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The most and least affordable theme parks in America

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HomeToGo releases annual affordability ranking of the top 50 amusement parks in the United States.

New York, NY - HomeToGo, the world’s largest vacation rental search engine, has launched into spring by revealing the results of its annual Theme Park Index. The ranking, which includes the 50 largest amusement parks in the United States, exposes the steep gradient that separates the nation’s most affordable and most expensive options.

Amusement parks in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Connecticut climb to the affordable peak of this year’s ranking, whereas world-renowned parks in Florida and California coast to the bottom. With such a steep drop separating the most affordable and most expensive parks, budget-savvy adrenaline junkies will benefit from steering clear of those popular tourist hotspots in favor of top regional theme parks. 

In order to rank the theme parks based on price, four factors were researched: 

  • Parking 
  • Adult anyday 1-day ticket
  • Meal deal
  • Accommodation for one night 

Park websites provided parking, ticket, and meal deal prices for this year*. HomeToGo used its own metasearch data to forecast the average cost of accommodation (per person per night) between April 6th and June 22nd. Frontier City accelerates to the top of this year’s ranking, while Universal Studios Hollywood places last for the second year in a row. 

The three most affordable theme parks in the United States for 2019 are: 

The three most expensive theme parks in the United States this year are: 

The most affordable parks by region are as follows: 

When people think of traveling to an amusement park, the big international parks often come to mind first. We are pleased to be able to offer travelers a comprehensive overview of the best amusement parks in America to provide even more options for every budget while still allowing for a fun filled theme park vacation,” said Head of Inbound Marketing, Joanna Booth. “We had a scream producing this guide, and are delighted to show that some of the best parks in the world with award-winning attractions are accessible for a fraction of the price of going to a park in Orlando or SoCal.

Additional key takeaways from this year’s Theme Park Price Index:
- Florida has the most parks in this year’s ranking (9), followed by California (8).
- When comparing this year’s ranking to last year’s, notable winners include The Park at OWA (costing $96.69 less this year), Hersheypark (costing $29.92 less this year) and Knott’s Berry Farm (costing $23.42 less this year).
- Notable losers include Six Flags Great Adventure (costing $82.68 more this year), Disney’s Hollywood Studios ($51.77 more this year), and Elitch Gardens (costing $50.43 more this year). 

*All prices in USD. Research was conducted during March 2019. When any-day 1-day tickets were not available, we selected June 1, 2019 as our default advance date. For parks with no advance ticket information for 2019, we used prices from last year’s ranking. Online menus and customer service teams provided the meal deal prices in instances when they were not available on the park websites. Processing fees and taxes are not included.

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