2013's New Year's resolutions for theme park fans

December 31, 2012, 12:08 AM · Every year at New Year's, I offer a list of New Year's resolutions for theme park fans. You've already gotten started with several suggestions, so allow me add my suggested resolutions to our growing list, too.

Also on my New Year's resolution list: To get that 21-century jet pack they promised I'd have by now. (The picture is of a float in the 2012 Rose Parade.)

So, please, read on, and repeat after me. :^)

As a theme park fan, in 2013, I resolve to…

  1. Start every park visit with a smile on my face.
  2. Smile (silently) at 10 frowning people every day I spend in the parks.
  3. Offer directions to a lost visitor.
  4. Not to hesitate to ask a park employee for directions or advice at any point during my visits.
  5. Remember the name of those park employees, and if their advice helped me, to go to guest services at the end of the day and submit a formal compliment about them.
  6. Let the other people go first when we both arrive at the attraction entrance at the same time.
  7. Keep my temper in check when someone cuts in front of me.
  8. Clear my table and leave immediately after eating, when other diners are looking for a place to sit.
  9. Say 'thank you' to the park employees whenever I go on and whenever I leave an attraction.
  10. Say 'thank you' to custodial employees whenever I see them cleaning the park.
  11. On every visit, go on something I've never been on before, or at least that I haven't been on in five years or more.
  12. At least once, shamelessly wear a pair of Mouseketeer ears in a Disney theme park, or some other silly hat in another park.

Silly hat

I'd love to hear your resolutions, wishes, hopes and suggestions for 2013, in the comments. Stay safe tonight, and Happy New Year! I'll be Tweeting from the Rose Parade route on New Year's Day, so please follow my updates @themepark as you watch the 124th Rose Parade, live from Theme Park Insider's home town of Pasadena, California! (FYI: Disneyland's Cars Land float is scheduled as number 52 out of 92 units in the parade, so expect it somewhere around noon Eastern time, 9pm Pacific.)

Replies (10)

December 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM · Happy New Year Robert and TPI'ers!!!

I resolve to watch the Harry Potter movies so I understand whats going on in the ride properly , and can be appropriately excited about Gringotts! :-)

Saying thank you is SO important, I always try to make sure I do...and often think how I would feel if the roles were reversed.

December 31, 2012 at 3:16 AM · My resolution for 2013 in theme parks is to just go out and enjoy them every time i go
December 31, 2012 at 4:01 AM · @Kelly, If I may, I heartily suggest you read the Harry Potter novels, then watch the movies. In this case, the books so outclass the movies it is as if they are based on different stories entirely.

As for me, my resolutions are in the previous thread, but I would add one other: I resolve to never get involved in another Disney vs. Universal debate. They're both terrific theme park brands, let's just leave it at that.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 5:12 AM · Thanks James - I was going for the slightly speedier option. :-)) (I say speedy, I mean lazy)
But then again I dont anticipate going on the ride any time soon...
December 31, 2012 at 7:21 AM · You know James Rao that is never going to happen , it's a great resolution but there is always going to be stubborn people. Myself being one of them who is going to prefer Universal over Disney and doesn't have any problem voicing on here with humor with just a sprinkle of sarcasm. Just a sprinkle though.

My resolution is to not seem like a cut throat mean guy like a pirate on here and look at things from a different person's perspective. Also I would like to be more fiscally sound to actually enjoy myself with my family at a theme park. And last everyone be safe and have a wonderful New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Although that was a nice read, theme park fan resolutions was
A big disappointment compared to last years end of the year bomb shell story. I was expecting a industry first exclusive like "lord of the rings park to open in New York by 2014...and yes I know I'm dreaming...sigh..
December 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM · My new year’s resolution will be to spend every moment of my life on this site and reading Robert Niles new book that is now on sale…
December 31, 2012 at 2:16 PM · I resolve to be less rigorous regarding my written presentations at the TPI site.

THCreative writes: "I resolve to be less rigorous regarding my written presentations at the TPI site."

I Respond: That statement is a manifestation of passive aggressive, pseudo psychological banter and is only posted as a means of nurturing a straw man line of discussion that intends to propagate animosity. Or so my wife says.


Related: Has anyone here ever seen THC and NB in the same room at the same time?

Hmmm ...

December 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM · When you submit a compliment about a employee at Walt Disney World can you please pass on how to do this. We tried at Animal Kingdom at the guest services location and the person behind the counter was not sure what to do, they wrote the employees name down on a piece of paper and that was it. We would love to give credit to a "castmember" who was one of the highlights of our trip to Disney.
December 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM · ^^^^^ The resulting blood and gore might make a good house for next year's Universal Halloween Horror Nights!

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