Theme Park Insider's 2014 New Year's resolutions for theme park fans
Published: December 31, 2013 at 6:23 AM
The Dr. Seuss float from last year's Rose Parade, in Theme Park Insider's hometown of Pasadena, California.
If there's a single theme that unites these resolutions it would be the ideal that other people aren't your enemy. Don't fall into the trap of seeing everything in life as a competition, including your vacation. The people you'll find in theme park are fans, just like you. Welcome your opportunity to be in community with them, and with the employees who help bring the park to life everyday. That's a healthier way to live in life — and not just in theme parks.
Enjoy your advance planning, do your research, get to know your destination, and come prepared to have a good time. But never lose sight of the fact that this is the theme park community, and everyone has a better time in a community when no one's trying to beat it.
In that spirit, here are our New Year's resolutions for theme park fans:
- I will start every park visit with a smile on my face.
- When I see someone frowning, I will think of the last fun thing I did, so that bad attitude doesn't infect me.
- I will remember that I'm packing for 12 hours, not 12 weeks. And that I will be mindful of others in queues when I am wearing a backpack.
- I will let the other people go first when we both arrive at an attraction entrance at the same time.
- I will clear my table and leave immediately after eating when other diners are looking for a place to sit with their food.
- I will say 'thank you' to the park employees whenever I go on and whenever I leave an attraction, and whenever I see them cleaning the park.
- I will not expect others to get out of my way, but instead look for opportunities to clear the path for others.
- I will try to settle questions such as "is it better to ride in the front or the back of a roller coaster?" with more detailed research, involving multiple rides, just to make sure.
- But I will stop trying to cram more into my day when that gets in the way of my enjoyment.
- At the end of the day, I will hope to care more about the good times I had, and the great people I met, than the number of rides I rode, stuff I bought, or lines I skipped.
Thank you to the Theme Park Insider readers who offered suggestions for this year's resolution list. It's not too late to add your suggestions, either. Just post to the comments with your ideas on how we all can help make 2014 a great year for the entire theme park community. Stay safe tonight, and Happy New Year!