The World’s Most EXPENSIVE Theme Park Is In Florida and It’s NOT Disney World

It’s no secret that Disney World has gotten increasingly more expensive over the years.

Magic Kingdom

More and more free offerings have been replaced with paid versions in the parks, and guests have been feeling the squeeze for quite some time. But according to a new report, Disney World actually isn’t the most expensive theme park in the United States — in fact, it’s not even the most expensive theme park in Florida!

Price increases can affect every part of a Disney vacationhotel, tickets, food, souvenirs — and with many feeling their purse strings tightening lately, guests might be looking for a different and potentially less expensive theme park to visit. But, if you were under the impression that Disney World is the costliest park to get into — you are sorely mistaken.

Main Street, U.S.A.

According to WKMG Orlando, a study by The Family Vacation Guide has revealed that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the world’s most expensive theme park for 2022, with a whopping 1-day ticket starting price of $117.94. 

©Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Walt Disney World was ranked next, with a starting 1-day, 1-park ticket price of $109. Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure were tied for third place at $105 per ticket, though Universal has since raised their prices to $109 per ticket per day.

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio came in last out of the 10 on the list, with one-day tickets starting at $82. 

Universal Studios Orlando

Of course, these numbers are only taking into account the price of a one-day ticket and don’t compare other costs that would normally contribute to how expensive your theme park visit might be. Based solely on one-day ticket prices, though, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay takes the cake.

Hollywood Studios

So, what can you do if you’re faced with an expensive Disney World vacation? Well, there are ways you can save on your trip. Ticket and hotel deals can be found if you know where to look, and we’ve even rounded up a list of cheap but filling snacks in Disney World too. Plus, planning your trip far in advance can give you time to budget and save up for that special experience or souvenir you’ve been wanting!

Animal Kingdom

Want to know how much it’ll cost to visit Disney World this Halloween season? We’ve done the math, and you can check it out here! Things are already getting spooky in Magic Kingdom, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is sure to be a festive and frightful night!

If you’re heading to Disney World soon, don’t forget that you’ll still need park pass reservations — read more here!


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