Top things you always should do when visiting a theme park
Last week, we talked about 10 things you never should do at a theme park. This week, we're taking a positive approach. Here are 10 top things you really ought to do (or at least try to) whenever you visit a theme or amusement park:
Make a note of where you parked your car
I jot a text note on my cell phone. Other people take a digital photo of the row marker where they're parked. But you'll want some reminder when you come out of the park at the end of the day.
Let someone enter the line in front of you
Often at popular attractions, several folks arrive to enter the line at once. Why not generate some goodwill all around by letting the others go first, instead of fighting to get once space ahead?
Help someone who's lost
When you see someone staring at a guidemap, or looking around lost, why not offer help and directions, if you know the park well? Wouldn't you like someone to do the same, if you were the one in need of help?
Ask for help
Even if you've come to this park 100 times in the past, ask an employee for a tip or assistance. You'll never know what special experience can be revealed or created. Unless you ask, of course.
Compliment an employee
Make at least a mental note of the employees you speak with or watch working during your visit. Then, before you leave, stop in the park's guest or customer relations office to compliment the person you saw doing the best job for you (or for others) that day. Visitor compliments are gold to theme park employees. Don't be stingy.
Save money, conserve resources and promote togetherness by sharing among the people in your group. Share guidemaps, share snacks and share meals. If you need more (food, drinks, guidemaps, etc.), you always can go get it. But sharing initially helps cut down waste and can save you money.
Set a good example and follow the rules
Seek out and follow each ride's safety instructions. It's the smart, safe thing to do. And the more people who do this, the happier and safer everyone's day can be.
Act like you're in public
We really shouldn't need to say this, but some folks seem to think that since they're on vacation from work or school, they can be on vacation from common sense, too. But you are in public at a theme park, among thousands of other people, too. So act like it. No one needs to be witness to your shouting, fighting, profanity, or PDA.
Down in front
If you're waiting to watch a parade or fireworks, and you arrive early enough to get the front-row space - sit down. The more folks who sit up front, the more kids can see from the back. Even if you're not all the way up front, if everyone in front of you is sitting, take a seat yourself. Don't be that first person standing, whom everyone else is cursing under his or her breath.
Give away your unused Fastpasses
This is a Disney-only piece of advice, but if you have any unused Fastpasses when you leave the park (hey, it happens), hand them to another guest at that attraction rather than walk out with them. In practice, the passes are good not just within their one-hour window, but at any time after that during the day. Trust me, you will make people's day by handing them front-of-the-line passes they didn't expect.
Let's hear your additions (and reactions) to this list, in the comments.
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