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Let's Make This a Happy Thanksgiving for Theme Park Fans

November 26, 2015, 10:40 AM · Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Theme Park Insider community. (And if you are reading this, that means you!)

If you are heading to the parks today, keep in mind that this will be one of the busiest days of the year. Parks will be filled to near-capacity all weekend long. Heck, with more and more schools taking the whole week long, crowds have been crazy-big all week.

Our advice? Focus on the reason behind the holiday — giving thanks, and practice of humility that makes it possible to give thanks. Crowd sizes will force you to slow down in the parks this weekend. Take that opportunity to look for the details you might rush past on more "normal" days. Get a show schedule and seek out the extra entertainment that parks often add on bust days such as this. Mix up your typical itinerary and visit some of the less-popular rides, shows and walk-throughs you haven't visited in years.

And if people who've forgotten the spirit of this holiday cut you off or otherwise make you mad? Let it go. Give thanks that you're just here, in this position. Be humble, enjoy the day.

Oh, and one more thing: Take note of cast and team members' names, and thank them for working on this holiday so that you can enjoy another lovely day in the parks!

Replies (4)

November 26, 2015 at 6:12 PM · Well put Robert. Happy thanksgiving!
November 26, 2015 at 7:19 PM · I have so much to be grateful for, living in Orlando and having annual passes to the 4 Disney parks, 2 Universal parks, and Sea World. For most people, it's the trip of a lifetime, and I get to experience it every week!
November 26, 2015 at 7:33 PM · Actually I went to Disneyland and Knott's yesterday and I only had to wait 120 minutes for Space Mountain!

But Splash Mountain had no wait for some reason...

November 27, 2015 at 8:40 AM · I'm thankful for all the parks that are operating and strive to provide the best product and service possible.

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