With prices for one-day tickets costing more than $100 for many top parks, a day at places such as Disneyland or Universal Orlando might seem too expensive. But almost no one pays that much money for each day they spend in the parks. With discounts, multi-day tickets, and annual passes, you can enjoy a day at Disney, Universal, Six Flags, or any other theme park for much, much less.
How do can you find discounts and deals on theme park tickets? Each year, I have published an article here on Theme Park Insider with links to sources for discounted tickets and vacation packages, but this time I wanted to do something different... something that would help everyone who comes to the site throughout the year.
So after several months of research, I am pleased to announce that we are now partnering with aRes Travel — an authorized ticket agent for Disney, Universal, Cedar Fair, Legoland, and other theme park chains — to offer discounted theme park tickets and vacation packages throughout the website. As you shop around for deals on theme park tickets, I hope that you will take advantage of these links here on Theme Park Insider.
You will be able to find those links going forward on our theme park listings page. In addition, aRes Travel offers reservations for hotels at and near major theme parks in the Unites States.
You can find those links on our hotel guide page, as well. Both the theme park and hotel guide pages are accessible from the drop-down navigation at the top of all Theme Park Insider pages. There's also a search form for tickets and packages on the right side of all our pages (on laptops) or at the bottom of the page (on smartphones).
And if you just want to talk with someone, you can get personal assistance with theme park tickets, hotel reservations, and vacation packages from our dedicated Theme Park Insider line with aRes Travel by calling +1-800-680-1271.
Consider upgrading to an annual pass
Remember that any theme park ticket can be upgraded to an annual pass while you are still in the park. Just check with the park's guest relations office before you leave the park. Parks want you to extend your stay, so they price tickets so that the daily cost of getting in to the park decreases with the more days you buy, and annual passes are the cheapest "bulk pricing" deal available.
Seasonal and annual passes typically also include discounts on in-park purchases, such as food, merchandise and even parking. Theme parks also might bundle dining plan and front-of-line pass discount options with their annual passes. If you are a big eater, or have limited time in a park, you might find value in upgrading to a dining plan or a front-of-line option. But if you are looking for the lowest possible price to visit, skip those and bring a snack and plan to wait in the lines.
Six Flags' season passes also are valid for all parks in the Six Flags chain. So if you are planning to visit more than one Six Flags park in a year, definitely go with a season pass option. You can get admission to all Cedar Fair parks with a Platinum pass from any of its parks. And the SeaWorld/Busch Gardens parks offer admission to all of their properties with a Premium Membership from any of their parks, too.
Beware of fake tickets
As you look around for tickets online, don't be tempted by tickets from sources you do not know. Authorized resellers such as aRes Travel sell legitimate tickets from the parks themselves. Unfortunately, fake or invalid tickets abound for sale online and in roadside stands outside the parks, so stick with the authorized resellers or the parks' official websites. Never buy tickets on Craigslist or eBay!
Theme parks use photos and finger scans to associate multi-day tickets and passes to their original user, so unused days on tickets cannot be used by anyone else. And parks track their inventory rigorously. Stolen tickets are often immediately canceled and duplicate tickets simply won't work. Don't waste money on deals that seem too good to be true. They are.
I hope that this new service will help make your vacation planning even easier here on Theme Park Insider. We want to bring the world's best theme parks to you through the website and our social media channels, and we hope that these new features will help get you and your family out to them more often... with the best possible deals and discounts. Have a great trip!Tweet
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