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Plan an Awesome Theme Park Vacation

The choices at any amusement park can be as dizzying as a roller coaster. These tips will help keep your trip on track.

man and woman on roller coaster with hands raised at Six Flags, picture
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Photo: Courtesy Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

FIND THE RIGHT MIND-SET

It would be nice to visit a park midweek during the off-season. But if a summer Saturday is the only option you have, don't despair. Just mentally prepare yourself for a lot of company.

THINK AHEAD

After parking, snap a photo of your spot. Once you're inside the park, agree on a meeting place in case your group gets separated. Pinning your cell phone number to your young child's shirt is another smart precaution.

BRING SMALL ITEMS

Better to pack snacks, sunscreen, and other sundries than to pay a markup for them inside the park. Don't forget a reusable water bottle.

DOWNLOAD APPS

Park apps include maps to rides, restaurants, restrooms, and more. Use them to plot your visit in advance or to make decisions while you're there.

LOOK FOR DEALS

Package deals and season passes might cost more up front but often come with perks such as early entry. Also, AAA sells discounted tickets to parks including Legoland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Disneyland Resort.

This article was first published in Summer 2017. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

AAA Travel can help you plan your next theme park vacation. Call (877) 835-2233 or click to book.