Top world theme parks and their 2019 admission prices

For most around the world, summertime is time for kids to explore, play and learn a little bit outside of the classroom. It's also a time for family vacations, with most parents taking a few weeks off of work so that they can treat their family to a trip of a lifetime. Though some families decide to stay within their own country for their vacation, others choose to explore another piece of the world. During this exploration, it's very common for families to take a day or two to explore an internationally recognized theme park, creating fun for everyone involved.

In fact, there are literally thousands of parks around the globe and in 2017, over 475.4 million people visited the top 10 theme park brands worldwide, throughout the entire year.

But because it would take a few lifetimes to visit every single amusement park in the world, and the fact that not all of them are worth a visit, we've complied a list of the top theme parks in the world. In addition to a short summary detailing what you can discover at each theme park, we've also included their summer rates for both children and adults, giving you an idea of what you'll end up paying once you visit. This particular list, crafted by using past attendance rates, ranks the parks from the highest priced admission rates to the lowest.

An interesting fact: Theme parks, over the last few years, have steadily seen an increase of admissions, meaning that more and more families, couples and singles are choosing to visit one of the many theme park options available around the world. Theme park attendance has gone up 8.6 percent from 2016, which is an impressive amount. Each year however, Walt Disney World has still come out on top, holding on to its title as the most visited theme park in the world.

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Top US theme parks and their 2019 admission prices

For most families, summertime is often thought of as the best time of the year. These fun filled sunny and warm days are made even better with trips to the beach, summer camps of all types, ice cream trucks, and family vacations. Though lots of parents choose to venture outside of the Untied States with their kids for their long awaited yearly two week vacation, even more decide to stay within the country, instead opting to spend a few days of their vacation time running around one or more of the nation's top rated theme parks.

In fact, there are well over 400 amusement and theme parks within the US alone, with each of them differing from the next. Some focus on water fun, some on animals and wildlife and others on themed adventures. And of course you can't forget about the famed Disney parks that attract hoards of excited visitors throughout the entire year to both Florida and California.

But because you'll never have enough time to visit each and every park scattered across the US, and the fact that not all of them are worth visiting, we've gone ahead and complied a list of the top US theme parks and their admission prices below starting with the highest priced theme park at the top. This list has been created by using past attendance rates. Some of the names are quite familiar, while others might be new to you.

An interesting fact: US Theme park attendance has steadily gone up within the last few years and has more than doubled in Orlando, Florida over the past 20 years, meaning that you'll find yourself surrounded by large numbers of like minded people each and every visit. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for Alaskan cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

alaska_cruises_slide2Often referred to as the last frontier, Alaska is an outdoor lover's dream with sky high mountains, lush wilderness, glaciers, wildlife galore and a unique way of life. But because Alaska is so large, it's sometimes hard to view a lot in a short amount of time. That's where cruises come in. With a recent surge in popularity, Alaskan cruises have now become the best way to see Alaska, whether on a budget or not.

Each cruise line, much like hotels and resorts, tends to fit into a certain price category and thus have a different overall cruise atmosphere and personality. There are 7 main cruise companies (including a luxury ship) that venture from Seattle up around the Alaskan coast. The information below should help you narrow down your choices to only one or two of the cruise lines available. Click to read more

Cheapest cruise lines for 2019 Caribbean cruises – 12 lines ranked by price

Miami PortThe Caribbean is by far the most popular part of the world for cruises, and thanks to a surge in popularity of the activity, it can now be explored by those in almost every budget category. Considering it's mostly an all-inclusive holiday and the departure ports are generally near cheap and popular airports, a Caribbean cruise can be done so inexpensively that it might be shocking.

However, unlike airlines that are basically interchangeable, cruise lines each tend to fit into a price category and have a personality of their own. There are 12 different cruise companies (including a few small-ship luxury outfits) that cover the Caribbean, and a scan of the information below should help you narrow your best options down to only one or two of the lines. Click to read more

13 North American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2019

Downtown Los AngelesNow fully updated for 2019, the North American Backpacker Index is in its 9th year to rank the major tourist cities in the US and Canada from cheapest to most expensive. The currencies and inflation rates were pretty stable through 2018, so not much changed except for some price increases at many hostels in both countries.

More than in most of the world, it's difficult to rank these cities in a meaningful way because food and drink costs are pretty similar in all of them. This list is meant to help backpackers and budget travelers, and those who are bargain hunters can find really great deals in all of these places, while mid-range tourists with more money than time will end up paying much higher prices. Click to read more

19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2019

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in March or as late as mid April, everybody who lives in the north is so sick of the cold that they are dreaming of spending a week on a warm beach. Fortunately, there are warm beaches all over the Tropics, and many of them are very affordable even during peak travel weeks such as Easter and Spring Break.

These days many universities and schools schedule their Spring Break on different weeks, mostly focusing on the middle of March. The second and third full weeks of March tend to be the most popular and the destinations listed below will usually be most crowded during those weeks. Click to read more

New York Pass 2019: Best 1, 2, and 3-day itineraries for most value

SkylineStatueCruiseAs someone who lived in New York City for over 5 years, on and off, I feel a very special fondness for this amazing place. It honestly has many of the United States' most famous and popular attractions all on one small island, but also most of the most expensive attractions. In other words, NYC is anything but cheap.

The New York Pass is an excellent tool for first-time visitors who want to see as many of the big sights as possible in a short time. It will save you money AND time, since it allows you to skip the ticket queues of many of the most popular attractions. Still, it's hard to know where you should go because there are so many choices and newcomers won't know which ones are best and which are also close together so they are easily visited in sequence. Click to read more

Is the Las Vegas Pass 2019 worth it? Las Vegas Pass review

5844364807_4f8ea1b712_zWelcome to one of the most noted large cities in the entire United States, Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City. Though mostly known for its gambling opportunities and extravagant late night shows, the city is also home to many attractions and activities ranging from museums to comedy shows to day trips to Horseshoe Bend and Glen Canyon. These activities, though they may not cost a large amount individually, can add up quickly when visited all together in one trip.

This is where the Las Vegas Pass comes into play. Designed to save visitors money during their trip, this pass supposedly also saves time. But does it really work? We'll find that out and more, below.

Note: This article was last updated in December, 2018.

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Is the Go Washington DC Card worth it? Go Washington DC Card review 2019

3999436525_06fd0cb22b_zWashington DC is a classic and popular destination for both Americans and foreign visitors, but things there operate in different ways than cities like New York or Los Angeles. On one hand, many of the top Washington DC attractions are free to enter, including most of the big monuments and the many museums that make up the Smithsonian. But on the other hand, those attractions tend to be a bit dry, especially for younger visitors.

The Go Washington DC Card should be a money and time saver for some visitors, but certainly not all. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour is an excellent way to see the city in a very short time and decide on which things you want to see close up later on in your trip. If you are going on the bus tour then you already on your way to saving money with this card by seeing another attraction or two. If you add in the boating attraction and Spy Museum, you are not only saving money but saving time in ticket queues. Below we'll take a closer look at this card and see who should consider it and who probably should not.

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Is the Go All Florida Card worth it? Go All Florida Card review 2019

4725356637_94d96d969f_zTaking a road trip through Florida is not only a popular choice, but a great one at that. The sunshine state plays hosts to a number of attractions and activities, with several befitting to every type of interest. One way that both locals and visitors alike are saving money on these attractions is through the Go All Florida Card. This card allows each card holder and every other person listed on the card full access to the attractions of their choice.

But is this card really all it's cracked up to be? Will it really save you enough money to be worth it? We'll find that out as well as take a look at how to both use and not use the card, how to pay for it and how to receive it, below.

Also, if you're interested in just visiting one city, you should take a look into both the Go Orlando Card and the Go Miami Card.

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