Vote of the Week: With whom do you most like to visit theme parks?
How do you like to visit a theme park? Many of us likely would answer "any way we can!" But what is the your favorite
way to go when you visit a park? Do you prefer to visit by yourself, with one other person, or with a group? And if you're visiting with a group, do you prefer going with your immediate family, a big family reunion, or maybe just a group of friends?
Who's your favorite theme park companion?
This week, Russell Meyer wrote about his theme park visits with his wife changed now that they're visiting theme parks with a child. Last week, I wrote about some of the advantages of traveling alone to theme parks. Today, we'd like to hear from you.
How many people you visit with, and who's along for the trip, each changes the way you can experience a theme park. When you're a devoted theme park fan, you often get called to lead the expedition when the family or friends decide to visit a park. After many visits, fans learn how different groups affect the way they go through and enjoy the parks. What have you discovered from your different visits?
In the comments, please tell us what you like most about visiting in the way you voted that you miss when you visit otherwise. And, as always, thank you for being part of the Theme Park Insider community!
Another option: going with people who have never been there before. In 2012, I went down to Orlando as part of a baseball trip and many days I went to the parks with a family who had only done Disney there. One of the days, I went with them to Universal and, having been there numerous times beforehand, I enjoyed seeing how much fun they were having in a park where everything was new to them.
I voted With my immediate family; funny thing is that this topic is similar to the article I wrote for the month of May. What a coincidence.
While both are at the bottom of the list, I laugh that "alone" is getting more votes than "extended family".
B. Goodwin: That may have been the most humorous comment I have ever read on this site. You got it down pat. I completely agree. Bravo!!!
Definitely with my 25-year-old daughter. We are Disneyland pros, with years of annual passports under our belts. We have similar tastes, and know how each other think. She understands when I need "sit down time" due to arthritis, and we enjoy occasionally splitting up for a little alone time.
I love going to Disneyland by myself. No agenda, no planning, no "What do you want to do?, I don't know, what do you want to do?" I wander around and soak it all up. I take photos for families and help lost tourists find their way. I look in the shop windows. I watch the flag retirement ceremony which is my favorite. It's just a great day.
I missed Robert's article - which raised some very good points - the first time around but caught Russell's. I much prefer to visit theme parks alone because that way I can keep to my own time schedule and not concern myself with anyone else's ride preferences, or make any compromises in the event that my companion and I are not on the same page. That being said, I must say that I enjoyed hanging out with someone with whom I met up at Six Flags Great Adventure the Sunday before last. (This was someone with whom I'd corresponded because he had posted comments on a coaster website.) Because we both love El Toro, that's where we started out and we were pretty much in agreement as to the other rides. I could get used to this, but when I have a specific agenda - e.g., ride Outlaw Run half a dozen times in a row or whatever - I would still prefer to travel by myself.
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