Free attraction tickets for carers
Did you know that a lot of major attractions offer discounted attraction tickets for disabled people and their carers? Often you will pay full price and your carer will receive a free ticket. Sometimes they reduce the price of disabled adult tickets and if you need to take a carer that ticket is reduced too meaning disabled people who do not need a carer to visit an attraction get in a bit cheaper.
These reduced rates aren’t often well advertised! Recently I visited the Dinosaur Adventure Park near Norwich, the admission rates are all on a big poster by the ticket booths but the discounted rates are not mentioned. Luckily I knew from looking online that discounted tickets existed so I was well prepared.
Advanced tickets for disabled adults are £6.60 and their carer £7.05 whereas a standard adult admission advance purchase ticket is £13.20 each. So for my mum and me to enter it cost just £13.65 plus my nephew’s ticket. We saved £12.75 on entry fees which to me is a massive saving! It allowed me to be able to afford to pay for scooter hire for the day so I didn’t have to be in agony and could thoroughly enjoy the quality time with my nephew and mum. It was one of the best days out I’ve had, not having to worry about pain levels and collapsing plus days in bed after recuperating.
Really made such an improvement and I couldn’t be more thankful to companies like The Dinosaur Adventure Park for offering discounts and disabled services to their guests.
What does it mean to be Registered Disabled?
Online the reduced tickets are usually marked as Registered Disabled and Registered Carer but this is a bit of a misnomer since there is no such thing as being registered as disabled in the UK. I believe this is a tactic to try and avoid people abusing the system.
Am I “disabled enough” to be eligible?
When tickets are marked as for Registered Disabled it can worry some people and make them think that they are not eligible but as I mentioned above the registered part is not necessary so don’t let that stop you from using discounted tickets.
I was quite worried when I went to the ticket booth that I might be viewed as a faker or cheating the system so despite using walking aids I also took my disabled railcard as “proof of entitlement” I really needn’t have been so concerned though! The young lad said he didn’t need to see it and waved us through with a smile.
If you have an invisible disability it can be particularly worrying that you might be judged or denied because you do not look “disabled enough” but most of the time the anxiety is the worst part and most people are wonderfully helpful.
Do your research about what discounts are available before you travel to an attraction to know where you stand but if you don’t find any information on it please don’t be afraid to ask when you get to the ticket booth. You might just be pleasantly surprised.