May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013

15 Ways to Save on Amusement and Theme Park Tickets

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and it is also Memorial Day weekend! I hope you had a beary safe and great week. It is going to be another very busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear as the bear will be at three events today and tomorrow.

With summer upon us, a lot of people like to take a trip to one of the theme parks in our country. But can you save money while planning these trips? Today and tomorrow I will give you some helpful tips on how to do just that.

1. Check the Theme Park’s Site or Call Customer Service

In this day and age, if a company is offering a discount, it will most likely be found somewhere on their website! This can be quite honestly the easiest way to get a discount and at least save something off the gate entrance price. If you end up calling the customer service, we always ask if they know about coupons or discounts and where we can find them. Most are willing to tell you and you can save all of the work of searching too!

2. Utilize Your Memberships

Don’t forget your memberships and affiliates can often get you discounts such as Military Student, AAA, AARP, Credit Union, Sam’s Club or Costco. We have found that you can get a discount to most theme parks through at least one (if multiple check which gives you the better discount) of these outlets. You may need to have proof such as an id or membership card.

3. Consider a Multi-Day Pass

If you are planning to stay multiple days and hit multiple attractions, then consider a multi-day pass or a multi-attraction pass. Theme parks like Universal Studios and SeaWorld have offered “Buy One Day, Get One Free.” Disney’s park hopper or multi-day passes are cheaper per day the more days you purchase. Also, the CityPASS is a popular way to go (for visiting multiple attractions) as you save 30% right off the top by going through CityPASS directly. You can even get discounts on the CityPASS itself through AAA, Costco and more (see tip #2)! These multi-day passes can also apply to the smaller and local theme parks too!

4. Hunt for Package Deals

Search online or call hotels local to the theme park and see if they have a package deal. In our area, several of the surrounding hotels offer discount packages with a room to the local Lagoon theme park. They are not widely advertised, but they are common. If you call one of the local hotels and they do not have a discount package deal, ask them if another hotel in the area does — you can usually find one within a phone call or two. We have done this often and have found this to be one of the best ways when we also needed a hotel!

5. Flip Through Your Entertainment Book

Check on the discount prices using your Entertainment Book. This little (BIG) book is not only filled with coupons to local businesses you frequent, but also includes many theme parks both in your local area as well as in neighboring areas too. And don’t check just the book, but access your online Entertainment account as there are often many more offers on the web.

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6. Go Local

Check with restaurants/businesses around the theme park for special coupons located on Coke Cans/Convenience Store Cups, etc. We live near Lagoon Amusement Park and many local fast food restaurants, locally distributed soda cans (like the Coke cans distributed in our area) and convenience store cups will have a coupon for a discount into this local park. Even when we were last vacationing in sunny California, we ate at Wendy’s and noticed that the drink cups down there had an $8 discount to SeaWorld or San Diego Zoo. Keep your eyes open as you could potentially find these all around the community near the theme park.

7. Look Around Your Hotel

Check the hotel displays (even if you live in the area). This is one of the oldest and most common ways to easily find a discount and we typically find these discounts to be the lowest offered as they are so common, but they are a discount none the less! Those displays house dozens of flyers to attractions in the area and many of them will have an attached discount or coupon.

8. Plan Ahead

Reserve/purchase your tickets in advance online. We saw this recently on LegoLand. They were offering weekday tickets for 40% off when ordered online and in advance of our visit for a short time!

Tomorrow I will give you some more helpful tips while planning your theme park trip!

Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab