September 24th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

kings dominion halloween haunt

Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt kicks off this Friday, September 28, 2012, with a Zombie Invasion! Attendees dressed as zombies receive admission for just $19.99. (more info)

Dates, hours, and online prices for the 2012 Haunt season:

    Haunt Friday Nights Admission Valid Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 – $31.99
    Haunt Saturday Admission Valid Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – $49.99
    Haunt Saturday Twilight Admission Valid AFTER 4 PM – Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 – $38.99
    Haunt Sunday Admission Valid Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 – $33.99

Tickets for the above prices can be purchased online through Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt website.

Extra savings with promo codes (go to the ticket page and look for the green button at top right that says “Promo Code.” Click the box and enter code):

– Use promo code KDNCMETHODIST to get tickets for $29.99, valid on one of the following dates: 09/23, 09/28-09/30, 10/06-10/07, 10/13-10/14, 10/20-10/21, 10/27-10/28

– Use promo code goodyear to get $35.99 tickets valid any operating day through October 28

*Note: there is a $5 processing fee for purchasing tickets online

Henrico Recreation and Parks also sells $31 “Fall Fun Days” tickets (more info)

Purchasing a 2013 Gold Season Pass for $76.99 will get you one free visit in 2012!

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September 3rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

kings dominion season pass savings

Now’s a good time to pick up a Kings Dominion season pass for next year.

A $76.99 (current price) 2013 Gold Season Pass Includes:

One free visit in 2012
Buy now and you can use your pass one time this season! Visit this Labor Day weekend or experience our great fall events, including Halloween Haunt! New pass holders must process your 2013 Gold Pass to receive one free visit.

Unlimited visits in 2013
Visit as many times as you’d like next year! Come for an hour or stay for the day – you decide with a Gold Season Pass.

Free season-long parking
Flash your Gold Pass and zoom past the parking booth without paying!

In-park discounts, and more
Gold Passholders enjoy exclusive perks all season long that are designed to help you stretch your dollar. Food and merchandise discounts, designated days where you can bring friends at an incredibly low rate, and so much more.

Two key benefits to the Gold Pass over Silver (cheaper, not available for 2013 yet) are the free parking and that it includes Halloween Haunt admission for 2013 – in addition to the one free visit this year. So if you’re planning to go once this fall and at least once next summer, the pass is worth it!

Disclaimer: I’m not a Kings Dominion pass-holder, so if you have additional advice, please share!

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July 24th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

busch gardens twilight ticket

Fancy an afternoon/evening and dinner at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

Save big when you visit Busch Gardens after 3 p.m. Twilight admission is just $50 ($47.27 plus tax) and includes dinner. Celebrate summer with starlit nights, cooler temperatures and through August 19th, celebrate IllumiNights, a nightly park-wide extravaganza culminating in a firework spectacular that lights up the sky.

The ticket option is available under “Best Values”

    Ticket is valid for a single evening after 3:00pm at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
    Ticket expires September 3, 2012.
    Daily parking is not included.
    Operating days & hours vary. Please check our operating schedules prior to arrival.
    Twilight dinner certificate is valid for one time use after 3pm at a Busch Gardens Williamsburg restaurant.
    Twilight dinner certificate is redeemable for (1) entree’ and (1) regular non-alcoholic beverage.
    Additional menu items must be purchased separately.
    Excludes entrees with baby back ribs.
    Baby back ribs can be purchased for an additional $2.00 per half rack.
    May not be used with any other food discount. Not redeemable for cash.
    Not valid at Bistro 205, Special Events or reservation based dines.
    Not valid for purchase of merchandise or admission tickets.
    Lost or stolen tickets and/or certificates will not be replaced.
    Ticket and/or dinner certificate are non-transferable and non-refundable.
    Prices & products are subject to availability and change without notice.

If you aren’t interested in a meal at the park, use promo code BGWBK for $46.99 adult/$36.99 child tickets any time of day. Find other Busch Gardens discounts here.

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June 7th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

kings dominion tickets

Here are some ways to save on Kings Dominion admission during the 2012 season:

    1. Everyone’s a kid – Through June 17th, everyone can visit for the child’s price: $37.99. Choose visit date at purchase. (online tickets are available here)

    2. Twilight – Admission is $37.99 when you visit after 4 p.m. and buy tickets online.

    3. Buy online – One-day tickets are $49.99 online when you purchase them in advance (save $10)

    4. Parks and Recreation Days *BEST DEAL* – Henrico County sells discounted theme park tickets, including Kings Dominion for $31, valid Park & Recreation Days June 29-Aug 3, and weekends in Fall.

    The county also offers “Good-Any-Day tickets” – $40 for Adults (ages 3-61 & 48” and taller), $30 for Juniors (ages 3-61 & under 48” tall) and $30 for Seniors (ages 62 and above).

    To purchase the tickets, go to the Henrico County the Recreation and Parks Administrative Office, located in the Human Services Building (8600 Dixon Powers Drive). For more information, call our Theme Park Hotline at 501-7500. We accept cash (please bring exact change); MasterCard and Visa pin-based debit cards; and Discover Cards. A transaction fee is charged on all Discover Card purchases

    5. Pass Holders Bring-A-Friend – Gold Season Pass holders can save friends $25 off a Regular General Admission ticket every day of the season when you flash your pass (one guest per day). On on “Bring-A-Friend Day” on June 17, 2012, Gold Season Pass holders can bring a friend for $14.99!

    6. UPDATE: RetailMeNot has a number of end-of-summer discount codes for Kings Dominion tickets, as low as $28

Season Pass – Buy season passes in the fall for next season when possible. Right now, a silver season pass is $69.99 and includes admission through Labor Day. A Gold Season Pass is $99.99 ($94.99 if you buy 4) and includes parking (regularly $15) and Halloween Haunt.

Full price adult admission is $59.99 for one day.

16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
Phone 1 (804) 876-5000

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May 29th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

water county usa coupon

I’ve written guides to Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Wlliamsburg discounts, but never Water Country. Fixing that today!

Water Country USA ticket prices:
Adult $47.99
Child (Ages 3-9) $40.99
Parking $13

Single-Day Ticket Savings:

    Promo CodesApply promo code BGWBK to receive $20 off a single-day admission when purchasing tickets online. ($27.99 for adults after discount, $20.99 for kids). Having trouble? View my step-by-step guide here! (Thanks Mark!) Update – some having trouble getting it to work. I can no longer get the offer from the home screen, but shows up when I enter the promo code on the tickets page

    Virginia residents can save $20 on tickets without a code –

    County Parks and Recreations Theme Park Tickets – Several Parks and Rec departments in the Richmond area sell discounted tickets. Henrico County sells Water Country tickets for $36/adult, $30 ages 3-9 (valid May 19-Sept 3) Must purchase at the Parks Dept in the Human Services Building, and bring exact cash or a debit card.

    Discovery Ticket at Costco – Valid for Busch Gardens and Water Country visits for 7 consecutive days, and includes free parking. Visit any Costco in Virginia, DC, Maryland or North Carolina and pay only $62.99 for a Discovery Ticket, a $22 savings off the regular price.

Season Pass Deals:

Water Country USA Summer Sizzler – Like the Busch Gardens Fun Card, pay for a day ($47.99) and get unlimited admission to Water Country USA through September 3, 2012. Children cost $47.99 as well. Parking not included. Sizzler pass is $46 when purchased through Henrico County Recreation and Parks by August 15.

1-Year Pass – The one-year pass price is $119.99, which includes parking – worth it for one family member IF you are making more than five trips, otherwise just get the Summer Sizzlers. Also to consider – use promo code BG1YR12 and you can get a one-year pass for Water Country AND Busch Gardens for $139.99, only $20 more.


Meal Deal – Save up to 30% by buying a Water Country Meal Deal Certificate online for $27.49 – includes lunch, dinner, and souvenir drink cup

176 Water Country Parkway, Williamsburg, VA.
1 (800) 343-7946

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March 17th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

busch gardens

Busch Gardens opens on March 24.

Now through April 8, Costco members can pick up a Busch Gardens season pass for $89.99 at the Chesterfield Costco (1401 Mall Dr, Richmond VA 23235-4887), as well as the locations in Newport News and Norfolk. Regular price is $119.99. The deal is NOT available at the West Henrico Costco store.

The pass gets you

    Unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for 12 months from date of purchase on regular operating days.
    Free general parking during the regular operating season and Christmas Town.
    10% discount at select merchandise shops & restaurants.
    50% savings on regular admission price to Christmas Town.
    Discount on single-day tickets for friends and relatives during regular operating season and Christmas Town.
    50% savings on the purchase of one-day admission tickets to all other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment locations (excluding Discovery Cove and Virginia Parks) for the pass member only.

The big benefit over the Fun Card pass ($66.99) is the free parking ($12 or $13 when we were there at Christmas). And being valid for 12 months (instead of the Fun Card which expires September 3), you can visit Howl-O-Scream for free in the fall.

Other promotions to consider:

    FREE Forest of Fun preschool pass for Virginia kids ages 5 and under

    -Kids age 6-9 can get a free single-day admission with the purchase of one regularly priced adult single-day admission ($66.99) using code BGWPAMPERS. Tickets obtained with this offer must be purchased online and used by May 20, 2012

    -Wendy’s and Papa John’s carry coupons for $15 off a single-day admission this spring

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April 2nd, 2011 by RichmondBargains

busch gardens preschool pass

These must have been a hit last year because Busch Gardens brought them back for 2011 –

Busch Gardens is offering kids ages 5 and younger a Free Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass, valid for unlimited admission through Sept. 5, 2011! This offer is valid for Virginia residents only. You can register for the passes online. (Note: kids 2 and under are free anyway)

I need to update the list for 2011, but here were some of the other Busch Gardens Williamsburg discounts available last year – I know the Fun Card terms have changed to permit anyone, not just Virginia residents, to purchase one. There is also a “Buy one ticket, get one free” offer available through May 22.

(Thanks to Virginia Ann for the reminder to share this!)

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March 30th, 2011 by Alison

kings dominion

Kings Dominion opens Saturday! Here are a couple of discounts currently available:

    Guests that donate a new-unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots at Kings Dominion on April 2 and 3 will receive 50% off regular General Admission ($57.99) that day.

    Now through May 30, “Everyone’s a Kid” at Kings Dominion, meaning you can purchase tickets for the kids price of $34.99 each. Must purchase in advance online!

    Kings Dominion is also offering $16 off for wearing VCU or University of Richmond apparel April 2, 3, 9 & 10, but if the savings are off the full ticket price, you’re better off ordering the “Kid” tickets online.

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October 20th, 2010 by Alison

christmas town

UPDATE 11/22/11: There are currently 3-day Christmas Town Passes available for $16 on Living Social

This was the $5 promotion from 2010; I posted about the 2011 $5 Christmas Town tickets here, but that has also expired.

UPDATE: Busch Gardens has ended promo already, hope a lot of you had a chance to take advantage of it! If you came here looking for Christmas Town discounts, check Chick-fil-A, Papa Johns, or Farm Fresh for $5 off admission coupons

Super deal! Busch Gardens posted a limited time offer to its Twitter account: Purchase Christmas Town tickets for only $5 with promo code BGVACT (regularly $21.99)

Christmas Town is open selected evenings from November 26 to December 31.

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October 6th, 2010 by Alison

busch gardens

Busch Gardens has great limited-time offer on two-year, 2-park passes right now – Get admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA for the next two years for $139.95! Promotion code is 2YBigNews. (Regular price for the package is $219.95.) I figure it works out to $35 per park per year, which rocks.

“Pay for the first year, and the second year is free. Take advantage of this Twitter-only offer for a two-year pass to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA that only costs as much as a one-year pass to both parks. As always, pass members enjoy the benefits of unlimited visits, free parking and discounts on food and merchandise.”

Passholders get free admission during regular operating season for two years from date of purchase, plus free parking and 50% off on Christmas Town tickets.

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