Factoring in the expense of tickets, food, souvenirs and (for some) accommodation, the cost of a family visit to Chessington World of Adventures can really stack up. Fortunately, you should almost never have to pay full price to enter the park, and there are a variety of other ways to save money by planning ahead. Here are some essential tips to help you hold on to your cash.
Take advantage of special offers and discounts
Chessington World of Adventures frequently offers “2-for-1” deals in conjunction with newspapers, stores and websites. Tesco shoppers can also use Clubcard Vouchers to save up to 75% on the price of tickets. You can find all the latest offers using Theme Park Tourist’s Chessington deals pages, and if all else fails tickets are available at a 25% discount from the official Chessington website when booking in advance.
Pick up an Annual Pass
If you’re a regular visitor to Chessington, buying an Annual Pass could save you money in the long-run. As a rough rule of thumb, you’ll need to visit at least 4 times per year for the pass to cost in (with free parking and discounts on food factored into this calculation).
If you’re a real theme park junkie and likely to visit Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND Windsor and/or the London Dungeon, take a close look at the Merlin Annual Pass. Again, though, if you take into account the number of 2-for-1 offers available, you’ll have to make 7-8 park visits to justify the cost of a Premium Pass. There are discounts on renewals, though, so the economics improve after you’ve held the pass for a year.
Take your own drinks and snacks
Food and drink can be quite expensive at Chessington World of Adventures, although there are some reasonable deals (at the Market Square Pizza Pasta, for example). Bringing a selection of drinks and snacks (or even a packed lunch) is advisable, and all of the park's major attractions offer racks or lockers where bags can be stashed if you can’t take them on with you.
Weigh up the benefits of short break deals
If you want to stay near Chessington World of Adventures, there are some good deals available on short breaks. This includes stays at the Holiday Inn Chessington, which is less expensive than some other on-site theme park hotels. You can normally get 2 days for the price of 1, allowing you to spend longer exploring the park’s zoo.
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