Vote of the week: How do you pay for a vacation?
Published: September 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Some fans might stay away from certain types of rides. Few theme park visitors enjoy the weather when the temperature pushes 100°F. Parks have spent millions of dollars creating queue-skipping systems for guests who don't want to wait in line.
But few elements of a theme park vacation elicit as much despair as the question: "How are we going to pay for this?"
How many carnival tickets would you need for a theme park admission and hotel stay? Probably more than these…
Of course, discounts and deals abound for people who take the time to look for them. But avoiding the rack rate doesn't mean you get to avoid the entire bill. At some point, you've got to say good-bye to some money to say hello to a favorite theme park destination.
So how do you do that? Do you save in advance, then pay cash or put your expenses on a debit card or credit card you'll pay off immediately? Do you pay in advance, such as on Walt Disney World vacation packages, where you put down a deposit at reservation then pay off the balance before you arrive? Or do you just put the whole thing on a credit card and pay it off later, when you've got the cash?
Many families use a mix of payment strategies. So for this week's vote, let's stick with your most recent multi-night theme park vacation, and select the answer that best describes how you paid for the majority of its cost.
Do you have a creative way to save, or get, money for your theme park vacations? Please share your favorite budget planning tips in the comments. As always, thank you for being an important part of the Theme Park Insider community!