World's Most Expensive Theme Parks

AAA

The World's 5 Most Expensive Theme Parks

As any parent with young children will confirm, the theme park business is big business. It's difficult for a family of four to attend a theme park for a day and escape with paying much less than a few hundred dollars. Daily ticket prices are generally the biggest expense. Here are five of the priciest parks in the United States.

Walt Disney World

Orlando, Fla. has perhaps the highest concentration of theme parks in the world. Walt Disney World is the crown jewel and it spawned a large number of competing parks. Disney recently increased the price of a one-day pass to $89 for individuals 10 years of age and over. This means Disney World has the most expensive theme park pass out there.

Photo Courtesy of Edwin Torres Photography

Universal Studios Florida

Universal operates a number of theme parks right near Disney's home turf in Orlando, Fla. It operates Universal Studios Florida as well as Universal's Islands of Adventure. A single day pass to either location will set you back $88. Universal will be happy to charge you $123 to attend both parks in one day, which works out to a cheaper price than entering each separately.

Photo Courtesy of Roller Coaster Philosophy

Disneyland

Disney's primary theme park presence may be in Orlando, Fla., but its headquarters is in Burbank, Calif. Not too far away is Disneyland, which charges $87 for a daily pass to its park for those 10 and over. Kids three to nine get to attend for the bargain price of $81. For $125, the older party can hop between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, which also offers a daily admission price of $87.

SeaWorld Orlando

Just down the road from Disney World and the collection of competing theme parks in Orlando is SeaWorld, a park containing aquatic life, whale and dolphin shows, and a mix of rides and amusements. A daily pass at the gate will set you back $84.99, though it is available for $10 less if purchased online. Again, a combo pass is available for SeaWorld and its sister park Aquatica, as well as Busch Gardens. Combined passes that let you in all three parks cost $144.99 and allow up to two weeks of park access

Universal Studios Hollywood

A one day pass for Universal Studios Hollywood runs $80, though those individuals that are under 48 inches tall can enter the gate for $72. Universal has partnered up with SeaWorld to offer a combo ticket for $125 for those aged 10 and above.
  1. No results found.
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Theme Park Stocks Heating Up for Summer (SIX, SEAS)

    Despite declining consumer spending, theme parks have increasing visitors and revenue. Find out what that means for these stocks in 2015.
  2. Personal Finance

    U.S. Cities With The Largest Parking Fines

    You should think twice before parking in the wrong spot or parking incorrectly in these cities.
  3. Insights

    A Look at Disney's New Shanghai Park (DIS)

    Shanghai Disney Resort is Disney’s sixth international theme park outside the U.S. and is triple the size of the neighboring Hong Kong Disneyland.
  4. Investing

    Dalian Wanda Chair Throws Down Gauntlet at Disneyland China

    The chairman of Dalian Wanda, China's largest commercial property developer, likened the battle between Disney and his group to one between a tiger an a pack of wolves.
  5. Investing

    Developers are Looking at Land in Orlando (FUN, SIX)

    Rumors are swirling that a new player wants to open a theme park in Orlando.
  6. Investing

    How Las Vegas Parking Fees Could Hurt the Strip (MGM, CZR)

    Paid parking is a new trend in Las Vegas, and it could provide a reason for travelers to go elsewhere.
  7. Investing

    Six Flags Is Expanding to the Middle East (SIX)

    Six Flags Entertainment is gearing up to open a theme park in conservative Saudi Arabia as part of the company's international expansion.
  8. Personal Finance

    How to Save Money on Your Disney Vacation

    Understand why Disney Parks are attractive vacation destinations and why they are expensive. Learn five money-saving tips for Disney vacations.
  9. Investing

    SeaWorld to Free Willy, End Orca Shows

    After years of controversy, theme park operator SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) announced it will immediately end its killer whale breeding program, with those currently in its care being ...
  10. Investing

    Wynn, Caesars Join Las Vegas' Pay-to-Park Posse

    Like airlines that now nickel-and-dime us with charges for every once-free amenity they offer, Las Vegas casinos are beginning to charge tourists for parking on their property. Free parking ...
Hot Definitions
  1. Majority Shareholder

    A person or entity that owns more than 50% of a company's outstanding shares. The majority shareholder is often the founder ...
  2. Competitive Advantage

    An advantage that a firm has over its competitors, allowing it to generate greater sales or margins and/or retain more customers ...
  3. Mutual Fund

    An investment vehicle that is made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities ...
  4. Wash-Sale Rule

    An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that prohibits a taxpayer from claiming a loss on the sale or trade of a security ...
  5. Porter Diamond

    A model that attempts to explain the competitive advantage some nations or groups have due to certain factors available to ...
  6. Oligopoly

    A market structure in which a small number of firms has the large majority of market share. An oligopoly is similar to a ...
Trading Center