Some rides may have requirements for physical strength or muscular development, and the Guest Services office can help identify the rides most appropriate for an individual’s physical skills.

Plan A

Most theme parks have photos and descriptions of every ride and attraction on their websites. Most parks also have a thrill rating system of some kind to distinguish the serene activities from the terrifying. We use this information to create an illustrated booklet for our children, so that they can select what they would like to see or try. Armed with a map of the theme park, we save time by figuring out our path before our arrival. One parent can remain in the children’s area while the other parent gets in line for one of the scary thrills, or each parent can take a group of children to different rides. Sometimes the best fun is just being together and watching everything that’s happening around us. A memorable turning point in our older son’s therapy was when we stood under Skyhawk, and he spotted his father swinging upside down far above us. In the middle of the noise and chaos, we found joy together.

Plan B

All of us reach our limits sooner or later. When the sensory input is overwhelming, nothing is fun anymore. My biggest surprise at theme parks has been the fact that, in the long run, even our failures turn into success. When I respond to my children’s needs by removing them from a ride that is too frightening or cutting short our visit to a hot, crowded park, their trust in me increases. They learn that I will always protect them, so they become more brave and bold on the next visit. The results are much more positive than negative, and so we return every summer. At the end of a busy, noisy day, we can smile and say, “You tried something new. I’m proud of you.”

How to prepare for and enjoy an amusement park

Jan 8, 2017 · 2 min read

I t’s been a while since you did something adventurous and you decide to visit an amusement theme park. You’re at the universal studios to ride the Mumy’s indoor roller coaster or Disneyland to ride the Angelina Jolie roller coaster. Waiting in queue to enter the much awaited ride, how often do you see someone say he / she is too scared to take the ride? All of us are humans and all of us desire to do something adventurous. So why is it that some people fear or dislike roller coasters? A thing that you might love so much.

F i rst, aside to ones who love to ride. Riding a roller coaster puts us in a situation of what is known as ‘controlled danger.’ Steadily moving up an inclined track and seeing yourself move farther away from the ground level can be daunting at times. It is at the peak of the track where you are about to experience a near free fall that you feel most threatened. Naturally, this isn’t something that one experiences daily.

In response to this fear, our bodies releases a chemical named adrenaline. Adrenaline is a chemical that the body releases when it senses threat. This release causes rapid change of blood rate and the heart suddenly starts pumping more blood than it usually does.

Additionally, when the brain senses fear, your body releases endorphins. These are basically the feel-comfortable and feel-energetic chemicals. Endorphins are also the chemicals released after a long exercise workout or a long run or in response to some pain. This is know as the runner’s high.

The release of adrenaline is what causes the so called ‘adrenaline rush.’ And the release of endorphins is what makes you feel pumped and energetic. Both these factors in addition to increased blood flow and increased oxygen in the body contribute to the SUPER HIGH feeling that one has after a ride.

Despite the energetic feeling that most people might have, there are a few individuals who dislike roller coasters. This can be due to a wide variety of reasons. The blood pressure change is not something that everyone can handle. Especially adults who suffer from heart ailments, they generally feel extremely uncomfortable to experience such rapid changes in blood rate. This undesired change makes them hate such experiences which otherwise gives our bodies an ‘adrenaline rush.’

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Posted in General on June 3, 2019

Tampa, Florida sees millions of tourists every year for its amusement parks alone. Tampa is home to famous theme parks such as Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and Legoland Park. If your family is planning a vacation to one of Tampa’s amusement parks, make sure your trip does not include a ride to the emergency room. Follow these amusement park safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from preventable accidents, injuries, and illnesses.

Prevent Falls

Slips, trips, and falls account for thousands of amusement park injuries every year. Children and the elderly are most at risk of harmful falls. Falls can cause more than bruises and scraped knees. Common injuries include fractured hips, sprained wrists, and traumatic brain injuries. Help prevent bad falls by wearing the right shoes. Your shoes should fit snugly and comfortably. Wear closed-toed shoes with bottoms that have good traction.

Keep a proper lookout while you make your way around the amusement park. Look out for obstacles in your path, such as trash, debris, tree branches, spilled drinks, and small children. Do not allow your children to run at the park. Stay away from roped-off areas. The amusement park knows what parts of the park are unsafe for visitors – such as ladders and platforms that could pose serious fall injury risks. Obey all posted safety signs you see at the amusement park.

Choose Your Rides Carefully

The most recent amusement park accident report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows a total of 8,800 people injured while on amusement park rides. These injuries were only those serious enough to require trips to the emergency room. Although you cannot always prevent accidents involving defective and dangerous rides, you may be able to prevent injuries such as head injuries, motion sickness, and small children coming out of rides.

It is okay to enjoy amusement park rides, as long as you do so with safety in mind. Pay attention to all warning signs posted while in line for a ride. The amusement park must warn riders of potential injuries such as seizures and cardiac arrest. There may be signs warning the elderly, small children, or pregnant women to avoid the ride for safety reasons. Take these warnings seriously. Do not ride anything you think might conflict with your current health or fitness level. Judge for yourself whether your child is old enough or big enough for a ride rather than relying on a height requirement alone.

Stay Cool and Hydrated

Sun poisoning and heatstroke are very real threats when visiting an amusement park in Florida – especially if you go during summer break. Keep your family hydrated by drinking plenty of water (not juice or soda). Bring healthy snacks with you to the park and take frequent food and drink breaks between rides. Staying healthy and hydrated can help you prevent dehydration.

If you sweat heavily, drink a sports drink with electrolytes. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and plenty of sunblock. Reapply throughout the day to prevent sunburn and potential sun poisoning. Get to the amusement park early to enjoy it before the hottest part of the day.

See a Doctor If Necessary

Many amusement park enthusiasts make the mistake of ignoring or downplaying the symptoms of a potentially serious injury. They may believe their symptoms are just normal nausea or motion sickness from the ride, or not want to say anything for fear of ruining the vacation for others. It is critical, however, to stop what you are doing and see a medic if you feel potential symptoms of a serious injury.

  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

While just one of these symptoms might not point to anything seriously amiss, multiple symptoms could mean a head or brain injury. You might also have a serious injury if you notice pain in your neck or back. The motion of an amusement park ride could have caused a serious back injury, such as a slipped disc. See a physician right away for prompt diagnosis and treatment if you feel injured after a day at an amusement park in Tampa.