Unfortunately, when I went to the AAA office to purchase the tickets, they explained that they only sell one-day passes, but informed me that I could take those discounted tickets and upgrade to a two-day pass at Dutch Wonderland. I thought, okay, sounds great.
The day finally arrived and while I was wrangling the boys, my husband worked with Dutch Wonderland (DW) Guest Services to upgrade our four tickets from one-day to two-day passes. We had a lovely day and when we got back home that night, I put the two-day passes, along with the receipt, in a safe-place for our next trip.
A few days later, while re-arranging paperwork, I came across the tickets and the receipt. This time, I took a closer look at the receipt. Something just didn't make sense.
I paid $134 for the 4 one-day pass tickets via AAA, but when DW upgraded us to two-day passes, they only gave us $122.00 credit for the one-day passes. This meant that I actually paid more for the two-day pass using the AAA discounts. When I realized this, I was perturbed, but figured it could easily be remedied via a refund on our next trip.
Flash forward to today, our next trip, and DW Guest Services explained that since the original tickets were not purchased at DW, they scan the barcode on the non-DW tickets and their computer system establishes a value for the non-DW tickets. They don't take into account the actual amount paid for them because, since they are not DW issued tickets, they have no way of knowing what the customer actually paid. So, no refund for me. Grrr! I was not feeling so Dutch Wonderful at that moment.
Regular DW two-day pass: $54/ticket; $216 for a family of four
My two day pass using the AAA discounted tickets: $57/ticket; $228
Lesson learned: When it comes to DW and the two-day pass, I will be sure to buy directly from DW (and during their discount period).
I can't be too mad at DW, especially since they offer this:
"Rain Guarantee - Don't let a cloudy day keep you away! During the regular summer season Dutch Wonderland is pleased to provide a second chance for a day of fun in the sun! If it rains for more than one (1) consecutive hour during your visit to Dutch Wonderland and you decide to leave the Park for the remainder of the day, stop by Guest Services as you exit and present your ticket stub. You will be issued a single-day admission ticket valid for any day during the remainder of the season, including Happy Hauntings or Dutch Winter Wonderland. You must have your ticket stub to receive a rain ticket. Rain tickets will only be issued on the day of your original visit at the Guest Services Office."
After 3 separate weather delays today (one we missed since we were in the changing room) and a lot of time not being able to access rides, the water park, Exploration Island, etc., the park allowed guests to get rain passes and we made sure to get ours, even if it meant standing in yet another long line on a steamy August day. Now, we have another opportunity to come back and we might even check out one of their specialty days - like Happy Hauntings or Dutch Winter Wonderland.
Well, I may not have gotten the best deal on tickets, but I did make sure to take advantage of the Rain Guarantee. Three visits for the price of two (plus) made me feel a bit more Dutch Wonderful at the end of the day.
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