Tip of the week: Buy convention participant tickets for discounted admission to major theme parks
Published: October 16, 2012 at 6:35 PM
Often, your convention will offer you a link to the theme parks' special websites to purchase convention tickets, either through the meeting's website or an email blast. But if the convention's organizers haven't let you in on the opportunity, here are the links:
- Walt Disney World theme parks - After 2 pm tickets for $69 for one park. After 4 pm tickets for $55 for one park.
- Universal Orlando theme parks - After 2pm Park to Park ticket, plus CityWalk Party Pass for $67.99
- SeaWorld Orlando - After 4pm tickets for $41.99, plus tax.
- Disneyland theme parks - After 4pm tickets for $45 for one park, $60 for park-hoppers.
The park can require you to show your convention badge to use these tickets, so visitors not going to a convention who buy these tickets are gambling that they'll get an apathetic turnstile attendant who'll look the other way. And some parks (particularly Disney World), might make you tell what convention you are attending - and where you're staying in town - in order to buy the tickets in advance.
My son and I bought the $45 Disneyland tickets to visit California Adventure when we went to VidCon last summer. The park was open until 10pm that day, so we had plenty of time to see everything in the just-opened Cars Land, have dinner and ride a couple other rides in the park before calling it a night. In that case, the convention ticket allowed us to see everything we wanted to see in a single park visit for much less than the cost of a one-day ticket (now $81).
So if you're going to a big meeting in town with a major theme park, consider special convention tickets to see if they offer a better deal for you than paying the regular advance purchase price.
For more theme park tips, please visit our 100 Travel Tips for Visiting Theme Parks.