I have a confession to make. I have not always been the perfect theme park traveler. I know it may seem that way but unfortunately I am not. Out of the many different mistakes I have made going to theme parks, the first was thinking I could handle more than I should. It was my first time at Knott’s Berry Farm–maybe when I was around 10 or so–and one of their main attractions was metal roller coaster called Boomerang (which is still there today). It is a short, fast, metal coaster that sends you barreling forwards and backwards at 47 mphs with two quick loops. I remember hearing about this attraction on commercials, and I was hyped to experience it. Even when I was in line, I believed I could handle it. Well, I was wrong.
Right after the ride ended, I was the first one to run off, crying, and not ever wanting to experience any roller coaster again. As a matter of fact, I was not able to go on any other roller coaster again for a few years. When I look back at this incident, I wish there was something that would have given me the ability to know what it was like to encounter this attraction beforehand. Even while standing in line, I did not truly understand what it would feel like to sit in one of those coast seats. This is why my advice to everyone–first timers or not–is to take advantage of ride through videos. It is the only way to truly know what you are going to get yourself into before stepping one foot into any theme park.
When going to any theme park, it is wise to know which attractions will be appropriate for you and your family to experience. TouringPlans has an amazing breakdown on which attractions are suitable for each age group (Disneyland Parks, Disney World Parks, and Universal Studio Parks). Even though these are great write-ups, seeing is believing. This is why utilizing ride through videos are the perfect way for any adult or child to experience an attraction before even purchasing your theme park tickets.
TouringPlans’ YouTube channel has a great set of ride through videos that you should checkout. These are great to review which attraction you should—or should not—put in your touring plans. Even if there is not an attraction you are looking for on TouringPlans’ YouTube channel, there are hundreds of different other ride through videos to search for on YouTube that will help you.
Another great use for ride through videos is to re-experience any attraction you want again. All you have to do is search up which attraction you want and voila! I know it is not nearly the same thing, but it is the closest you will get while in the comfort of your own home.
Even though my past fear of roller coasters is no more, I still have a hard time looking at ride throughs of Knott’s Boomerang attraction. That is why my advice to all of our beloved readers is to do your research and understand what you are getting into before going into any theme park. You will not regret it.
Crying and Scared
Question: What are some theme park mistakes you have made before? What is the number one advance you would give anyone going to a theme park for the first time?