Round up: Top theme park restaurants

Posted Sunday, July 7, 2013 8:33 PM | Contributed by Jeff

What makes for good amusement park fare might be subjective, but we've ranked our list based on variety of offerings, value, quality of food, and reflection of the park and/or associated ride's theme.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:07 AM
Jeff's avatar

Please take your pissing match offline. I'm not interested in reading it here.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:09 AM

I'm not going to go into detail about how much we usually spend, but my family is Dutch. We follow the Dutch is frugal stereotype very actively.

Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:24 PM
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You know, I see the argument for just spending whatever it takes and having fun, because one meal at a park will only cost between $10 and $15, normally. Having said that, I do notice it getting quite expensive sometimes when I decided to eat all three meals at a park. Add in snacks and drinks all day, and you are spending some serious cash. Add to that feeding your kids, for those of you lucky enough to have any, and then it can get very expensive.

I don't mind at all dropping $50 for food at a park in a day, because it is part of the experience. Sometimes money is tight, and when it is, I cut back a little.

"People have to eat." Isn't that what Kinzel once said about food at Cedar Fair parks? I say that sometimes. If I am away from home, and I am hungry, I talk myself into spending the money at a restaurant by saying, "You got to eat, Travis."

Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:33 PM
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People generally know to budget enough money to eat at parks. They don't tend to show up and then realize they can't afford to feed the family.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:57 PM
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Well of course. I am just saying that it can be expensive. I don't mind paying for my own food, but if I had a wife (or husband) and four kids, I could easily have to budget:

6 people multiplied by $15 a person equals $90

Then multiply that by 2 or 3 for more meals throughout the day, and you get $180 to $270.

That's not even counting extra drinks for six people and snacks.

And that's also not even adding in admission for six, parking, souvenirs for six, lockers for six, pay-to-cut for six, if necessary, and whatever else I am forgetting.

So budgeting and trying to save money is not a bad thing, especially when you have a big family. I don't budget and try to save, for the most part, because I am only one person. I think that's my point.


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