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A woman paid to test out theme parks shares top tips, including how to cut wait times

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Florida theme park tester Alexandria has shared her top tips for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Legoland, including cutting down on queue times

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Alexandria has the dream job – testing amusement parks

Imagine spending your days exploring some of the best in the world amusement parks including such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando – and get paid for the experience.

Well, that’s exactly the dream job Glasgow’s Alexandria Adamson landed when she was selected as the 2020 Official Tester for Ocean Florida’s theme parks.

She wasn’t able to visit Orlando until this year due to the Covid pandemic, but now she’s back after three action-packed weeks.

One of her highlights was a trip to Busch Gardens, which she claims has “some of the best roller coasters in all of Florida.” Speaking of roller coasters, some of their must-rides include Universal’s new Jurassic World-themed Velocicoaster, Disney’s Star Wars-themed Rise of the Resistance, and the Iron Gwazi ride at Busch Gardens.

Of course, Alexandria picked up plenty of insider tricks for navigating the theme parks — and now she’s shared some exclusively with The Mirror.

We’re talking easy tricks to cut down on waiting in line, the essentials to pack for a theme park day trip, and some of the essentials to know when heading to Walt Disney World and Universal parks travel.

Check out her top tips below…

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plan ahead

“These parks have a lot to offer and can be overwhelming, especially during busy periods, which for Orlando make up most of the year,” says Alexandria. “You know what you definitely want to do, check out any seasonal offerings at the parks at that time that might impact your day. Reserve all restaurant reservations. Plan and book as much as possible before you even arrive to make your trip as interesting and less stressful.”

Oh, and if there’s something essential for your trip, make it a battery pack. “No one wants to spend part of the day waiting for their phone to charge or run out of battery to take photos of your day!” She explains.

How to reduce waiting times in the queue

Alexandria recommends using the theme park apps to keep an eye on when wait times are getting shorter, but sometimes it can come down to being smart with your timing.

“When there’s a big night show or parade and you’re not overly concerned with it, the wait times are usually the lowest,” she advises.

It’s also worth checking for perks when you’re staying at a resort. She explains, “If you’re a resort guest for certain parks, take advantage of the extra time they give you to enter the parks. This can mean an early morning or late night, but it’s usually worth it.”

Use the apps

“Each park has its own app that helps you get the most out of your day, typically with wait times, navigating the parks, and all the entertainment and food and drink options,” she explains.

Do you want to go to Walt Disney World specifically? Alexandria recommends checking out the app before your trip. “Play around with the My Disney Experience app before you go,” she suggests. “It’ll be super helpful once you get there.”

Top Picks for Walt Disney World

With four theme parks and two water parks, you’ll need a game plan if you want to get the most out of Walt Disney World Resort.

Alexandria recommends starting with pre-booking your restaurant reservations because “it can be really difficult to get the full-service restaurants in one day.”

Oh, and while Florida is known for its sunshine, it does get some rainfall too – if you’re unlucky with the weather, you can be tactical about hitting the parks anyway.







Alexandria spent three weeks exploring Florida’s best theme parks
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Alexandria shared her picks for big resorts like Walt Disney World
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“Some parks are better to visit in inclement weather,” Alexandria says, noting that EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have fewer attractions that close when lightning strikes compared to Magic Kingdom.

Aside from the theme parks and rides, there is plenty to explore around the resort.

Foodies take note: According to Alexandria, “Some of the best bars and restaurants on Disney Property are at Disney Resorts.”

Their top picks include Enchanted Rose at the Grand Floridian, Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk Inn, and Trader Sam’s at the Polynesian, while Disney Springs is also acclaimed for its “amazing food and drink,” as well as its shopping, movie theater, bowling alley, and entertainment venue.

Top picks for Universal Studios Orlando

Universal is made up of three theme parks, but if you only want to visit one or two, our theme park insider suggests considering an Express Pass as “it’s going to change your day so much.” The pass cannot be used on certain rides such as Jurassic World’s new themed roller coaster, the Velocicoaster.

In the meantime Harry Potter Fans won’t want to miss the Wizarding World, which spans Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. “As a Harry Potter fan, these parks are unmissable and unforgettable,” says Alexandria.

“The area around Diagon Alley and the area around Hogsmeade is literally like stepping onto the pages of the books or into the scenes of the movies. It’s so easy to forget that you’re in the real world, with people in robes walking around casting spells with them, interactive wands, and let’s not forget the dangerously tasty Butterbeer.







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Alexandria has returned with some serious knowledge about theme parks
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“The Hogwarts Express experience between the two areas just perfectly ties the whole magical experience together. And as if the theming wasn’t enough, the Tales of Hagrid roller coaster is one of the best attractions at both parks.”

If you need a break from the parks, Alexandria recommends the CityWalk.

“These restaurants have much better food than the parks, and they’ll probably be quieter than the park restaurants,” she says. “CowFish on CityWalk is one of the best restaurants at Universal Resort, the cheeseburger sushi was amazing, I went twice. And the Chocolate Emporium makes the BEST specialty milkshakes, or they have Voodoo Donuts for incredible and sometimes unusually flavored donuts if you’re not a milkshake fan.”

Have you already been to Orlando – and did you find any good amusement park tips? We want to hear them! Let us know in the comments below.

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