A MUM was left shocked after a family day out at a theme park cost her a whopping $1,113 (£957).

Miranda Pearce, a British marketing expert, flew with her husband and their two young sons to Florida, and decided to spend the day at Universal Orlando.

However, she explained in a TikTok video how she ended up spending more than a grand on the day out for the four – leaving people just as shocked online.

“The cost of 1 day at Universal Studios,” the caption read against the backdrop of a photo of the family.

The family paid $483.66 (£381) for tickets plus an additional $396 (£344) for fast passes, which allow visitors to skip the line at some of the rides.

They also paid $62.79 (£54) for lunch; $42.60 (£37) for souvenirs; $36.39 (£31) for dinner; $27 (£23) to park their car; $21.79 (£19) for breakfast; $19.76 (£17) for ice cream: $19.16 (£16) for drinks; and $4.25 (£3.70) for coffee.

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“That’s not even including tips,” Miranda wrote.

More than 1.5million people have watched the video, with people shocked at the exorbitant price tag.

Someone wrote that the family “could have gone away to Portugal for a week and rented a villa for that".

One TikTok user remarked that it would be much cheaper to fly to Turkey and stay at an all-inclusive hotel for three nights.

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However, others shared their money-saving tips in the comments, saying they could have easily saved on costs.

One person said: "Buy all tickets and fast passes before you leave the UK. Would have saved a fortune. Then take a small packed lunch with you."

Another wrote, in regards to the fast passes being nearly half the cost of the day: "Forget those fast passes next time you go!"

A third added: "Buy tickets in the UK. Stay one night at the Hardrock , Portfino or Royal Pacific for two days free fast passes."

Brits who want to visit Universal Orlando without splashing the cash can do it on a budget.

Attraction Tickets sell a Universal Orlando 3-park ticket – with 14 days of access – for just £314pp.

Here are some Florida family holiday deals with August 2023 package breaks from £870pp.

A version of this story was originally published by New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.

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