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Published: April 8, 2010 at 10:27 AM

We've got quite a few new readers on the site, thanks to the recent tournament, so I wanted to take a moment to point out to everyone that we've got several places on the site where your fellow readers have submitted some great, easy tips to help you plan a better, more affordable theme park vacation.

Start first on our How to get the best deals on theme park tickets page, which also includes several tips on trip-planning. Saving money and getting a good deal involves much more than just buying the cheapest ticket - it takes good planning and making sure that you're getting value for the money you spend.

Even the best-planned theme park vacation won't be a pleasant one if you or someone in your family gets hurt. So, please, take a moment to read our Top 10 Theme Park Safety Tips before you leave home, too.

Finally, the number-one source for vacation tips on Theme Park Insider is our Travel tips for visiting theme parks. There, Theme Park Insider readers like you submit and rate short tips on specific parks, or travel in general. Vote "yes" if you like the tip, and think it useful; vote "no" if you don't.

We give each tips a point for a yes vote and take a point away for a no one. The tips with the most points go to the top of the list. In addition to the overall tips page, we also have park-specific tips pages, which you can see if you click the park names on themeparkinsider.com/tips.

Here are some recently-submitted tips to our list. Just click the link at the end of each tip to vote on it. (You do not need to be a registered member of the site to vote.)

All parks: When traveling to a park by air, have everyone wear slip-on shoes, to go through the security line faster. Link (Vote)

All parks: Ask someone to take a picture of your entire family/group on your cell phone, in case someone gets lost, you can show the pic and ask for specific help finding them. Link (Vote)

All parks: Have kids wear bright colors so theyll stand out if they happen to get lost and you are looking for them. Link (Vote)

All parks: Re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours. Your skin will thank you! Re-apply even more often if you sweat a lot or get soaked. Make sure there's coverage of both UVA & UVB Link (Vote)

All parks: Flying to a city during peak travel times? (For example, holiday weekends.) Give yourself an extra day to get there. If a flight gets overbooked, they'll ask for volunteers to take a seat on the next flight. You'll get a free ticket for your next trip! Link (Vote)

All parks: Make sure you always choose a place to meet in case someone from your family gets lost. Link (Vote)

Disneyland: If you are buying your tickets online with the option to print it at home, allow at least a day for it to arrive in your email. Don't do this if your planning to go at the same day you are buying the tickets online. Link (Vote)

Disneyland: As soon as you get to the park, get a fastpass for your favorite ride, then go ride your second favorite ride, and then go back to your favorite ride and use your fastpass! Link (Vote)

Walt Disney World: Buy the Disney Dining Plan! It is well worth it! Snacks, and water are even included! Dont feel like using them? You can carry them over to another day! Link (Vote)

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom: If there is a long wait at a ride, wait until the fireworks show to go. There is no wait at these times. Link (Vote)

You can submit your own favorite tip at themeparkinsider.com/tips.

Readers' Opinions

From Elizabeth Gray on April 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Once again, on your tips list Kennywood is NOT on the drop down menu. Why does this park get so little love? It has a devoted fan base and hard core Amusment Park geeks LOVE this place as much as do I. It has Cheap Admission, Great food and quality rides including some of the last of their kind. They will even have a launch coaster this spring and no coverage. Why?
From Joshua Counsil on April 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Robert -

Can you change the voting format so that the page doesn't refresh after voting? I got tired of voting on those tips because after every vote, the order of the votes would change and I would lose my spot.

From Elizabeth Gray on April 8, 2010 at 10:52 AM
agreed. Tedious.
From Robert Niles on April 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM
Noted. Will work on that. With the tournament out of the way, I can get going on some of these site maintenance issues.

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