World's Most Expensive Theme Parks

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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.

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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.

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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.
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