Last year, I shared ways you could save on tickets for Wild Waves and I thought I’d repeat that for this year for those of you that enjoy attending this park! Please note that some of these options aren’t available yet, but I will hope to update this post as they do.
I also want to remind you that on 5/5, Wild Waves is having a first-ever Cinco de Mayo celebration with discounted tickets of $9.99. I also wanted to clarify that the theme park ONLY will be open on that day (not the water park). Thanks to the kind reader that pointed that out to me.
Buy a Wild Waves Season Pass
Through 5/5 only (that would be this Sunday), you can buy a Season Pass for the reduced price of just $69.99! After that, expect a price jump. The season pass is for children 3 and up (2 and under are free). Here are the benefits for buying a season pass:
- Unlimited visits all season
- Free 2013 Fright Fest Visits
- Free 2013 Holidy with Lights Visits
- Free tickets for friends
- Bonus in-park discounts
- Exclusive members-only offers and rewards
The Season Pass costs less than two visits, so you’d be saving money the second time you came to the park. There are no refunds or rainchecks. Head to Wild Waves to purchase your Season Pass. (As a point of comparison, last year the price went up to about $85 and then again $95 by the time we hit July.)
Other Ways to Save on Wild Waves Tickets
We’re still early into the season, so some of these options are not available yet, but may be soon! I’m also going to include some additional tips you shared on last year’s Wild Waves post.
- Watch BECU’s website for coupons. Last year, BECU offered up a $15 off individual ticket coupon for members and you could use up to 6 at a time. I will make sure to update this post if/when another offer becomes available.
- Craigslist. Last year, my pal Abby mentioned she’d had luck finding Wild Waves tickets on Craigslist. I would caution you to only go this route if you’re able to assume a fair level of risk.
- Seattle Parks & Recreation. Seattle Parks and Recreation has offered discounted tickets that benefited teen programs for at least the last couple years. You might keep an eye on the site for announcements. Maegen of Sounds Fun Mom mentioned Lacey Parks and Recreation has done a similar deal. So maybe the takeaway is – call your local Parks and Recreation department!
- Safeway discounted Wild Waves Tickets. Some participating Safeways may be offering up discount tickets. Call ahead.
- Costco discounted Wild Waves Tickets. Last year, a reader mentioned Costco was selling Wild Waves tickets bundled in a 2-pack for $56.99.
- Military discounts. If you are in the military, bring your valid ID to save on ticket costs. For 2013, military will pay between $9.99 – $22.99 per ticket (depending on season) vs. $14.99 – $39.99. Note that you will need to purchase your tickets at the gate for the discount (versus online). There is a limit of one discount per military ID.
- AAA discounts. If you are an AAA member, you can get up to 6 tickets for $32.99 (vs. the regular price of $39.99) during the main season. As with the military discount, you will need to purchase your tickets at the gate with a valid ID.
- Senior discount. If you are a senior, you can pay $24.99 for your ticket (vs. the regular price of $39.99). You will need to make your purchase at the gate.
- Evening entrance discount. Pay $19.99 at the gate 5pm or after.
- Online purchase discount. If you opt to buy your tickets online, you can pay $32.99 (vs. the regular price of $39.99). However, please note that a 9.5% sales tax and a $1.25 processing will be assessed. That works out to $37.29, so you could probably save more money by one of the above-mentioned methods.
I would love to hear your tips for saving at Wild Waves! How do you save on tickets – and how do you save once you’re in the park?