You’ve told the kids you’re taking them on a vacation and this time it’s going to be a theme park. After all the squeals of delight and hugs, you’re going to be bombarded with questions about which one.
This is where you will need to keep a level head because there are so many to choose from, it could be overwhelming. So let’s take a look at how to make the best choice for your family. And then we’ll move on to the planning phase of your vacation.
What’s on offer?
Theme parks are a high-demand vacation destination, and they are all designed to cater especially for families with children.
Have a family discussion first and find out what it is your kids are interested in doing. It could be water slides, or coasters, or movie characters and scenes, dinosaurs, science fiction or fantasy.
Take note of everything your family would want to do on such a holiday so that you can make sure the theme park you choose offers all of these experiences for your family.
Let’s start planning
Once you have that list you can go online and start going through the theme parks you had in mind. You’re going to need to consider the following before you make a final decision:
Do you want to be able to drive there, or are you willing to fly to your destination?
Distance is also going to affect the costs, so work this out and make sure it’s a cost you’re willing and able to pay. If you fly there will be other costs like car hire or shuttle services if the hotel you’re staying in doesn’t offer it.
If you want to explore more of the city or surrounding area the theme park is in, find information on cab/bus/train services around the theme park area and factor those costs in before you make your decision.
Once you are there, are you going to stay in the theme park, or in a hotel nearby?
This decision takes two main aspects into consideration. The first is cost, as it will probably cost you more to stay in the theme park hotel than a hotel nearby.
The other is the access you’ll have to the park. Consider that you will most likely have earlier access to rides and activities if you are resident in the theme park. You’ll do less walking with your family, and they may have an all-inclusive package on offer that includes meals. So your additional cost may be taken care of right there.
It’s worth checking out the costs and facilities of hotels in close proximity to the theme park. Some may also offer family package deals that include some meals and even shuttle services, so it’s worth checking that out so you can make an informed choice.
When do you want to go?
This is a very important decision because it is going to have an impact on cost, due to seasonal demand, and it also affects how busy the park is going to be. Standing in queues of hundreds of people waiting for a ride when you have a niggly toddler or fidgety tween with you is not going to be fun, so check that out first before you decide on dates for your vacation.
Consider the ages of your children
The age of your children is probably the biggest factor in your theme park vacation planning. You need to be sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.
And if you have small children, the theme park you are considering needs to offer sports and outdoor activities for toddlers. Otherwise, you have a small child that can’t participate in what the older children are doing and can’t understand why.
That is going to make for big tears and tantrums, so don’t set yourself up for that!
Using social media
Social media sites are fantastic in this case. Look up parent groups in your area and ask for advice on theme park vacation options there. You might learn that what a particular theme park says about their facilities on their website or in their brochure, is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Take into consideration the best and the worst experiences others have had on their vacations and you’ll be better equipped to make a theme park vacation choice that your family is going to love you for, forever!
Remember that for most families taking a vacation is what lifetime memories are made of. Choosing the right theme park for your family is going to ensure they’ll be sharing their memories with friends and even their own children someday.
Happy vacationing! Don’t forget the sunscreen!