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The Big Debate: Are you happy to pay full price for theme park tickets?

Alton Towers entrance

In this week's poll, we ask if you are happy to pay full price on the gate for tickets to theme parks, or if you are a bargain-hunter who seeks out the latest discounts and offers.

The main theme park season is about to kick off in the US, UK and many other countries around the world. Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and every theme park fan is surely scouring the web for the best 2-for-1 offers and discounts in preparation for their theme park trips this year. Or are they?

It's discounted tickets or nothing!

Particularly in the UK at this time of year, you can usually be guaranteed to get your hands on a 2-for-1 voucher for the top Merlin theme parks (Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures), if you are prepared to put a little bit of effort in. For example, WHSmith has launched its annual 2-for-1 vouchers this week, which can be obtained from selected stores with any purchase.

Most theme parks around the world offer discounts when booking online through their official websites. These discounts can range from 10-40% off, with group tickets often achieving the best discounts. Other chains offer lower prices on longer visits - Disneyland Paris, for example, often gives guests the chance to purchase a 4-Day Park Hopper ticket for the price of a 3-Day Park Hopper.

Is it a waste of time to hunt for offers?

Online offers can mean that you have to book online in advance (sometimes 7 days or more). You also usually have to specify a particular day for your visit, which inevitably means that you don't have the flexibility to change your mind at the last minute if the weather is drizzly or another plan crops up.

The majority of the 2-for-1 offers in the UK also require you to purchase something or collect tokens and send off for them, which takes time and money. The chance of just stumbling across a voucher can be pretty unlikely (though it does happen - we'd imagine many chewing gum-buyers have received unexpected 2-for-1 vouchers from WHSmith stores this week).

Vote now!

Are you someone who can't stand paying full price for a ticket, and is prepared to hunt out the best bargains? Or are you someone who is quite happy to roll up on the day and buy the tickets at the booth, forking out the full amount without even breaking into a sweat? Let us know by voting in our poll below...and don't forget to check our Special Offer Watch for the latest deals.

Are you happy to pay full price for theme park tickets?

Share your thoughts

Thanks for voting in Theme Park Tourist's Big Debate. Why not let us know why you voted as you did using the comments section below?


There are 2 comments.

Heck, if getting a discounted all-day pass at a theme park only invovles a bit of computer digging around, if not that, then a good exchange for trying sombody's products (and you don't have to buy again,if you don't like it, right?).. I'm all for it, over full price on the day you go.

It only makes sense. there still are people who canno (or will not, I do not know why, in this day and age) by some reason, buy it ahead of their trip. I do not envy them standing there at the ticket booths, while I (usually) sail by, my "fastpass" (sort of) ticket in my paws, lol.

after going to orlando for the last 3 years and going to universal, disney, seaworld and bush garden and what they have to offer at the prices you pay there, i find the prices and quality of attractions in the uk far below par and would never pay full price but look for 2for1 deals

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