How to Write a New Article About Visiting a Theme Park on wikiHow

Have you just visited a theme park recently and want to record what it was like as a wikiHow article? Providing excellent information here, will help others make a more-informed decision when visiting. If you'd like to know how one of these types of articles could be written and published, this article will explain how it can be done.


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    Research your theme park topic on wikiHow, to ensure the article won't be a duplicate of a pre-existing article. Although few articles do exist, if you type in the theme park's name, you can generally get to see just how far in articles of the topic are. If the search results come up with an article, you'll need to compare your topic idea to the articles there to see if they meet the requirements for a title as the one you are proposing and to ensure it isn't deemed to be something that will one day need to be merged to prevent duplicate information in two different articles according to our Merge Policy.
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    Decide on a title for the article and begin a new article with this title, if the article hasn't been written yet. Make sure to use the term "Visit" as part of the how-to title as written on this site. Common usage of titles begin with "Visit" and then add the theme park name. If the theme park has more than one branch (Six Flags has several), you'll need to add in it's name after the theme park name. If there are still several differences of multiple choices you'll need to finish this title off with "in" and the city name in which this theme park itself is based.
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    Establish whether or not this article will contain the necessary information that the article will almost require to become an excellent article for the reader to read. You'll need to know whether or not the park has several sections or lands throughout or the park is spread sporadically around into ungrouped lands, or even if the park has lands that are untitled but tend to be split into their own groups, or if none of these exist.
    • If the park has titled lands, you'll more likely to need to use the advanced editor so you can establish the subsections of steps, so that each land can be portrayed accurately, and so that the reader doesn't lose focus because it looked confusing to read. This will be described more in a few steps from here, so be prepared.
    • If the park doesn't have titled lands, you can use the Guided Editor to begin your article, but you'll still have some work to do to establish a great article otherwise.
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    Start the article with an introduction. The introduction of the article is the first place that will establish the first form of communication to get your reader psyched into visiting the park, however, it isn't there to spoil the vacation to the park or describe just what the article is bound to do. Shoot for 3-4 sentences for an introduction, as part of a paragraph to psych the reader to get them ready to read the remainder of the article.
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    Research in the background (in another tab or window) on YouTube or FlickR to see just what each ride is like. With so many users on YouTube filming their ride with on-ride POV videos and even some with off-ride videos, you'll need to know just what each ride is like. As you work through the park, focus on gathering an action verb to describe what the ride does, what types of scenery it provides and how the two elements interact to provide for a great ride to describe.
    • Even if you have never ridden the ride in your life before, get to know exactly what all rides are like.
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    Begin the steps section of the article. Although you could start the article with the blasé steps of bringing water and printing tickets or purchasing tickets and taking them to the park, you'll need to go the extra mile to get the reader psyched to know just what to expect when they get to the park.
    • Establish subsections of where the lands begin and end as the reader would walk through them. Set things up by themed land as with each land set as it's own subsection - even if you can't read it or can't understand the best pattern of where the exits and entrances are - at least they get an idea of where the attractions are themselves. If you have an article that needs to be written that you have subsections for and don't know wiki-formatting all that well, rather write the article as is leaving out the subsection titles and go back and add the subsections following these guidelines.
    • Make sure your article talks about several key pieces of information at first. You'll need to set the scene for the reader. Make sure they have other options of other attractions or such around (in case they don't want to go this park when they arrive), as well as noting the address of the park (which you'll need to cite where you obtained the info from, from a reputable place such as the theme park website itself).
    • Discuss the parking. Although you don't need to grab directions from a nearby landmark (since everyone is coming from different places), you might want to discuss whether the parking is an open place or it's an enclosed garage lot, as well as this garage's separate address if it's over a good walk away. Although this really should be utilized by typing from a real-life perspective of what you'd find, if you do enough research on your topic, you'll find what you need in a rather decent amount of time of only a few days.
      • If you have enough information as to the parking lot section names, provide these names and cite your source as to where you found these names. Don't just say that you found them on (name major website here) - that doesn't tell the reader exactly where this information can be found.
    • Explain the entrance, or if the walkway to the entrance has something memorable (that sets this park separate from the others), mention it. Again, best done by real-life instances that people know of, but could be done sometimes via looking at YouTube videos and FlickR images. Explain to your reader what the turnstile entrance entails - but not to the point where you'll be describing how the crank get's turned or the direction your entrance card gets you in. You can explain some of the signage on top of the entrance gates, and similar ticket booths to let them know what they should be looking for to get them in.
    • Give people the information they really require - for each remaining step that you set up, make sure they have information for each attraction - ride or show - that the park has. Although you want to avoid spoilers as much as you can, you can mention that there are certain areas that can't be missed and describe areas nearby the area that these rides show these almost spoilers so the people don't miss them. Describe the ride or attraction using an action verb at the front. (Remember, some nouns can become verbs, but you'll want to watch yourself (by doing researching on the potential verb alone) at first to ensure the word can become a verb on it's own.)
      • If you need help describing the ride, for some theme parks there are some theme-park fanatics that go out and record rides and post them as an front-seat/on-ride POV video on YouTube. (For this, you'll need to type in the exact ride name along with the theme park's name and (sometimes either on-ride/off-ride or the acronym "POV" as they can take either of these two forms when searching - unless you return no results in which case omit these and try again - if still none, you'll need to rely on information from other sources such as information from the park's website - which could very well be able to describe it a little so you can better understand what type of ride it is.) For shows however, neither terms "on-ride/off-ride" nor "POV" are ever used so do the research without these tagging behind at your search term.
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    Give the reader some Tips and Warnings about the park. At the very least, some great tips that fly well include well-sourced Tips about the date which this particular park opened (Grand Opening). Some of this information can be found and sourced from Wikipedia's information for the park. Other ideas to include can include these ideas.
    • Tips
      • When 4-8 year old kids get antsy in this park and it seems like your day is lagging behind, give these kids some options. Even though this park has a few areas where kids can explore and run out all their excitement, this may sometimes not be enough. If you haul around a double-seat stroller, and warnings just don't work, give them time in the stroller. If they don't fit, you'll need to find some other way to draw out their energy. They will thank you for helping them "take a load off their feet". These youngsters tend to draw energy out more quickly, and become cranky quicker.
      • Plan on spending at least x (where x represents the amount of) days in this park, if you want to experience all the rides in this park. The nighttime spectacular show is a "must see" show however, that happens (rain or shine?) near (what attraction?)
      • Keep kids (under age 5) on "leashes" (arm straps) at all times. Don't allow your kids to remove them at any time. It's hard to see your kids leashed up like a pet, but with the large amounts of guests in the park at any time, security is of utmost importance, and their leashes will help immensely. Don't even remove them, when your kids are in their stroller, as it can take only a few seconds for the kid to get out and become missing (the leashes only would allow the child to go so far as you'd allow them to go).
    • Warnings
      • Always ride the ride with safety in mind. Use all safety devices the ride operator instills on you and your family.
      • Rides occasionally close and change at this park. Don't fear if your favorite ride has changed or has become defunct. Something will be there to replace it, over time. Their replacements might be just as good as the ride you once loved.
      • Everybody's tastes are different. You can skip some ride if you don't have time or if the kids act up. Some kids might be too churlish to some, while other rides might be too intense for the younger crowd, so you may want to skip these rides.
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    Categorize your article. Although each Disneyland and Disney World article has been written/started (a subcategory of the base category stated soon), you can categorize these articles in Category:Carnivals Circuses and Theme Parks via either of these methods (dependant on your wiki-editor you are using).
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    Turn on the "Sources and Citations" section (for those who have cited their sources) or, if you are able to use the Advanced Editor, set up the "Sources and Citations" section and place the {{reflist}} template on the article in this section. If you have other sources that are citable based on our External Links Policy, provide those in this section as well. Also, don't just say that it's from a "personal experience". If there was a webpage that gave you the idea to create it (besides this article) and this link doesn't violate this policy, provide it in this section with the notable words "ideas from" provided in the same line along with the website that gave you the ideas.
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    Provide step-by-step pictures of each Step in the article. Although FlickR has people posting pictures of all the famous attractions at theme parks in what seems to be all-the-time (under a Creative Commons license), you will want to be careful. Either use pictures you yourself took and use the Local file tab after clicking the "Add Image to Steps" button or by clicking the add pictures button on the tiny toolbar of icons at the top of the Advanced Editor (if you've chosen to utilize it for subsections) and utilizing the pictures under the "Flickr" tab and add the photo that way.
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    Publish your edits. Scroll down the page until you see the line of buttons and click the Publish button. If you'd like to see what your article will look like, click "Preview". If you want to save your article first, but don't want to publish until it's complete, click the "Save draft" button. Show changes is only really valuable when you are editing the article after the first edit has been published.


  • Theme park articles like these can take some time to compile. While you are beginning to create them, do some work at first then place an {{inuse}} template on the article publishing that edit, then go back and add the remainder. Try to write the article, then go back to the article to add the SBS pictures to the article, if enough images are available for use.
  • Watch for seasonal attractions and seasonal lands that are open only seasonally. Such areas may include areas where water may run freely (but that isn't at a water park itself), and holiday areas in the Christmas or Halloween seasons. While each of these holidays can get their own articles to be written about (focusing only on these specialties), others may just need to be mentioned that they are "seasonal-only" attractions in the article (although it could be already obvious when they see what type of attraction/show that it is about from the text and picture for the step.
  • Think about quality over quantity, when creating articles about theme parks! Theme park-created articles can take time to develop. If you can't get the entire page up and running on the first day, rather place an {{inuse}} template on the top of the article and work on that article solely.
  • Have a map around of each park, while you are researching and writing your article. It's easy to just put some information down, but going the extra mile as was stated earlier makes for one great article. Providing more than enough information can become crucial for the reader to know - without giving away spoilers.
  • Once you have created a slew of these, you'll see that these article creations can get knocked out rather slowly (if done correctly) but at a valuable pace, and most will turn into potential Rising Star articles if they are written well enough at first. Take your time - your reader will thank you!


  • Keep your articles up-to-date, as changes take place in the particular park. No one likes inaccurate information as park attractions change - and for some parks, theme parks are in a constant state of flux with attractions being added and some attractions on the state of being closed.

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