Dig out the sunscreen and brace yourself for the crowds expected at U.S. amusement and theme parks this summer. Here are some tips for avoiding long lines:
-- Purchase admission tickets in advance and get a map beforehand so you're familiar with the park. Arrive early and start with rides farthest from the entrance.
-- Hit popular rides around conventional mealtimes or while other visitors are watching parades or shows. Spend the peak hours during the afternoon around the hotel pool.
-- All else being equal, if you see more than one line for tickets, concession stands, or rides, pick the one on the left. Most people instinctively go to the right.