Bugga has been begging to go to an amusement park for six months now. Last summer we went to the Oakland zoo and he rode a small roller coaster there over and over again, giggling and laughing and talking to everyone in his vicinity the entire time. Now he wants to try bigger roller coasters.
My Christmas present for him this year is a day at Knotts Berry Farm, just the two of us. I've planned it out as well as possible. I'm bringing his new Kindle for the long car ride and my iPhone for when he has to wait in line. I'm getting a locker and storing a backpack with extra clothes (he hasn't wet his pants in a long time, but he used to do it when he was startled or scared, I figured just in case...), snacks, and such. I'm bringing ear plugs in case the park is too noisy for him and I think we might even grab some sunglasses in case it is too bright (he doesn't own a pair since he breaks them almost immediately :P).
I've printed a map out and I'm letting Bugga plan what rides we will go on and where we will eat lunch, though I will try my best to steer him away from the bigger rides if I don't think he's ready for them. We're leaving the park at 5 to meet the rest of the family at Medieval Times, which is right down the street, for a fun dinner (but rowdy, I'm thinking the ear plugs will come in handy here).
This all seemed like such a great idea when I bought the non refundable tickets back in November, but as Saturday looms closer all the "what ifs" swarm inside my head.
"What if it's just too much for him?"
"What if he gets scared on the first ride and refuses to ride any others?"
"What if he wants to go home?"
"What if I'm pushing him too far?"
But then I can't help but wonder if I'm setting myself up for failure by expecting it. Bugga is SO excited but I can tell he's nervous too. He made a comment today about how he'd probably be sick on Sunday from riding too many roller coasters. I don't think I can back out now, I think he'd be devistated, but I'm not sure how to convince HIM that he doesn't have to push himself too far. It's going to be a long enough day as it is, without him feeling like he has to prove something by riding as many scary coasters as possible. Advice?