New Year's resolutions for theme park fans
As we wrap up 2008 and look ahead to 2009, many folks are taking time to make New Year's resolutions.
And next week, most will take a little more time to break them! :-p
Still, I think the exercise a worthy one, for how it shows us how much of our lives we can control, and improve. Heck, the whole point of Theme Park Insider is to help us plan and have better vacations.
So in that spirit, here are 10 New Year's resolutions for 2009:
- To spend a day at a theme park we've not visited within the past 10 years, or ever.
- To go on at least one old attraction we've never been on at a park we've visited many times.
- To walk an uninterrupted lap around the park at some point on every visit -- not to get anywhere, but just for the sights and the exercise.
- To let the other folks go first when we get to the queue entrance at the same time.
- To start a conversation in a queue with another visitor we don't know.
- To start a conversation with a park employee whom we don't know.
- To give a lost visitor directions.
- To ask for directions when we are lost.
- To go to a park's guest services desk on our way out of the park and compliment the work of a specific park employee.
- After each visit, to post more attraction, restaurant and hotel reviews to ThemeParkInsider.com. ;-)
I used the first person plural ("we") in the hope that maybe you would adopt some of these resolutions for yourself, too.
What else would you add to this list? Please add your New Year's resolution for 2009 (theme park related or not) in the comments.
And have a Happy New Year!
People SHOULD go and tell guest service about a great worker! They love those kinds of things!
This is an excellent list, maybe it will catch on and there will be a lot of employees getting compliments to boot. Keep up the good work!
I've done numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 many times. I would love to do number 1 if I had the money, and once tried to do number 9 but didn't know the employee's name.
Well, now, you'll never get a Disney CAST MEMBER to point with one finger. Ain't gonna happen. No sir. About the only time you'll see a Disney cast member point with one finger it might be back stage where they can't be seen and in a private place where they might be signaling their frustrations.... ;)
I would love to see a NYE's resolution by park employees to actively enforce the no smoking policies that they have in place. There is nothing more disgusting than to go to Typhoon Lagoon for a relaxing day only to have some fool sitting next to you start smoking and then put the butt out in the sand and leave it there.
We all need to resolve to get out there! Show up! Don't leave that trip for next year. Most everyone has a park within a few hours drive. Save up your pennies, book a cheap room if you need to. Don't let our theme parks (especially the regional/local parks) turn into the next Hard Rock.
Definitely loving #9. I try to do that when we go out to eat and get good service, in addition to leaving a good tip we also write on the receipt "EXCELLENT SERVICE."
I can do all of those things! And will!
As for offering to take a group picture of other visitors, I try to do that at least twice every time I go to a theme park. It really is easy to see people in that fix and helping them out and making them happy also make me happy.
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