Top things you never should do when visiting a theme park
Here a few of the things that you really shouldn't ever, ever do when visiting a theme park. You'll find some of these listed on our travel tips for visiting theme parks
page, as well.
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.
I think stopping in the middle of the walkway is the biggest pet peeve for me. Unless you are trying to take a photo of the park. But if you are referring to the map, then step to the side.
NEVER go on a spinning ride immediately after eating!
The one that always gets me are the people that think "securing all loose items" does not apply to them. I was hit in the face by a hat on Volcano in KD and hit in the face once again on El Toro by a pair of unsecured sunglasses!
You should never...
Never change diapers in open/public areas. This really shouldn't even have to be mentioned but I've seen it before.
Drive an electric wheelchair in a kids playground; I went with my 2 year old nephew to the Sesame Street playground at Busch Gardens, and a baby got under my wheelchair and I didn't know it. Then I was going to move my wheelchair backwards when my sister stopped me in time. Little kids get too curious with the electric wheelchair.
I know this isn't Facebook, but is there a "Like" button? And even though most of these are "DUH" ideas to those of us with common sense, it's almost like 90% of Theme Park visitors drop their IQ by 50% when they walk through the front gate.
Eating meals at peak hours.
Bring newborns and very small children to a park on a very hot, humid day and expected them to behave, be totally happy and not throw tantrums after dragging them around a park all day. Usually what follows next is a tantrum and yelling and screaming from an adult who is probably crabby from the heat as well.
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Never do on ride vidos it just aint worth it again on eltoro I saw a camera come flying off. o yea and another one never smoke in public bathrooms or in the middle of a crowed.
I wanted to say "wear tall hats in shows". Although then I thought about all the other things people do in shows that are annoying. Like reserving an entire row with one person, or coming in late and then changing seats several times because you learn that the seats you got in were empty because they were obstructed.
I have to admit that I did break the sixth theme park commandment once.
In case anybody read the above article and still doubts that anyone would be stupid, selfish or inconsiderate enough to actually do any of these things, Rob P's comment should convince you otherwise. Just sayin'...
Never stop in the middle of the aisle because you think you'll get a better view!!! Cast members repeat this mantra constantly and I don't know how many times I see people plop themselves smack dab on the middle!!!!
Here's one for you Central Florida theme park veterans like me (I happen to live near BGTB and an hour from WDW) - never, ever chant, sing, or talk so loudly! I have heard a lot of folks complain about the excessive noise coming from turismos' mouths. (I'm not just talking about Brazilian tour groups here, but Argentinean youth herds and otros do so likewise!) That brings me to another rule - never cut in line! I don't hate turismos or super-large families (For the former, they come twice a year to help our economy here.), but a line is a line, whether you are at one part of it and your friends are a few people away from you.
Don't buy a Disney meal plan and not make reservations WELL in advance. You'll wind up using all your table service credits at Beaches & Cream.
This was a much more enjoyable, usable, and thought provoking article than your grumpy Smile Police article. Thanks.
Here is one: do not receive or make cell phone calls in the Carouel of Progress. Others are trying to enjoy the show, you selfish git.
Bring your sick child to the park. The rest of us don't care how many miles you traveled and how much you spent. Got to watch a 8 - 10 year old barf repeatly in the queue to get in the park (all over the area in front of one of the turnstyles).
One that I quite often used to see when working at the theme parks here on the Gold Coast, was some of the younger females wearing high heels and glammed up to the nines, with some wearing what i would have thought were cocktail dresses for the evening.
As hundreds of young, male Theme Park Insider readers hurriedly click to book visits to the Gold Coast.... :-)
Ron wrote :
Thou shalt not use flash photography in a darkened bus at night.
The "stop in the middle of a walkway" is probably one of the worst offenses listed (besides "push, pull or tug a character"). I've experienced it in other public places, especially high schools and colleges.
Without doubt its the taking the small crying child on a ride. The child clearly isn't having fun, presumably the parents aren't either and neither am I anymore since I can no longer hear the film or narrative for the ride I've been waiting ages for.....
One to add to the list is rushing around in a theme park. In my opinion, I like to take it easy when visiting a theme park. Usually the parks that I visit, I am already aware of what are the most popular rides there, so I will make my way over to those rides first, but still at a nice pace. I hate it when I'm walking to a popular attraction and I see 2 or 3 people rushing past me(sometimes actually running) to get to a ride. I see the same thing when I am pulling into a theme park's parking lot/parking entrance. Cars will zoom past me at 50-60mph in a 30mph zone. I'm thinking "really? does it make that much of a difference to be ahead of a couple people in line? Is the ride going to be magically different for you? Is the parking attendant going to hand you a golden ticket or something because you sped up ahead of other cars?" I just don't get it.
Never run people over with your stroller/ motorized wheelchair. It seems obvious but during our last trip to Disney World, the back of my foot got run over by a motorized wheelchair and my mom's got run over by a stroller. It hurts! Be careful folks!
I have to agree with Donna's post. My older sister took her four year old son on the Shrek 4-D ride with myself and other family members last summer. We waited a total of 45 minutes for this attraction. We found out very quickly that my nephew was afraid of the dark (which my sister already knew). He screamed over and over to the top of his lungs, "Get me out of here!" for about a minute or so and I tell you it felt like he was screaming for 20 mins. My sister was embarrassed and instead of leaving, for some odd reason she thought covering his mouth would calm him down. This move only heightened the situation and believe it or not he screamed even louder. Of course at this point no one was watching the show because they were too busy trying to find out who was killing their kid. My little sister and I finally convinced her to leave the theater. The entire audience clapped when she left, including myself and rest of my family. Ridiculous and Embarrassing
Based on my trip to Holiday World this weekend, don't spit. Lost track of how many times I saw someone spitting on the sidewalk.
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