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How to Go to Everland

How to Go to Everland
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Updated: March 29, 2019 | References

Everland Resort in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, is the largest theme park in the country. Everland provides several ways to get to the park, including a dedicated cab service and a shuttle bus. You can also get to Everland using public transportation or by driving. Decide which mode of transportation is best for you and make sure to purchase your tickets in advance.

Method One of Three:
Getting Direct Rides to the Park

1
Take an Evercab for a direct trip. Evercab is Everland’s cab service that will make one-way or round trips to the park. Evercab costs a flat rate of 177,257 WON ($158) as of November 2018 for a one-way ride to the park for 1 person. If you plan on traveling with more than 1 person, the price-per-person drops. To see a full list of rates or to make a reservation, call +82-2-863-3541 or visit https://everland.groundk.com/reservation.html.[1]
Evercab will pick you up directly from any location within Seoul.
If you are taking 4 people on a round trip, the total cost is 439,735 WON ($392).
This is one of the more expensive traveling options.

2
Ride the shuttle bus to Everland for an affordable option. The Everland shuttle bus is tailored to take guests directly to Everland. You can purchase tickets by calling 031-281-3237 or visiting http://www.worldbus.co.kr/everland/index.php. The bus leaves once a day in the morning around 9 a.m. and leaves the park at 7:30 p.m. To see a full schedule of pickup and drop off points, visit https://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/everland_guide/transportation/Transportation05.html.[2]
This bus will pick up people from several bus stations in Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi-do.
Tickets will cost you anywhere from 8,000-12,000 WON, or $7-$11.
Your ticket includes a trip to and from the park.
3
Drive to Everland if you have a car. If you’d rather drive to Everland, you can do so by heading south on the Gyeongbu Expressway. You can use GPS map apps or websites like http://www.gosur.com to navigate from whatever location you’re coming from. Input Everland’s address, “199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do” into the application and follow the directions that it provides.
Parking in Everland is provided free of charge.
Method Two of Three:
Using Public Transit
1
Take the 5002 bus if you’re near Gangnam Station. The 5002 bus at exit 10 in Gangnam Station runs every 20 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. You can purchase a fare on the bus. Take the bus at Gangnam Station and ride it for 40-50 minutes before getting off at the Everland stop.[3]
Purchase bus tickets to and from Everland at the station.
The 5002 bus costs around 2,500 WON, or about $2.
2
Ride the 5700 bus if you’re near Gangbyeon Station. If you’re closer to Gangbyeon Station, take the 5700 bus at exit 1, in the middle of the road. The bus ride will take a little over an hour. Get off at the Everland stop.[4]
The 5700 bus costs around 2,500 WON, or about $2.
3
Catch a shuttle bus from a subway station to save money. There are several shuttle bus stops that will take you to the park and back to where you’re staying. Visit https://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/everland_guide/transportation/Transportation05.html to see a bus schedule and to book your ticket in advance. Arrive at the station at the designated pick up time for a direct trip to Everland.[5]
For instance, the shuttle leaves the Gangnam station at 9:30 a.m. and leaves the park at around 7:30 p.m.
The shuttle bus also departs from the City Hall Station Exit 5, Seoul Station Exit 10, and Gwangmyeong-Cheolsan Station Exit 4.
You can get to each station by taking any connecting route in the Seoul Metropolitan Subway.
The shuttle bus costs 12,000 WON, or about $10.
Method Three of Three:
Planning Your Trip
1
Plan your trip in the spring or fall for the best weather. Spring in South Korea is April to June and is often regarded as the best time to visit. The country experiences mostly sunny days during this time and flowers are in bloom. If you prefer slightly cooler weather, consider visiting in the fall months of September through November.[6]
It’s best to avoid going to South Korea in the summer because it’s monsoon season when the country regularly experiences heavy rainfall.
If you are visiting in the fall or winter, make sure to bring a jacket to keep you warm in the chilly weather.
You can usually wear T-shirts and shorts in the spring and summer.
2
Get your travel documents in order if you’re visiting from another country. In order to visit the park, you’ll need to travel to South Korea if you don’t already live there. Obtain or renew your passport 2-3 months in advance. You should also check whether you need a travel visa.Certain countries have a visa waiver agreement with Korea. Once you have all your documents, go online to purchase plane tickets to South Korea.
Visit https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/en/info/popup/icis/VisaWaiver_pop.htm to see whether your countries residents need to get a travel visa to visit South Korea.
Incheon International, Gimpo International, and Jeju International are the largest airports in South Korea.[7]
To save money, buy your plane tickets at least 90 days in advance.[8]
3
Reserve lodging accommodations if necessary. If you don’t live in Korea and plan on staying for more than 1 day, you should reserve accommodations before you leave for your trip. Take a look online for hotels in Seoul or near Everland and book your room.[9]
If you’d like to stay close to the park, the Ramada Yongin, Soom Forest, and Q Hotels are within a mile from Everland.
4
Purchase your tickets to Everland online. Visit https://www.everland.com/ to purchase your tickets for the days that you plan on visiting the park. A 1-day ticket for an adult costs 54,000 WON, or about $48, while a children’s ticket costs 43,000 WON, or about $38. The tickets include a full day of access to the rides at the amusement park and admission to the Hoam Art Gallery.[10]
There are also 2-day tickets available available for 84,000 WON, or about $75.
Children must be 2-18 to receive the child discount.
You can also purchase night tickets, or tickets after 5:00 p.m., for 45,000 WON, or about $40, for adults and 36,000 WON, or about $32, for children.
Purchase a Qpass with your tickets for an extra 3,000 WON, or about $3, to skip the queues when you’re at the park.[11]
5
Plan which rides and attractions you want to enjoy. There are 5 different zones in Everland that include European Adventure, Magic Land, American Adventure, Global Fair, and Zootopia. Each zone has its own unique attractions and events. If you are traveling with seniors or young children, Global Fair, Magic Land, and Zootopia have suitable rides and attractions.[12]
European and American Adventure have roller coasters like the T-Express and Gyro VR.
Global Fair has retail shops that include brands like Etude House and LINE Friends. These shops are great for adults and seniors.
Magic Land has rides that are suitable for children.
Zootopia has a variety of different zoo animals including pandas and giraffes.
6
Look at the schedule to see which special events are happening. Visit https://www.everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/everland_guide/schedule/show.html to see a full schedule of events. Each zone will have special events depending on which day you go.[13]
Zootopia has events like the “Panda World Animal Talk” and “Finding Superbirds.”
There are often parades and festivals every day in each zone.
The Global Fair has the Victorian Theater which hosts live performances.[14]
7
Plan on where to eat while at Everland. There are a variety of unique restaurants in each zone. If you want a large selection, Holland Village in the European Adventure zone has 12 European style restaurants. If you want Korean cuisine, you can visit Han-ga-ram to get authentic Korean food. See an entire list of eateries at http://www.everland.com/MultiLanguage/english/everland_guidemap_english.pdf.[15]
You can also bring outside food into the park if you want to save money.
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How to Avoid Queues at Thorpe Par

How to Avoid Queues at Thorpe Park
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Updated: September 6, 2019 | References

Because Thorpe Park is a popular theme park, you may find yourself spending most of your day there waiting in queues. However, if you plan accordingly, you can beat the queues and make the most out of your day at the park.

Method One of Two:
Before You Go
1
Pick the best day to visit Thorpe Park. When planning your visit, you’ll want to consider both the month and the day of the week in order to reduce the time spent in queues as much as possible.[1]
Go during the off-season months. The least busy months are from April to May, and from September to November. These months have reduced wait times as they are when the park has just opened/closed, schools have gone back, and there are no special events on. Avoid going to the park in peak summer months. Every day in the summer is busy, leading to queues of up to 4 hours per ride.
Visit the park during the week if possible. The best days to go are Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, as on these days the queues are up to four times shorter since most people are in school or at work.
2
Plan how you’ll get to the park. It’s important to bare travel time in mind so that you’ll ensure you get to the gate on time and avoid waiting in long queues there. You can get most of the way to Thorpe Park using public transit by taking a train (or another form of transportation) to Waterloo, then hopping on a train to Reading (they leave every 20 minutes), and getting off at Staines. It’s about 30 – 40 minutes if you take the slow train. Once at Staines, you have a few different options:
Take the Thorpe Park Bus, which is faster than the local bus but more expensive (£3.70 for a return).
Take the local bus, which is a bit slower, but the tickets are cheaper (£2.40 return).
Walk, but keep in mind that the park is 4.8 km (3 miles) away, so it could take up to an hour to get there.
3
Consider pre-ordering a Fastrack package online. Fastracks enable you to skip the normal queue and enter a special, shorter queue reserved for Fastrack pass holders. If you would like to purchase a Fastrack, it’s a good idea to pre-order them online before you go, as the park only sells a limited amount of them each day and they often get sold out.[2]
Method Two of Two:
On the Day Of
1
Arrive early. Whether you have pre-ordered tickets, or are getting them at the gate (with or without vouchers) make sure you get to the gate at least half an hour early. Generally queues build up about a half hour before the park opens and it remains busy until 3PM, and then they die down in the park’s final opening hours of the day.[3]
If you have an annual pass, aim to get there up to 40 minutes early. You get prioritized entrance, meaning you get to enter the park earlier then the general public, so you can be let in 15-30 minutes early. Make sure you’re there right when they let you in to make the most of this time with short queues.
2
Ride your favourite rides first. Be reasonable, and imagine the park will be really busy, so choose 4 – 6 rides you really really want to do, and get them out of the way before the queues get too long. After you’ve ridden your favourite ones, you can then be more systematic in your choices in order to avoid queues.[4]
3
Start at the left side of the park and work your way to the right side. The public tend to swarm to the right hand side of the park, near Stealth, the Swarm and Nemesis Inferno, so do these later in the day. Try to start off over as far left as you can – the rides like Rush, Vortex, Quantum, and even Saw, Colossus or Samurai. Saw and Colossus both get queues of over 60 minutes in peak times (afternoons and weekends), so do these early.
4
Eat lunch very early or very late. Most restaurants are open by 11:30, and the queues peak from 12:30 – 1:00, especially for popular ones such as KFC or Pizza Pasta. It’s recommended to either get to the restaurant as the doors open, or wait to eat until around 2:30PM, when people are doing their final rides and starting to leave. This will pay off two-fold – you won’t have to wait in long queues to get your food, and if you’re on the rides while everyone else is eating lunch, the ride queues will be smaller.[5]
5
Wait until later to ride the bigger rides once their queues have peaked. Once you see on the billboards of ride times dotted round the park that the big rides have reached queues of up and over 40 minutes, stop joining these big queues and head for the ones with smaller queues instead. Wait until later on in the day, when people are starting to go home and the queues are dying down, to ride these big rides.
Tips
Avoid going on special days, such as Halloween, as queues will be busier then.
Buy an annual pass to get in early and avoid queues in the morning.
Stay in the park for as long as you can as the queues start to get shorter later in the day.
Warnings
If you’re visiting the park on weekdays in the off-season, note that at these times the rides are normally on one train operation, meaning that they’re running at a low capacity and queues may still build up.
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How to Overcome a Fear of Scary Rides

How to Overcome a Fear of Scary Rides
Co-authored by Tasha Rube, LMSW
Updated: April 6, 2019

Rides at amusement parks and carnivals are meant to thrill and excite their riders. Understandably, this thrill isn’t for everyone, at least at first. They can, though, be a tremendous amount of fun, and a great way to spend time with friends and family. By learning more about these rides, and what makes you afraid of going on them, you can get yourself in line for one, and survive the first trip to help you go again and again with others.

Part One of Three:
Thinking About Your Fear

1
Identify what scares you about the ride. Consider what about the ride actually scares you, and makes you want to not go on. There can be many reasons why you don’t enjoy or want to go on scary rides. It could be the speed, the turns, or the feeling of falling you’ll get while on it, or even a traumatic experience you had on a ride before.[1] By identifying what it is that makes you scared, you can take more concrete steps to overcome that specific fear.
Look at pictures of the ride, watch where it goes. See if there are particular things about the ride that scare you, like going upside down on a roller coaster. Imagine yourself going through the ride, and how you would feel when you go through it.[2]
Study the rides. Look at what they are trying to do to scare you, as well as the safety features. Understanding how the rides work, and how they can keep you safe, will help you feel more comfortable getting on them.
Remember that you are in a safe environment. These rides work because people remember that they are in a safe area, and that nothing bad will actually happen to them. Scary rides are able to create a reaction by overstimulating your senses, like using sudden sounds and weird sensations in a haunted house, but will not put you in real danger.[3]

2
Set a goal for going on the ride. Maybe you just want to say you did it, or are trying to impress someone. It doesn’t need to be an earth-shattering goal, but something manageable like going on the ride once. Having a goal or reason for getting on the ride can help motivate you to actually give it a shot, and smaller goal will make it easier to follow through and have success.[4]
3
Talk to other people. Talk to your friends about going on these rides. Make sure they know that you are scared, but that you want to overcome this fear. Good friends will understand, and try to help where they can.[5]
When you talk to your friends, ask them why they enjoy going on these rides. It’s not unusual to be a little afraid of scary rides, as the point is to give you a thrill. Ask about how they overcame their fears to enjoy the ride.
Part Two of Three:
Getting Yourself on the Ride
1
Slowly expose yourself to the rides. Before jumping on line, spend some time exposing yourself to a scary ride. Look at pictures and video of it online so you can see it in action, and what you would do while on it. If you go to a theme park or carnival, walk by the ride and watch it in action. The more you see of it, the more comfortable you will be around it. This is exposure therapy, a common method for overcoming fears.[6][7]
2
Get in line for the ride. One way to help push yourself on to the ride is to put yourself in a position where you have to go on one. Maybe tell your friends you’ll definitely ride it, or buy an expensive ticket to the park. Make it very difficult for yourself to back out of going on the ride.[8]
Do your best to forget past times where you avoided the ride, or got in line only to back out. Don’t dwell on the past, but instead stay focused on the future, that this time you will go on the ride.[9]
3
Avoid catastrophizing. This is a common type of negative thinking, where you can only think of a worst-case scenario when you think about going on a scary ride. This could be something like worrying about falling out of a roller coaster each time it goes upside down.[10]
4
Use relaxation techniques to stay calm. Before you get on line, or get on the ride, use some mindfulness techniques to help relax yourself. These simple exercises are great for reducing your stress and tension, which will make you feel better as you approach the ride.[11]
Progressive muscle relaxation. This exercise involves you slowly clenching and relaxing the muscles in your body. Tense for about 5 seconds, then relax for 30, thinking not just about moving your muscles, but how it feels when they are relaxed. It can help to start in one part of your body, maybe down at your feet, and work your way up your body, tensing and relaxing all your muscles in succession.
Controlled breathing. Take a normal breath, then a deep breath. Breathe in slowly through your nose, and let the air fill your lungs and abdomen. Exhale slowly–it’s best to do so through your mouth, but it can be through your nose, if that is more comfortable.[12]
Part Three of Three:
Enjoying Your Ride
1
Try out the seats. Some rides will have seats available for you to sit in before getting on the ride. These are mostly to make sure you will fit properly, but trying them out can be a good way to get more comfortable with what you are doing.[13]
2
Get on the ride. The best way to face your fear is to push past it and get on board. You’ve come this far. You’ve learned about the ride, relaxed yourself, stood in line, and now you are here. Get in the seat, let the attendant strap you in, and get ready to roll.[14]
3
Hold on to the bar. Most rides will have some type of “grab bar” or other restraint that’s meant to help hold you into the ride. It might make you feel more secure to grab hold of the restraint. It won’t actually make you any safer, but can be a pleasant reminder that something is there to hold you in.[15]
4
Keep your eyes open. When the ride takes off, you will be tempted to squeeze your eyes shut until it’s over. Don’t do that. Instead, let your eyes guide you along the track, watching what comes next. Being able to see what follows will help make you feel more in control of what’s coming.[16]
5
Go a second time. Once you’ve gone on the ride, great. Now get back in line and go again. Going on rides more often helps habituate you to it, and will make you even more comfortable as you go along.[17]
Community Q&A
Question
What if I am afraid of trying a ride, but still want to try?
Community Answer
Open yourself to new things. If you really don’t want to go on it, you don’t have to.
Question
I’m most scared of falling from the ride because I’m really thin. The park only has height requirements. Am I at risk of falling?
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Community Answer
No, you will not fall out of the ride. There are safety harnesses to keep you in the ride at all times, and the attendants would not let you on if they thought you were too small to go on it.
Question
What if a person tries to force you to go on a scary ride and you really don’t want to?
Community Answer
Going on the ride has to be your choice. If you are really uncomfortable with going on the ride, and you are not ready for it, don’t go. It doesn’t matter what other people say.
Question
What can I do to calm down while my heart is racing?
Community Answer
Just take deep breaths. Your adrenaline will kick in and you’ll probably start having fun in no time.
Question
Is it normal to have a nervous feeling in your stomach when you go on rides?
Community Answer
Yes it is. When you try something new you are most likely going to have butterflies in your stomach. Rides can also make your stomach turn because of the speed and way they move.
Question
What if you are scared of a very fast ride?
Community Answer
Don’t look down while on the ride. Try taking deep, slow breaths if you are scared. Just relax and remember the rides are perfectly safe and meant to be fun.
Question
Why do you want to encourage yourself?
Community Answer
To make yourself a little better about the ride. For example, you could talk to yourself when you’re scared, as a way to build up courage. Say things like: “I can do this” and “I’ll be okay!”.
Question
How can I overcome my fear of being upside down on a roller coaster?
Community Answer
Take someone you trust or feel safe with you. You can also try asking the employee managing the ride questions about its safety features. Hearing more about the ride from someone familiar with it can help you feel less scared.
Question
What should I do if my seatbelt feels loose, but the employee doesn’t hear me telling them that?
Community Answer
You should do something to get their attention to make sure they hear you.
Question
What if I get on a ride that I know I can’t handle, don’t want to ruin it for everyone else?
Community Answer
If you know you can’t handle something, don’t go on it. Going on something too wild for you can make you sick or in some cases pass out. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone, but never too far.
Tips
Remember, you don’t have to enjoy going on scary rides. Some people’s brain chemistry just doesn’t allow them to enjoy the experience. At the very least, you want to be able to get on the ride with your friends without seizing up in fear.[18]
Wanting to go on a ride is an opportunity to get in better shape. Getting in better physical shape can help you reduce stress, and also make it more likely you can fit comfortably in those ride seats.
Rides are meant to thrill you and evoke a response. Go ahead and scream as it goes along. You won’t be the only one.
If you are still scared when you reach the end of the line get on the ride and think ” Well, there’s no turning back now.”
Warnings
When you decide to get on a ride, remember to follow all the posted rules. They are meant to make sure you are as safe as possible during the ride, and that nothing happens to you or other riders.
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This article was co-authored by Tasha Rube, LMSW. Tasha Rube is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Missouri. She received her MSW from the University of Missouri in 2014.
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How to Prepare for and Enjoy an Amusement Park

How to Prepare for and Enjoy an Amusement Park
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Updated: September 20, 2019 | References

Amusement parks are popular recreation sites that offer a wide variety of rides, games, and other fun attractions. While visiting an amusement park can be an enjoyable and memorable experience, it can also be a bit stressful if you aren’t properly prepared. By planning your visit ahead of time, dressing appropriately for the park, and packing everything you’ll need, you’ll be able to make the most of your time at the amusement park.

Method One of Four:
Planning Your Visit
1
Book your tickets in advanced. Most amusement parks sell tickets online, allowing you to skip the line to buy tickets when you get to the park. In addition, by purchasing tickets ahead of time, you’ll likely be able to get a better price than you would at the park.[1]
You may also want to search online for discounted tickets. Several websites sell tickets at a reduced price, particularly for days during the amusement park’s off-season.
2
Research the attractions to decide which are your top priorities. Unless you plan to spend multiple days at the amusement park, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to visit every attraction. To ensure that you get to do the things you want to do the most, research what’s available ahead of time so you can make a point to visit those attractions first.[2]
It may be helpful for you to write down a list of your first, second, and third choice attractions. That way, you can focus on your first choices and only move on to your second and third choice lists if you have extra time.
While amusement parks don’t tend to be as large as theme parks, there are still usually a vast number of attractions offered. In addition, the types of attractions at amusement parks may vary more than a theme park, making it even more important for you to research what is offered ahead of time.[3]
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Print out a park map and mark your route. Once you’ve decided which attractions you want to visit the most, print out a park map and use a pen to plan out your itinerary. This can serve as your guide once you’re in the park and help you save time getting to and from the attractions you want to visit the most.[4]
Most amusement parks have a printable map available on their website. If this isn’t the case, you can usually pick one up from a local tourism office or at the entrance of the park a day or so in advanced.
Make sure that you also make note of the food establishments that you want to visit. Then, you can plan to visit the attractions close by around the time that you think you’ll be ready for a meal.
It can also be helpful to highlight the locations of the bathrooms close to the attractions you plan to visit.
4
Check the park’s website to see what additional costs you may incur. In addition to the price of the ticket, parking, storage lockers, food, and drinks all cost extra at most amusement parks. Additionally, some rides may only be included with certain passes and, therefore, will cost extra for a base-line ticket. Checking the park’s website ahead of time can help you be aware of these additional costs and avoid the stress of incurring extra costs once you’re at the park.[5]
If you’re planning to bring cash to the park, this can also help you determine your budget for the day and know how much cash you’ll need to have on-hand.
5
Look at the parking map to decide where to park ahead of time. Larger amusement parks often have more than one parking lot to accommodate many visitors. With so many options, it can be difficult to determine where you should park to get closest to the attractions you want to visit. To avoid parking too far away, check the park’s website ahead of time and make note of the parking options that will work best for your visit.[6]
It can also be difficult to remember where you’ve parked if you don’t pay close attention. By having a plan for parking ahead of time, you’ll be much more likely to remember where you’ve parked and avoid spending hours looking for your car.
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Book a room at a nearby hotel to save on travel time. If you’re planning to visit an amusement park out of town, search online to find out which hotels are closest to the park. While amusement parks don’t tend to have as many on-site hotels as theme parks, there are likely several hotels very close by to accommodate out of town visitors.[7]
These hotels may be a bit more expensive than hotels farther away from the park, but it might be worth it to save valuable time getting to and from the park.
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Plan to visit on an off-day or during the off-season to avoid the crowds. If you want to avoid the crowded sidewalks and long lines at the park, plan to visit on days when the park tends to be less crowded, or during the off-season. While it varies depending on the location, Saturdays and Mondays tend to be the busiest days at amusement parks, while Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the least crowded days.[8]
Summer tends to be the busiest season for most year-round amusement parks.
There are, however, many amusement parks that are open seasonally and, therefore, are likely to be crowded for most of the open season. You can still avoid the crowds, though, by going on a less busy day during the week.
Surprisingly, holidays tend to be less busy at amusement parks and can be a good time to plan your visit.[9]
Method Two of Four:
Dressing to Visit an Amusement Park
1
Dress in lightweight, comfortable clothing. In most cases, when you visit an amusement park, you’ll be walking around outside at the park for several hours. Therefore, it’s important that you wear clothing that is comfortable, appropriate for the weather, and lightweight so it won’t weigh you down.[10]
This is particularly important if you are visiting a park on a hot or sunny day, as heavier fabrics or uncomfortable cuts can make you tire quicker in the heat and can impact the amount of fun you’re able to have.
2
Choose a quick-dry fabric if there’s water attractions at the park. If you’re going to an amusement park that has water rides, you may want to consider wearing clothing that comes in a lightweight, quick-drying fabric. That way, you won’t have to lug around an extra pair of clothes, or walk around in wet clothing for too long.
You could also bring a bathing suit to change into when you visit the water attractions. A bathing suit is much smaller, lighter, and easier to carry than a change of clothes, and will keep your clothes from getting wet at the park.
3
Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Even if the amusement park you’re visiting is relatively small, you’ll still likely be doing a lot of walking throughout the day. As a result, it’s important that you wear shoes that you can comfortably walk in for a long period of time.[11]
Broken-in athletic shoes, for example, are a great option when visiting an amusement park.
Unless you’re visiting a park with a lot of water attractions, sandals will often cause your feet to blister when worn for a long, extended period of time. In addition, sandals rarely have the cushioning or support you’ll need to be comfortable walking around the park.
4
Bring adequate protection from the sun. When dressing to go to an amusement park on a sunny day, make sure that you choose items that will provide you with adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing polarized sunglasses and a hat can help protect your face, for example, while wearing sleeves can protect your shoulders and arms.[12]
It’s also a great idea to apply a layer of sunscreen before you get dressed for the park, and to bring the sunscreen with you to reapply throughout the day.
5
Carry a fanny pack or cross-body bag to keep your valuables safe. While it may be tempting to wear a large backpack to carry all the items you’ll potentially need at the park, it’s relatively easy for items to be stolen out of a backpack without your knowledge. Instead, choose a compact, lightweight fanny pack or cross-body bag so you can store the valuables you’ll need, such as your phone and wallet, close to your body.[13]
In addition to being closer to your body, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your fanny pack or cross-body bag at all times, since both are generally worn in front or on the side of your hips.
Method Three of Four:
Packing for Your Visit
1
Bring a camera or smartphone for taking photos. Visiting an amusement park can be a fun, memorable experience for you and your friends or family. To ensure that you capture all of these special moments, bring a camera or smartphone with you to the park.[14]
If you plan to take photos with your phone, you may want to pack a phone charger as well. [15]
If the park has water attractions, make sure that your phone or camera is water proof, or that you have a water proof pouch or baggie to store it in.
2
Pack a lightweight poncho or umbrella in case of rain. While a bit of rain may end up being no big deal, if there aren’t many places to take cover, it can quickly ruin your fun at the park. If there’s a chance that it might rain on the day of your visit, make sure that you bring an umbrella or lightweight poncho. That way, you’ll be able to continue visiting attractions (weather permitting) and enjoying your time at the amusement park.[16]
You might also want to bring a waterproof baggie to keep your phone, wallet, and other valuables dry.[17]
3
Take a handheld fan with you if it’s going to be hot. At most amusement parks, you’ll spend the majority of the day outdoors. As a result, if it’s going to be hot on the day you plan to visit, it can be helpful to have a personal, portable fan with you to keep you cool as you walk around.[18]
If you have a child in a stroller, you may also want to have a clip-on fan that can attach to your child’s stroller and keep them cool. 
Portable handheld fans are generally inexpensive and are available widely online and at some drugstores, hardware stores, or other personal and home improvement retailers.
4
Bring a refillable bottle so you don’t have to buy drinks. Drinks at amusement parks, even bottled water, can be quite expensive. Since you’ll be walking a lot, you’ll likely need to drink a lot of water. To help cut back on the cost of your visit, bring your own refillable water bottle to the park with you. That way, you can refill whenever you need to without having to stretch your budget for the day.[19]
For a particularly lightweight option, choose a refillable water bottle that is collapsible.[20]
5
Pack snacks to save money on food. As with drinks, food at amusement parks can also be very expensive. While you may want to plan to eat your meals at the park, you can cut down on the cost by packing your own snacks to keep you going in between meals. Without having to spend on snacks, you can indulge in your favorite park foods for meals without over-spending.[21]
Granola bars, trail mix, and chopped fruit are all great options for snacks that will be easy to carry and tide you over until your next meal.
Method Four of Four:
Having Fun at the Amusement Park
1
Pick a meeting place right when you arrive. To give you some peace of mind as you go through the park, choose a place to meet right when you arrive in the event that someone gets separated from the group. Even if everyone in your party has a cell phone, situations can still arise where you’ll have trouble getting in touch. You’ll be able to enjoy your time more if you know that you have an arranged meeting place.[22]
This is particularly important if the park is crowded, as cellular service can be delayed when there’s a high concentration of people in one place.
2
Arrive early to avoid long lines for popular attractions. Getting to the entrance gate about 15 minutes before the park opens can save you a lot of time waiting in line. Most visitors arrive about an hour after the park opens, so if you arrive early, you’ll likely have a bit of time to enjoy the park without the crowded walkways and long lines.[23]
3
Go later in the day to avoid the crowds. If you really want to avoid the crowds, check and see if the amusement park you’re visiting is open later in the evening. Most visitors, especially those with young children, will leave the park before dinner time. So, if you’re able to go late, you’ll be able to enjoy the park’s attractions with fewer visitors.[24]
Some amusement parks are open late in the evening on particular days, and may hold special events or attractions later on those day. Check the park’s website to see if these options are available.
4
Purchase fast passes for popular attractions. If you do plan to visit an amusement park on a busier day or at a busy time, you may want to check online or at the park’s entrance to see if you can purchase fast passes. Fast passes cost a bit extra, but will save you time by allowing you to either skip the line or get in a shorter line.[25]
5
Download and check the amusement park’s smartphone app. Nowadays, many amusement parks have smartphone applications that they use to communicate announcements about park activities to visitors. To ensure that you stay up-to-date on upcoming events and special attractions, download the park’s app and check it periodically throughout the day.[26]
6
Take breaks from visiting attractions when you need them. If you only have a limited time at the amusement park, you may be tempted to try and squeeze in as many attractions as you can. While getting to the attractions you really want to visit can be enjoyable, you’ll risk wearing yourself out quickly. To ensure that you really enjoy your experience and make the most of your time, take breaks from visiting attractions whenever you start to get tired.[27]
Taking a break to go to an off-site restaurant or heading back to your hotel for a few hours, for example, can help rejuvenate you for another few hours or day at the amusement park.[28]
7
Avoid eating in the park during busy mealtimes. When the amusement park is busy, the lines for food can be even longer than the lines for popular rides. This can cause a lot of unnecessary stress, especially if you have any hungry children with you. Try to avoid this by eating an early lunch, or by bringing snacks to tide you over until after the mealtime rush.[29]
8
Use the single-rider line if you don’t mind riding alone. Many amusement parks will have two lines for popular attractions – one line for groups and one line for single-riders. Even if you’re with a group, you can get into the single-rider line, which is generally much shorter and can save you a bunch of time.[30]
Be aware, though, that you’ll likely have to sit next to a stranger on the ride. 
Community Q&A
Question
What is ideal for a teenager to pack to visit an amusement and water park?
Community Answer
Pack: Plastic bag for the phone, sunscreen, hat, water, money/credit. Maybe a jacket, comfortable pair of shoes and light snacks. A chapstick and comb might be helpful too.
Question
What should I pack in my pack?
Community Answer
Sunscreen and sunglasses (if it’s a sunny day), a snack if you don’t want to spend a lot on food, your phone, wallet/purse, and a water bottle. Don’t buy water at the parks, it’s expensive! Take one with you and fill it up at the drinking fountains. Optional things would be a waterproof cover if you plan on going on water rides, or on a rainy day, a plastic sandwich bag to put your phone and valuables in if you go on water rides, and a camera if your phone doesn’t have a decent one. If you plan on taking a disposable camera, don’t buy one at the theme park, as they’ll be very expensive.
Question
What should I wear and pack for a cold day?
Community Answer
Wear a coat, beanie, and scarf. If it’s really cold, bring gloves as well. Just make sure all of your accessories are secure while you’re going on rides so your hat doesn’t go flying, etc.
Question
How should I dress for water rides?
Community Answer
Wear something that dries out easily. No jeans or thick clothing, and definitely not white clothing, because it would be see-through. Your best bet would be some cloth shorts and something like a colored T-shirt. Remember that you can change after the ride if you want!
Question
Would I need to take spare clothes if there’s a ride that includes water?
Community Answer
It’s up to you, but most places with water rides have a drying station.
Question
What can I do to avoid being pressured onto a roller coaster?
Community Answer
Just stand your ground. Tell your friends/family that you’re not interested in riding the roller coaster and you’re not going to change your mind. You could always say you get motion sickness.
Question
Where should I put my backpack when I go on a ride if there are no bins?
Community Answer
Use a locker, have a friend hold it for you or ask the person operating the ride where you can place your backpack.
Question
How long should wait after I eat before going on a roller coaster?
Community Answer
Wait at least 30 minutes if you’re not afraid of roller coasters, but if you are, wait 45 minutes.
Question
Where could I put my phone?
Community Answer
If you have a secure, zipper pocket, put it in there. If not, ask a friend who isn’t riding to hold it or just put it in the bag you are taking. If it is not a necessity, leave it in the car but ensure that it is well hidden.
Question
What if you really want to go on a ride, but you’re scared to?
Community Answer
Either face your fears or miss out on the ride.
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How to Use a Flash Pass at Six Flags

How to Use a Flash Pass at Six Flags
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Using a Flash Pass at Six Flags is a convenient way to enjoy more rides during a trip to the amusement park. A Flash Pass usually comes in the form of a Q-Bot that you are supposed to make reservations on and keep with you as you enjoy the park. The cost of a Flash Pass is more than the regular admission, but park-goers who use the pass typically ride more attractions and wait in line for less time.

Part One of Three:
Obtaining the Flash Pass

1
Be prepared for the cost of the Flash Pass. A Flash Pass is great for skipping lines, but it can be quite costly if you are going to Six Flags with a larger group. A Platinum Flash Pass (the most expensive pass) would cost $896 for a family of four, and that’s not including parking and food. The Flash Pass would definitely be worth it on busy days, but it might not be if you visit the park when it’s not peak season.[1]
A regular pass is usually about $45.
You can go to the park and look at the screen that shows wait times to decide if the pass will be worth it.

2
Decide what kind of flash pass you would like. Six Flags theme parks may have different Flash Pass plans and prices, though many parks do offer the same plans. Typically, three different Flash Passes are offered. There is a regular Flash Pass, Gold Flash Pass, and Platinum Flash Pass. The regular Flash Pass is the cheapest, and the Platinum is the most expensive. Determine which plan best meets your needs and fits your budget. [2]
The Gold Flash pass promises to reduce wait time by 50%. This pass usually costs about $70.
The Platinum Flash Pas promises to reduce wait time by 90%. This type of pass can range from $100 to $145.
Some parks also offer an All Season Flash Pass.
3
Purchase your Six Flags Flash Pass online. The simplest and easiest way to buy the Flash Pass is online. Go to the Six Flags website for the location you will be visiting. Find the section for Flash Passes and choose a pass. Select how many people will be in your group. Although up to six people can be on one device for the pass, you will need to purchase each pass separately. Fill in your billing information and then you can pick up the pass when you arrive at the park.[3]
It is important that you make sure you’re buying a Flash Pass for the right Six Flags theme park.
You will need to bring your ID with you. Only one person per group will need to leave their ID at the registration center. Their ID will be held while using the Flash Pass and will be given back when they return the device.
4
Buy the pass at the park. It’s okay if you can’t buy the pass online. You can buy a Flash Pass when you purchase your entry tickets at the gate of the park. Keep in mind that the wait will probably be longer if you wait to purchase the tickets and Flash Pass at the park.[4]
5
Pick up the Flash Pass. When you purchase a Flash Pass, you will usually receive a Q-Bot, which is a device used to make ride reservations. One Q-Bot can be used for up to six people. The device resembles an oval-shaped beeper. The Q-Bot will have a screen that you can scroll through to make reservations for rides.[5]
Part Two of Three:
Choosing Rides
1
Choose a roller coaster you want to ride. Individual Six Flags theme parks offer different rides, so your choices will vary from park to park. The easiest way to see which rides the Flash Pass works for is to check the list online at your specific park’s website. You can also check with park operations for a complete list of which rides are eligible for the Flash Pass service.[6]
The pass will usually work for all of the major rides at the park.
2
Make a ride reservation. Do this once you’ve identified the ride you want to go on. This is done by either scanning a pager-like device through the reservation stations in front of each Flash Pass compliant attraction, or by entering the information on your Q-Bot. The reservation system varies by park, so check with Six Flags officials about the reservation process at each park.[7]
3
Keep the Flash Pass in a safe spot. Once you’ve made your initial reservations, keep the Q-Bot in a safe place while you enjoy the park. Most of the Flash Passes will come with a clip, so it is best to clip it to a belt loop or somewhere else that is secure. You can also keep it in a pocket, but don’t carry it around in your hand if you don’t have to.[8]
The pass could be dropped or lost if you carry it around in your hand.
Part Three of Three:
Using the Flash Pass
1
Enjoy other attractions while you wait. Once you’ve filed your Flash Pass reservation, you’re free to enjoy other attractions at Six Flags. Your Q-Bot will notify you when it’s time to go to your reserved Flash Pass attraction. It will typically notify you by vibrating, so keep the Flash Pass close to you.[9]
2
Locate the Flash Pass entrance. Each attraction offers a separate entrance for Flash Pass users. The entrance will either lead to a different line, or allow you to cut the regular line. An employee will scan the Flash Pass to confirm your reservation, and then you can enjoy your ride with little to no wait time.[10]
Some rides will require you to sit in Flash Pass rows.
3
Cancel ride reservations if you change your mind. It’s okay if you want to take a break or change your mind about a ride. It’s simple to cancel reservations. The Q-Bot should give you an option to cancel ride reservations, but if not, you can ask an employee.[11]
4
Return the Q-Bot. Go to the Flash Pass center at the park to return your Q-Bot. The Q-Bot should be in the same condition as you received it or you will have to pay a fee. The fee varies from park to park.[12]
Community Q&A
Question
Would I be able to reserve more than one ride with the flash pass at Six Flags?
Community Answer
No. All passes are designed to reserve a single ride. More expensive passes shorten the wait for that single ride.
Question
After I’m done with the first ride can I reserve a second and more after that when using a Flash Pass?
Community Answer
Yes, as soon as you check in for the ride you can start reserving the next one. As long as your current reservation is over you’re good to go.
Question
Can two separate flash passes (with two riders, each) sync up so all four riders could ride together?
Community Answer
No. You could reserve times together so that you can possibly ride together, but there is no guarantee the four of you all will ride together.
Question
How does the regular flash pass work if you don’t avoid wait times?
Community Answer
The regular flash pass will hold your spot equal to waiting 90 minutes in line. During those 90 minutes of reservation, you can go on other rides. When your reservation time arrives, head to the front of the line via the flash pass entrance.
Question
Do I need to buy park tickets in addition to the flash pass?
Community Answer
Yes.
Question
Can two groups schedule the same time on a ride?
Community Answer
It really depends on how many people are in your group and at the park as a whole, but typically, yes.
Question
Can I take a flash pass home and bring it back to the Six Flags park?
Community Answer
No, you cannot. If you accidentally bring it home, you will be fined. You can only do such things with a season pass.
Question
Is it true that I need an ID?
Community Answer
Yes. You do need an ID in order to get one.
Question
How many people can use a Flash Pass?
Community Answer
One Flash Pass can have up to 6 people using it. Keep in mind that adding people will require a fee.
Question
Can I purchase one Flash Pass for a group of people?
Community Answer
No, you can not.
Tips
Book reservations for rides with the longest wait times first so that you can be sure you will make the ride before the end of the trip.[13]
The Q-Bot is water resistant, so don’t be afraid to take it on water rides.[14]
Some Six Flags parks don’t provide the electronic Q-Bot system, or even offer a Flash Pass program. If the Flash Pass program is important to you, make sure you research each Six Flags amusement park before purchasing tickets.
Warnings
Some Six Flags theme parks allow you to show up for your reserved ride any time after your Flash Pass reservation has been called. However, other parks may cancel your reservations if you show up too late. Make sure you understand the Flash Pass time limitations at each park.
If your device is lost, damaged, or stolen, you will have to pay a $250 fine. If you don’t pay, your ID will not be given back until you pay it.
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