l Give yourself plenty of time: Don't try to cram everything into a few hours. Leave plenty of time for driving and parking.
l Check your travel route: Have a clear idea where the park is located, how to get there and the best routes for avoiding traffic. The idea is to arrive relaxed.
l Do some research: Is the place family friendly? How large is it? Should you expect long lines?
l Know your biological time clock: Some people function better at specific times of the day. If you're a night owl, perhaps a late afternoon trip might be best. Others prefer mornings. Remember, your outing isn't an endurance trial. Leave well before exhaustion and stress set in.
l Get a map: Look for a logical route to follow through the venue. Pick rides or activities that really interest you. You can always come back to see the rest another time.
l Split into groups, if necessary: Decide in advance if your group will stay together. Youngsters, teens, adults and seniors may have different interests and needs that could provoke conflicts.
l Set ground rules: Arrange a meeting time and place. Group members must know when to stay together.
l Take short breaks: If you feel anxious, sit down, relax and try to calm yourself for 20-30 minutes. Ask someone to sit with you to provide support.
l Don't starve yourself: Eat at regular intervals if you're susceptible to low blood sugar. Don't overeat if you plan to go on thrill rides.
l Avoid caffeine: Caffeinated beverages can elevate an anxiety problem.
l Remember where you are: Assure yourself there's no real physical danger.
l Relax and enjoy yourself: Focus on your companions and on having a good time. Feelings of fun often are incompatible with anxiety and stress.
l Don't fight anxiety if it comes: Tell yourself: "I will have fun. But if I get anxious, that's OK, too. It will pass and I'll still have a good time."