- The cost of a theme park ticket is just the beginning – with parking, meals, and accommodation, the price to pay for a day of thrills adds up.
- Home2Go recently calculated the total cost to visit 45 of America’s most popular theme parks across 31 states.
- Universal Studios Hollywood and Disney parks in California and Florida are the most expensive.
Theme parks are thrilling, but the cost to visit them can be as stomach turning as the roller coasters themselves.
There’s a lot more behind the price of an entry ticket – parking costs, meal costs (lunch and dinner, if you’re staying late), and accommodation if you live out of town. And it can all add up, especially if you’re visiting a major theme park like Walt Disney World or Universal Studios, or if you’re bringing the whole family.
Home2Go recently calculated just how much a day of fun really costs at 45 of America’s most popular theme parks, which they selected based on their users’ accommodation searches.
To calculate the total cost of a day at an amusement park, Home2Go found the online price for a one-day adult entry ticket during peak season, not including processing fees and taxes. For pay-per-ride parks, they used the “ride all day” ticket price.
They then included the online price for one day of parking; cost for one meal consisting of a cheeseburger, fries, and regular fountain drink, using the meal deal price when available; and the average nightly price per person to stay in a four-person accommodation found on Home2Go. The prices are for a Friday or Saturday from April 1, 2018, to October 27, 2018.
Cliff’s Amusement Park not only has the most affordable accommodation, it’s also the most affordable park to visit at just $US60.39 for a day – that’s less than the entry tickets for 15 parks on the list. Universal Studios Hollywood, the most expensive park on the list, costs four times more.
Scroll through below to see how much it costs for a day of thrills, ranked from least to most expensive.
45. Cliff’s Amusement Park — Albuquerque, New Mexico
Total cost: $US60.39
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US25.99
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US27.41
Cost of one meal: $US6.99
44. Castles N’ Coasters — Phoenix, Arizona
Total cost: $US72.55
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US29.99
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US33.07
Cost of one meal: $US9.49
43. Frontier City — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Total cost: $US81.12
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US31.99
Cost of parking: $US8.29
Cost of accommodation: $US28.85
Cost of one meal: $US11.99
42. Quassy Amusement Park — Middlebury, Connecticut
Total cost: $US83.32
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US28.99
Cost of parking: $US7.00
Cost of accommodation: $US35.83
Cost of one meal: $US11.50
41. Canobie Lake Park — Salem, New Hampshire
Total cost: $US91.49
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US39.00
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US40.71
Cost of one meal: $US11.78
40. Darien Lake — Corfu, New York
Total cost: $US91.91
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US34.99
Cost of parking: $US10.00
Cost of accommodation: $US34.44
Cost of one meal: $US12.48
39. Knoebels Amusement Resort — Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Total cost: $US94.32
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US44.00
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US40.62
Cost of one meal: $US9.70
38. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari — Santa Claus, Indiana
Total cost: $US96.39
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US48.99
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US36.91
Cost of one meal: $US10.49
37. Silverwood Theme Park — Athol, Idaho
Total cost: $US97.09
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US39.00
Cost of parking: $US5.00
Cost of accommodation: $US42.61
Cost of one meal: $US10.48
36. Wild Adventures Theme Park — Valdosta, Georgia
Total cost: $US97.72
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US39.00
Cost of parking: $US12.00
Cost of accommodation: $US35.34
Cost of one meal: $US11.38
35. Adventureland — Altoona, Iowa
Total cost: $US102.58
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US45.00
Cost of parking: $US10.00
Cost of accommodation: $US37.08
Cost of one meal: $US10.50
34. Valleyfair — Shakopee, Minnesota
Total cost: $US102.74
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US41.00
Cost of parking: $US12.11
Cost of accommodation: $US35.34
Cost of one meal: $US14.29
33. Michigan’s Adventure — Muskegon, Michigan
Total cost: $US107.17
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US32.00
Cost of parking: $US13.00
Cost of accommodation: $US48.18
Cost of one meal: $US13.99
32. Family Kingdom Amusement Park — Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Total cost: $US108.23
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US27.95
Cost of parking: $US7.00
Cost of accommodation: $US64.03
Cost of one meal: $US9.25
31. Lake Compounce — Bristol, Connecticut
Total cost: $US108.97
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US41.99
Cost of parking: $US9.00
Cost of accommodation: $US48.49
Cost of one meal: $US9.49
30. Magic Springs — Hot Springs, Arkansas
Total cost: $US110.94
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US49.99
Cost of parking: $US9.05
Cost of accommodation: $US40.91
Cost of one meal: $US10.99
29. Worlds of Fun — Kansas City, Missouri
Total cost: $US117.94
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US47.00
Cost of parking: $US15.00
Cost of accommodation: $US41.95
Cost of one meal: $US13.99
28. Kings Dominion — Doswell, Virginia
Total cost: $US119.27
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US58.00
Cost of parking: $US16.00
Cost of accommodation: $US30.28
Cost of one meal: $US14.99
27. Kings Island — Mason, Ohio
Total cost: $US119.76
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US51.99
Cost of parking: $US15.00
Cost of accommodation: $US38.78
Cost of one meal: $US13.99
26. Kentucky Kingdom — Louisville, Kentucky
Total cost: $US119.93
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US44.95
Cost of parking: $US8.00
Cost of accommodation: $US51.89
Cost of one meal: $US15.09
25. Lagoon — Farmington, Utah
Total cost: $US120.51
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US58.95
Cost of parking: $US10.00
Cost of accommodation: $US40.59
Cost of one meal: $US10.97
24. Elitch Gardens Theme Park — Denver, Colorado
Total cost: $US120.96
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US39.99
Cost of parking: $US15.00
Cost of accommodation: $US51.97
Cost of one meal: $US14.00
23. Carowinds — Charlotte, North Carolina
Total cost: $US121.33
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US55.00
Cost of parking: $US15.00
Cost of accommodation: $US37.34
Cost of one meal: $US13.99
22. Cedar Point — Sandusky, Ohio
Total cost: $US127.83
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US55.00
Cost of parking: $US15.00
Cost of accommodation: $US42.84
Cost of one meal: $US14.99
21. Six Flags America — Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Total cost: $US128.60
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US59.99
Cost of parking: $US20.00
Cost of accommodation: $US32.62
Cost of one meal: $US15.99
20. Six Flags Over Georgia — Austell, Georgia
Total cost: $US129.17
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US56.99
Cost of parking: $US25
Cost of accommodation: $US31.93
Cost of one meal: $US15.25
19. The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom — Queensbury, New York
Total cost: $US130.62
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US51.99
Cost of parking: $US20
Cost of accommodation: $US43.38
Cost of one meal: $US15.25
18. Six Flags Great America — Gurnee, Illinois
Total cost: $US138.70
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US64.99
Cost of parking: $US26
Cost of accommodation: $US31.43
Cost of one meal: $US16.28
17. Six Flags New England — Agawam, Massachusetts
Total cost: $US139.09
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US57.99
Cost of parking: $US25
Cost of accommodation: $US40.11
Cost of one meal: $US15.99
16. Dollywood — Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Total cost: $US144.58
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US69
Cost of parking: $US15
Cost of accommodation: $US46.60
Cost of one meal: $US13.98
15. Six Flags Fiesta Texas — San Antonio, Texas
Total cost: $US144.67
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US64.99
Cost of parking: $US25
Cost of accommodation: $US40.69
Cost of one meal: $US13.99
14. Hersheypark — Hershey, Pennsylvania
Total cost: $US145.19
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US66.95
Cost of parking: $US15
Cost of accommodation: $US50.25
Cost of one meal: $US12.99
13. Six Flags Great Adventure — Jackson, New Jersey
Total cost: $US148.45
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US61.99
Cost of parking: $US23.45
Cost of accommodation: $US48.03
Cost of one meal: $US14.98
12. Knott’s Berry Farm — Buena Park, California
Total cost: $US152.27
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US79
Cost of parking: $US18
Cost of accommodation: $US40.78
Cost of one meal: $US14.49
11. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay — Tampa Bay, Florida
Total cost: $US167.83
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US89.99
Cost of parking: $US20
Cost of accommodation: $US44.55
Cost of one meal: $US13.29
10. OWA — Foley, Alabama
Total cost: $US188.40
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US34.99
Cost of parking: Free
Cost of accommodation: $US141.41
Cost of one meal: $US12
9. EPCOT — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US211.51
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US122
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US13.78
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US212.51
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US122
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US14.78
7. Universal Studios Florida — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US213.22
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US124
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US13.49
6. Universal’s Islands of Adventure — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US213.51
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US124
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US13.78
5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US214.31
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US122
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US16.58
4. Disneyland — Anaheim, California
Total cost: $US216.08
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US135
Cost of parking: $US20
Cost of accommodation: $US46.50
Cost of one meal: $US14.58
3. Disney California Adventure Park — Anaheim, California
Total cost: $US217.08
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US135
Cost of parking: $US20
Cost of accommodation: $US46.50
Cost of one meal: $US15.58
2. Magic Kingdom — Orlando, Florida
Total cost: $US219.51
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US129
Cost of parking: $US22
Cost of accommodation: $US53.73
Cost of one meal: $US14.78
1. Universal Studios Hollywood — Universal City, California
Total cost: $US266.67
Cost of a one-day ticket: $US129
Cost of parking: $US25
Cost of accommodation: $US96.29
Cost of one meal: $US16.38
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