7 Theme Park Tips to Save You Time and Money

7 Theme Park Tips to Save You Time and Money

There is nothing more fun and stressful than taking a trip to a theme park with kids in tow. There is so much excitement for the day from both kids and adults that it can lead to meltdowns and more money spent than you intended. If you are looking for a way to save your sanity and your wallet, here are some theme park tips to save you time and money.

Theme Park Tips to Save You Time and Money

1) Get There Early With Full Bellies

If you know anything about theme parks, you know that they can get very crowded towards the afternoon. Get up early, well before the park opens, and eat breakfast at home or at the hotel, then head off to be there when the gates open. You will not have to deal with lines for at least a few hours and you won’t start getting hungry until you have been there for a while.

2) Go On a Rainy or Cloudy Day

If you are making a last minute trip to the theme park, you may have better luck on a rainy or cloudy day. Yes, it’s possible that some rides may be closed, but many times, they aren’t and you may find that you nearly have the park to yourself. This is also great to be able to see the indoor shows you always wanted to see but didn’t have the time for and if you are lucky, some parks even refund part of your money if the rain starts after a certain time.

3) Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time

Buying tickets online can save you up to 50% depending on the park. You can often buy them at places like AAA, Sam’s Club or Costco as well in the local communities where the park is located to save even more. You will almost always get a discount for buying ahead of time.

4) Pack a Lunch

Pack a lunch and bring it, even if you can’t take it in the gates. Many parks are now allowing food from home to be brought in. Even if yours doesn’t, you can pack a cooler full of ice and stuff to make sandwiches and head out of the park to take a mid-day break and have lunch or dinner for far less than you’d pay in the park. Or simply save your appetite and eat in the car on the way home.

5) Don’t Go Express

Unless you are going on a majorly busy day, don’t buy the express passes. These passes are not always a good idea and unless you are going on a holiday, you will often find that the waits are not that long in most cases anyway, so the pass ends up being a waste of money.

6) Plan Your Day

Do your research and map out your day. If you know what attractions you want to see above all else, map them out ahead of time and do them first when the lines are not as long.

7) Bring Some Supplies

Make a list of what you may need in the park and bring it with you. Some items like this include sunscreen, rain ponchos, flashlights, a small first aid kit, and sunglasses. You don’t want to be stuck paying the high prices of these items in the park where you will pay 5 times or more what they could be purchased for elsewhere.

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