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Hate Waiting in Lines for Rides? Rent the Whole Theme Park!

Features & Advice | Donald Wood | August 13, 2015

Hate Waiting in Lines for Rides? Rent the Whole Theme Park!

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Have you ever visited a theme park and wished you and your friends and family were the only ones inside the park? As the summer months come to an end, the possibility of renting an entire amusement park will become an option.

In a report from Billie Cohen of, many parks across the United States offer private event rentals, including some of the top destinations like Disney World and Universal Studios Florida.

For those looking to have a private party at Disney World, guests can choose portions of the park to rent out exclusively, including Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and several other options.

On the other hand, Universal Studios can give visitors access to either the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the Simpsons themed portion of the park. Either way, guests will have the chance to enjoy the rides and attractions with only the people they brought to the park.

Renting a portion of the park out will cost a pretty penny, though.

Not only will customers have to pay a fixed price for the venue at most parks, but they will also have to purchase at least an agreed-upon amount of food and beverages. In addition, many parks have a minimum requirement for the number of people in a private party.

Renting a park—or at least a portion of the park—may be too expensive for most people, but theme parks offer smaller package deals for loyal guests. An example is Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Connecticut, which offers $25 per person all day pass for the Wooden Warrior roller coaster.

Another option for bigger groups is a pass costing $44.50 per person at Lagoon amusement park in Utah where visitors can ride all nine roller coasters after the park has closed to the public, but this requires a minimum of 3,000 people.

Whether you are trying to rent out an entire theme park or just trying to extend the summer months for a little longer, the late vacation season is one of the cheapest times to visit these destinations before they close for the winter.


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