Tips To Make Visiting A Theme Park A Breeze
Getting ready to visit a theme park can sometimes feel like preparing for everything and anything to happen. Between the crowds and the long lines in the heat, it is easy to lose sight of the fun. Well not to fret, BHW is here to share some summertime advice to make the most of your amusement park day!
Do Your Research: When planning your theme park destination be sure to get as much information possible before visiting. Ask other parents about their experiences and search online for reviews to make sure that the theme park you are visiting is the perfect fit for your family. For example, if your child dislikes roller coasters,then you may want to skip a park that has loops and speed and sudden turns here and there. If they love animals, then we suggest heading to a park with wildlife attractions.
Involve Your Child: Before your vacation, we suggest that you have a nice sit down chat with your child to make them feel included in the process. Many kids on the autism spectrum respond well to visual learning tools. Perhaps, pick up a paper map of the park or browse online to study the amusement park layout together. Let your child select attractions and shows they would like to see and arrange your schedule around them. We recommend planning your day out in advance. This will give your child a sense of what will occur that day and will let your family maximize the most of their time without getting burnt out. Although, don’t forget to factor in the wait for each of the lines for the rides when planning the day.
Expect the Unexpected: The probability of unplanned complications will arise so it is important to consider things like inclement weather, illness, ride closures, and any other random situations that might throw a curveball into your plans. It is best to talk out these potential scenarios with your child ahead of time and make alternative plans when/if they occur.
Get Help at the Park: Upon arrival, it is recommended that you head straight to the park guest relations desk. We also suggest that you bring a letter with your child’s diagnosis. At most parks, the guest relations department will help you and your family with accommodations to make the entire experience more enjoyable. Some theme parks even allow guests on the autism spectrum the opportunity to access rides form an alternative entrance without waiting in long lines.