Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Theme Park Savings - Twilight admission and other Discounts!

I recently asked Theme Parks across the Nation if they offer a twilight, late entry or other discounted prices that may not be listed or always known by the public.  This is always of course public information, but not typically something parks promote on their sites. 

I recalled my favorite park Knotts Berry Farm used to have a Twilight rate and checked up with them first.  They still offer a discount after 4p.m for $27.50 opposed to the normal Full day $54.99 rate for adults.  HALF OFF the all day price and well worth it in my book.  Typically in the summertime parks are open until 10p.m to sometimes Midnight and that gives you 5-8hrs during your half admission price.

WHY GO LATE?
On top of the cheaper entry your most likely to see shorter lines, cooler weather and a few less children.  Most families plan their theme park trips for first thing in the morning, and younger children tire out usually sometime around 4pm if they've been at the park since 9a.m.  

Spend your day visiting the city, enjoying your hotel pool or taking a scenic drive.  Save even more money by having your breakfast, lunch and dinner outside the park, then head in once your ready to hit the rides and have fun.  If your a Theme Park food lover, have a late night snack between all the walking around you'll be doing. 

Locals
You probably already know as a local that purchasing a season pass is the best offer of them all! Some theme parks charging a daily rate of $55 may give a season pass for a mere $10 more.  As a traveler this is the downside of not getting to be a frequent visitor.

Here is a list of just a few Parks that offer a Twilight or late entry price and a few other tips! Call the park where your planning your next trip and see if they offer any late entry discounts. Don't forget to even ask the local Zoo's and Museums


THEME PARK TWILIGHT & DISCOUNT RATES

Lake Compouse - New England - $34.99 Normal Rate - After 5pm $17.99
        There is a discount when someone purchases their ticket online from our website, by showing a stop and shop card, as well as discount coupons available at Burger King and Dunkin Donuts. Members of AAA and Costco can also buy discounted tickets through those entities.

Sesame Place - Philadelphia - $53 Normal Rate - After 3p.m $30
        Another special promotion ticket that we have is the Elmo Any 2-Day Ticket. With our Elmo tickets, guests get two days in the park for the price of one--$53

Seabreeze - New York - $24.99 Normal Pass - After 5pm. $19.99
       The best deal for getting tickets to Seabreeze is to buy them online at http://www.seabreeze.com/. The web price for a Ride & Slide Pass is $21.99 instead of $24.99. Plus to get to use our Express Lanes for faster access to the park.

Hershey Park - Pennsylvania - $52.95 Normal Rate - After 5p.m $26.95
       Discounted tickets to Hersheypark are sold through AAA, Giant and Martin Food Stores and through many participating businesses

Elitch Gardens - Denver, Colorado - $40.99 Normal Rate - After 4p.m - $32.99
       We have coupons for discounted admission at Dairy Queens in Colorado and there are offers on Pepsi cans. We also have discounted day tickets available at King Soopers.  Sunday Funday tickets are $31.99 available online for Sundays in July and August. We also have a Play Like a Kid, Pay Like a Kid promotion which will run the first week in August. This promotion allows adults to pay the child’s price for admission during that week ($29.99). Those last two offers (Sunday Funday and Play Like a Kid, Pay Like a Kid) are only available on our website, http://www.elitchgardens.com/.

Knotts Berry Farm - Buena Park, California - $54.99 Normal Rate - After 5p.m $27.50
      More discounts are offered at the local Ralphs Grocery, Subways, online tickets, AAA members and Military discounts as low as $29.99 for an adult.

Busch Gardens Park in Virginia did not provide a Twilight Rate, but gave the following discount information
      For guests visiting from outside the Williamsburg region, we offer the Discovery Ticket ($69.95 online) that provides unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA for seven consecutive days. We also offer Virginia residents a Fun Card that provides unlimited admission to Busch Gardens through Labor Day for the price of a single-day ticket ($61.95). For guests who only plan to visit the park once, we offer coupons in businesses throughout the area that provide discounts for single-day admission to the park.
Travel Tip Tuesday - July 27th 2010
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4 comments:

jessiev said...

what a fantastic list - and great deals! thanks for the info.

Travelers Barista said...

Thanks Jessiev! I also noticed yesterday on my box of POST cereal a FREE KIDS admission ticket for any six flags park - of course this will only last a short while. But another good deal!

Sharlene said...

Great tips! I always forget about twilight rates. I will be sure to spread the word on Twitter about this post!

PS- Can you please link back to Trekaroo for Spotlight Thursdays per the instructions above the area where you included your link? Thanks!

Daytripping Mom said...

Great list!
In Orlando, Sea World offers an after 3 p.m. ticket for $39.99. And Epcot offers an annual pass that gets you in after 4 p.m. for $139, but you have to be a Florida resident for that.

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