Amusement park trips are a summer staple for many families. The fun and excitement of a day spend together, riding thrill rides, eating delicious treats, and playing games, are the stuff that wonderful memories are made of. However, all that fun comes at a price, and often, it is quite expensive. But there are ways that you can make amusement park day trips more affordable.
Tips to Make Amusement Park Day Trips More Affordable
Saving on Tickets
- Check for online deals before you purchase. Often, purchasing tickets ahead of time will save you a few dollars. Also, deal sites like Groupon and Living Social frequently have discounted tickets to local attractions like amusement parks.
- If you plan on multiple trips throughout the season, consider a season pass. These passes typically pay for themselves in a couple of visits and come with lots of perks and bonuses, such as free parking and food and merchandise discounts for passholders.
- Look for coupons and discount codes at local grocery stores and fast food restaurants or even on soda cans. Many times amusement parks will distribute promotional coupons that have significant savings on a day pass to the park.
Saving on Food
- Consider splitting entrees. Often the portion sizes on burgers, fries, and other food items are more than one person can manage – especially when they’re about to hop on a big roller coaster. Share lunch or dinner to reduce food costs.
- Bring a cooler of snacks and sandwiches from home. Though many parks do not allow food to be brought inside, you can always head back to the car and have a tailgate picnic, then go back in to continue the fun.
- Purchase a refillable beverage cup. Yes, these cups often seem pricey, but if it’s a hot day, you’ll likely need frequent refills. If you don’t want to drink that many soft drinks, ask for it to be filled with ice water. With overpriced bottled water, you’ll still see a savings with just a few of refills.
- Simply ask for a cup of ice water. In many parks, you can get ice water from a location with a soda fountain for a significantly lower price. This is a favorite tip at Walt Disney World, as locations with fountain soda there will give you a cup of ice water for free.
Saving on Souvenirs
- Plan ahead and purchase some small trinkets before you go to pull out when the overpriced shops begin to lure your little ones. Bring along some glow sticks and a couple of small dollar store toys as a distraction.
- Check for local souvenir shops that may have similar merchandise to that offered in the park, but at a lower price. Once you walk through the park gates, a five dollar t-shirt suddenly quadruples in price. It’s almost magical – but not the good kind of magic.
Keep these tips in mind as you plan your next amusement park day trips. More affordable tickets, souvenirs, and food will make it easier on your wallet so you can enjoy your day without worrying about breaking the budget.
Guest post: Shannan Powell is a full-time work at home mom with a home overflowing with testosterone. She spends her days trying to find the balance between wife, mom of three, and stepmom of one, while maintaining her career as a freelance writer and influencer marketing campaign manager. Shannan began her work at home life more than a decade ago, following the birth of her second child. She lives with her husband and their boys near the Delaware coast. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram to follow her family’s adventures.