Theme parks are too expensive.

United States
May 27, 2009 6:24pm CST
My son turned 4 this year and as he has gotten older he has also become more aware of what's "really" going on. Television commercials are totally capable of direct marketing to him and it just ropes him in. He has already asked me about going to fun parks this summer. Luckily I have a huge playground only a few minutes from my home and when I say huge I mean huge. I am pretty sure it will cover his cravings for some time to come but what happens when it's not enough. I live in Indiana and we have a few different independent theme parks like Holiday World and Indiana Beach so they are much less expensive than Disney World. They are still too pricey though. Adult admission can cost as much as 50 dollars and children 4 and up are never free. I know they have insurance to cover and costs to maintain the park but can it really cost that much. I've been to Holiday World a few times and it's overwhelmingly packed every time. They can't possibly have a shortage of funds. I wish they would have half priced days on Sunday or something. Or a sliding scale for poor fathers like me and mommies too. How could we make them start charging fair prices, can we call Batman or something?
6 responses
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
28 May 09
I agree with you whole heartedly! They cost way too much. How can a family of 4 afford to go to Disney and the other parks. They have to cut back on where they stay and what they eat just to get into the parks. They are also way too crowded. The lines that you wait on are over an hour sometimes. If they want us to pay that much then they should possibly limit the number of people allowed inside the parks.
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• United States
8 Jun 09
I've been to a several large theme parks and you are right. Sometimes I have to choose between certain attractions just because the lines are so long. If I go to a park for 6 hours and I spend 20 minutes in line I am too limited. I suppose a person might only get a dozen rides for 50 bucks because of it and you still have to pay outrageous prices for the drinks and snacks and all of the trinkets they push on you. Still this would be an exercise of personal choice, and up to you to decide if it's worth it. The problem is that these parks (i.e. Kings Island, Disney) all market to families as "the only way to complete your summer", "bring your family closer", "your children won't be happy without" and so on. This compels people to go to the parks just to be part of things. Disney for instance uses marketing tactics that give children the impression that they won't have as cool of a summer as other kids if they don't get to go to disney world. It's all the same way that McDonalds keeps sales up by marketing to children and conning parents into always buying their kids happy meals, even though it's common knowledge that the food is terribly unhealthy , over priced, and potentially damaging to our planet. I think it's high time that we all demand an honest theme park with realistic prices and the ability to handle larger volumes by extending hours and offering more small rides along side the big ones. Here in Indiana for instance we have "Holiday World" where they offer free unlimited soda. This good will gesture is defeated by a very steep price, and excessively long lines on both rides and for soda, whilst also only giving you an 8 oz cup of drink. I worked at a small amusement park in my teenage years and I only made a very tiny wage. If the money is paying employees lavish wages, then where is it going. The insurance can't possibly be that bad.
@berlong (227)
• United States
8 Jun 09
Bunny, You should take him to Cedar Point, its not too far. Plus they are always offering great rates and coupons in the paper as well as on Coke cans during the summer! ;)... Once inside the park theres soo much for him to be able to do as well as you! And it's not too pricey of a park. I am from Michigan and used to go there all the time in the summer, and I was a broke high school student then! These days im out here in California and i'm only like 3 hours away from San Diego, so during my husbands block leave ( which starts this weekend ) we are going to go to Sea World sometime over the 2 week period! ! I can't wait. Im a HUGE marine girl and LOVE all that type of stuff! ! ! Good luck entertaining you son! -Also, isnt there a place called Fun Spot in IN? I think its like in Ft. Wayne? I know they appeal to younger kids, and don't break the bank as well! -I will let you know how Sea World is
• United States
8 Jun 09
SEA WORLD! I miss California.
@Boofybutt (316)
• United States
27 May 09
We have a worlds-of-fun here in Missouri and it costs $31.99 for anybody over 48 inches tall, whether they'll ride the roller coasters and other rides or not. If we don't go they'll just keep hiking up the prices, but I'm not sure it's something even Batman could handle. My kids are 8 and 6 in less that a week, and neither one of them really gets excited about going with my in-laws up there anymore. They went once, and when they realized they didn't like the rides, they were a whole lot less excited.
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• United States
28 May 09
I can only hope that Rowan doesn't get hooked and get's bored with it too. 31.99, that's nuts. But it's nice that adults don't cost more.
• United States
28 May 09
Ya, and lucky for me, my mother-in-law is the one that wants to take us, so she has me do the calling to find out how much it is, and then she buys the tickets to go. It just kinda sucks that the kids don't get charged less for being under a certain age, just height.
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• United States
9 Jun 09
I do agree that theme parks are too expensive. I live in Florida so I have theme parks all around me but after some investigating I get some good deals. I have an annual pass for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and I pay about $16 a month. I get free parking, discounts on food and gifts and unlimited admission for the whole year. I think with theme parks there is just some looking that you have to do to get the best deal. But Disney is the most expensive park of them all and there annual passes are outrageous.
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• United States
9 Jun 09
If the seasons would agree around here I would get a year pass at prices like that. I'm going to have to look up holiday world and see if they have year long passes.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I agree I agree! Theme parks tickets are just getting more and more expensive, hubby and me want to go to the theme park and water park in this summer but considering the ticket is so expensive, we need to save money to do all those...
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• United States
9 Jun 09
Hi there mermaidivy. Does the theme park near you offer discounted days? All of the parks in my area do , but the discount is tiny. Most of the park discounts are for around 10 to 15 dollars and that still leaves 4 people going to the park at more than $100. I couldn't imagine having several children and trying to take everyone.
@maezee (28755)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Our theme parks are ridiculously expensive, too. It's between $30-$40 for ONE adult (or child over 5 or whatever that age is)'s admission - and then you've got food, drinks, parking, souvineers, etc to pay for as well. Luckily, a lot of times you can get $10 (or more)-off coupons from stores & websites affiliated with that particular theme park, but not always. Another thing that's too bad about taking younger kids to theme parks is that a lot of the time, younger kids cost the same amount as older kids & adults - but they can't even go on all the rides. I think 99% of the rides at the theme park in my area are for people who are 48" or taller (usually 4-5 year olds aren't this tall) - and so it really limits what they can go on. And another dilemma with this is that you have to pay for YOURSELF to get in, when you probably aren't even going to be able to go on any "adult" rides and get your money's worth. I have a six year old sister and she's also begging to go to these places.
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• United States
10 Jun 09
not so much the theme parks, but there are a lot of things to do relatively near us, and i would be happy to drive you, your son, and your lady to activities. i have never been to connor prairie and would love to go. i don't know what the admission is, but it's bound to be cheaper than kings island or holiday world. we could even camp over night near there if we wanted to do so. there is a private big cat rescue not to far away that i would like to see. they charge a small admission to help cover the cost of feeding the cats, but from what i remember it is reasonable. there is a cave system (marengo caverns) that is a really nice day trip, and not horribly expensive, and which kid doesn't love caves? (me included). we can brainstorm and look things up that would be reasonably priced and give the boy some learning experience rather than just giving in to blatant consumerism.
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