Theme park discounts at your fingertips

Posted at 5:43 AM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 12:02:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Families now planning their trips for the summer are facing the harsh reality of rising theme parks prices, but there are ways to save big money with a few simple clicks.

The glistening parks seem so welcoming until you see their prices. According to a new report, attendance at Disneyland dropped 2 percent last year due to increased ticket, food, and merchandise prices.

A little planning can go a long way at theme parks across Southern California. After all, they're competing for your entertainment dollars.

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One simple step is to buy your tickets online, instead of at the gate. For example, Knott's Berry Farm tickets can be $30 less if you buy them online ahead of time.

SeaWorld is also discounting some tickets $30 through September. If you pay full price, you can also get into SeaWorld's Aquatica water park for free.

Adults who eat at Subway restaurants this month or McDonald's next month can get a free kids Legoland ticket when they purchase their own.

Torie Lynch has her own plan to save when she talks her daughters to the San Diego Zoo this week.

"We try to bring stuff with us as much as possible like snacks and sodas if they'll let us carry things in. That's good savings right there," she said.

Military members can also get discounts to the theme parks by visiting the local ticket offices on bases around San Diego County. That includes a three-day Disneyland Park Hopper pass for $153.

Saving money at the theme park could be as simple as checking your calendar. Many of the parks adjust their prices based on the day of the week.