8 Theme Parks That Are Way Cheaper Than Disney but Just as Fun


Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dollywood includes a theme park, water park, and resorts. Named Dollywood in 1986 when Dolly Parton invested, visitors can enjoy rides like the Barnstormer, Daredevil Falls, or the Dollywood Express for $84 per ticket

Cedar Point

Located on Lake Erie's edge in Ohio, Cedar Point is famous for its record-breaking roller coasters like Millennium Force. Ticket prices vary by day and height, with a typical family of four spending $49.99 per ticket


Situated in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hersheypark features chocolate-themed rides like Candymonium and Reese s Cupfusion. A one-day ticket costs $56.95, making it $227.80 for a family of four.

Universal Orlando

Offering an alternative to Disney World, Universal Orlando features rides related to Harry Potter, Minions, Transformers, and The Simpsons. Tickets start at $109 per person, potentially making it cheaper


Located in Florida, LEGOLAND is ideal for younger kids who may find Disney's Magic Kingdom overwhelming. Tickets start at $84.99 per person, totaling $339.96 for a family of four.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

In Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers roller coasters, kid-friendly rides, animal exhibits, and shows. Tickets cost $99.99 each, or $399.96 for a family of four.


 A quick trip from New York City, Adventureland on Long Island features typical amusement park rides and attractions. Tickets are $31.99 for those 25 and older, $41.99 for ages 2 to 24

Nickelodeon Universe

Located at the Mall of America in Minnesota, Nickelodeon Universe offers themed rides like Avatar Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge. Tickets are $44.99 each