My Last Overpriced Meal At A Water Park
After a long morning of fun at the water park, we were all famished. The food at the eatery inside the water park eatery looked really good, even though the selection wasn’t very big. Small baskets of french fries, mini corn dogs, and chicken strips fried to a golden brown, plus hamburgers and cheeseburgers wrapped and placed neatly into rows sat under the food warmer waiting for customers to chose them.
The woman working behind the counter noticed us staring at the food and then at the prices displayed on the illuminated board on the wall, and told us that a combination deal was available allowing us to select an entree, a side, and a fountain drink for 10.99. My wife, my son, his friend, and I all placed our selected food a tray and slid them along the serving line towards the checkout counter.
After tax, the bill for our lunch totaled over $45.
I admit I had a little bit of sticker shock, as that was almost double what I’d normally pay for a fast food meal for four at home. I chalked it up to normal pricing at an amusement park and carried my tray back to our table next to the wave pool.
The food was horrible.
The bun on my hamburger was dried out, the mini corn dogs tasted stale, and the french fries were cold and floppy.
We were staying with 3 other families at the hotel in a multi-bedroom condominium at the hotel which featured a full kitchen. The quality and price of the food that sat before us was exactly whey we had been cooking all our other meals back at the room. We had decided to eat at the water park for this particular meal for the convenience of not having to get a shuttle back to the separate building where our room was located.
I don’t mind paying for good food, or even overpaying a little when convenience is necessary. But overpaying for really bad food had me shaking my head.
That’s a mistake we won’t ever make again.
The water park doesn’t allow you to bring your own food inside. Obviously they want you to buy their overpriced fast food. If they’re going to have that kind of policy, the least they could do is make sure the food they serve is up to some measure of quality.
Do you eat at amusement or water parks, or do you bring your own food along? What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a meal at a place like this?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.