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Ask any child where they would like to go on vacation, and the usual answer is Disney. Theme parks are incredibly popular with children (and adults) of all ages. From the rides to the food, it seems that everything about the park should be experienced. Read on to see how to best plan your next family vacation to a theme park.

Alan Lakein once said that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Although it may seem small in the grand scheme of things, a family vacation takes a lot of planning. The planning is what helps make the trip seem so magical, effortless, and memorable. As always, you first need to pick the theme park carefully. While they do offer things for all ages, you still need to match the theme park to the ages and interests of everyone going. You don’t want to take your teenager to Sesame Place instead of Busch Gardens! Once you figure out the right theme park for the trip, plan the logistics. Are you driving or flying? Staying at a hotel that belongs to the theme park or one off property? Are there special activities or add-ons that need to be considered? Give yourself enough time to really decide and pay for these things. If you’re using a travel agent, he or she should be able to guide throughout the entire process. Also, don’t forget to plan your packing strategy. Trust me when I say that you don’t want to forget a change of clothes when you go to SeaWorld.

Every family is different, but if you can rouse everyone up early to get ready and head out to the park, you will do well throughout the day. If you get to the park when it’s opening, you have a better chance of riding what you want and avoiding the long lines (although nothing is ever guaranteed). Try to have the rides the family absolutely wants all mapped out. Go on those first and try to go from the back of the park towards the front. Many parks offer some sort of way to quickly get on the ride, if this is really important to you then I would suggest purchasing this added value.

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Safety is and should be a big issue when you and your family go to a theme park. Make sure that the kids know what to do and who to ask for help if they get separated. Some people have suggested taking pictures of your children every morning while you’re visiting the park in case anything should happen. A safe trip is always a happy trip!

If you decide to plan and book this trip yourself, I would suggest contacting the destination’s tourism board. They can help you with information about the theme park and the town/city itself. Some even help connect you to more deals, coupons and even advice than you thought.

Theme parks seem to have been part of a family vacation experience for a long time now. Sharing it with your own children is a gift that should be enjoyed. Hopefully these tips will help make that time much more memorable than you expected!

A certified travel associate, Sabrina Toth is owner of a travel management company named Toth International that specializes in the entertainment industry. For more information about how to plan your next family vacation, contact her at Sabrina@tothinternational.com or visit www.tothinternational.com.

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