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Planning your trips to Theme parks
Having visited all the main theme parks over a number of years with children both young and old I have found it best to make a plan.
Look before you travel at any information you have including tips from friends, the internet and so on and bring anything you think is relevant with you.
Then, either before you travel, or on your first day, depending on how long you are planning to stay. Write down all the places you want to visit including parks, shops, friends, restaurants etc. You then start to create a plan on a piece of paper with all the days you have divided up to morning afternoon and evening.
Start by filling in the main parks you would like to visit allowing a “rest day” between main park visits especially in the summer, when the weather can be very tiring and the parks open till late. Allow a day for each one to start with. If you have enough days then you are fine and can then fill in round those days with shopping, water parks and so on.
If you don’t then you need to look at what is best for your party. If you have young children then it may be best to split the visit so that it’s a long morning then a break for lunch at the villa and a possible sleep then perhaps a visit to the same or a different park later that afternoon/evening or a shorter day at a park followed by a special restaurant visit and then another park the next day.
If its adults then you can start adding in a theme park each day at the beginning leaving some rest days at the end. Don’t however make the mistake of getting so tired you start arriving at the parks around midday in peak times, that’s when they are busiest and so you will have the longest wait times. Its better to have an early night and arrive as the park is opening.
Rest days can them be: a day in the villa, shopping, water parks, a trip to the beach, visit a friend.
I normally advise people to buy hopper tickets for Disney and the flexi ticket for the other parks. This then means that you can visit more than one park in a day and so see/ do the main rides in each park especially if you don’t have much time. Arrive as early as you can, you can then do a number of the main rides before the majority of people arrive at the parks. You can always have a shopping day and end it with a theme park visit just for the evening show. That way you can shorten another theme park day by leaving before the evening shows.
It is well worth visiting the parks at night it’s a totally different atmosphere and the shows are different to the daytime ones.
Don’t think that by leaving in the middle of the day for a break at the villa that you won’t want to go back. Its better to have a break and go back refreshed than to keep going and wearing yourselves out. Most villas are only a short drive away and it gives you a chance to put your feet up.
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