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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Entertainment, Travel | 3 comments

Theme Parks: The Most Efficient Ways to Save Money

If you seek thrill and adventure, you may want to check out one of America’s many theme parks. The only problem is that a day at the park is not exactly cheap. Not unless you know what you’re doing, anyway. Here are a few tips to help you save as much as possible when you plan your trip to an amusement park. Keep in mind that not all the tips will apply at all parks, so make sure you do some research beforehand.


Go during the week.
This can save you money on entry compared to the busy weekend. Most people work during the week, so parks are keen to get some business in this relatively quiet time. Additionally, some parks discount tickets if you go closer to the time when they close for the day. You may not have as much time to have fun, but it saves you some money.

There are ways to save if you live close.
Many theme parks will offer discount deals through coupons. Plus, getting a season pass may be beneficial if you live close enough to take advantage of it. Not only does the pass pay for itself in a couple of visits, but there are often other perks as well, including free parking or accommodation discounts at sister sites.

Be sure to check for online discounts.
Some parks offer discounts when the tickets are purchased online. It can’t hurt to check even if your park doesn’t participate in this type of discount, because it could save you time in line. This is especially true if you go with a group. Furthermore, many parks even offer group discount rates because they know they are guaranteed a certain amount of people.

Avoid park concessions.
After your admission fee, food will be the most expensive item at the park. Some parks let you bring your own food from home, but many won’t. Take advantage of a park’s exit rules to return to your car at lunch time. You’ll get a stamp on your hand when you leave, allowing you to come back in on the same day. You can either drive to a nearby store for a cheaper lunch or keep a cooler in the car with packed lunches. After you finish, you can head back into the park for more fun.

Saving money at a theme park is easy when you know how to do it. There is a certain amount of planning that may be involved, but when saving money is a top priority, it is well worth the effort.


  1. Another way to save on food is to get a meal pass. Some parks, such as Busch Gardens, have all day, unlimited meal passes. Those mean HUGE savings on food. Other parks, like Universal Studios, offer meal packages that include one entree, one drink, and one snack. You don’t have to get each of these at the same time, they can be spread through the day. The savings are minimal, but they are still savings. Get the souvenir drink cup. You get unlimited drinks and don’t have to spend much at all compared to buying individual drinks. It is easy to dehydrate at a theme park, so these cups are invaluable.

  2. I live in Florida. My husband and I would like to go to Walt Disney World either in September or for the Christmas break. What special are there at those times. Also, what specials are there for the Disney Cruise Line?

    Thank you

    • Hi! Check here for our Disney Coupon Codes.

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