You’re a true theme park geek if you can work out where this photo was taken! *wink*
It’s worth noting that as I’m writing this post, the weather outside is beautiful, blue skies and glorious sunshine. It’s not hot by any means, come on, it’s still February. Doesn’t really make sense, right? Trust me, I was thinking about the weather, and how much I want to be at a theme park – closed season, winter, boredom have taken their toll and now I’m craving a theme park trip – and I thought, let’s write a post about why you SHOULD still visit theme parks even when the weather is a bit miserable.
#1 Queue lines are SHORT!
Generally, I have found that theme parks can be so quiet when the weather is raining (or if rain is forecast for the day!) It puts most people off venturing outdoors and it’s perfect. Queue lines are manageable. Of course, if the weather is torrential rain, there is the high chance a coaster or ride will shut until the weather subsides or clears up, but most of the time – especially in the UK, you can still ride the coasters in the rain. Might be a bit painful but no pain, no gain?
#2 Quiet theme parks means more re-rides
You know when you visit a park and there’s that one ride you just want to re-ride all day. Okay, if the weather is raining or what not, you might want to think twice depending on the coaster (those launch coasters hurt in the rain people!) BUT there’s nothing stopping you from doing what you want to do. And if you have a 5-minute queue, you want to make the most of those re-rides. I know I would, within reason of course.
#3 Good excuse to immerse yourself with dark rides
Depending on which park you’re at, you could spend the entire day sheltering from the rain with dark rides. I can’t resist a good dark ride, even if it is nice to have a sit down for a few minutes. It’s also nice to take in the ambiance and immerse yourself in the experience. Unless it is a truly awful dark ride, Giester Rikscha I’m looking at you, in which case just spend your time laughing at how awful the ride is. If you’ve got geeky friends, talk about how much it needs improving or what you would change.
#4 It’s fun!
I don’t know about you but I swear you can have more fun in the rain at a theme park than when it is sunny. Could just be me, hey ho! I tend to find it more fun when it starts raining at a park. The panic of where to go next without getting too drenched, or the feeling of quick thinking about which ride you want to go on next – do you brave riding a fast coaster with rain pelting on your face or do you choose the safe option and shelter in a building. If you’re feeling crazy, why not do a water ride? There’s nothing to stop a water ride from shutting in the rain – unless you’re Storm Surge at Thorpe Park.
If these reasons aren’t enough to get you out when it is raining then you do you. Rain won’t ever stop me from visiting a theme park – I’ve had some good times in the rain, and some painful times – try riding Stealth at Thorpe Park front row in the heavy rain, then your face will feel pain! Although having said that, I could tell you to try riding Joris en de Draak in Efteling, in the cold, in the heavy rain… Now that was an experience. Photo proof below of me ‘hiding’ the pain. It was fun, honest.
That’s all for now!