|Save Time And Money
On Theme Park Days
by Heywood Hall
Many people, especially families, can be put off visiting
big theme parks because of the costs. Once you've added up
the entry fee, the on-site catering, the travel, the souvenirs
and any other expenses, it can turn out to be an expensive
day out. Here are some ways you can enjoy the thrills without
counting the cost:
1. Buy tickets online
Most major theme parks let you buy tickets online and these
are often cheaper than the prices at the gate. Alton Towers,
the UK's biggest theme park, charges around 20% less for online
tickets than it does at the front gates, and that's a saving
that can make a big difference to your day out.
2. Take your lunch with you
Theme park catering can be expensive, and it's not always
the sort of food you want to eat. Save money by packing a
picnic - there's nearly always somewhere nice to sit and eat
- and your time is better spent queuing for rides than for
food. Be aware that most theme parks will want to check your
bags as you go through the gates, but it's worth 5 extra minutes
there for the cost saving.
3. Think before you buy
Souvenir shops are very tempting, but stop to think before
you buy something themed after every ride. Limiting your budget
means that you are far more likely to buy something you really
want, rather than bits and pieces that you'll never look at
4. Stay close to the park
A lot of theme parks have hotels on site, which is handy,
but expensive. Instead, try a guest house or a bed and breakfast
that's close by. That way, you can stay for much less, but
with the park still only a short drive away. And if you can
get cheap park entry on your second day, you can make a weekend
of your theme park visit for a lot less than you might think.
You can also extend your stay and visit other attractions
with the money you save!
About the Author
Heywood Hall offers family-friendly accommodation just 2
miles from Alton Towers, the UK's biggest theme park. Visit
their website by clicking on Hotel Near Alton Towers.