How many times have you gone to a large theme park paying between $70.00 and $100.00 or more per person only to not get all you want to do done? Chances are almost everytime. You can avoid that and other big costs easily. You just need timing and some knowledge. I am going to tell you how to do this.
Avoid giving in to your kids and not buy funny hats, baloons etc they cost a lot more at park and kids ignore them pretty much once they get home. Not only that they are hard to carry around park. Explain if you buy this you have nowhere to keep it right now and the money you spend could be spent on other fun thngs to do or see like arcade or shows or food. You can also tell them you can buy them these same things the next day or week at local store. You can also save a lot of your cash by packing a lunch rather than eating inside park. A normal burger and fry meal may cost twice what it would cost at McDonalds or some other fast food establisment. However dont fall into trap to leave park eat and comeback either. You lose time at park and your parking spot. Pack a lunch eat there at park most have a picnic area if not eat in car. Example my family of six costs around $80.00 to feed at Disneyland but if we went to McDonalds or the like the cost is around $40.00. Our kids enjoy eating at park though as it gets them back to rides sooner than leaving. There are other ways to reduce your cost inside park but these are the biggies
That $90.00 or more per person can be a huge road block to your fun. Many parks offer deals for locals or multipark discounts see if they fit into your budget. Check the parks website, facebook, twitter etc for specail deals there as well. Even your employer have discounts available to employees. It might be risky but check Amazon, Ebay etc for people with tickets they cannot use. They could be selling them for less than their worth. Make sure it is a trustworthy seller with good reputation or some other indicator your not being duped. You can also look into group discounts if you belong to a group.
Getting the most of your trip:
This is by far the biggest savings even though there is no dollar value to attach to it. It requires you break from tradition though. Theres a reason Disneyland and other parks offer discounts for local residents during certain time periods. The reason is attendance is WAY down. This is when you go. Avoid summer trips if you can. Example a traditional wait for in summer for Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland can be an hour or more. When our family goes in either Feb, March, April, May, October, November the wait is around 10 minutes! Yes I said ten minutes! Its same for nearly all rides no matter the ride. In addition go on a Wendesday its your best day to go. Do not go on weekend or Friday or Monday these are worst days unless you like standing in line. You should also contact the park the week before and ask them for their projected attendance. Dont ask the number just if they expect a small or large crowd. Most parks will tell you in fact if they are wrong they might let you comeback on them sort of. Let me explain. I called Disneyland about several years ago and asked about crowds. I was told there would be no issues and we should waltz onto rides as always. We got there and that was not the case. We rode very few rides after being there over 6 hours. I went to customer service desk and asked for my money back as they gave me incorrect info and ruined our trip. They hesitiated but I reminded them it was their staff member who told me about crowd levels otherwise I would have chose a different day. I did not get a refund (wasn’t expecting one)I got tickets for another day of my choice long as we left park then. We agreed came another day having called about crowds again and had a great time.
These are good tips to help you save and enjoy a theme park more next time. Save summer outtings for the beach or lake and theme parks for more user friendly days
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