Published: December 30, 2009 at 1:50 PMVery cool. I already do most of that (3-8). But this year, I resolve to do 1, 2, 9 and 10. It's actually what we're planning on doing. We're trying to get in twenty new coasters we've never ridden before to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. :)
Published: December 30, 2009 at 2:13 PMThese should be the golden rules of Theme Park Fans, not just for new years.
Great list Robert!
Published: December 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM1. Make it a point, during every theme park visit, to thank a member of the custodial staff and compliment the appearance of the park.
2. Ride the Jungle Cruise.
3. There's no crying in baseball.
Okay, then maybe just number one.
Published: December 30, 2009 at 5:28 PMYes to 2-8, and 10. Not bad.
11) See area attractions other than the theme parks.
12) Tour an often-visited park with somebody who has not seen it.
13) While completing #12, avoid asserting your opinion on the attractions unless that opinion is positive. Let them choose what to see.
Published: December 30, 2009 at 9:29 PMMine will be to read "Theme Park Insider" a little more than once a week -- and submit park/hotel information reviews more often. Luckily I had logged on to Theme Park Insider to find out what else there was to see near Six Flags Great Adventure for our planned trip to ride Kingda Ka and learned that it was closed. We would have made a trip to New Jersey from Indiana for nothing. Our vacation was changed to Canada; visited Canada's Wonderland to ride Behemoth and went to Niagara Falls for the first time. It ended up being a great trip.
Remember, even though you don't think sending a comment in will be valuable, it could be a vacation saver! Thank you all and Happy New Year!
Published: December 31, 2009 at 6:51 AMWhen heading back to the Magic Kingdom in May with my six year old in tow (she has no real recollection of her last visit in 2007), it will be a challenge for me to combine Josh's #13 with TH's #2. However, I will do my best.
So let it be written, so let it be done.
Published: December 31, 2009 at 10:19 AMI managed #1 (Six Flags over Georgia), #3 (at several I visited), #4, #5 (I'm often alone so I'm a big fan of making friends in the queue when possible); #6 (especially when visiting a park that isn't busy so you're not interrupting an employee's work); #6 (giving directions), never #7 (I'll look at a map or just wander but I am male and incapable of asking for directions), #9 (Six Flags over Georgia) but something I do regularly anyhow, and sadly I didn't keep up #10. So six out of 10.
Interestingly about #9 (going to guest services to post a compliment) this is the first time I didn't hear back from the park after taking the time to do that. It's also the first time I did it at a Six Flags property. I would hope by now Six Flags corp would be starting to learn the importance of customer service including acknowledging their guests that go out of the way for them. Sigh.