How To Plan Your Amusement Park Trip

Amusement parks attract over 300 million people each year, offering families entertainment, food, games, and (most importantly) an opportunity for quality time together. When considering a trip to a destination like this, it’s best to plan ahead.

Before stepping foot somewhere, 71 percent of people visit the business’s website. When it comes to a purchasing decision, most buyers don’t take the transaction lightly. For expensive outings like visits to an amusement park, families should start by looking online for information regarding directions, hours of operation, ticket prices, and whether coupons or discounts are being offered. Amusement and theme parks are following their customers lead and adapting their websites to have everything a visitor could ever need.

So, parents, start at the website. Most prices at the gate are considerably more than buying tickets online. Some parks offer over $20 in savings per ticket when purchased beforehand online. Plus, it’s perfect for planning the visit. Learn how to navigate the park, where the best food spots are located, and even find out which rides have the longest wait time.

Some of the more popular parks have wait times that are north of an hour for its most popular rides. Taking a moment to visit the website first allows visitors to find things like the Kings Island Fast Lane Pass, and Disney World’s FastPass+. Universal Orlando Resort even offers couches and music for guests while they wait for the new Jimmy Fallon ride. However, some parks are even using virtual reality to allow guests unique and revolutionary experiences. So, maybe it’s actually worth sitting around for a bit?

Kick off the excitement by visiting locations on social media, too. See some of the rides in action, a few of the special events, or even find yourself riding along with the Beast for the double helix! If the plan is to visit the park during a special event, take a look at some of the previous year’s posts. Find out whether it’s interactive and guests should dress up as well, or if there are certain places in the park with a new look for the special occasion.

Whether it’s the first visit or your family is a park regular, it pays to head online first. Save money, learn to navigate the park, grab a few tickets to the front of the line, or simply amp up the family before you get there. A well thought out plan is the key to being one of the 300 million families that have a blast this summer.


Kimberly Lewis is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. She taught science at the Warren County Alternative School before choosing to continue her love of writing as a freelancer while at home raising her two children.

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