Experiencing the thrills and chills of a major theme park isn’t cheap. In fact, paying for a family of four to visit kid-friendly vacation destinations like Six Flags Great America or Universal Studios can really put a dent in your bank account. Still, taking a spin on the latest and greatest amusement park rides is what makes summer so memorable.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, but are short on cash, consider the following money-saving tips that will allow you to get your theme park fix this summer without going bankrupt:
Coke Cans: Coke can discounts are a simple way to save big on Six Flags’ admission tickets. Simply look for specially marked cans that offer $20 off a one-day general admission pass. That’s a huge savings, especially if you are a regular Coke drinker. To score the discounted price, bring an empty Coke can to the amusement park’s main gate. In addition, you can use the promo code: “COKE” if you are purchasing your ticket online.
Stores: Many local merchants located near Six Flags locations offer tickets and passes at drastically reduced rates. For example, Jewel-Osco grocery stores near Six Flags Great America just north of Chicago offer deals that knock $15 to $20 off one-day admission tickets and up to $25 off season passes. In addition, Kroger stores located in the southeast U.S. sell discounted Six Flags season passes to both Six Flags parks in Georgia.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
Website: The popular California theme park features several admission deals on its official website. Currently, you can snag a two-day pass for just $89. This is a major steal given that regular one-day admission for the 2013 season is $80 for adults.
Stores: This summer Premium Outlets is offering stupendous savings on admission to Universal Studios, including a three-day pass for $69. Get details on the deal at Premium Outlets’ website.
AAA: Members of the automotive club receive $3 off admission for up to 6 people and 10% off food and merchandise purchased at Universal Studios. All you need to do to get the discount is show a valid AAA card at the admission gate or at restaurants or stores throughout the park. You can save even more on admission if you purchase your tickets at a local AAA office instead of at the park.