If you visit your local amusement park more than a few times per year, the math is simple: purchasing a season pass will save you money versus buying single-day admission tickets each time you go. Depending on the park, they usually pay for themselves after about three visits.
Just in time for the holidays, the late fall and early winter months will be the best time of year to buy 2017 season passes which, coincidentally, also make great gifts! Below are the current deals available from major parks including those in the Six Flags, Cedar Fair, and Disney chains.
Six Flags Parks
Six Flags parks are currently in the middle of a huge pre-Thanksgiving sale on season passes. Prices do vary by park, so you’ll need to visit the Six Flags website and then select your local park from the drop-down menu under the Season Pass link.
Regardless of the park, though, the savings here are significant. Sale prices range all the way up to 71% off typical season pass pricing, and if you purchase two or more season passes (for some parks it’s four or more – make sure you read the fine print for your local park!) during the pre-Thanksgiving sale you’ll also get numerous other benefits including free visits for the rest of the 2016 season (for parks that are still in operation), a bonus bring-a-friend-free ticket for Holiday in the Park (again, for those Six Flags properties running it), and, probably the biggest of all, free parking for the 2017 season and the remainder of this 2016 season. With season pass parking usually costing $65 (or up to $25 per visit, depending on the park, if you don’t have a season parking pass), that is a huge added benefit.
You can purchase a Six Flags season pass by visiting sixflags.com and clicking the Season Pass menu in the upper right. Note that a Six Flags season pass for your local park also gives you access to all other Six Flags parks around the country.
Cedar Fair Parks
Parks in the Cedar Fair chain – including Cedar Point, Carowinds, Knott’s Berry Farm, Dorney Park, Valleyfair, King’s Island, King’s Dominion, and more – are currently not running holiday-specific sales but, as history indicates, season pass pricing only goes up with time.
These parks typically offer two season pass options: standard or platinum passes, the latter of which usually offers free parking, early entry times, and free admission to all Cedar Fair parks.
Carowinds currently lists season passes for 6 payments of $16.00 ($96 total) for standard or 6 payments of $32.50 ($195 total) for platinum passes. Cedar Point lists its passes at 6 payments of $21.50 or $32.50 for standard or platinum, respectively. Most other Cedar Fair park season passes fall within those general ranges, but you’ll need to check your specific home park for exact pricing.
Disney World Resort
Purchase your annual pass to the Walt Disney World Resort before January 3, 2017 and you’ll get 13 months for the price of 12. These passes are far more expensive than other major amusement parks, but what about Disney isn’t? These passes do include access to all four theme parks, Disney Photopass downloads, parking, and additional in-park discounts.
Note that Disneyland (California) annual passports do not currently offer the same ’13 months for the price of 12′ promotion. More on those passes here.
Follow the links in the embedded tweets below for more of the best 2017 season pass deals! (Note: Everything listed here is accurate as of the date of this post and the date of the respective tweets.)
Have you grabbed the best deal of the season? 2017 Season Passes are on sale at lowest price of the season – $69.99! https://t.co/HKhm28CCxZ
— Darien Lake (@DarienLake) November 16, 2016
— Idlewild & SoakZone (@idlewildpark) November 16, 2016
— Kennywood Park (@Kenny_Kangaroo) November 16, 2016
— Lake Compounce (@LakeCompounce) November 15, 2016
Getting groceries for the week? Stop by a local @kroger and pick up your 2017 Season Pass while you’re there! Only $59.95 plus tax!
— Kentucky Kingdom (@KentuckyKingdom) November 13, 2016
— Elitch Gardens (@ElitchGardens) November 15, 2016
— Silver Dollar City (@SDCAttractions) November 15, 2016
Check your local park’s website if it’s not listed here. While they might not be running a specific promotion, this time of year is typically when prices are lowest. And, check those websites again between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as holiday promotions on season passes aren’t uncommon.