Seasons and weather creates changing conditions in all parks. After some research, comparing many parks like Six Flags and Cedar Fair, I found that many have similar protocols when it comes to inclement weather, drones and certain types of clothing.
I have been at a park when bad weather was about to strike. I check the radar on my phone. It helps to see how bad it really is and helps us decide if our family should wait it out. A lot of parks shut down outdoor attractions once lightning strikes within a 15-20 mile radius of the park. This distance ensures that the ride operators can get everyone off the ride. It also gives guests the opportunity to move to a safe spot. While the storm is rolling through, most, if not all, indoor live shows will usually still go on.
During this time you can shop, catch a show or get a bite to eat. The park employees have been working hard to enforce a non-written rule… DO NOT RUN in the park. This is especially important when the ground is wet and visibility is poor. Personally, if a tornado is coming, then I’m running!
If it’s raining with lightning, and you have children, (been there done that,) get them under cover. Bring them into a store or restaurant. You could also make your way to your vehicle. This will give you the option of leaving for a while. If you are going to hang out, in your car, try and make a game out of it or catch up on a nap.
Remote-controlled quadcopters, often referred to as drones are a recent issue. I personally do not own one. Most, if not all, parks have rules prohibiting these. If you are not an authorized professional operator, hired or invited to use them at the park, do not bring them in. You should not fly them near the park. There are too many safety reasons. Just leave them at home. I would say car, but if you try and fly them around in the parking lot, it could still cause a disturbance. I’m sure you wouldn’t want an out-of-control flying object crashing into your car. I know no one wants that.
These are not recommendations for how you should dress. It is a description of what the park doesn’t want you to wear. The park management can ask you to leave, change, or at least cover up. Remember, this is a family place. This isn’t a private club, or your friends house. Try and refrain from wearing revealing clothing, images depicting nudity, graphics promoting drugs, or anything gang related. It is not too much to ask. I personally believe wearing a shirt that says Bud Light would be okay, since a lot of parks sell beer. Try and keep your choices in good taste.
I know a lot of people don’t read policies or procedures before going somewhere. So hopefully, this quick summary will make your trip to any amusement park go a tad smoother. It may help you avoid problems during your visit.