Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
Prices remain the same on multi-day prices, which you can (and probably should) read as Busch's attempt to encourage people to commit to a longer visit, instead of a one-day trip - where prices are now closer to those for the one-day prices for the Disney and Universal parks.
At what point does a theme park ticket become too expensive for you to commit to a trip? Keep in mind that discounts are often available, such as Fun Cards at the Busch parks, park website advance purchase discounts, AAA, etc.
But what is the price - gimme a dollar value - per day on a theme park ticket where you say "No"?
Locals, who are the ones who generally buy them, will still get the passes, and tourists from out of town are more likely to spend in the park!
Universal are bringing out a new ticket soon, buy one day get the rest of the year free. Its not replacing any other tickets, jsut something extra.
Will be called something like "Thrill Pass"
No one ever seems to price check and LOWER their prices. Just because Sea World could raise their prices and still seem comparable to the other parks doesn't mean they should.
Still, I think $100 is where I would really draw the line. Still, getting multi day passes or season passes work better in the long run anyway.
Here is a rough estimate on season passes for "how many times do I need to go" for it to be worth it. Note: Its rough estimate and only for the places my family has season passes for
Six Flags: 3 visits
Disney World: about 6 times (meaning six days)
I will not by a season pass at Six Flags St. Louis if it is more than $45. It is just not worth it. Likewise, I will not purchase a single day ticket if it is more than $38. What makes the pass worth it is my little 2-day trip to Chicago.
Now, if you are talking Disney or Universal. I think $60-70 is fair for a single day ticket.
And for Cedar Fair (specifically Cedar Point) I would not pay more than $55 for a single day ticket.
Maybe they're concerned that having a notably lower price would subconsciously indicate a lower quality park? Even if that's the case, I think this price increase is a BIG mistake.
Come up to SFGA! We are getting the Pirates Attraction!
For example, if I was in Orlando for only one day, I'd pay up to $90 or so for any of the parks BUT would expect to pay much less if I was staying multiple days and seeing multiple parks.
Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disney Resort