Tis The Season For Amusement Parks: Top Tips For Saving

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated June 11, 2018

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Money Saving Tips
June 11, 2018

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The summer is a great season to spend quality time with loved ones and friends. In fact, the warmer months usually see families heading out on road trips to visit national parks and landmarks. However, many families also head off for Disneyland and Disney World; two of the world’s most visited and popular theme parks. If an amusement park is on your itinerary this summer, there are plenty of ways to save money on travel, boarding and eating costs.

As you may or may not know, amusement parks do cost a pretty penny these days. In fact, Disney World’s 6-day adult passes are currently priced at $288 per person. Similarly, children’s tickets are $260 for those between the ages of 3-9 years. Unless you and yours are just visiting for a day, you will need to save money if you truly want to enjoy all the spectacles of the park. With this in mind, here are some ways you can save cash for the summer trip:

  • Avoid unnecessary expenses like entertainment and dining out. Also, curtail excessive gas usage, and monitor spending on essentials and necessities as well.
  • Create a budgeting plan that takes into account travel costs, hotel – motel costs, food and other particulars you will need on the trip. If driving, map out your course and set aside money for gas, tolls, and overnight stays at hotel if any.
  • You can save money by bringing your own food and snacks on the trip. Invest in coolers, which will keep your beverages and sandwiches cold and fresh.

As with most amusement parks, outside food is not allowed. While there are plenty of kiosks, snack counters and restaurants on site, you can save money by simply dining at your hotel. In fact, many hotels offer complimentary breakfast and beverage services for guests. You can also check to see if free shuttle services to and from the park is available at your hotel. This is a great way to save on gas, along with taking cabs, buses, or Uber services to the amusement park. Here are a few more ways you can save money while visiting the amusement park:

  • It is important to know that certain day passes are only for certain parks. For example: Disney World has six different parks: Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Your day pass is only good for one park, so if you want to visit other parks, you will have to pay for those individually.
  • It is best to visit one park and make the most out of all its rides, attractions and activities. This will save you money for local tours, camping, and other activities you and your family enjoy.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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