Theme parks may charge a whopping parking fee to park in the vicinity. General parking in one theme park in Texas is $15.00. The fee itself can take a good dent out of an admission ticket even a discounted admission ticket when laying out the price between the two.
A discounted admission ticket that costs thirty dollars would make the parking fee of fifteen dollars half the cost alone of the ticket so that a discounted ticket and the parking fee price combined would rise to forty-five dollars.
Theme park parking can have different degrees of parking. There is general, preferred and valet parking.
General parking is the cheapest of the three and the parking is the furthest away from the park.
Preferred parking is mid-park.
Valet is the closet to the park with an attendant on hand to park your vehicle and retrieve it for you.
Season pass parking is another type of parking that may be purchased in addition to a season pass and may give you the choice of general, preferred or valet parking depending on the price you are willing to pay.
Theme park parking fees bring in a lot of revenue for the park. Parking fees may be used in a variety of ways besides to make a profit.
1. To maintain rides & park equipment.
This is to keep the rides & park equipment in working and running order, check and fix anything that needs to be fixed, so that the proper safety precautions can take place.
2. To restore rides & park equipment.
This is so that rides & park equipment that is getting worn can be restored to fully function as good as new. It goes toward the replacement of parts and the rebuilding of rides & such.
3. For the purchase of festive holiday, theme and the regular all year long decorations.
The breakdown can be as follows.
Festive year long decorations
Parade vehicles, floats & décor
Lights & light shows
4. Guest performers and feature entertainment.
While there will usually be an extra charge to see special guest performers and feature entertainment the entertainers may have to be paid a certain amount in advance before they will schedule their performance at the park.
5. Regular park entertainers.
Performers that specialize in an act and do so daily in a schedule of performances that may be limited to only three show times during the day or hourly.
Those who dress in costumes could be considered park entertainers.
6. For worker’s pay.