We are lucky enough to have annual passes for the amazing Drayton Manor theme park. We all absolutely love it there, so we jumped at the chance to join some friends there today to celebrate their little girl’s birthday.
As always, we had a fabulous day. This good, in fact.
The problem was — and always is — that I’m just as rubbish at theme parks as I am at life in general.
When we arrived, I took ages putting sun cream on the girls because I wasn’t organised enough to do it in advance. Our friends then went to the café while we went on some rides and we missed each other when they caught the train across to the play park.
We managed to catch up with them for a picnic lunch, but by the time we got back to Thomas land, their little ones wanted to go on things that we’d been on, while Libby was dragging me off in a different direction.
We then managed to fit in another ride, an ice cream and a few minutes in soft play before heading into the main park for the little roller coaster and the rapids. By this time, the girls were exhausted and it was time to head home.
We had a fabulous day but I do wish we’d managed to spend more time with our friends. I’m also aware that despite all our trips there, there are still numerous rides that we’ve never been on at all.
So my question is, how do organised people tackle theme parks?
If you are organised, how do you go about it? Do you plan in advance, know what you’re going to go on in what order? Do you arrive early so that you’re on the rides before everyone else gets through the gates?
Or alternatively, do you go back to the park several times to do the bits you’ve missed?
As a chronically disorganised person, going back on multiple occasions is definitely the way forward for me.
Hubby is going to book a day off work to go to Drayton Manor again. This time, we’re going to start with the family friendly rides that we’ve missed today and on previous occasions.
Today, Libby went on a couple of things that Lia was too little for, so Lia and I had our own little adventures. As always, the fast rides are the favourite but I don’t think we’ll ever be able to go there without a ride on Thomas.
Libby was too busy enjoying herself to have her photograph taken today, but Lia loves being photographed so she’s taken over for the day.