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Article: The Priciest Theme Park Tickets Around the Globe

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  1. Siren

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    From Disney to Universal Studios, the Priciest Theme Park Tickets Around the Globe

    By Andrew Lisa
    January 27, 2017

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    Although a handful of major theme parks charge less than $40, the most expensive parks in the world demand more than $100 a day for a single adult ticket. If that seems outrageous, consider that the cost to see a football game can easily reach $150 or more.

    The best theme parks, meanwhile, offer more fun and excitement than you can cram into a single day. Here are some of the world's priciest theme parks and a look at what they offer.

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    Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)

    Pennsylvania's Dorney Park is planning plenty of new adventures for 2017, including two new rides, Dodgem and Kaleidoscope. Guests can also enjoy the Parkside Pavilion, which offers new places to eat, drink and hang out. The dazzling Cirque Imagine show is brand new, as is the Sunset Beach Bar. Additionally, there are 17 brand-new cabanas to enjoy at Wildwater Kingdom, making this park a great alternative to Disneyland.

    Price: $38

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    Kings Island

    The largest amusement park in the Midwest, Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, offers a great deal of fun for your $40. Along with a new wooden coaster called Mystic Timbers, guests in 2017 will be able to experience WinterFest, back after a 12-year absence. And, of course, all the old favorites are there, including terrifying thrill rides like Banshee, Firehawk, the Beast, Diamondback, Delirium and Invertigo.

    Price: $39.99

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    Carowinds

    For less than $40, you can spend the day at Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C. The park offers a wide array of beloved rides, like Planet Snoopy and Dinosaurs Alive. If you're planning a trip in 2017, be sure to check out new attractions, such as the County Fair.

    Those seeking a fun way to ring in the holiday this year should be sure to visit WinterFest. In the warmer months, head over to the Carolina Waterpark to check out the new offerings. After visiting the park, don't miss the NASCAR Hall of Fame, ranked one of the coolest places in the U.S. to visit with kids.

    Price: $39.99

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    Blackpool Pleasure Beach

    The price of admission to Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the U.K. buys you a seat on nearly a dozen thrill rides, including the park's legendary behemoth, known as The Big One. However, kids and adults who prefer to keep their stomachs where they belong can enjoy nearly 20 family rides.

    The park is also home to Europe's only Nickelodeon Land, which features 12 rides and characters based on the children's TV channel. In 2014, TripAdvisor named the park the best value in Europe.

    Price: 32.50 pounds ($40.60)

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    Knott’s Berry Farm

    Knott's Berry Farm tickets that are good for any day in 2017 will run you $75 each. However, you can buy tickets for certain days in advance for as little as $41. This Buena Park, Calif., site boasts 10 huge roller coasters, including the longest, tallest and fastest wooden coaster on the West Coast.

    There are plenty of kid-friendly rides, including water rides, for those planning to visit with little ones. If you'd rather keep your feet on the ground, you can check out the live entertainment, pan for gold or meet Snoopy and the Peanuts gang for pictures.

    Price: $41 and up

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    Futuroscope

    Although the ticket price of almost $50 per person might seem steep, Futuroscope in France offers plenty of bang for your buck. Brand-new attractions include the Extraordinary Journey, where riders fly from one continent to the next with their feet dangling, and the Time Machine, which transports riders back to the Ice Age.

    Another new event is the Cirque du Soleil evening show, La Forge aux Étoiles. Plus, guests can enjoy plenty of thrill rides, live shows and discovery events, such as Journey Into the Dark.

    Price: 45 euros ($48.36)

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    PortAventura World

    Located about an hour from Barcelona, PortAventura World isn't just one park but six massive "worlds." For just over $50, you can visit Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico and the Far West, as well as a Spanish version of Sesame Place.

    Along with plenty of shops, hotels and restaurants, the park wows visitors with its more than 40 rides, including Tutuki Splash, Canoes and the Dragon Khan roller coaster.

    Price: 47 euros ($50.51)

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    Europa Park

    Europa Park might have a high cost of entry, but consider all the brand-new attractions the Rust, Germany, site has to offer. In 2017, the park will debut Project V, Europe's largest "flying theater." The Irish-themed Children's World opened in 2016, and there are new restaurants, pubs, rides and kiddie attractions.

    The Magic Ice Exhibition is also new as of 2016. Be sure to check out Happy Family, a show at the 4D Magic Cinema.

    Price: 47 euros ($50.52) in summer; 38.50 euros ($41.38) in winter
     
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    In other news, ....water is wet.
     
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    Disneyland Tokyo

    Like its counterparts back in the U.S., Disneyland Tokyo, which opened in 1983, is brimming with fun. Along with plenty of parades, night owls can enjoy the Sky High Wishes fireworks show.

    Guests can visit Adventureland, the World Bazaar, Westernland, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland, each of which is packed with rides and fun.

    Price: 7,400 Japanese yen ($65.48)

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    Tokyo DisneySea

    The $65 cost of entry for DisneySea in Tokyo might seem steep, but guests should consider what's included before writing off this attraction.

    Although the park contains familiar favorites, like the Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania!, you can also enjoy an aquatic adventure offered by none other Disney park. Visit the Mediterranean Harbor for a ride on the Transit Steamer Line or a sail on a Venetian gondola. Then hop over to the American Waterfront for a ride on the Electric Railway or head to Port Discovery, where you'll find Aquatopia. You can also visit the Lost River Delta for Raging Spirits, see the sights at Mermaid Lagoon or check out Mysterious Island.

    Price: 7,400 Japanese yen ($65.48)

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    Alton Towers Resort

    This British park's 40-plus rides include Galactica, which opened in 2016, and Sharkbait Reef. If you're in the mood for thrills, then drop by to enjoy a trip on the looping Nemesis, a vertical drop on Oblivion and a soaring journey on the Smiler. Additionally, kids of all ages will appreciate the live shows and character encounters at this Staffordshire, England, park.

    Several rides are being refurbished for 2017, so check the site to make sure your desired attractions are up and running.

    Price: 52.80 pounds ($66); 32 pounds ($40) if booked online

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    Sesame Place


    Langhorne, Pa., hosts Sesame Place, a park dedicated to one of the most iconic shows in the history of children's television: "Sesame Street."

    Sesame Place gives kids of all ages the chance to meet their favorite characters, including Big Bird, Grover and Oscar the Grouch. The price of admission also buys you a seat on nearly two dozen rides and a chance to splash around on any of nine water rides, depending on the season.

    Price: $66; $56 if booked online

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    Dollywood

    Country legend Dolly Parton has her own theme park in her native Tennessee, and it offers fun for guests of all ages. Kids can enjoy mini-thrills on the Busy Bees ride and Amazing Flying Elephants. For those seeking more adventure, rides like Barnstormer and the Tennessee Tornado pack plenty of punch. There are also wildlife attractions and, of course, plenty of live entertainment.

    Plus, guests can look forward to big changes in 2017. Brand-new rides include Drop Line and Whistle Punk Chaser.

    Price: $67

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    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    San Francisco's Discovery Kingdom has some new attractions planned for 2017, including Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth and Rage of the Gargoyles. The park also offers lots of price-saving freebies and discounts this year. Get free refills on drinks all season or score a 20 percent off shopping pass.

    While the park is known for its thrill rides, like Cobra, Tazmanian Devil and Superman Ultimate Flight, families with young children won't struggle to find the fun. Along with the famed coasters, guests can enjoy animal attractions, family rides and live entertainment.

    Price: $67.99; $42.99 if booked online in advance

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    Disneyland Hong Kong

    Seventy bucks might seem like a lot for one day of fun — until you realize how much fun there is to be had at Disneyland Hong Kong. The park offers seven enchanted lands, each of which is bursting with attractions.

    Spend some time in Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. Plus, Disneyland Hong Kong is planning huge expansions in the near future, helping you get more bang for your buck.

    Price: 539 Hong Kong dollars ($69.49)

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    SeaWorld San Diego

    For a limited time, SeaWorld San Diego visitors can score single-day passes for just $73, down from the usual $93. And now is a good time to visit, as the beloved One Ocean attraction will soon be replaced with a new orca-centric experience. Other attractions include Dolphin Days, Sea Lions Live, Cirque de la Mer and Pets Rule.

    Along with access to the hottest oceanic shows, your ticket buys you a seat on nearly a dozen rides and entry to more than a dozen exhibits.

    Price: $73

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    Busch Gardens

    The Tampa, Fla., theme park charges $82.99 for a day of excitement. However, visitors get a lot for their money.

    Along with up-close-and-personal encounters with exotic beasts, visitors have the opportunity to learn about animal care and conservation. And ride lovers won't be left out. The park boasts a wide array of attractions, from the kid-friendly Air Grover to monsters like Cobra's Curse and Kumba.

    Price: $82.99

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    Legoland California

    Multiday passes are available, and you might need one if you plan to take in all of Legoland in Carlsbad, Calif. Brand-new and exclusive to Legoland is the Lego Movie 4D — A New Adventure, where you'll follow the exploits of MetalBeard, Benny, Emmet and the rest of the crew. Note that kids under 13 get in for $84, and you save $5 when you book at least a week in advance.

    You can bring your own minifigure or buy one at the park and trade with Model Citizens throughout the day. Meet your favorite characters and participate in pop badge challenges during your visit.

    Price: $90 and up




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    Disneyland

    The price for a one-day ticket to this legendary Anaheim, Calif., park depends on the date, but you can score two-day passes from $97. While Disneyland tickets might seem pricey, experts suggest remembering how much you get for your money, just as Walt Disney did when the park opened more than 60 years ago.

    "Back in 1956, people complained that the $1 ticket admission to Disneyland was too expensive," said Scott Wolf, Disney expert and owner of the Mouse Clubhouse blog. "I heard an interview with Walt Disney from back then, comparing the prices to things like movie theaters and even the cost of a dress, and it really still holds true. Once you're in Disneyland, not only do you have free access to all the world-class rides and attractions, but you can see top-notch live entertainment like live bands, parades and Broadway-style shows."

    Price: $97 and up

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    Disneyland California Adventure

    Tickets to Disneyland's sister park, California Adventure, also start at $97 for two days, and "Park Hopper" tickets are available for those looking to visit both Anaheim sites.

    Along with plenty of rides — including thrill-seeker favorites like California Screamin' — the park offers some new shows. Wolf suggests visiting the elegant Hyperion Theater to check out the "Frozen" show, which is free with admission.

    Price: $97 and up

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    Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

    One of four Disney resorts in Orlando, Fla., Magic Kingdom offers Magic Tickets, which allow guests to move freely among the parks at will. However, you can also score two-day tickets for $101. Prices for one-day tickets vary by date.

    If Magic Kingdom is your only vacation destination this year, rest assured knowing you'll get your money's worth. There are more than 40 attractions and rides to enjoy, including favorites like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion. Additionally, you can check out the parades, watch the fireworks or meet your favorite Disney characters for pictures and autographs.

    Price: $101 and up

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    Walt Disney World Epcot

    Another Disney park, Epcot offers unique attractions for visitors seeking some educational fun. The pricing structure is the same as the one for Magic Kingdom.

    The dozens of attractions include Frozen, Mission: Space, Soarin' and the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. You can also enjoy numerous wildlife exhibits and encounters, including Coral Reefs, Turtle Talk With Crush, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Sharks and Stingrays and Sea Turtles. Be sure to attend one of the dazzling shows, such as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth or Jeweled Dragon Acrobats.

    Price: $101 and up

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    Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom

    Animal Kingdom costs the same as the other three Disney parks in Orlando. It is, however, wilder than its peers. Not your average zoo, Animal Kingdom boasts a broad array of exotic wildlife, including rhinos, gorillas, lions, tigers, tamarins, okapis, giraffes and elephants.

    Additionally, guests can see animals that haven't walked the Earth for millions of years. Examine Dino-Sue and then take a spin on the Dinosaur ride.

    Price: $101 and up

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    Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios

    Disney World Orlando's fourth park is Hollywood Studios. For $101, visitors can see their favorite films, shows and theatrical performances brought to life.

    Plummet to Earth in the Tower of Terror or whirl around in Toy Story Mania. Guests can also enjoy several "Star Wars" offerings, include Path of the Jedi, Star Tours and Launch Bay. Plus, music fans can check out the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.

    Price: $101 and up

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    Universal Studios Florida

    The $105 cost of a single-day ticket makes Universal Studios one of the priciest theme parks on this list. However, the Orlando site offers plenty for visitors to enjoy.

    Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley might be the newest attraction, but it's by no means the only one to enjoy. Check out movie-inspired rides like E.T. Adventure, Men in Black Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D and Transformers: The Ride–3D. Additionally, guests can sit back and watch shows like Fear Factor Live, Terminator 2 3-D and The Blues Brothers.

    Price: $105

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    Universal’s Islands of Adventure

    Islands of Adventure is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the U.S., costing $105 for a day of fun. However, odds are you'll get your money's worth. TripAdvisor ranked Islands of Adventure No. 1 on its list of the world's best amusement parks two years running.

    Guests can enjoy thrilling trips on Skull Island: Reign of Kong, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure and Pteranodon Flyers. Note that a park-to-park pass is available for $155 for visitors who want to move between both Universal parks.

    Price: $105

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    Discovery Cove

    Visitors to Discovery Cove in Orlando can get up close and personal with all kinds of wildlife — but it will cost them. "Park tickets are running at $169," said Sam Huang, owner of TopMiles.com. "If you want to swim with the dolphins, it's another $60."

    While guests can pay extra for add-ons, the website indicates that tickets are all inclusive.

    "While expensive, this does include breakfast and lunch, and all-you-can-eat snacks and beverages," Huang said of the high ticket price. "All the snorkeling gear including wetsuits is also included, so it really depends on how much you value swimming with wildlife."

    Price: $229

    Universal Studio's has reported record breaking increases in profits and revenue, but it is important to note that they also have the most expensive theme park tickets. And, they get nothing but praise for being a smart business.

    If Disney were to raise their tickets to $105, there would be nothing but outcry about how greedy they are. It's not fair.
     
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    And this isn't news. Or rumors....
     
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    I hate to break it to you.....
     
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    It's amazing that the non-US Disney parks should be so much cheaper than the American ones.

    I think Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong might be more expensive in pretty much every regard - wages, electricity, taxes. Yet the US parks add 50% to the price of these three foreign parks.
     
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    Posting articles online to push her employers agenda may just be a prerequisite to earn overtime.
     
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    Just so everyone knows, Dorney Park is in Allentown, PA not Virginia
     
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    Universals price increases are at least justified by ADDING new resorts, attractions, lands, and entire parks EACH YEAR without slashing service and benefits.

    Your employer takes 5 years to build a kiddie coaster and advertises "announcements of future developments" as one of the "Top 17" reasons to visit their parks.
     
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    Disney is also investing billions into WDW parks. The World of Pandora, Miss Fortune Falls, Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land plus billions more slated for Epcot. WDW just opened a new Norway Pavillion and Frozen ride, a new Soarin' experience, and new Star Tours 2.0, etc.

    This is not meant to be a Disney versus Universal thread. It's just important to look at things objectively.

    Universal's high profits are, in part, due to them having the most expensive theme park tickets in the world -- and they are given a pat on the back for it.

    If Disney were to raise their price in the same manner, they would be totally slammed for it.

    Thank you for clarifying this @Smiley/OCD! LOL. They seriously need an editor or a fact checker or something. Anyway, I just fixed it.
     
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    Her employer may not be so happy with these posts showing all the cost effective alternatives to a bloated WDW vacation with nothing new to see
     
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    A lot of single day WDW park tickets are already over $105.
     
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    Nothing new to see? Hello, The World of Pandora is opening, Miss Fortune Falls and Rivers of Light debuts this year alone! It's going to be a great summer. So, exciting.

    And, I can't wait to see Kong Island and Volcano Bay! And, especially Nintendoland in 2021.

    It's just important to note that Disney is not as greedy as other places. Disney prices are more affordable than Universal's. This is great news.
     
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    Universal tickets are $105 for a single day one park ticket year round. Disney's are as high as $124.00 for the same ticket.

    3 Day ticket adult ticket at Disney is $290, a three day at Universal $245.

    But let's not let facts get in the way of this discussion.
     
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    Universal now uses tiered pricing as well, unfortunately.
     
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    TWDC doesn't pay for "facts"....
     
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    Thanks, didn't realize that. Still, a Universal peak ticket is $119 whereas a Disney is $124 for MK and $114 for other parks and Uni still does lower multi-day tickets. Definitely no evidence to prove one resort if gouging people more then the other when it comes to ticket prices.
     
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    The article is clearly biased against Universal since it compare the price of a 2-day MK ticket with a one day Universal ticket..


    "The $105 cost of a single-day ticket makes Universal Studios one of the priciest theme parks on this list"

    "Magic Kingdom offers Magic Tickets, which allow guests to move freely among the parks at will. However, you can also score two-day tickets for $101. Prices for one-day tickets vary by date."

    One day MK ticket is $105 off peak same as Universal. 2-day ticket at Universal is $94 per day.
     
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    Yeah, let me know when they actually open one of those.

    The one day park hopper is the same at both venues (Uni/WDW) the article was about one day admissions
     
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    It is pretty interesting to see that. I think maybe it's the multi-day tickets that even things out though. While a single day ticket for WDW is over $100 now if you took the actual average price paid per guest per day at WDW I am guessing the price would come down considerably, maybe even to around the same level as the foreign Disney parks. A 10 day non-park hopper ticket averages out to about $40 a day and a 7 day is just over $50 per day. If you figure that about half the guests are using multi-day or annual passes then the average per park per day is probably in the ballpark of $70 a day or in line with the foreign parks.

    I don't know a lot about the vacation patterns at the parks in China and Japan, but I'm assuming based on the fact that they don't have a lot of hotel rooms like WDW that there is a much larger portion of single day visitors. Not sure about Japan. Maybe they have more AP visitors similar to DLR.
     
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