With Christmas behind us, it's that time of year where we turn inward and spend a little more time in reflection. It's been a good year, and we want 2015 to be even better. Leap, Lily, Tad and I spend so much time in the theme parks that we thought it would be the perfect time to offer up our Frog Family theme park resolutions for 2015! Don't worry, we won't be mad if you steal a few and make them your own!
Theme Park Resolutions for 2015
11. Spend more quality theme park time with the family
What could be more fun than spending quality time with the family in the most fun places on Earth? With none of those "real life" distractions, you'll have plenty of family time to spend bonding over your shared fear of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and love of Harry Potter, especially those Weasley twins and all of their shenanigans!
10. Dress as one!
OK, we're only doing this in the theme parks, but we want to be that family. You know, the family that is dressed in matching T-shirts and looks like they are having the time of their lives, just because they are in matching T-shirts. It's actually a smart move, because it allows you to easily spot all members of your party and could help make sure no one gets lost.
9. Plan a theme park visit during a special event
We subscribe to the philosophy that any time you can visit a theme park is a good time to visit a theme park. But in our book it's an even better time to visit a theme park, if you can visit during a special event. Halloween and Christmastime are our personal favorites because there are multiple events going on. Especially in Orlando, you have Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party just to name a few!
8. Create a Disney Savings Jar for the whole family
That dream trip to Disney costs a pretty penny, and this year we resolve to save up for it the old-fashioned way — a little bit of change at a time. With a Disney savings jar, everyone can chip in with loose change, allowance money and the occasional dollar. You can make this jar too. Follow the simple instructions!
7. Channel our inner wizards
With the opening of Diagon Alley in 2014, the Universal Orlando Resort has created a wizard's paradise. Even us green-skinned muggles can't wait to spend more time in the Wizarding World in 2015. It's Tad's goal to perform every single spell in both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure with his interactive wand.
6. Hit the West Coast
Whether it's by car or plane, we resolve to visit the theme parks in Southern California in 2015. Lily has her heart set on a visit to Disneyland, and well, I do too! But I also want to revisit some of our other favorite parks and attractions in Los Angeles and San Diego like SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo and Universal Studios Hollywood.
5. Experience a theme park attraction we've never done before
Hard to believe, but there are a few attractions that some of us frogs have never experienced —even in our favorite parks. Every time we visit a park, we resolve to visit an attraction we've never experienced before.
4. Get out of our comfort zone
There's nothing like that first drop on a roller coaster or drop tower to make me feel alive! It's both exhilarating and terrifying, and definitely gets me out of my comfort zone. I want to do more of that in 2015. Fortunately, there are no shortage of options in the theme parks such as X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Manta at SeaWorld Orlando, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida, Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
3. Look for the Hidden Mickeys
This is somewhat akin to that old saying "stop and smell the flowers." Well, we like to look for the Hidden Mickeys. And not just at the Disney parks. No, no, we frogs tend to find Hidden Mickeys wherever we go. Occasionally, we'll be out and about, and Lily or Tad will call out "Hidden Mickey!" and then we'll all stop what we are doing and have a game of it trying to find it. You'd be surprised by the number of manmade and natural objects resemble our ol' pal!
2. Have at least one "unwind" day at Discovery Cove
With so much to do and see, it's easy for a theme park vacation to be go, go, go! And we do like to go, go, go — especially me — but then everyone runs out of steam. This is why we always recommend taking a break from the theme parks in the afternoons, having a swim or a nap back at the hotel. It helps everyone recharge. But on our last vacation, we spent a day at Discovery Cove, and it was so invigorating and relaxing that we resolved there on the spot to make a return visit to this all-inclusive, capped-admission paradise.
1. Start planning the next theme park vacation!
Yeah, I know it's a lot of work, but I love planning our vacations. It gets me excited about the trip even if it's weeks or months away, and it gives me something fun to do while I wait. For all of you, we have a ton of resources to help you plan, including our brand-new Planning Guides for Orlando, Los Angeles and San Diego.
What theme park resolutions do you have for 2015? Share them in comments below!
Hoppy New Year!