amusement parks have entire sections of guidebooks dedicated
to them, while some have even earned their own guidebooks.
Some of these guidebooks cost a fortune so do not even
consider buying one! Instead head to the public library where
the guidebooks are free and since you can keep library books
for three weeks by the time you come home from vacation you
can return it at no cost. Just be sure to get the latest
edition of various travel guides. If they are still touting
the virtues of the "E" ticket at Disney you may want
a book from this decade. All libraries let you place
holds on books so after you do your research in the newest
edition of your travel guide just return it and place it on
hold again 2 weeks before your actual trip. Then pick it up
again just before you leave.
Youtube is indispensable!
Guidebooks are only as good as
its writers. Seeing is believing when it comes to travel.
EVERYTHING on the planet has been video taped and put on
youtube. Every hotel on the planet, every airport, every
travel destination has been downloaded for your perusal at no
cost to you. My favorite youtube story is the trip where my
family of four went to the San Diego Zoo and expected to see
it all in a few hours. HAAH!! Six hours and three blisters
later I wanted to strangle the guidebook that called a half
mile 75 degree uphill climb "easy and fun for the whole
family". If I had checked youtube I could have seen the
"fun" hill in all its glory. Video is so much better
than a book. I am sure the 20 year old professional athlete
who wrote it must have thought it was "fun" but a
mother, grandmother and two small kids almost has a heat
stroke. Check it out. You will be shocked how informational it
can be. There is a video of each and every hotel room in
Disney and Las Vegas.
Amusement parks are really
invested in keeping you inside its well manicured gates.
Disney provides food, transportation, hotel and entertainment
at a packaged or a la cart price. The tickets alone are very
expensive. You can save 50% or more by buying everything
together. Try and book it every way you can think of and see
which comes out cheapest. Try tickets only, then air and
tickets, then car rental, air and tickets ect... It is amazing
the deals that pop up when you add them all together. There
are so many deals out there they will not even tell you about
unless you book together.
Military active members have
access to many free or really discounted tickets.
AAA is another good option for
looking for discounts.
Ask the ticket agent who gets
the cheapest tickets and chances are you can access these
prices too if you just ask. If you get a grumpy agent, no
biggie, just hang up and try again.
The Entertainment Book pays for
itself in just one meal out. Why not order one for you
Ok so you have your FREE guidebook from the library, you
bought discounted tickets using grandmas AARP discount, you
compared hotels and airfare using my list of sites and you are
ready to go.
Where are you headed???? Here are the websites for the heavy
hitters of the Amusement Park world: