Vote of the week: What's your biggest expense when visiting a theme park?
Written by Robert Niles
People often complain about the price of theme park tickets, but what do you really end up sending the most money on when you visit a theme park?Tweet
Let's add it up. Think about the most recent day you spent in a theme park. Then add up all the money you spent for that day on...
The food and drinks:
And the tickets:
Don't count just your meals. Add in the money for snacks and drinks throughout the day. When you're figuring the cost of tickets, don't go with the "list" price, either. Count what you spent to visit just that day. So if you're on a multi-day ticket or seasonal or annual pass, divide the cost of that ticket by the number of days you used it to get the daily ticket price.
Then don't forget to add in the day's parking charge, too. We'll count that as part of the ticket price.
So which cost you the most? When I visit Epcot, I usually end up spending more on food than anything else. With a 10-day Walt Disney World park-hopper bought a few years back, I'm paying about $50 a day for my ticket. But I can easily spend more than that per day at Epcot if I do a couple meals at places such as Via Napoli, and chow down a snack, too.
Here at home, with a Disneyland annual pass, my per-day cost is probably $10 or so, but I often drop more than that buying souvenirs.
When I visit a local thrill ride park, such as Six Flags Magic Mountain or Knott's Berry Farm, I usually end up buying a discounted one-day ticket for about $40 or so, plus parking on top of that. But I don't buy much food, and almost never any merchandise. So ticket cost is my biggest expense there.
Because the answers can vary based on the place and time you visit, let's go with your most recent visit for your choice. Please tell us in the comments about how these costs break down for you. (And since we're talking about daily visits here, we're leaving those often substantial hotel and transportation costs off the table for this discussion.)
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