Five New Year's resolutions for theme park fans in 2017
With 2017 only a few days away, it's time again to make our annual New Year's resolutions. As fans, we don't get much say in running the parks, so instead of compiling a wish list of things we'd like to see from the parks in 2017, let's focus on what we can do as visitors to make our time there more pleasant for everyone in the year ahead.
In my Orange County Register column this week, I offer five resolutions for local theme park fans in Southern California, but they would apply to people who love theme parks anywhere else in the world, too: Cheer more, Race less, Don't be the enforcer, Don't cheat, and Don't worry.
Visiting theme parks can cost a lot of money, especially if you're spending a week at a far-off resort instead of just driving over to the local park where you have an annual pass. So it's easy to understand why so many visitors get stressed when they're in the parks. They've put so much into getting there that they fear they won't enjoy that wonderful experience with their family that they invested all that money and time planning to have.
Of course, fear makes fears real. The more stressed you get about having a bad time on vacation, the worse your time you will feel. That's where our resolutions can help. Anything you can hold in your mind as a mantra or advice — anything you can fall back upon when that fear and stress begins to surface — can help you ignore the fear and help you to focus instead on the fun awaiting you in the park.
So I hope that you will include resolutions such as ours' in your trip planning in 2017. Think about how you'll keep yourself thinking positively and acting helpfully not just to your family and friends but for all those wonderful strangers in the park, too. If fear is contagious, so is joy. And the more joy you bring with you to the parks in 2017, the more joy you'll have to share with those around you. And the more joy they will feel — and share — as well.
Happy New Year!
Read Robert's column:
Good advice for having a good theme park visit, or doing any thing for that matter. I agree that everyone wants to be a good person, the best we can all do is try to show that to others. Be good to each other!! Especially people working for your enjoyment. Theme park workers, retail workers, food service, etc. These people don't get the respect they deserve.
Not related to this post, but in the "What is Under Construction?" article you don't mention the new raft ride coming to Typhoon Lagoon. I forgot the name, but i remember it being announced. I think it was pirate themed.
A fun motto I recently heard from a long time Universal Orlando & Disney World Annual Passholder was about not comparing.
Just read the article. What a fantastic perspective, and one we could all work on! My best friend and I take an annual road trip to a new coaster park every summer - dubbed "Coaster Thingy" - and our tendency is to be "those guys." We think it's justified for the very reasons you mentioned - we spend a lot of time and money planning these trips. But, that's no excuse. Considered these 5 resolutions adopted!
I rarely do resolutions, but did in 2016; don't buy anything inside a park that I can't eat or drink. No cheating by going to Downtown Disney, and still looking around in shops. With 36 hours to go, I think it is hereby resolved.
I never will get jaded about Theme Park Charakters! Thats one of the Reasons I go to a Park: To leave the Real World - get in a Phantasy World, a Fary Tale World - get (or stay as I'm Autistik) kid!
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