2011 presents many opportunities. Whether you have children or not, visiting Southern California is always exciting but can become very costly, as well. There are so many places to visit: Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Los Angeles Zoo, Pacific Park, Raging Waters, Aquarium of the Pacific, K1 Speed Torrance, Hollywood, and the list goes on and on and on. While it would be a dream to go to all these places, you'll save yourself some headache by taking a few things in mind before making your purchase of single-use tickets or an annual pass that can be used throughout the year for 2011.

Availability and flexibility: So going anytime of the year would be great but consider your availability and whether the single-ticket or the annual pass will give you the flexibility you need. You will obviously consider what time of the year to go from early Spring, Summer, or Fall along with the costs of lodging that goes along with those particular times of the year. Maybe you've built-up quite a bit of vacation but you still need to coordinate with your job to make sure you can take that time off in advance. Otherwise, if your schedule doesn't keep you tied down then you'll at least want to make sure that those tickets are not limited to a particular set of dates - completely understand the Blackout Dates, if any.

Fun factor: You have determined that you have the time to go and have a good idea when during the year you will be visiting. While going to Universal may be fun for many, you will do well to make sure that the rest of the family wants to go there as well. If you are purchasing Theme Park passes, be sure that your family will be interested in continuing to visit this resort throughout the year. Also, while Magic Mountain will be fun for older children and adults, you may find that the young ones will get bored very quickly with their limited amount of activities and rides when compared to the Disneyland Resort - pick your tickets wisely.

Cost: Deciding where you buy your tickets will have a great impact on the amount you will be paying. If you are part of a union such as SEIU, there are discounts that can be realized simply by buying from them. Otherwise, living in the Los Angeles, of the greater Southern California area, has its own benefits such as buying theme park tickets for less. On another note, Costco offers discount tickets on such package deals as the Southern California CityPASS or specifically for the Disneyland Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood. In some cases, you can turn in your current single ticket for an upgrade to an Annual Pass but be sure to understand any restrictions that are imposed. In either case, you can almost always find a way to save off of the cost of the retail price of theme park tickets. Lastly, you will need to multiply the cost of lodging with as many times you plan on returning to Southern California as this cost will be a reality you will need to factor into your budget.

Theme Park Annual Passes would be a wonderful way to show your loved ones a great time throughout 2011. If you do not plan on visiting a particular vacation destination more than 3 times, I would highly recommend against purchasing an annual pass. You may benefit from just buying a single-use ticket for you and your family and buying discount hotel accommodations from such places as Priceline.com, Expedia.com, or Hotels.com. If you are planning on renting a vehicle, you could use these sites to shop for deals on inexpensive rentals. In the event of flying, you can look at all the major airlines such as Southwest Airlines for discount flights. In either case, buying Southern California Theme Park Tickets can be a daunting task but if you are organized and shop around for deals, you can find the means to accomplish your goal on any budget. Happy hunting!