If you have kids, you know they love water rides at theme parks. Parents always make a classic mistake about them. They look at the ride and think “well, maybe if we go on it we’ll get lucky and not get too wet.” HA HA!!! Trust me, you will lose on that bet! You ALWAYS get very wet in water wrinkles, that’s what they’re designed for.
So here are my tips and tricks to keep you, your camera, and your shoes dry when taking on a theme park water ride. Let’s say you go to Disney and your kids want to take a ride on the water. Okay, go and get those expensive raincoats that they sell right out of the water wrinkles. So now you will stay dry even if a wall of water falls on you. BUT, you forget the most important part of your body.
Your feet! Think about it, you leave the trip with dry clothes, but now your shoes and socks are soaked and wet. So all the rest of the day you squeeze yourself in steamy, wet shoes, yuck! Your feet will get soaked, believe me. Some wrinkles have compartments to store things, but do you really want to take off your shoes and socks right there?
This is where my tips come in for when you go to those theme park water rides. When you go to the parks, take a small backpack. Maybe have a few members of your family carry one to distribute the volume. Now inside those backpacks you have a pair of rubber sandals for each member that you picked up at any of those cheap gift shops, there’s one on every block where the theme parks are!
Also put an extra pair of socks for each person. There are more you need to bring, but for this post I’m just talking about what you want for water play. Once you get to the water ride, they all have little lockers that you can store things in. Get one, change your shoes and socks and slip on your sandals, then lock your things away. Leave your cameras, bags and wallet there too.
Now you can hop on the theme park water ride and not worry about things getting wet, except for your clothes drying in the Florida sun. Once you get off, go to the bathrooms and dry off what you can. Then put on your socks and shoes, and now your feet are really dry, good! Wait, some of you sandal lovers might be thinking.
Why not wear sandals all day, then you don’t even need to wear shoes? You do NOT want to wear sandals all day walking around the theme park. The pavement gets really hot and you do a lot of walking. One of the most common complaints is blisters from people who wear sandals. Plus, they fly over your feet on open-bottom roller coasters!
So wear sneakers that have thick soles and socks that you can change to feel better in the middle of the day. Carry sandals in a backpack, maybe small towels if you want too. Your feet will thank you at the end of the day, trust me. And remember that while watching the ride your kids want to go on, YOU WILL GET WET!
Almost all theme parks have great water rides that are fun. Following my advice will ensure you have a good time and don’t have sore or wet feet or water damaged cameras. Have fun at the theme parks and stay dry!