Is a Trip to Disney Too Expensive or Complicated?

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It's supposed to be the happiest place on earth – and now that it's reopened, most visitors agree. The ones that can afford it, that is. Has Walt's vision of “some kind of family park where parents and children could have fun together,” gone by the wayside?

According to a Bankrate survey, 70% of Americans are changing their summer vacation plans due to inflation-related price increases, with 25% changing trips to destinations closer to home.

With over 475 amusement parks across America, there are many fun-filled theme park options to make your family and wallet happy. 

Legoland –  California, Florida, New York

Everything is awesome at Legoland’s three amusement parks across America. Designed specifically for 2-12 years olds, master builders and thrill-seekers alike will enjoy a trip to their theme parks full of rides, shows, and Lego building activities.

As it grew, the Knott family built a western-themed town to entertain long lines of customers. One hundred years later, this amusement park has 40 rides, including first-class roller coasters, family attractions like Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang, and a waterpark.

Knott’s Berry Farm – California

Silver Dollar City – Missouri

Located in Branson, dubbed ‘The Orlando of the Midwest,' Silver Dollar City has been thrilling visitors for over 50 years and is consistently ranked as one of America’s Top 5 amusement parks. 

Cedar Point is the second-oldest amusement park in North America, located on Lake Erie between Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio.  For over 150 years, families have enjoyed live shows, the mile long-beach, and attractions like Steel Vengeance, Top Thrill Dragster, and Millennium Force.

Cedar Point – Ohio

Hersheypark, recently named one of the ten best theme parks in the country, is a 3-4 hour drive from the New York, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh metro regions.  One $55 ticket includes admission to their theme park, water park, and zoo. 

Hersheypark – Pennsylvania

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