General Information For Families Visiting Theme Parks In Gold Coast Australia
There are a few common questions I get from families about theme parks when planning their holidays in the Gold Coast, so I thought I would cover a few of them here.
Should I Book Online Before I Arrive Or Buy When I Get To Gold Coast?
There are several reasons why I recommend booking your tickets and passes before you arrive on your holiday, but in the end it is personal choice.
One of the main reasons why I prefer to do this before I leave home, is that I can print off all the vouchers and organise myself along with all my other travel documents. When I am on holiday, I want to enjoy it, and not have to worry about buying tickets or passes on the spot. I like it all planned out :-)
Booking online, you will often save money rather than paying higher prices at the gate and there are no credit card fees or booking fees through the ticketing agent we use.
Note: If you purchase directly from the theme park websites they will charge you booking fees and credit card fees on top of the price of the tickets and passes. Also check eligiblity for Pensioner and Student tickets before purchasing.
I have a 2 Year Old Do I Need A Ticket For The Theme Parks?
All the theme parks consider a child to be 3 years to 13 years. Some other attractions in the Gold Coast have different ages for children, so always check this in the details when booking anything.
Children (babies and toddlers) under 3 do not need a ticket to enter the theme parks -and obviously they must be accompanied by an adult!
Once inside the theme parks, there are obviously things they cannot do and rides they cannot go on, but there is plenty to keep them occupied.
14 and overs need an Adult ticket (this catches some people out).
Can I Get A Discount Because I Won't Go On Any Of The Rides?
I totally get this question! When we first arrived on the Gold Coast my youngest was 2 years old, and I was the designated babysitter. We would go to the theme parks and I would pretty much hold all the bags, hats and sunglasses whilst my husband and older child went on the rides together.
The way the theme parks work is that pretty much when you gain entry at the front of the park, you have access to the rides and attractions inside. Some of which are suitable for most people and other have restrictions. There are a few exceptions to this, with some rides and attractions being an extra cost - but you can enjoy most of the attractions for just the cost of entry.
So, after much ado, the answer to the question is: NO!
There is no way to work out who has paid for rides and who has not, so entry is general entry and access to the included rides and attractions whether you use them or not.