Disney Raises Prices & Other Ridiculously Expensive Amusement Parks

disney raises pricesDisneyland and Walt Disney World announced price increases as of today and I, for one, am thinking we won't be making it to the happiest place on earth anytime soon.

Already one of the most expensive amusement parks in America, Disney World adult ticket prices go up to $82, from $79. Disneyland prices go up to $76 from $72.

Children 9 years and up pay the adult ticket prices.

Parking fees are also going up, along with the season passes and multi-day and multi-park passes. Basically, everything is going up.

A statement from the parks explained that the value was actually in line with other entertainment venues, such as concert ticket prices and sporting event prices. I beg to differ since I just went to an amazing concert in Los Angeles at The Wiltern for half of the cost.


Looking for alternatives to what would be a budget-breaking day, I searched for other amusement park ticket prices across the USA and what I found, while not as expensive as Disney World, is still a dramatic increase from the $25 Six Flags ticket of my youth.

Still, some of these offer a second day free if you can take advantage of that option, and a few exclusive online deals. Pay attention to the fine print as none of these ticket prices include parking, or the overpriced food and drinks once you arrive at your destination.

Here are the other most expensive amusement park options for you to blow your family vacation budget on this summer:

Universal Studios, California


$62.99: Under 48" tall

If you purchase online, you get the second day free.

Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay


$64.95: Ages 3 - 9

If you buy online at least 5 days in advance, you can get adult tickets for kid prices.

Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, is less expensive: $61.95, $51.95 adults.

Florida and Virginia residents do get discounted tickets.

Six Flags Magic Mountain & Six Flags Great Adventure


$34.99: Kids 48" and under (under 54" at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey)

Kids 2 and under are free

If you print tickets online, everyone can pay the kid price of $34.99.



$57: Ages 3 to 13, and seniors

Kids 2 and under are free

Add a second day for free


The most affordable option I found winds up at the top of the best amusement park lists as well:

Cedar Point Park in Sandusky, Ohio


$19.99: Under 48" or over 62 years of age

$35.99: Military ID


Will you, or have you, hit any of these parks this summer?


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