Disclosure: Cedar Fair in Conjunction with Blog Meets Brand sponsored this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Over the weekend, we went to Kings Dominion to check out the new rides that they had added to the kid’s park (Planet Snoopy). Since Kings Dominion is about 1 ½ hours from our house, we started the morning early to get on the road in hopes of making it there by 10 am. We did have a blast, but this took some careful planning on my part. Therefore, today I thought that I would share with you some tips for planning a successful visit to Planet Snoopy at Kings Dominion that can also be applied to other parks as well.
#1 Pack the Night Before
Since I have three boys to get ready in addition to myself, I like to make sure that I pack my purse and their bag the night before. This ensures that I don’t forget the spare change of clothes, wipes, power bank charger, and of course the preferred parking pass for the park (if you are going to Kings Dominion the $20 is so worth it to spend on this pass so you don’t have to worry about walking a long distance to get back to your car once the day is over).
#2 Make Sure You Have the Kids Passes and/or Your Passes
The next thing you want to do is make sure you have your kid’s passes and/or your pass. All passes can be printed off at their website to save you a bit of time. Plus, until April 30th if you have children ages 3-5 you can get a free season pass, known as the Pre-K Pass, which grants admission to your preschoolers for the entirety of the 2017 season! Make sure you take advantage of this offer ASAP!
#3 Plan Outfits the Night Before
To save time in the morning, make sure everyone has their outfit planned for the next day. What I like to do is take out everything even down to jackets and shoes to make getting dressed a breeze. Since I am not good at decisions I usually take out 2-3 clothing options for myself in addition to 2-3 shoe options so if the weather decides to change up I can easily decide without digging through my entire closet.
#4 Pack a Lunch/Drinks
Since the ride is over an hour having water for the road is necessary. Additionally, to save money, we also like to pack a light lunch so when the boys get hungry we can just go back to the car and have a quick eat (when doing this don’t forget to get your hand stamped so you can gain entrance back into the park).
I highly recommend doing this because it can allow you to spend your theme park budget on games and other things that the kids want to do that cost instead of having to spend it all on food.
#5 Check out the New Rides First
You probably already know that Planet Snoopy is the largest children’s area in the market and has the most rides for the entire family to experience together. Therefore, it’s going to be packed.
Additionally, Kings Dominion recently expanded Planet Snoopy with three new family thrill rides, including Kite Eating Tree, Sally’s Sea Plane, and Peanuts 500!.
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I recommend going to these rides first as it will not only be a great way to excite your kids even more since they have never been on the rides before, but they also will have the longest lines since they are new and from experience its best to get the longest lines out the way first before the day progresses and the kids start to get cranky.
#6 Stay Hydrated
As with any theme park visit, it’s important to stay hydrated. All that walking in the sun and heat is enough to drain you of your fluids. I like to rotate back and forth between water and slushies with the kids since they are active bouncing from ride to ride.
#7 Get Your Kid a Color Tag
Another lesson learned the hard way!
My youngest is usually the one who can’t ride all the rides because of his height. So, before doing anything get your child tagged so you can effectively plan the riding schedule. For example, you can have the taller ones go with dad for a big boy ride while branching off with the shorter ones for the rides that are appropriate for their height.
Closing Thoughts on Planet Snoopy at Kings Dominion
We finally caught up with #snoopy for photos. #bloggingatkd #kingsdominionva #kingsdominion #lifestyleblogger #virginiablogger #ad
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Over the weekend, we had a blast a Planet Snoopy. The boys had fun and we stayed until an hour before closing so they could be tired enough to fall asleep fast when we got home. They enjoyed the new rides and our day visit went smoothly thanks to the planning tips that I followed.
Have you checked out the new and improved Planet Snoopy? How did you make sure your visit went smoothly?