Are you planning a weekend vacation? Amusement parks are a tempting choice for seasonal outings. Although they are most popular during the summer months, many families celebrate the winter holidays at amusement parks. Water parks are a great place to cool off in the summer, and Christmas themes attract the winter crowds.
There are very few kids who don’t love an amusement park, and many adults enjoy the experience too. The fun and food comes at a hefty cost, but smart planning can keep prices down. The Internet makes it easier to save your budget and still have amusement park fun. Here are some tips for using the Internet to plan your next trip to an amusement park.
Choose an Amusement Park
Amusement parks exist around the world. There are so many to choose from. In the United States, there is Disney World near Orlando, Florida, and other Disney parks, Six Flags Entertainment, Universal Studios and the nation’s first theme park: Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.
Most amusement parks have a website with park details, directions, ticket information and more. Some sites publish coupons, promo codes and other ways to get a discount. Local and regional parks usually offer entertainment at a lower cost.
Buy Your Tickets Online
According to “U.S. News and World Report,” most amusement parks offer lower rates when you buy your tickets online. Sometimes, you can get a better deal from online ticket brokers. If you have a club membership – such as Costco, Sam’s Club or AAA – you may be able to reduce ticket fees even further.
Check Social Media Channels
These days, you can find some of the best deals on social media. Some companies use Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms to promote deep discounts on tickets, products and services. If you plan to visit an amusement park soon, follow the park’s social media accounts and watch for discounts.
Plan Your Day at the Park
There are many things to see and do at amusement parks. Before your next trip, use the Internet to see what’s available at the park of your choice. Make a list of the rides you want to go on, the shows you want to see and a few new things to try. This can help you budget your expenses better.
Know the Food and Drink Policy
Food and beverage prices can cost more than amusement park tickets and rides. The easiest way to save on refreshment costs is to pack your own food. Sandwiches and fruit are healthier than hot dogs and pizza, anyway.
Pack a cooler, backpack or large purse with food and drinks to enjoy at the park. Be sure to check the food and drink policy online, since some amusement parks don’t allow food and drinks from outside the park. Even if you have to leave the cooler in your car, bring a water bottle and fill up at the park’s water fountains.
Buy Souvenirs After Your Trip
Amusement parks offer many opportunities to buy souvenirs like t-shirts, hats, toys, pins and cups. The options are tempting and the prices are high. Wait until after your trip to buy souvenirs. Parks often sell their souvenirs online at a lower price, and you may be able to beat that price at a souvenir shop or online auction.