I used to work at a local theme park and the admission prices were “very reasonable” - only $7 per adult and $5 per kid, I believe, during the summer I was there.
However, there were several “E-ticket” attractions that were not included, and tickets for those had to be purchased separately. Most of them were 4-6 ‘tickets’ per ride, and the tickets were $1.25 apiece.
Since there wasn’t a lot other than those E-ticket attractions, it was pretty much a given that people were going to be spending a lot more than $7 after they walked through the gates.
PLUS the theme park is on a major slope, and all that walking created super appetites/thirst. One of the free attractions - the live fairy tale theater - is all the way at the top of the hill, and by the time people got there, they were thrilled to see the fully-stocked snack shack. :dry: Believe me, the owners of this place know EXACTLY what they are doing!
I once did the math while I was working there, and estimated that a family with 2 adults and 2 children could expect to spend a bare minimum of $175 at the park in one day - and that’s without souvenirs! :whistling
Considering the scale of that park versus DL/WDW (the whole park was probably the size of Frontierland/Adventureland combined), I definitely can say which one is the better deal! :laugh: