Fantastic Family-Friendly Alternatives to Too-Expensive Disney World

If you went to Walt Disney World on opening day in 1971, it cost you $3.50. Today you'll pay anywhere from $109 to $159 for the same ticket. That's a 191% increase; inflation has only gone up 151% in the same time.

A family vacation to the Magic Kingdom is no longer affordable for many families. Walt's dream of an affordable, fun family vacation spot seems to have gone the way of the dodo.

Silver Dollar City, Branson Missouri

The internationally acclaimed 1880s-themed theme park Silver Dollar City is situated atop one of Missouri's deepest caves and offers more than 40 exhilarating rides & attractions.

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

There are many similarities between Dollywood and Silver Dollar City, as the parks are owned or co-owned by the same parent company.

Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Missouri

Worlds of Fun also has a waterpark called Oceans of Fun, which is connected to Worlds of Fun and included in the price of admission. Oceans of Fun has many family-friendly and little kid-approved water attractions.

Six Flags, Many Location

Six Flags offers more than just thrilling rides. Many theme parks now remain open with weekend hours through the holiday season.

Neli's Dutch Village, Holland, Michigan

In addition to experiencing the Dutch lifestyle, from cheese making to wooden shoe making, Neli's Dutch Village also includes several perfectly sized rides for little kids and little kids at heart.

The buildings are designed and decorated as you would find them if you vacation in a European country. There are also a wide variety of Dutch-themed shops at Neli's where you can purchase cheese, dutch fudge and place an order for Tulips in the spring for pick up and planting by fall.

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