Since our son was 8, we plan our summer travels with a one-day-theme-park programme included to our plans. And since he is a Lego-lover our first visit to a theme park was to Legoland in Gunzburg, Germany. In our country we do not have any theme parks, so a theme park day is exciting and equally tireding for all of us.
I am not an expert in themeparks, but what my experience showed me is:
1. To get the most out of the day, study the park in advance. Which rides have the longer queues and which ones are close to each other and if there is any special programme or show on the specific day you will be going.
2. Buy the park ticket in advance, so that you will not be wasting time of valuable earlymorning hours.
3. Be there as early as you can. After 11:00 pm you will come accross with much much longer queues.
4. Plan your morning with the rides you want to ride most, and afternoon with common areas like shops, parks and eating and if you have any time remaining you can choose to ride a couple of ones you loved, for a second time.
5. Have some spare t-shirts for all. Otherwise buy a new one, as it is for sure you will get wet.
6. Never go to a theme park on a weekend.
Legoland is very practical and inspiring theme park to visit. We watched some nice shows and could enjoy all the rides in one day. The shops are good enough to buy many t-shirts and some souveniers. However the restaurants were not so inspiring, some awful pizza in some messy restaurant.