It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, theme parks can be one of the most pleasant activities for a family vacation. Just ask these TravelingMom bloggers, who are sharing their best tips and tricks for theme park fun for all ages - and join in our #TMOM Monday Twitter Party on April 2, 9pm ET to get even more helpful tips and tricks!
Los Angeles TravelingMom Mimi Slawoff
Front-of-the-line passes at Universal and free FASTPASS tickets at Disneyland and California Adventure are super time savers. Also keep in mind that attraction lines are shorter during parades. Eat before or after traditional lunch and dinner times. And if you're staying overnight at one of the Disney resorts, you get early-morning admission to the parks before they open to the general public.
Military TravelingMom Meagan Shamy
Parent swap on rides if your little one is too small. Everyone has to stand in line together and then one parent goes on the ride with the bigger child. It's hard on the little one who doesn't get to ride, because they will see up close what they don't get to do, so be prepared to deal with that.
Missouri TravelingMom Becky Davenport
We wear matching odd-colored shirts so we are easy to spot. I still put my kids (ages 4 and 8) on leashes when we are in big crowds and we go at odd times of the day when everyone else will be eating or done for the day.
Standby TravelingMom Chris Bird
If you plan to do Universal Studios Hollywood in a single day, front-of-the-line passes are a must. In addition to getting you into all the rides quicker, you also get to see behind-the-scenes of several of the attractions. Arrive at park opening with autograph book and pen in hand to meet several of the characters first while everyone else is rushing to the rides.
Vegetarian TravelingMom Judy Antell
Explore park maps online and plot out where you want to go before you get there (e.g., head right to Harry Potter if that's where your kids must go; bypass anything on the way to get there and make note of what you want to see later).
Want more theme park survival tips? See tips from 5 more Traveling Mom bloggers here!