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13 Tips And Tricks To Outsmart Everyone At The Theme Park

1. Bring zip lock bags to protect your cell phone from water rides.

It is way too often that a cell phone meets its demise during a drop down Splash Mountain. Save your money (and your rice) by taking a simple measure to protect your phone's life.

It is way too often that a cell phone meets its demise during a drop down Splash Mountain. Save your money (and your rice) by taking a simple measure to protect your phone’s life.

2. Take a picture of your parking spot on your digital camera or cell phone.

Sometimes you look at the lot number and think you've got it all figured out, until you're lost trying to locate your car eight hours later. This is an easy way to find your vehicle quickly!

Sometimes you look at the lot number and think you’ve got it all figured out, until you’re lost trying to locate your car eight hours later. This is an easy way to find your vehicle quickly!

3. Pack a poncho in your bag.

Whether it be rain or a water ride, getting soaked is probably not your preference. Buy a cheap poncho at a Wal-Mart or CVS and be thankful for your dry clothes.

Whether it be rain or a water ride, getting soaked is probably not your preference. Buy a cheap poncho at a Wal-Mart or CVS and be thankful for your dry clothes.

4. Head to the park early in the morning to avoid big crowds.

Get some sleep the night before, and make it your mission to be the first one at the park. You can also nap during the afternoon and go back later when people are getting tired and heading home.

Get some sleep the night before, and make it your mission to be the first one at the park. You can also nap during the afternoon and go back later when people are getting tired and heading home.

5. Buy a rechargeable smartphone case as a backup plan.

As much as we don't like to admit it, we humans are compelled to be on the phone all day, every day. Texting, taking pictures, and updating Facebook drains your battery. A rechargeable case will come in handy for several occasions! Buy it here.

As much as we don’t like to admit it, we humans are compelled to be on the phone all day, every day. Texting, taking pictures, and updating Facebook drains your battery. A rechargeable case will come in handy for several occasions!

6. Purchase tickets online.

You can most likely find discount codes or season specials when purchasing online. Plus, you’ll save a ton of time at the park entrance.

7. Walk the park backward so you can skip the long, crowded lines.

At Islands of Adventure, everyone’s instinct is to walk left toward the Hulk. But if you head toward Seuss Landing first, the lines will be much less crowded. Note the direction people tend to follow and head the opposite way.

8. If you have children with you, write your phone number on their wrist.

This will help if your child wanders off. You can also write your phone number in the tongue of their shoes.

9. Look into ticket upgrade options.

Should you decide you’d like to return to the park another time, you can ask about upgrading to a multi-day pass. Most parks will allow you to apply the cost of that day’s ticket to the new pass.

10. If you’re traveling alone, look for the single riders line.

Honestly, you can even go with your friends and hang out together in the single riders line. It's way shorter and you'll still be off the ride within a few minutes of each other.

Honestly, you can even go with your friends and hang out together in the single rideline. It’s way shorter and you’ll still be off the ride within a few minutes of each other.

11. Designate a meeting spot should your group get split up.

Getting lost is an unfortunate situation, but it does tend to happen. If your phones die or you can't seem to get in touch, meeting at a certain spot is your best bet of reuniting.

Getting lost is an unfortunate situation, but it does tend to happen. If your phones die or you can’t seem to get in touch, meeting at a certain spot is your best bet of reuniting.

12. Go on rides during parades and fireworks shows.

Unless you REALLY want to see the shows, use this time to head to the relatively deserted rides. The lines are so short you could probably hit up a roller coaster twice.

13. For Disney: Purchase tickets before August.

 

Disney hikes up the prices starting in August, so make your plans before then to save some money.

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DISCOVER THE LOCAL FLAVORS

MONTEREY RESTAURANTS

Looking for some quick grub or a nice dinner? Check out the on property options as well as these nearby restaurants.

  • Chopstix Vietnamese Restaurant, 0.2 mi.
  • Jack in the Box Burgers, 0.3 mi.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 0.4 mi.
  • Islands Fine Burgers and Grill, 0.5 mi.
  • PF Chang’s Chinese Bistro, 0.5 mi.
  • El Palomar Mexican Restaurant, 0.5 mi.
  • Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, 0.5 mi.
  • Denny’s, 0.5 mi.
  • Ambrosia Indian Cuisine, 0.6 mi.
  • Pizza My Heart, 0.7 mi.
  • Subway, 0.8 mi.
  • Lalla Grill, 0.8 mi.
  • Full Moon Mandarin Cuisine, 1 mi.
  • Taco Bell, 1.2 mi.
  • Chart House, 2 mi.
  • Crystal Fish, 2 mi.
  • Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar, 2 mi.
  • Sardine Factory, 2.2 mi.
  • The Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks, 2.3 mi.
  • Bistro Moulin, 2.4 mi.
  • Compangno’s Market and Deli, 3 mi.

Traveling with Kids this Winter Season

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Nothing says Happy Holidays like a looong road trip with kids! Ok, I’m joking. For most people, traveling with kids is often their least favorite part of the package. Yet, if you have friends or family far away, a road trip may be a necessary part of your celebration. How can you survive? Here are some suggestions to help keep your holidays sane!

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