As I start to plan some theme park visits for my daughter this summer, I begin to reminisce about our trip to Disneyland last summer. We all had an amazing time! Every ride was worth it and the lights parade at night was spectacular. However, after we left, I realized I spent over $200 and suddenly reality kicked in. How on Earth did I spend $200 in one day (not including tickets)! Once I went over all the spending, it started to make more sense. The food, snacks, and souvenirs all began to add up. I admit that I could have planned it better so I didn’t end up spending so much money. So, what will I do differently this summer when I schedule our next amusement park visit and what could you do to make sure you don’t end up spending more than you intended to at your amusement park visit? In this post, I discuss tips for saving money at amusement parks.
Tips for Saving Money at Amusement Parks
Save money by checking out discounted tickets ahead of time
It’s convenient to buy tickets on the day of your visit. However, there are discounts and deals out there waiting for you to grab them. You just need to get them ahead of time.
Don’t buy your lunch at the theme park
It’s no secret that theme park food is over-priced. There are 2 options here. 1) If the theme park allows it, try packing your family’s lunch and bringing it to the park with you. If the theme park you’re visiting doesn’t allow this, most theme parks allow you to enter and exit the park throughout the day if you get your hand stamped. You can cut the costs of your meal by half if you eat somewhere else.
Bring cash only
I love using cash-back credit cards because you get rewarded money for using cards. On the flip side, it’s very easy to get carried away by spending too much if you use credit cards. If you want to save money, I suggest you bring a set amount of cash. After all, you can’t spend what you don’t have.
Buying your hotel stay and tickets as a package will help you save money
Research on potential deals where you can buy your hotel stay and theme park tickets as a package, rather than buying them separately.
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Set a spending and quantity maximum for souvenirs before going to the amusement park
For example, if you have 2 kids, let them know they can each have one souvenir with a maximum price of $15, or whatever you are comfortable spending.
Visiting an amusement park doesn’t have to be a vacuum for your wallet. Try some of the tips for saving money at amusement parks and you and your family can have an amazing time!
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