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How Much Does Theme Park Admission Cost?

 
low costSix Flags Parks: $37-$62 Eachaverage costSeaWorld Parks: $50-$82 Eachhigh costDisney Parks: $74-$85 Each
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The largest theme park companies in the US include Six Flags[1] , Disney Parks[2] , Universal Studios[3] , SeaWorld Parks[4] and CedarFair[5] . Ticket prices vary by location even among parks in the same company.

Typical costs:

  • Six Flags[6] general tickets are priced $37-$62 for all guests 48" or taller and $27-$40 for under 48", or about $130-$205 for a family of four. Children under 2 are admitted free.
  • Disneyland and Disney World parks cost $80-$85 for one-day, one-park adult passes and $74-$79 for children 3-9 or about $310-$330 per family.
  • One day, one park access at Universal Studios Orlando[7] in Florida costs $85 for visitors ages 10 and up and $75 for children 3-9 or about $320 per family. Children under 3 are admitted free. Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood costs $77 for adults and $69 for anyone under 48" tall, or about $290 per family.
  • At SeaWorld Parks[8] , tickets cost $60-$82 for adults and $50-$74 for children or $220-$315 for four.
  • Admission to the CedarFair[9] parks costs about $10-$37 for children 3-11 and seniors 62 and older, while visitors 12-61 pay about $42-$60 or around $105-$195 per family. Some parks charge strictly by age, others by height with those more than 48" tall paying the adult rate. Children 2 and under are admitted free.
  • Parking varies by location, typically costing $12-$20 per day for cars and motorcycles. Oversized vehicles, motor homes or vehicles with trailers cost about $20-$25 per day.
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What should be included:
  • Rides and most shows are included in the ticket price.
Additional costs:
  • Holiday events including Halloween[10] are often held after regular park hours and cost $34-$65, depending on the park, event and location.
  • Standard amusement park fare from burgers, hot dogs, tacos, sandwiches, pizza and a beverage are available for $5-$15 per person or $40-$60 for a family. Some locations, including Disneyland and Universal Studios, also include fine dining options with prices averaging about $30-$36 per person or $140 per family. Outside food or beverages are not permitted inside most parks except for baby formulas and approved food for those with dietary restrictions. However, some locations, including Disney Parks, maintain specific picnic areas outside the main entrances.
  • Each park charges additional fees for extra activities from $5 elephant rides, to about $35 for bungee jumping to about $160-$194 to swim with dolphins[11] .
  • Special access tickets include front of line passes from $60-$130 and VIP and Behind the Scenes Tours[12] from $75-$299, up to an hourly fee[13] of $175-$315 with a six-hour minimum.
Discounts:
  • Online purchases often save $5-$20 per ticket. Even with an average $5 online service fee, the savings for a family can reach $80 on a single visit. SeaWorld[14] in San Diego, California offers a free single-day child's ticket with each full paid adult online, while its partner in Orlando[15] , Florida sells children's tickets at half price for each adult ticket booked online. Purchase a Universal Studios regular one-day pass online and receive a second day free to be used at any time.
  • Annual or season passes[16] save guests on multiple trips and vary $50-$160 at most locations, except for Disney Parks which range $380-$500.
  • When purchasing multiple-day or multiple-park passes, the prices vary by location and company. Multi-day passes are offered at Disney Parks in 2-7 day units ranging from $158-$250 for adults 10 and up and $146-$230 for children 3-9 or about $610-$960 per family while Universal Studios offers multi-park and 2 to 4-day passes from $126-$143 for children 3-9 and $136-$155 for adults or $525-$600 for four. Some parks will pair up tickets with other parks for larger savings. Check with park website for current offers.
  • Dining meal deals[17] or all-you-can-eat plans are available at some locations for $10 -$30 each or about $80 -$120 per family, depending on park and age of visitor.
  • Military discounts vary by park and location. CedarFair's Valleyfair[18] park in Minnesota offers a reduced ticket of $28 with military ID, while Disneyland Park has reduced a 3-day Hopper Pass to $99. All discounts are subject to change without notice. Check with the park prior to arrival for up-to-date information.
Shopping for theme park admission:
  • Frommer's travel site lists the top 13 new theme park rides and attractions[19] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx
  2.  disneyland.disney.go.com/
  3.  //www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/General-Admission.aspx
  4.  seaworldparks.com/
  5.  www.cedarfair.com/
  6.  www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx
  7.  //www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/General-Admission.aspx
  8.  seaworldparks.com/
  9.  www.cedarfair.com/
  10.  seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/Book-Online/Extras/AllExtrasPage
  11.  seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/Book-Online/Extras/AllExtrasPage
  12.  /www.sixflags.com/magicMountain/tickets/index.aspx
  13.  /disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/vip-tour-services/
  14.  seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/Book-Online/Tickets/AllTicketsSoCalResident
  15.  seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/Book-Online/Tickets/AllTicketsTourists
  16.  /www.kingsdominion.com/season-passes
  17.  seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/Book-Online/Extras/AllExtrasPage
  18.  /www.valleyfair.com/tickets/
  19.  www.frommers.com/slideshow/?group=599&layout=page
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