Ways to have thrifty theme park thrills - Subscribe to online newsletters.
Julia Rudden, a Seattle-based mother of two girls and frequent theme park visitor, subscribes to official and unofficial newsletters about the destination she's visiting. For example, before heading to Disneyland, she subscribed to the MouseSavers newsletter, which gave her tips on advance tickets, shows going on in the park, ride closures, current deals inside the park's restaurants and special rates. Be warned: Not all destinations are covered.
"Ideally, subscribe two months before you go to allow time to prepare yourself, but last-minute works, too," she says.