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No matter how you want to buy theme park tickets or what park you plan to visit, discount savings can add up quickly.

For more tips on discount tickets, check out these  tips..

Snack Savings

One of the easiest ways to find discount tickets is to check the packaging on your favorite snack foods, including soda, chips, and candy bars. theme parks often partner with their sponsor companies to offer coupons and discounts with specially marked wrappers. One wrapper can usually be used for multiple tickets on the same day, saving even more.

Shop Online

Buying theme park tickets online can help you save a bundle on admission. Parks’ official websites frequently have discount, online only offers, and you may be able to save even more if you purchase your tickets several days in advance. Don’t forget to check coupon sites and authorized ticket retailers for discount offers as well.

Group Rates

An theme park is a great place for a family reunion, corporate retreat, youth group getaway, or other group event. Most theme parks offer discounts on a minimum number of group tickets, and even larger discounts may be available for larger groups. Furthermore, senior citizens and very young guests may qualify for additional discounts, making a group gathering at an theme park thrillingly affordable.

Hotel Sales

Hotels near major theme parks often offer discounted tickets for sale, or package deals with accommodations and park admission may be available. Even if discount tickets aren’t available, free park shuttles can help you save on the cost of parking. Contact individual hotels for current offers, or inquire at the reception desk when you check in.

School Discounts

theme parks are popular destinations for end of year celebratory school field trips. While school groups do qualify for group rates, additional discounts may be available, such as free admission for chaperones, depending on the size of the group. Some parks, such as Sea World, may also offer free admission to teachers interested in previewing the park for educational field trips.

Season Passes

While a season pass may be more expensive than one day admission, it is the best deal for guests who will be visiting the same park repeatedly during the year. Season passes often come with other benefits as well, including free parking, exclusive events, or souvenir and dining discounts. Different types of season passes are available for different budgets and needs, so check each option carefully before choosing one that gives you the best discounts.

Combination Tickets

If you plan on visiting more than one park, combination tickets that offer joint admission may be a better deal than single day tickets to separate parks. Many parks with adjacent water parks offer this type of deal, making it a bargain to cool off on the water slides or in the wave pool during the hottest part of a summer day. Check the terms of the tickets, however – they may have to be used on the same day or within a particular time period to be valid.

Time Share Deals

Attending a sales presentation for time share vacation homes can lead to great theme park ticket deals. Time shares are popular in major theme park destinations, such as Los Angeles and Orlando, and presentation incentives may include free or deeply discounted tickets. If you’re not comfortable resisting the pressured sales pitch at the presentation, however, this type of discount may not be right for you.

Military Discounts

Many amusement and theme parks offer ticket discounts for military personnel, either all season long or on related holidays such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. It may be necessary to visit the park in uniform, however, or a valid military ID may be required. Other special groups, such as senior citizens and emergency response personnel such as EMTs, policemen, and firemen may also be eligible for discount tickets.

Birthday Discounts

If it’s your birthday, you may be able to find discount tickets for theme parks. Some parks will offer free or discounted admission on your birthday, or if you plan a party at the theme park the birthday boy or girl may get in free if there are enough party guests. The guests themselves often get a group discount rate on admission, making this an affordable and fun way to celebrate a birthday.

Employee Discounts

Not only do park employees usually get free admission into the park themselves, but they may have free tickets to distribute to family members and friends, or they may be able to purchase tickets for a substantial discount. Don’t know any park employees? Try applying for a part time park job yourself for a fun place to work and a great way to save!

Cheap Theme Parks Deals in UK for 2012

ALTON TOWERS

Where: Alton, Staffordshire
When: Mar – Nov
Gate Price: £45 adult/£36 child
Online Price: £26.10 adult/ £20.85 child
Latest DEALS:
Up to 75% off theme parks with Tesco Clubcard (see Tesco Clubcard website for the offer along with other theme park offers: http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/browse.aspx?N=4294967294+4294967293)
Alton Towers 40% off advance tix
Alton Towers 2for1 with National Rail (download your 2 for 1 voucher at http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/legoland%C2%AE-windsor-resort)

LEGOLAND

Where: Various
When: Mar – Nov
Gate Price: £44.40 adult/£35.40 child
Online Price: £33.30 adult/ £26.55 child
Latest DEALS:
Up to 75% off theme parks with Tesco Clubcard
Alton Towers 2for1 with National Rail

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