Top things you never should do when visiting a theme park
Published: September 9, 2010 at 1:04 PM
Show up at noon.
Parks have their biggest crowds at mid-day. Arrive early, or way later, to find the shortest lines.
Buy your tickets at the front gate.
Don't waste time in line when you could be in the park. Buy your tickets in advance to find the best deals, too.
Forget to wear sunscreen.
Unless you really, really love crispy skin with a side of melanoma.
Stop in the middle of a walkway.
Please, to help the flow of traffic behind you, move to the side when you need to stop.
Get into the biggest line you see.
Really, do we even need to explain this one? Yet long lines have magnetic qualities, attracting the clueless.
Push, pull or tug a character.
Be nice to the folks with the toughest job in the park. The costumes look soft and fluffy on the outside, but on the inside, they're often a frame of metal and hard plastic, waiting to jab the helpless employee inside if pushed the wrong way.
Make a crying child go to something.
Theme parks are supposed to be fun, not exercises in cruelty. Plus, many rides won't load a crying child, holding up the line for everyone behind you.
Never use lifts or tricks to make a child appear taller than s/he is.
Height requirements are there for a reason.
Try to jump off a ride.
Stupid. Dangerous. Forces the park to shut down the ride, inconveniencing hundreds of other visitors. Then, you get tossed from the park and possibly arrested, too.
Carry around a large souvenir.
Every park has some package check or delivery service, so you can pick up your purchases when you leave.
Got a few to add to the list? Submit yours in the comments.
Update: On the flip side, here are the top things you always should do when visiting a theme park.