*** This post was edited by staceyd on 7/8/2002. ***
We have a 3 year old and have taken her to CP, SFWoA, PKD, SFA, Conneaut and Kennywood so far this year, along with her stroller. We just leave the stroller either by the entrance or exit of the ride. Believe me, you won't be the only one. We have yet to have anybody mess with anything (we usually have a bag with extra clothes, two-way radios, sunscreen, frozen bottled water and juice/milk, snacks, etc).
Don't take the stroller in line with you. I watched a couple do this at PKD for the log flume because they didn't want to leave it. This caused a couple problems. 1) it barely fit in the queue line which made getting around corners hard, holding up the line 2) they get to the stairs and had to figure out how to get it up and down, again holding up the line. Funny part was it was a double stroller (one behind the other) and neither kid was in it.
DON'T try to take the buggy through the queues. They're not set up for it, and the stairs and platforms will cause you all kinds of grief. The other day at LeSourdsville Lake I watched a guy try to push a perambulator through the queue for the rapids ride. He got stuck several times, then when he got to the platform he was in real trouble because the only way to get the thing across the channel was to throw it.
Park the pram and make the kid walk through the queue or ride shoulders (watch out for overhead obstructions and ceiling fans!!). Or check to see what programs the park offers; Cedar Point's kid swap program, for instance, means one person waits in line while the other person waits on the midway with the kid, then they use the exit ramp to hand off the kid and the ride.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Single, kidless, non-parent, so what do I know? :)
I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead
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