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Mum shares eye-watering cost of family's day at Universal Studios Florida

Ali Condon

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Mum shares eye-watering cost of family's day at Universal Studios Florida

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mirandapearcemindset

A mum of two has made people second-guess their holiday plans after sharing the staggering cost of a family day trip to Universal Studios Florida.

While documenting her family's fun-filled Orlando trip, Miranda Pearce, 41, made note of how much they spent, and could hardly believe the grand total when she added it all together.

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"Guess how much we spent on one day in Universal Studios Florida. Wait 'til the end, you ain't going to believe it!"

While tickets and fast-passes for a family of four certainly weren't cheap, Miranda and her gang found themselves racking up a serious bill after adding up the cost of basic expenses like food and parking.

Sharing the full breakdown on TikTok, the mum wrote in the caption: "That's not even including tips." Yikes.

It all started off when the family dropped by a Wendy's drive-thru and spent $21 (£18) on breakfast - which is admittedly pretty good value for four people.

The family, from Sandbach, then had to fork over $27 (£23) for parking at Universal.

This family spent over $1,000 on just one day at Universal Studios. Credit: TikTok/@mirandapearcemindset
This family spent over $1,000 on just one day at Universal Studios. Credit: TikTok/@mirandapearcemindset

The pricier meals came along at lunchtime, when Miranda and her husband spent $62 (£53) on three bacon cheeseburgers with fries and a chicken Caesar salad.

Perhaps one of the more shocking expenses was the one souvenir that the family splashed out on - a Gryffindor journal and a pen from Harry Potter World that cost an eye-watering $42 (£36).

By the time dinner rolled around, Miranda managed to feed her family for half the cost of lunch by stopping off a Burger King.

For four people, Miranda and her partner spent $483 (£420) on day tickets and $396 (£344) for fast passes.

Added to their other costs, it all came to a grand total of $1,113.40 (£968).

A lot of TikTokers were horrified and swore to avoid the theme park at all costs.

"Well I’m not going there anytime soon that’s for sure," wrote one unimpressed viewer.

"You've put me right off now," commented a second.

"Thank you for clarifying, we will never go," added a third.

The family of four had a great day out, but they racked up quite a bill in the process. Credit: TikTok/@mirandapearcemindset
The family of four had a great day out, but they racked up quite a bill in the process. Credit: TikTok/@mirandapearcemindset

However, other viewers who had already braved the trip to Orlando revealed that there were some simple ways to cut the cost.

"Buy all tickets and fast passes before you leave the UK," suggested one follower. "Would have saved a fortune. Then take a small packed lunch with you."

Others listed off a number of hotels in the area that offer free fast passes to the park if you book accommodation with them.

There are endless tips to be found online on how to enjoy a trip to Universal Studios - or any of the major Orlando theme parks - on a budget. So, if you're planning a holiday to the sunshine state, make sure you do *all* of the research beforehand.

Topics: Travel, TikTok

Ali Condon
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