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Robert's Theme Park Safety Tips

Almost all theme park accidents can be prevented. Here, based on my coverage of theme park safety, are some tips to help you and your family stay safe on your next theme park visit.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 18, 2002 at 6:46 PM
(Last modified June 21, 2004) Almost all theme park accidents can be prevented. Here, based on my coverage of theme park safety, are some tips to help you and your family stay safe on your next visit.

Stay Cool, and Don't Get Burned

Heat causes more pain and injury at theme parks than all the world's roller coasters combined. In my experience as a theme park employee and visitor, I've seen more visitors suffer from sunburn, rashes, heat exhaustion and heatstroke than all other injuries put together.

Water's your best friend in helping prevent heat-related illnesses in theme parks. As TPI reader Jason Herrera points out, chugging water in the park won't help as much as getting well hydrated two to three days before your trip. “Many people make the mistake of saying, 'I'll drink plenty of water while I'm at the park.'”

Choose water over juice and soft drinks whenever you get thirsty, and don't drink alcohol until you are done with rides for the day. (Alcohol dehydrates you, leaving you at risk for sunstroke and heat exhaustion. It also impairs your judgment, putting you at greater risk for injury on rides.)

Put on a waterproof sunscreen before you enter the park, and remember to reapply it throughout the day. A soaking sweat, or a couple water rides, can wash that sunscreen off you. A hat or sun visor can help, too.

Wear comfortable shoes and clean, dry socks. The heat reflecting off asphalt pavement can give you a nasty rash if you are wearing sandals or no socks. Plus, you'll be on your feet for much of the day, and will need the extra support from a good pair of shoes.

Use Your Brain

Once you are at the park, don't turn off your brain. Be aware of where you are, and who is around you. Don't stumble into someone else, or worse, trip over some kid's stroller. And if you're the one pushing a stroller, don't crash it into others' legs and feet.

Don't run. And don't stop, either, unless you've looked around to see that you won't block folks walking behind you. If you need to stop, move over to the side, and out of others' way.

Follow Instructions

Know what you're going on, and read the boarding restrictions before you get in line. If you are pregnant, have pain or injuries in your back or neck, or have a heart condition, you will not be able to go on some rides. If you are shorter than five feet, or taller than six, you'll also encounter rides where you will either not be permitted, or won't be comfortable. If you can't find the boarding restrictions at a particular ride, or have any questions about them, find a park employee and ask. Some parks make special seats available on select rides for larger visitors. Ask.

Most parks issue special guidebooks for persons with disabilities, which include restrictions that also affect many kids as well as larger riders. You can always stop by a park's guest relations office, usually located near the front gate, if you still have questions about which rides will be appropriate and comfortable for you and your group.

Don't "cheat" and ignore these rules to get on ride where you don't belong. You might think a ride looks tame enough for you. But sometimes there are potential problems on a ride that most visitors can't see -- a hidden drop or turn, a sudden stop, or a portable ladder that riders will have to descend if the ride shuts down. Don't think that you know more about a ride than the park does. If they tell you not to ride, don't.

And don't even think about cutting in line. Nothing provokes more fights and nasty exchanges in theme parks than impatient folk who won't wait their turn. Paramount's Carowinds employee Matthew Woodall advises, “it's not worth getting thrown out of the park just to save a couple minutes in line.” He also reminds visitors not to take matters into their own hands. “If you happen to witness line-jumping (I have in different parks on many occasions) please report it to the nearest employee at the ride. There is no point in reporting it to the guy sweeping because he likely has no idea what to do. Report it to the employees at the ride, or if possible, a security officer.”

Stay In to Stay Safe

On any theme park ride, keep your rear on the seat, your hands on the grab bar and your feet and knees inside the car.

If there is no grab bar, keep your hands on your lap. If you are riding a "floorless" coaster, relax your legs and let them dangle underneath you. Don't kick them out to the side or front.

If you are on a ride with a lap bar, seat belt or safety harness, make sure that it is in place, snug and locked. If the ride starts to move and your restraint is not in place, immediately yell for help.

Do not get on or off a ride until you've been given the okay by an attendant to do so.

Unfortunately, some theme parks have cut corners on safety, and no longer staff all load and unload positions. If that is the case, wait until a vehicle comes to a still stop before you try to get on or off. Don't crowd others who might be exiting when you are getting on. And make sure that your vehicle has stopped next to the unload platform before you get off. Often, vehicles stop short of the unload platform to wait for groups up ahead to exit.


Ride 'Er Easy, Cowboy

Some rides, especially roller coasters and simulator rides like Disney's Star Tours, can whip your head around, leaving you at risk for headaches as well as more serious head injuries. On those types of rides, sit in the middle of the chair and don't slouch or lean to one side. Relax, but do not go limp. You want to keep your balance in the seat.

When the seat pitches you to the left, relax your torso and bend to the right to keep your head upright and centered. And vice versa. Think of riding a horse, or surfing. You want to ride the seat--not have it throw you around.

Again, if you are prone to headaches, have any neck or back problems, or have been diagnosed with aneurysm, do not get on a roller coaster or simulator ride.

Finish Your Food

Remember the old saw about not going swimming for an hour after eating? Well, you needn't be that extreme, but it should be obvious that you shouldn't get on a coaster or other turbulent ride if you have an upset, or overly stuffed, stomach. So wait a few minutes after eating to make sure everything's sitting right. And throw away that gum before getting on board a theme park ride, too. On a high-speed ride that twists, flips and dips, you don't want anything in your mouth that could block a vital airway.

Help the Kids

If you are visiting with a child, take a moment to explain the ride to them, and tell them how they should behave. They are depending upon you to keep them safe. Set a good example for them by following the rules above, and make sure that they know you expect them to follow those rules, too.

Tell them to stay seated, to hold the grab bar or put their hands in the laps, and not to stick their knees and feet outside a ride vehicle. Make them look to you for the okay to get on or off a ride, too.

And never put a crying child on a ride. If your child starts to cry, let others pass you in line until your child is calmed. Or, gently exit the queue and find something more relaxing to do. Young kids can't keep an adult's pace in a theme park. Let them take plenty of breaks.

“Kids get tired,” said TPI reader Matt Johnson, a father of four. “Tired kids make parents even more tired. And tired kids and parents get hurt -- physically and emotionally.” He advises that parents plan a mid-day break, perhaps a swim back at the hotel, to avoid mid-day heat and crowds. “You will see cranky families having a miserable time while you are refreshed and having a great evening.”


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Joe Lane
Posted June 18, 2002 at 6:24 PM
Bringing up something we once discussed here before: the 'magic' won't just happen by itself. In other words, don't go to a theme park expecting everything to work out in your favor and just to have a wonderful experience all around because you will be disappointed. To avoid this, get educated and learn what to expect! Don't go to a theme park without an idea of what it looks like. This is one of the reason's ThemeParkInsider is here: to educate families on theme parks and their attractions.

Have an idea about what you plan to do, and don't ever really expect to go to every attraction in one day--sometimes the park may have too much to see or do, sometimes the lines may just be too long, and sometimes a ride will probably just be shut down.

Make yourself flexible, so if you can't make it to one attraction, you can move on to another one without becoming befuddled on what to do next. And if you have to stop to look at a map and get your bearings, please don't stop in the middle of the paths, move off to the side or try to stay out of other people's way.

If you do need help, track down a park employee and ask them--it's part of their job to help assist you with whatever you need, and if they aren't very helpful, don't get discouraged, find somebody else.

I'm hoping that these suggestions will help people to deal with any problems that may arise during a visit and will help keep their attitudes positive.

Speaking of positive attitudes: the majority of people who go to theme parks are looking to have a good time and to enjoy themselves. Some people might laugh at this suggestion, especially in this day in age, but being kind to one another makes things a lot easier on a trip. Confrontations should be avoided in large crowds, especially with little kids around, and sometimes a simple acknowledgement of error and an apology can go a long way. This goes back to using your brain. Many people consider the crowd their enemy, but they are very much a part of it. Flow with it, take it easy, and take a steady pace. There's no reason why everyone can't enjoy themselves.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 18, 2002 at 6:59 PM
"Flow" is a great word, Joe.

I learned how to walk through crowds at Disney by thinking back to my Earth Science class and an experiment we did with water. We'd stream water through a little channel we'd dig in a sandbox, then drop rocks in the channel to see how the water would flow around them.

A crowd moves like a stream of water, with you flowing along in it. Within that stream, there will be various obstacles, whether they be buildings, benches, trees or even slower-moving people.

Look ahead and around you, find those obstacles, and figure out how you will "flow" around them. Take this approach, and you will soon find yourself much more aware of your surroundings--and avoiding collisions and mishaps that could lead to serious injury.

From Jason Herrera
Posted August 3, 2002 at 11:18 AM
An overlooked aspect is sleep. Make sure you get a good night sleep. If that means you get to the amusement park 2-3 hours after it's opened, so be it... Being tired exposes you to a wider range of injuries, and possible illnesses.

Can't spell sleep without Zzzzz's.

From Robert Niles
Posted December 11, 2002 at 11:34 AM
A reader sent along this tip:

Check your pockets and purses before you get on a ride. Those sunglasses, hats or cell phones that fly out of your pocket or bag become projectiles that can hit and injure other riders and bystanders.

Hats and scarves can also get caught in ride tracks, fouling sensors or blocking other ride vehicles.

From Anonymous
Posted March 17, 2003 at 1:51 AM
When I ride on Goliath at magic Mountain,I use a technic used by the Blue Angel's.They don't use G suits.When they hit those high G's they tense up all they're lower body muscles including abdominal,legs,butt,etc.This helps me in the helix I get dizzy in that thing.

From Anonymous
Posted June 3, 2003 at 10:06 AM
i am 4 months pregnant and asked my midwife if i could go on the coasters. she said they were ok as long as there was not a lap bar squashingmy stomach. does anyone know if it's a medical reason for not being able to ride "the hulk" or if it's just a legal one?

From Robert Niles
Posted June 3, 2003 at 10:46 AM
In normal operation, some coasters might be safe for some pregnant women.

But there's no guarantee that your ride will be a normal one. If a ride stops suddenly on a safety brake, you'll be thrown into the ride's safety restraint at high speed. Allow me to share a rather graphic, crude, but ultimately very honest, anecdote. Disney's Thunder Mountain is about as tame as a coaster comes, but operators there called the area at the bottom of the "C" lift -- near a safety brake -- "abortion alley" for what would happen to a pregnant woman riding a train that caught there.

And that's not to mention what the high acceleration and lateral G forces on many coasters could do to a fetus. That's just not been studied yet.

In summary, this isn't worth the risk. On a medical safety issue, I'd trust the physicians and engineers who have studied these sorts of things over a midwife, who does not have any advanced medical or engineering training.

No pregnant woman should get on any roller coaster. Wait until after the birth, then ride.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 9, 2003 at 9:10 PM
Be wary of riding high-speed outdoor coasters in the rain, or even mist. Many coasters shut down during heavy rains, but at speeds over 50 mph, even tiny rain droplets can slice up your face like a thousand needles.

Consider this e-mail I recently got from a site visitor: "A co-worker of mine went back home to Ohio a few weeks ago and made sure to visit Cedar Point for two days. The second day he went, he had to wait longer than usual to ride the Top Thrill Dragster. He said that it had been sprinkling when they let park guests on to start operation that day, and they came off with welts on their face and necks from the rain!"

From John K
Posted June 12, 2004 at 8:01 PM
WATER AND SUNSCREEN ARE A MUST.

During the the ride try keeping your head under control, last night a little kid go a migrane while riding X at Sx Flags MM because he didn't keep control of his head and therefore he banged it against the headrest during the ride. That's prbabl the hardest thing to do while on a ride, keep your head under control. Some rides like Log Jammer will not have harnesses, remain seated throughout the whole and if you feel like you're gonna fall out, hold onto the handrails. DO NOT TRY TO SQUEEZE OUT OF A HARNESS IF THE RIDE IS DOWN. Wait until you are given the "OK" from the ride attendant. If you try to get out, they may be fixing the ride and at the same time you get out of the ride, it gets moving again.

DO NOT JUMP INTO RESTRICTED AREAS OF THE RIDE. What happened to the employee Bantita Rackchamroon who worked on the ride scream?? Exactly.. Keep your shoes, especially on a hot day, you do not want to burn your feet.

Always report suspicious activity in the park to park security. You may be able to prevent a serious incident.

Keep an eye on you children. There was a situation were a kid (6yrs) walked out of the park by himself into the parking lot. That's not good.

Do not eat candy or chew gum while riding, people have died from choking on gum while riding. Same with food/drinks. Place all your items that you will not need for most of the day in a locker. Most roller coasters will not allow any items aboard the ride, don't even try to bring'em on. You will lose it or get someone else injured.

Potential safety hazards, never assume the ride operator knows about it. Let them know if you see something wrong with a harness, belt, track, or you see someone in a restricted area of the ride.

Follow all height restrictions, the reason being for these restrictions because the harness may not secure them completely.


Do not ride a coaster if your harness can't secure properly or ask for assistance. Leave all harness belt buckles, buckled throughout the ride. Same with seatbelts.

No horseplaying on the walkways, they will not like to see preventable hazards injure someone. Don't run through large crowds. Don't stand on handrails in any line

From Niall Martin
Posted July 12, 2004 at 5:25 AM
Don't always assume that the ride designers thought of every possibility, that's why there are rules there. For example, sticking your hands way out on a rollercoaster might be safe because the desgners thought you would be stupid enough to try that and made the support beams more than two meters away on any section of track. But that doesn't mean bushes or tree branches will be that far, especially if the park hasn't been maintained in a while. DOn't impale your hand on a branch people, be smart and safe.

From Allison P.
Posted October 11, 2004 at 9:53 AM
Thanks for the "Use Your Brain" section. I can not tell you how many times I watched someone stop short in a crowd to look for something in their pocket or look at a park map without ANY thought as to the hundred plus people coming up behind them.

I am also amazed by how many people walk in dense crowds while looking up and around with their heads in the clouds and not paying attention to who or what is front of them.

I've seen small children get stepped on and elderly people get bumped so hard that they fell.

Please people... you are not alone and you are not so "special" that the rest of us should have to anticipate your every move and navigate around you while you take care of YOUR individual need with complete diregard for others. As Robert said, MOVE OVER to the side before you stop and if you want to admire the clouds or coaster tracks.

I also offer comments and a :::warning::: about loading platforms:

It is frustrating to wait on hour+ long lines only to watch countless empty seats go by.

Disney (and other parks that do this) deserve the utmost credit and respect for "single rider" lines and floor placers that allow employees to fill up every available seat before the car even arrives. It keeps the lines moving and instills confidence in riders instead of the chaos of every-man-for-himself on the platforms.

Even without the logic of loading every available seat I believe it should MANDATORY for SAFETY reasons to have employees direct traffic on loading platforms.

Two days ago in Bush Gardens Tampa I was a single rider trying to ride Mantu. Car after car was leaving the station with many empty seats. Crowds were pressing against the gates and people were bullying others out of their places trying to arrange themselves onto the same car. So many near fights broke out and the employees just stood far away watching and laughing. This is dangerous. It is not funny.

On my first ride, when the gate opened and I went out to board with the people behind me-- a group loaded (un-guided) from the other side and my group was left stranded outside the gate.

When a ride attendant finally noticed he just started at all of us blankly. I asked if I should take the one empty seat in another row and he said, "No, I don't know yet, I don't know where those people came from." (Not good.)

Next thing I know someone is JUMPING OVER the closed gates (with a friend trying to hold him back by-the-tee-shirt). The shirt starts to rip and as it gives way the kid stumbles across the platform and nearly falls into the track! He spins, bumps into the last row of seats, and then runs and dives into that empty seat in the second to last row!!!

The response from the ride attendant is just a shake of the head-- AND ***AND*** they never even check to see if this idiot kid buckled his seat belt or if his shoulder harness is secure.

The rest of us are sent back into the gate and the ride leaves the station with the 4 mysterious (repeat?) riders and this gate-jumping kid on it. (No accountability.)

Note: When I do get on the ride, next car, no one checks my belt or harness either. It seems they only do random spot checks on Mantu-- so be sure to CHECK your own restraint before the car leaves the station.

I get off and decide to go again. I am back on the loading platform. There are 5 people in front of me as the gate opens and only two step out to board. Obviously the party of 3 staying back want to ride together-- and I am about to step out to fill 1 of the 2 empty seats when a father with two small boys tramples me from behind to get out of the gate before me! The gate closes behind him and of course there were only 2 seats left. The youngest boy gets scared and starts to cry and the father starts yelling at them to go back through the gate. It is momentary chaos as the father lifts one kid over the gate and drops him on me and the crying kid is trying to crawl through the gate.

Now maybe it looked to the operators like the man was INSIDE the gate but he was still OUTSIDE the gate when they let the ride leave the station!

This is where I leave because if these ride operators see nothing dangerous or unacceptable about what is going on at their loading dock then I don't trust them to be operating the ride safely.

If there is such blind indifference to this line-jumping and chaos. It is just NOT SAFE to ride.

Honestly, it was every-man-for-himself on nearly every BG Tampa loading platform that day. Mantu was just the only one where people were pushing and shoving.

I will be writing a letter to Bush Gardens Tampa in the hopes that they investigate these inefficient and DANGEROUS situations before someone gets hurt or ends up dead.

Enough said.

From John Kendall
Posted October 11, 2004 at 7:30 PM
Allison, these should be violations of park policies and government regulations. In the state of California, these are violations of state regulations (not the line jumping though), someone standing in an open track area in the loading dock is a vio of state regulations. Six Flags Magic Mountain does a much better job than what you experienced at Busch Gardens. Magic Mountain is also very very strict when it comes to guest and employee safety. One little mistake by an operator and you're suspended, then after you're suspension...YOU'RE FIRED IMMEDIATELY.Magic Mountain also has security guards patrolling the lines (this started in April) watching for jumpers.

From your experience Allison, never in my life will I visit that park. It's good that you left the line after, what could of been, an accident. Because if they become careless, just imagine how careless they would be operating the ride. You should asked one of the ride attendants if you could speak to a supervisor, if they'd said no, then next time tell them "I'm not leaving this ride until I speak to a supervisor." Let them call the security if they want. After all, they should receive disciplinary action for this. It's ridiculous

From Carrie Hood
Posted March 17, 2005 at 10:37 PM
That really isn't the norm for BG Tampa, I've never seen that happen in the years I've visited the park nor in the times I did an intern program there threw Busch Entertainment. I would have gone to an employee and asked to speak to a manager, chances are the other load person never saw them doing it or it would have been stopped. I'm ashamed you had to witness that as a former worker for Seaworld and Busch Gardens, thats wrong on so many levels. If you ever go back and see it again REPORT IT TO A LEAD OR MANAGER! No one should be working a ride who isn't aware of safety concerns.

I know we never tollerated people jumping the gates or going threw the exit, unless it was a speical needs group. Even then we always told the next group in line that we needed these seats for a speical group and we'd make sure they gone on the very next train. When your polite and explain things most people are happy to comply. Again I'm sorry you had to see such lack of care and realize it isn't the normal way things work at that park.


Another thing to bring up is personal belongings! It amazes me people are silly enough to leave items in strollers unchecked such as a purse/wallet and other items. A theme park is just like everyplace else in public, just because your at Disney or ANY park don't think your purse will be fine unguarded. Common Sence goes a VERY long way!

Also please watch your kids! I can't tell you how many times I've had lost children because parents are not paying attention. This is terrorifing for a smaller child, and in my experience many small kids won't ask for help or talk to strangers even when the person is an employee. While this is a VERY good for kids to do in a theme park it's also bad because then employees can't help your children! I always tell parents when visiting with smaller kids (under age 10) to show your child what employees dress like (uniforms and such) and advise them to let they're kids know if they get lost to find someone dressed like this and tell them they are lost! This way employee's can help your kids get back to you safely!
If you somehow loose your child, fristly don't panic. Look around, sometimes in crowds children can get seperated easily. If after a few moments you can't locate your kid lets a emplyoee know! That way they can call Guest Services, perhaps someone has already helped your child and called in a lost kid. At the very least they can alert the park workers to keep an eye out!

The other thing I'd like to say is sometimes rides break down. It happens, it's just a fact of life. Please don't abuse the workers because of this, they are just as upset about it as you because they now have to deal with very unhappy people. Just be polite, most parks will give you a something like a fast pass to return and board quickly if a ride goes down for a good length of time. Please don't take it out on the employees, they didn't do it on purpose just to mess up your day.

Thats about the biggest tips I wanted to add.

From David Johns
Posted April 10, 2005 at 9:41 PM
Don't be stupid be smart

From K Paul
Posted May 1, 2005 at 9:47 AM
After reading the response from Allison P., I wanted to share a similar experience my family and I had at Six Flags over Georgia 3 years ago. It was end of season (September), my son had gotten a free ticket from a reading program at school back in May. The park was absolutely FILTHY! Most all of the garbage cans around the park were overflowing with trash all over the ground. Many of the rides had very long waits due to ride cars running with several empty seats. Also, a lot of line jumpers. I guess this is pretty well expected since most of the employees were teenagers.
We ate in one of the on site restaurants (Colonial House or something to that effect). There were flies on the windows inside and throughout the place. I guess thats hard to avoid when the doors are left open, but still, pretty gross.
All in all it was not a very pleasant experience and we have not been back nor do we have any desire to go back. We are, however, planning to go to Busch Gardens in Tampa next month. I'm looking forward to our visit and am hopeful there will be no problems, but if there are, I will follow the advise from this site and speak to a park supervisor or management.
Thanks for this great website! I have found it interesting, informative, and very useful.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 5, 2005 at 11:42 AM
Make sure your bring sunscreen and use your brain while on attractions and in line! Many of the accidents that happen are usually the error of the guest, not the park. However, parks are responsible and sometimes they mess up as well. Also, to comment to somebody up above, the girl did not die because she choked on piece of gum. She had a heart problem. Also, do not ride if you have a problem placed on a warning sign!

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 6, 2005 at 9:04 AM
Just wondering, who has the best track record for not having accidents in their parks?

From Robert Niles
Posted May 6, 2005 at 10:32 AM
I always fear that we're tempting fate with this question, but if we all knock on wood here, Cedar Point has put up an outstanding record over the years, with few injury accidents and no fatalities that I've heard of. (FWIW, other Cedar Fair parks have not been so fortunate.)

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 6, 2005 at 10:51 AM
Oh ok, thats intersting! I thought it would be Disney or Universal... Hmmm, ok! Thanks for that answer Robert!

From Cody Cromarty
Posted May 28, 2005 at 7:40 PM
Try not to bug the people in live action shows like stuntshows and stage performances. You can get suspened from the park or even mess up the entire thing all because the truck at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular ran over a bottle that someone threw onto the floor, causing the driver to flip and crash.

From Mike M
Posted June 13, 2005 at 6:48 AM
In terms of comparison to other theme parks, Six Flags Great Adventure is pretty safe and clean. However, you should still have contact with your kids and make a specific meeting place. Also, in terms of dehydration, Great Adventure has mist and canopies over the Nitro and Superman:Ultimate Flight lines. For Medusa, the pine trees help, yet for the Chillers you want to bring plenty of water.

From Mike M
Posted June 13, 2005 at 6:50 AM
While at a visit to Six Flags Great ADV., a guy lost his keys on Medusa, so decided to jump the fence, go under the coaster, and get his keys. Besides being extremely dangerous, the ride was stopped for about half an hour while security personel escorted him out of the park. Just use your head and don't do anything stupid.
In terms of rain, is kind of fun to go on coasters while it is raining. However, would not suggest foing on Flying Coasters(Air, Superman:Ultimate Flight) while it is raining. It the front row you are blinded and it feels like pebbles are hitting you face, so just keep that in mind and you will be fine.

From Mike M
Posted June 13, 2005 at 6:56 AM
TRACK RECORDS:
Many people are surprised to find out that Disney does not have the best safety record. Many of their rides malfunction, causing accidents. The whole six flags chain is nt too good, but Six Flags Great Adventure has never had any accidents. I like to view accidents by the company that built the ride, not the park,but it is partially the park's fault. In terms of Roller Coasters, Bolliger and Mabillard have the best safety record, while Intamin AG has one of the worst. Intamin makes the rocket coasters(top Thrill, Kingda Ka), to name a few, and B+M makes the ski-lift style coasters as well as the flying and dive machines.

From Tom Ward
Posted July 7, 2005 at 11:17 AM
Always be smart & safe on the way into the park including the Parking Lot. Listen to the Parking Attendants and do what they say. Because if you don't listen, you'll get mad, and so will they.

From clare myers
Posted July 16, 2005 at 1:53 PM
Several of you have mentioned not to forget to bring water with you when you visit a theme park. I'm heading out to SF Great America (IL) tomorrow with about a dozen of my buddies. I'm a sensible girl--totally on top of the water thing. I eevn thought it would be nice to bring along a picnic lunch, so as to avoid the expense and general grossness of theme park food. Then someone pointed at that they might not allow food in the park. So I phoned them up--they don't. Then I asked whether they ad any vegan options (we have every intention of spending the WHOLE day there; my partner and I are vegetarian and two of my friends are vegan). The girl hemmed and hawed for a couple minutes, then said "not really. Well, we have a salad bar, but it's rather limited." Fine. We'll live. But here's the kicker: "But you can still bring water in, right?"
"No, see, we sell water here in the park."
"Oh, and I suppose it's about $5 a bottle."
"Yeah, something like that."

I cannot begin to explain how much this infuriates me. Does anyone know whether there are any laws to the contrary? I mean, come on people. The ticket was already a major expense for me. It just strikes me as almost inhumane. I mean, it's water. Water.

/rant

But, yeah, if anyone happens to read this tonight and knows of any verbiage I can print out and bring with me, that'd be really swell.

From todd eakin
Posted July 27, 2005 at 12:05 AM
if you start getting hot go to skull island and always have a cooler in your car with drinks and food in it and you could buy a superman cup for $6.99 and to refill it is .99 cents other food and drink prices can get quite high always drink alot on a hot day.

From Hannah Mitchell
Posted September 5, 2005 at 12:19 AM
I went on Colossus at thorpe park yesterday. Its a great ride! We had such fun we did it 4 times in a row!But my head kept bashing about on the retraints. How do i stop this from happening?

Then i rode nemesis inferno. I loved that as well but i felt sick after. How come i felt sick on nemesis when it only go's upside-down 4 times and i was fine on colossus, the worlds first ten looping roller coaster?

From Dustin Kern
Posted September 6, 2005 at 2:36 PM
Accidents happen. It's a cold hard fact that is not about to change. The only thing you can do is to take every possible safety step that you can. If you don't think something is safe or you feel uneasy, report it. If you think even for one second that you might get hurt, then don't ride. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people say, "I shouldn't have done that," or "I knew I shouldn't have ridden that." You may see the entire ride, but seeing the ride and riding the ride are 2 totally different things. It may look smooth, but it might feel totally different.
Another thing is to stay in the shade as much as possible. Bring a water bottle to keep filling up all day at the park. If you get hot, find shade and take a break. If you start feeling dizzy and it's not due to a ride, don't get on a ride, and sit down. If that doesn't help, go to the first aid. I had a really bad incident with dehydration and let me just say this, many people saw something they really didn't want to see and lunch doesn't taste that good the second time.
Have fun, but remember, read the signs and follow them. It might be the difference between life and death.

From Scott Galas
Posted September 16, 2005 at 5:00 AM
Here are some of the best things you can do to stay injury free... Drink lots of water, hop into a gift shop or somewhere to cool down and MOST IMPORTANTLY do not wear flip-flops or sandals!!!

From Chris Walton
Posted October 27, 2005 at 6:45 PM
Theme park safety is really the use of common sense. Like I've posted previously, guest negligence is a huge contributing factor when it comes to theme park accidents.
Negligence for ride medical disclaimers is a big one!!! As well as plain stupidity (like all the drunken/ignorant teens who are injured and/or killed at Disney's Grad Night). Good point Robert with the heat related injuries. Hydrate!Hydrate!Hydrate! Especially in the summer months. The best thing to drink (although not exactly practical) is a small amount of Gatorade diluted in water to keep elctrolytes balanced. Basically, as long as you as a theme park visitor exercise the use of common sense then the likely hood of an accident reduces dramatically. Unless of course you fall victim to the rare occurence of actual ride malfunction, but then you'll proably get a nice settlement from the park!

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