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Planning Your Florida Amusement Park Vacation

After Disneyland set up its East Coast base in Orlando, Florida emerged as the amusement park capital of the world. The Magic Kingdom, Disney's original park has the highest turnout of any other theme park on the planet. Universal Orlando Resort is also not far behind. While these two heavyweights battle for supremacy, you will find other amusement parks worth checking out during your vacation, including Legoland Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld Orlando.
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Where Are the Cheapest Theme Parks in Florida?


Planning a Florida amusement park vacation? The Sunshine State is world-renowned for its industry-leading theme parks that delight visitors every year. To help travelers pick the best park for any budget, HomeToGo has produced a special guide to Florida’s Top Theme Parks. Whether you're planning a special family vacation or simply a roller coaster binge, we've got the information you need to plan an unforgettable trip.

The Florida Theme Park Index includes the price of entry, parking, a meal deal, and overnight accommodation for one night, helping you understand the cost of a typical day at theme parks in Florida. Hold on tight, as we race to discover the most affordable theme parks in Florida.

Hair-Raising Facts About Florida’s Leading Amusement Parks

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The oldest operating roller coaster in Florida is Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom near Orlando. It opened in 1975 and reaches 35 miles per hour.

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The world's top-rated indoor coaster is Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Florida. It has won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award six times.

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Florida's steepest roller coaster is SheiKra, located at Busch Gardens Tampa. Riders climb to 200 feet, before entering a 90 degree vertical drop.

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Florida's longest and fastest roller coaster is Mako, located at SeaWord Orlando. It is almost a mile long and reaches speeds of 73 miles per hour!

The Biggest Theme Parks in Florida, Ranked from Cheapest to Most Expensive

Rank
Theme Park
Parking
Ticket
Meal
Accom
Total
1
Fun Spot America (Orlando)
$0.00
$44.95
$15.00
$52.44
$112.39
2
Legoland Florida
$27.10
$85.99
$13.30
$31.74
$158.13
3
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
$25.00
$79.99
$13.29
$40.88
$159.16
4
SeaWorld Orlando
$25.00
$84.99
$12.48
$49.08
$171.55
5
Universal Islands of Adventure
$25.00
$125.00
$16.49
$52.44
$218.93
6
Universal Studios Florida
$25.00
$125.00
$18.29
$52.44
$220.73
7
Disney's Animal Kingdom
$25.00
$125.00
$15.99
$93.28
$259.27
8
Epcot
$25.00
$125.00
$16.98
$93.28
$260.26
9
Magic Kingdom
$25.00
$125.00
$17.28
$93.28
$260.56
10
Disney's Hollywood Studios
$25.00
$125.00
$17.98
$93.28
$261.26

How We Produced This Research

Price = Regular Parking + Day Ticket + Lunch Deal + One Night's Stay 

Ticket: Advance price of a ticket for one adult, valid on any day of the 2019 season. If parks did not offer anytime tickets, we chose June 1, 2019 as our default date. If parks offered only multi-day tickets, we chose the two-day option and halved the price.

Parking: The price listed on the official park website for parking in the standard parking lot for one day, purchased online before visiting the park.

Meal: The cost of purchasing a cheeseburger, fries, and drink combo deal. If no combo deal was listed, we looked at the individual prices of the same items and then combined them. We used the website websites and online menus to find out these prices, and also contacted the parks' customer support teams 

Accommodation: We used our own metasearch data to determine the price (per person per night) to stay in nearby accommodations (based on a group of 4) listed on HomeToGo. We examined all dates in between April 6 and June 22, 2019 and then calculated an average. 

We performed this research during March 2019. In cases where we could not find prices for 2019, we used prices from our Theme Park Index 2018 instead. All prices in this year's ranking do not include taxes or fees. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions on this study. 

Amusement Parks in Florida: Top Accommodations

Condo Bonita Springs
$106 per night
Condo ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Bonita Springs, Lee County, Florida
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Apartment West Palm Beach
$129 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
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Apartment Hallandale Beach
$95 per night
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Hallandale Beach, Broward County, Florida
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Best Florida Amusement Parks for Budget Travelers

Best Florida Amusement Parks for Budget Travelers

Florida boasts some exciting budget-friendly amusement parks that are worth exploring on your vacation. Whether you want to see animals or ride coasters, there's plenty to enjoy in Florida on a budget.

  • Fun Spot America (Orlando)

    This family-owned theme park is one of the best kept secrets in the Orlando area. Often overshadowed by bigger theme parks that are world-renowned, Fun Spot America delivers fun for all the family at prices that cannot be beaten across the state. Its White Lightning wooden roller coaster is the only one of its kind in Orlando, and is highly recommended.

  • LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

    This theme park is perfect for the entire family with a plethora of activities for kids to get stuck into. There are over 50 rides, including building zones and other interactive activities such as boating and driving. Here, you’ll also find impressive LEGO® replicas of various U.S. cities like New York, Las Vegas, and Washington DC.

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Nestled in the city of Tampa, this African-themed animal park spreads over 335-acres and contains some of the top-rated roller coasters in America! These include SheiKra (a world-famous dive coaster), Montu, and Cobra’s Curse, making it the number one choice for roller coaster junkies who want an affordable day out.

Best Places to Stay for Amusement Parks in Florida

Apartment Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
$206 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Terrace Park, Florida, United States
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Apartment Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
$159 per night
Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Terrace Park, Florida, United States
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Apartment Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
$173 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Terrace Park, Florida, United States
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Best Florida Amusement Parks for Thrillseekers

Best Florida Amusement Parks for Thrillseekers

If you are a thrill seeker looking to get that adrenaline rush, then Florida is the place for you. The state offers some of the fastest, scariest, and coolest roller coasters and theme park rides in the U.S.

  • SeaWorld Orlando

    SeaWorld Orlando is home to some of the top-rated rated roller coasters in the United States! Aside from having the chance to meet marine animals, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to white knuckle rides. The park’s hyper coaster, Mako, towers 200 feet above the park and reaches more than 70 miles per hour! Kraken Unleashed turns riders upside down a staggering seven times, while Manta is the only flying roller coaster in Florida.

  • Islands of Adventure

    This is a place where you encounter magical creatures, superheroes, and beasts, as well as some serious adrenaline-pumping thrill rides. The most famous roller coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure is The Incredible Hulk, which includes a propelled launch, seven inversions, and reaches 67 miles per hour!

  • Universal Studios Florida

    Universal Studios Florida is one of the most attended theme parks in the world. The park inspires you to "ride the movies," and offers tons of live shows and attractions. Join forces with the Transformers or meet the mischievous Minions as you find yourself in the middle of the action. You’ll also get up close with King Kong, fight alongside Spider-Man and escape wild raptors in Jurassic Park. Harry Potter fans will love the immersive Escape from Gringotts roller coaster.

Recommended Accommodations for Amusement Parks in Florida

Aparthotel SeaWorld Orlando
$159 per night
Aparthotel ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.6
"Outstanding" (3022 ratings)
SeaWorld Orlando, Orange County, Florida, United States
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Resort SeaWorld Orlando
$214 per night
Resort ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
SeaWorld Orlando, Orange County, Florida, United States
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Resort SeaWorld Orlando
$199 per night
Resort ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
SeaWorld Orlando, Orange County, Florida, United States
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Best Florida Amusement Parks for Families

Best Florida Amusement Parks for Families

Florida offers plenty of amusement parks with a wide range of attractions and rides to suit everyone. Not only are there many activities for kids to explore, but adults can have a good time too.

  • Epcot

    Epcot features two distinct themed sections; World Showcase and Future World, both loaded with attractions, entertainment, and dining. Spaceship Earth is worth checking out and exhibits the history and future of communication. Epcot's other favorite attractions including Soarin', Test Track, Mission: Space, and The Seas with Nemo.

  • Disney World's Magic Kingdom

    No trip to Florida is complete without seeing the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom includes six distinct lands including Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland. The Magic Kingdom offers some must-see attractions for the entire family. Space Mountain is one of the best roller coasters at the park. Other favorites like Jungle Cruise, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean offer other exciting attractions to a wide range of visitors.

Top Offers for Amusement Parks in Florida

Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure
$146 per night
Resort ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
4.6
"Outstanding" (1550 ratings)
Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida, United States
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Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure
$171 per night
Resort ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida, United States
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Resort Universal's Islands of Adventure
$362 per night
Resort ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida, United States
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do vacation rentals for Florida Amusement Park Vacation cost?

The average price for accommodation in Florida is between usually $307 and $454 per night.

What kinds of rentals can I find for Florida Amusement Park Vacation?

There are many House rentals and Hotel rooms that are great for Florida Amusement Park Vacation.

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