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Go Los Angeles (Go LA) touts that you can save up to 50 percent on admission to 35 Los Angeles attractions. The price of the pass starts at $89. It sounds like a great money-saving opportunity. But, read all the information on the website and think through your planned itinerary in order to know how valuable the pass will be for you.
Go LA is a pre-purchased multi-attraction discount pass for the Los Angeles area. You buy the pass and use it to get into a long list of places and activities like LegoLand and Knotts Berry Farm. By buying your admission ahead of time, you get a significant discount. The pass gets you into 35 Los Angeles attractions plus one premium attraction on three, five and seven-day passes for one low price. Of course, the pricing goes up with the number of days the pass is good for.
You choose the number of days and build your own itinerary. Then head out to the attractions. Simply show your pass at included attractions for admission between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. You will pay nothing at the gate. Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, use it over a two-week period. The days do not need to be consecutive.
The Go LA Pass is digital so you would need to order them online. You'll then receive the pass via email. You'll print your pass and guidebook before heading to LA or use the pass on your phone with the free Go City app on Android or iOS.
For those not ready to commit to such an intensive schedule, the company offers a "Build Your Own" option where you can save 20 percent when you purchase two or more attraction admissions. Customers choose from 42 attractions, including museums, tours, and harbor cruises. There are also specialty packages where your list of attractions is picked out for you.
While the Go LA Pass has some limiting factors, they may still not affect your decision whether to purchase one. It all depends on your itinerary. For example, if you want to spend just one day at Universal Studios, the pass will not save you money there.
- A Go Los Angeles Pass of a three-day duration or longer is good for one visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Admission is not included on one or two-day passes.
- The savings are highest for expensive attractions so you'll save the most by going to the attractions where admission pricing is high.
- You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.
- The Go Los Angeles Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.
- You have 30 days from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.
- Take a look at the list. You'll see that some attractions are not in Los Angeles but in San Diego or areas of the Los Angeles metro area which may or may not be part of your vacation plan.
- For some tours and activities, you'll not only need the Go Pass, but also a reservation. Make sure you check so you don't get left behind.
Will It Save You Money?
In most cases, yes, you'll save money, but keep in mind the discount is an "up to" number, the maximum possible. Most visitors won't save that much.
Evaluate it for yourself. Pick out the things you really want to do, think about how many you can fit into your schedule and add up the cost of admission. A quick way to get all the prices you need for that is to use Go LA's Plan Your Trip page, where you can download an attraction guide and map free. You can also look at the program's attraction page. Visit the official websites of attractions to see if there are any special discounts that would reduce the admission cost.
Then pick out the attractions you want to see each day and look at the pricing and the driving time between the attractions. Keep in mind that the major attractions may take up your whole day.
In general, if you can fit in all the big-ticket attractions, you'll save quite a bit of money. But there are those who are not into theme parks. If you prefer visiting museums and taking guided tours, for example, you may not be saving all that much.
While you're evaluating the best way to save money for your trip, also check the Southern California CityPASS, which offers more (and different) attractions.
How to Get a Pass
Buy your pass ahead of time because local attraction box offices don't sell them. It's easy once you know your travel dates and how many attractions you think you'll want to visit.