How to win at Theme Park queues

We love visiting Theme Parks but one of our biggest frustrations is the queues, especially when visiting in high season.

Having visited a couple of American theme parks, I do think more could be done in the UK to make fast pass entry easily accessible for everyone, without having to pay a fortune for the privilege.

We have been to two theme parks in the last week and despite being inset days for us, we still had to queue around 80 minutes for some rides and although many theme parks have installed activities for the kids to do, or television screens, there are other ways to help keep the kids occupied.

Chessington World of Adventures

5 ways to keep the kids occupied in Theme Park queues

Heads Up!

Our favourite game to play whilst waiting for rides is Heads Up!

Heads Up! is an app game that can be downloaded on your Smart Phone (available on App Store and Google Play), which sees you trying to guess what word is on your phone whilst your friends try to describe it.

Heads Up

From naming celebrities or animals, to singing, to silly accents — guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out!

Heads Up

The kids have great fun doing it and you often find fellow queue members jumping in to help if they are struggling to get a clue.

Kinetic Flow Rings

Probably the best £5 I have ever spent is our Kinetic Flow Rings.

Kinetic Flow Rings

Kinetic rings are similar to a slinky, except that instead of forming a helix/spring shape, the kinetic rings coil through themselves to form their unique shapes.

They fold flat for transport, but when open you can roll them up and down your arm, pass them onto someone else or even on to a post or tree branch. There is something strangely calming about them and they keep the kids occupied for ages.

Kinetic Flow Rings

They are nice and cooling when it is hot, too.

Rubik’s Cube

Like the Kinetic Rings, something that keeps their hands and minds busy, without taking up too much space is a Rubik’s Cube and there are lots of different ones to choose from, from the traditional cube, to the orbit puzzle ball.

Rubiks Cube

The Animal Game

If you don’t want to carry anything with you, another game we love is the animal game.

The youngest player starts by thinking of an animal and then next player has to think of a different animal beginning with the last letter of the previous one.


This game can also be adapted to be played with almost any subject from Bands, to TV Shows and Films.

Pokemon Go! / Wizards Unite

Pokemon Go and Harry Potter Wizards Unite are augmented reality mobile games that see you catching Pokemon or joining the Ministry of Magic to complete wizarding challenges.

Pokemon Go

Believe it or not, theme parks are brilliant places to play these games as they are packed full of locations to complete the tasks, plus the kids get points for all the walking they do too.

How do you keep the kids entertained in theme park queues?

24 thoughts on “How to win at Theme Park queues

  1. Here in the States, getting a fast pass (where available) is so convenient. I’m surprised this hasn’t caught on in countries abroad! I will say the places we’ve been where it’s not available, our kids are pretty chill, but, I have seen some kids get pretty impatient waiting in line!

  2. Some fun ideas to keep kids from getting too bored while waiting. Whenever I think back on my visits to Disney when living in Florida as a teenager decades ago, the memory of standing in never-ending lines comes to mind first. Ugh. Now I could bring my phone… 🙂

  3. That sounds fantastic and clever! My nephew loves playing in theme park. As well as I am. We’ll surely use this brilliant idea.

  4. Queues are the worse! Great tips. My son carries his rubix cube everywhere he goes, he is always on it. When waiting somewhere we always like to play the alphabet game with Countries, Cities or animals

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