Amusement parks have been a large source of family entertainment for a long time, especially during the summer.
Amusement parks have been a large source of family entertainment for a long time, especially during the summer. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, or IAAPA, over 300 million people visit amusement parks in America every year. That can equal crowded days and long lines, which nobody really likes.
But there are still those times where you can zip through lines. When planning a day at an amusement park, it can be a timesaver to note when the park is crowded or not.
Art Samarzia, who’s been an employee at Lakeside Amusement Park for ten years, says the lines are longer and the park is more crowded, “during the weekends.” More busy times for Lakeside are during Labor Day weekend and right before coupons expire.
Samarzia also pointed out that the park hits its peak point for visitors around 3:00 pm and stays there until 7:00 pm. The last thing to take into consideration when planning a theme park day is the weather. “More people come when it’s cool,” he said.
If you want to maximize your time at an amusement park and ride as many rides as possible, there’s an optimal time to go. Try to head to your favorite amusement park on a weekday, closer to the beginning and ends of a theme park's hours, and when the weather's forecasted to be hotter. Also, avoid Labor Day weekend and when people are scraping up those expiring coupons (where available).
Is that too specific? Well, it’s not too much if you’re aiming towards riding more rides and having a great time at an amusement park.