If you’ve ever wanted to ride all of the roller coasters at a theme park you’re visiting, but ran out of time, I can totally relate. Thankfully, I have a few tips that will help you squeeze all the rides into one day.
Ride the rides with the longest lines first
If you are able to get to the park right at (or before) opening time, head straight to the rides with the longest wait times. These coasters are usually the biggest, most popular, or lowest accommodating ones in the park. Later during the day, the lines on these rides will be packed, so make sure you get in first thing to beat the crowd.
Ride the new ride at the end of the day
Of course, most of the early crowd flocks to the newest ride at the park first, and the lines don’t tend to die down until about an hour before closing time. At that point, almost everyone that wants to has already ridden the coaster and you should be able to get on much quicker than in the morning.
Ride the coasters in a systematic circle around the park
To avoid wasting time walking back and forth, consider mapping a course through the park so that as soon as you get off one coaster, you can get right in line for the next one.
Ride the coasters during mealtimes
The greater majority of the crowd breaks for lunch around noon and dinner around six, so take advantage of their absence by waiting until later for your meal. That way you can cut down wait times on both rides and food!
Wait until the last minute to get in line for the last ride
To give yourself the most time possible, get in line for your last ride one or two minutes before park closing time. The queue entrances might shut down at closure, but the rides themselves don’t!
Visit the park when school is in
During the summer, theme parks are the perfect vacation destinations for families out of school, making them more crowded than ever. Visiting the park in the early spring or late fall makes for less crowd and shorter lines.
Visit the park on a weekday
Continuing on the same point, weekends tend to be busier than weekdays. I’ve found that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the best days to visit.
Visit the park on a (supposedly) rainy day
Who wants to go to a theme park when it’s rainy? Nobody. That’s why you should! Usually it doesn’t end up raining as much as the forecast indicates, and even if the rides close intermittently for storms, the crowd will diminish significantly. You’ll find that you can walk through the queues on even the biggest coasters.
Buy a line-skipping ticket
Many amusement parks these days offer a special ticket system allowing guests to skip the lines on their coasters for a set fee. If you visit the park on a particularly busy day, getting a line-skipping pass might be the way to go.
Consider taking two trips to the park
If you still don’t think that you’ll be able to squeeze in all the roller coasters, definitely consider taking two trips to the park. That way you can split up the rides into two days, with a break in between. As a bonus, many parks offer benefits to on-site hotel guests like early entry to the park on select rides!
Keep these tips in mind when planning your next trip and ensure that you don’t miss out on a ride you were looking forward to. Have a tip of your own? Don’t keep it to yourself! Share it in the comments section below.
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