Save Big on Theme Park Vacations – Even in Summer
You know a visit to a theme park isn’t going to be cheap. But with a little planning and some smart choices, it can be an unbeatable bang for the bucks you do spend. We asked experts how to get the most for your money, even during the busy summer season.
Consider Your Priorities
Are your kids obsessed with Harry Potter? Take them to Universal (Photo:Karen Roe/Flickr)
A bargain for one family might feel like a waste for another. What are your specific needs and desires? If your kids are Harry Potter fans and couldn’t care less about princesses, it’s OK to skip Disney and head to Universal.
“Sit down with the family before the trip and talk about what the priorities are. Everybody has a say in the planning,” said Kristi Kingston, senior content strategist for Undercover Tourist, a site that sells discount theme park tickets and helps plan trips. Finding out in advance what everyone wants to do lets you skip things that don’t matter.
Do Your Research
Do your homework if you want to avoid the crowds at Disneyland (Photo: Chris Alcoran/Flickr)
The Internet is a cornucopia of information — everything from ride reviews to news about what’s happening when and where. Many parks post maps and event calendars on their websites, so plan your attack before you go so you don’t miss what’s important to you. “Be sure to check the park’s website to avoid any large group events that will crowd the park even more than usual,” advises Kris Rowberry of amusement park site Great American Thrills.