Family-Friendly Alternatives to Too-Expensive Disney World

If you went to Walt Disney World on opening day in 1971, it cost you $3.50. Today you'll pay anywhere from $109 to $159 for the same ticket. That's a 191% increase; inflation has only gone up 151% in the same time.

A family vacation to the Magic Kingdom is no longer affordable for many families. Walt's dream of an affordable, fun family vacation spot seems to have gone the way of the dodo.

Fortunately, Walt Disney World is not the only option for theme park fun. Here are several regional theme parks that are considerably more affordable and perhaps even more fun than Disney-themed parks.

Silver Dollar City is a great option for those on a budget. Not only can you park for free and take a free tram ride into the park, you can also bring in your own food and drink. That is a huge cost saving, especially if you have multiple kids.

Silver Dollar City, Branson Missouri

The resort has on-site playgrounds, storytelling, a game room, and camp DW-fun summer-filled themes and activities to keep their imagination running wild.

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Worlds of Fun also has a waterpark called Oceans of Fun, which is connected to Worlds of Fun and included in the price of admission. Oceans of Fun has many family-friendly and little kid-approved water attractions.

Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

Many Six Flags locations have Halloween-themed events, and most offer special badges or buttons that little kids can wear to let the costumed employees know not to frighten these little ghouls.

Six Flags, Many Locations

At Neli's Dutch Village, you will find a traditional hand-painted carousel, swing ride, pedal cars, and a Ferris Wheel. The buildings are designed and decorated as you would find them if you vacation in a European country.

Neli's Dutch Village, Holland, Michigan

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