Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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The new Harry Potter theme park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opened this morning to mobs of Harry Potter fans. While all the attractions look dazzling and fun for all ages, I'm wondering who can afford to take their family there. Prices are steep!

Per the website, Universal Orlando Resort theme parks include Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located.

Single-day, single-park tickets to Universal’s Islands of Adventure are priced at $69 for children age 3-9 and $79 for kids age 10 and up and adults.

Single-day tickets with access to both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida are priced at $99 for children age 3-9 and $109 for kids age 10 and up and adults.

Believe me, I'd love to take my boys here more than anything. Looks amazing! However, that adds up to $296 for entry only to one park for a family of four with two kids under age 9. And if the same family wants to hit both parks in a single day, it'll cost them $416 for entry only. If you have tweens or teens, it could run you between $316 (single park) and $436 (both parks).

But don't fret, you can save $10 on multi-day tickets (up to 7 days) if you buy them online. Multi-day! Multi-broke!

Add in travel expenses and/or airfare, if you don't live in Orlando, food and drink in the park, which is no doubt overpriced, and a few souvenirs, and you could be looking at a few thousand dollars for a single-day family vacation.

More power to you if you can afford to make this trip (jealous!), but this adventure isn't going to make my family's summer vacation plans -- unless one of you finds an amazing price-cutting coupon deal.

Do you want to take your family to the new Harry Potter theme park? Will you pay this price?

 

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