Best-Kept Secrets from the Pros for the Best Visit Ever
There are a few best-kept secrets for a day at La Ronde that only theme park experts know. Our most experienced guests reveal the best ways to navigate the park, useful items to bring with you, and other tips that the average first-time park goer never even thought about. Here are a few of the top secrets for a savvy visit.
- Take a picture of your parking spot. Park near a light pole or recognizable object, if possible, and take a photo of the sign closest to your car. After a long day you may not remember where you parked, but you can just scroll back through the photos you’ve taken that day and find your car quickly.
- Bring a disposable poncho. The forecast may call for sunny skies, but a water-resistant poncho will help keep you dry against the surprise shower and water rides. You’ll still get to cool off, but you won’t have to splash around in wet clothes the rest of the day.
- Put your personal items in a Ziploc bag. Putting your phone, camera, spending money, and other belongings in a clear, plastic bag will make them easy to carry, quick to scan at security, and stay dry on water rides.
- Work the park from back to front. Most guests head straight to the rides they see when they first enter the park. If you skip those and head right to the back of the park, you’ll beat the rush before most people make their way there. As a bonus, you’ll be right near the front gate when it’s time to go home.
- Arrive half an hour before the park opens. Instead of arriving right at the posted opening time, allow for plenty of time to get through the entrance plaza, park the car, apply sunscreen, buy your tickets, and get up to the front gate. Arrive early and you’ll be right up front when the gates open!
- Provide contact information for your children. Put your emergency contact information on a wristband or sticker on your child in case he or she wanders off to explore. You should also point out our team members in blue and visit the Lost Parents center if you get separated.
- Plan meeting spots for your group. When visiting the park with a large group, designate meeting times and locations to check in for lunch, reconvene when it’s time to go, or just meet up if you get separated. Pinpoint easy-to-find landmarks, like the front gate or the Vol Ultime that can be seen from virtually anywhere in the park.
- Visit by yourself. If you can’t find anyone to come with you, make the most of your alone time at the park. When you come solo, you can plan the day at your own pace. You decide what to ride and when to eat, and you won’t have to wait for others to catch up. You may also be able to fill in empty seats left by odd-numbered groups.
- Pack a change of clothes. Bring at least one extra shirt and a spare set of socks in case you spill, rip, or no longer want to slosh around after water rides. Store your extra clothes in the car or rent a locker for the day.
- Ride water rides right before lunch. Most people head to the water rides when the sun is in full force in the afternoon. If you ride water rides right before lunch, you’ll stay drenched and cool enough for the rest of the day.
- Eat your meals at non-traditional dining hours. Eat lunch and dinner a little earlier or later than the normal time. You’ll spend less time waiting for food or looking for a table, and you’ll be out riding while everyone else is eating.