Summer is a great time to visit a theme park. But it takes a little planning to pull off a successful trip because theme parks can be expensive and expectations are always high.
Start planning early for your trip and purchase your theme park tickets ahead of time. As a member of AAA, you can get discounted tickets for Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, Paramount's Carowinds, Paramount's Kings Dominion, Biltmore Estate, Emerald Pointe Water Park, Walt Disney World, the North Carolina Zoo and more. You can visit your local AAA office or call 800-463-8646 and order your tickets from one of our agents. Before you hit the road, plan the best route to the park with our Triptik Travel Planner. And don't forget to download our mobile app for access to maps, traveling directions and AAA approved dining and hotel accommodations.
After you have booked your tickets to your theme park destination, print out the park schedule before you go and let the children look at the attractions. Theme parks have distractions everywhere you look and it can be overwhelming for children. Making a plan with them before you arrive can help keep them focused. Also, learn if the park offers ways to skip the lines with line hopper passes and how best to take advantage of this time-saving option.
Make sure to take tons of pictures, but also splurge on a family photo. Often families get home and realize that they have no photo of everyone together. Other souvenirs are pricey and can be easily purchased online later for a much cheaper price. Take pictures of the items that the family really wants and purchase them later.
Dress appropriately for the park. Remember, you'll be outside most of the day so wear a hat and apply sunscreen several times a day. A sunburn is one souvenir you don't want. Also, consider dressing your children in brightly colored clothing. It will help you spot them easily in large crowds. And don't forget to make a plan with your children about what to do if you get separated.
The most important thing is to have fun. These are priceless memories. Contact AAA today and start planning.