The park is least crowded during the week, with weekends bringing in a lot of locals. Summer and the holidays also are crowded.

Ride the thrill rides as early in the day as possible. Think about purchasing a Quick Queue pass for $14.95, which grants you no-wait access. It's good only once per ride but ensures you’ll hit all the big rides quickly.

Bring extra quarters for all the locker rentals at each of the coasters.

You can pick up a map at the entrance, which lists showtimes, meet-the-keeper times, and special hours for attractions and restaurants.

Vegetarians will enjoy the veggie burgers at Zagora Café or the Colony House's delicious vegetable platter. A money saver is the All Day Dining Deal, which costs $32.99 per adult and $14.99 per child. It's accepted at most dining venues. If eating at the Colony House, you'll want to make your reservations immediately upon entering the park.