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I was paid to test theme park rides – here is how to avoid long queues


AN OFFICIAL theme park tester has revealed top tips on making the most of a holiday to Florida’s biggest and best theme parks.

Alexandria Adamson, 27, beat stiff competition from 63,400 other applicants to secure the job of a lifetime.

Alexandria Adamson is the official Theme Park Tester for Ocean Florida

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Alexandria Adamson is the official Theme Park Tester for Ocean FloridaCredit: Ocean Florida
Alexandria, 27, visited Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay theme park

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Alexandria, 27, visited Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay theme parkCredit: Ocean Florida

She named Universal Orlando Resort as her favourite of all the Florida theme parks, with the newly opened Jurassic World VelociCoaster among her top rides.

Alexandria suggests downloading the theme park apps to your phone, as this could help save valuable time waiting in line for rides or attractions.

She said: “Before you head to a park, check what apps you may need. Most of the parks have their own apps to help you navigate during your time there and make the most of it!

“You can find useful information like wait times and maps, as well as the entertainment and food on offer.”

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Her other top tips included pre-booking dinner reservations to avoid disappointment, and to explore the dining options in some of the hotels outside of the theme parks.

She added: “Although I love an adrenaline rush, there is so much more to the parks than just the rides!

“I would recommend taking the time to explore the parks and especially make time to try the food and drink, this will also help you to break up the day so you’re not just spending time queuing for rides.

“Just because one ride has the longest line doesn’t mean it’s the best attraction in the park either!”

After securing the dream job role in early 2020, Alexandria’s trip was postponed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harry Hastings, Co-CEO at Ocean Florida, said: “We are delighted to have finally been able to send Alexandria over to Orlando to complete her role as our Official Theme Park Tester.

“It’s been great to see her daily updates and take a look at all of the activities she’s been getting up to during her role.

“For anyone looking to visit Orlando, definitely keep Alexandria’s review of the top parks and attractions in mind for the inside scoop!”

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Alexandria also found time to visit Legoland while in Florida

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Alexandria also found time to visit Legoland while in FloridaCredit: Ocean Florida





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