Hidden costs at amusement parks

Universal Orlando Follows Disney, Ups Admission To $102
Universal Orlando Follows Disney, Ups Admission To $102

Summer is a time for sleeping in and water fights, and as the season approaches, many amusement parks are also gearing up for their busiest time of year.

As exciting as the idea of going to an amusement park may be, however, the overall cost of a day at the park may surprise you. Take an amusement park in Orlando, for example. The overall price tag for a day at either Universal Studios or Walt Disney World is over $600.

Why is it so expensive, you may ask?

For starters, a basic entry ticket to a theme park can run you anywhere between $20 to $105 -- and that doesn't include parking, access to additional parks or miscellaneous purchases you may make while inside.

In other words, there are quite a few hidden costs you need to be aware of before planning your next summer trip.

If you're unsure of some of the extra charges associated with theme parks, check out the slideshow below to minimize your spending and maximize your fun during your summer vacation.

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