It’s the family vacation of a lifetime. Hitting all of Florida’s amusement parks on one big whirlwind tour. Sounds great on paper, but what happens when a family of four gets to the parks? The results can be disastrous or they can be incredible; it all depends on how the adults in the party handle the prep work.
When visiting theme parks with children, even the older ones, it’s a good idea to plan out a few things in advance to avoid problems down the road. The theme parks in this state are fantastic and they offer some serious bang for the buck, but they can get expensive when food, drinks and souvenirs are added into the mix. Plus, after hours of trekking from ride to ride, the kids can get really, really cranky. This can make mom and dad even crankier and result in a trip that’s not as fun as everyone expected.
Avoiding the theme park frustrations is more than possible, if families plan to do the following:
* Arrive early. This helps cut down on the crowds and can enable some serious park action before the heat of the afternoon.
* Plan on eating outside of the parks when possible. This is especially feasible for those who have hotels nearby and passes to get in and out of the parks multiple times. The cost for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the parks, however, can really destroy a budget.
* Take breaks from the parks. If the hotel is close, do take advantage of a mid-day break to get the kids off their feet and you, too! A little respite can go far in making sure everyone stays happy.
* Set spending limits. Whether you put a dollar amount on what the kids can spend on mementoes or you limit it to the number of items they can buy, do set some sort of limit and stick to it. Many a family has gone home broke after buying little Suzy or Johnny every item they’ve got their hearts set on at the parks. By setting a limit in advance, the kids and you both know exactly where you stand.
* Take advantage of discount tickets. Many of the attraction areas offer discount tickets for the parks and oftentimes for restaurants outside of them. These can really help stretch a budget.
* Plan major highlights to hit in advance. The parks are big. This helps cut down a little on the flying by the seat of the pants. Agree what to go on and make those rides a priority. After that, then choose other stops on the fly.
Florida theme park vacations can be a whole lot of fun for an entire family when some limits and goals are put into play.