One California man cracked the code to saving money: Eat all your meals at Six Flags for just $150 a year.
Dylan, a 33-year-old electrical engineer from Santa Clarita, California, works just five minutes away from Six Flags Magic Mountain. He told Mel Magazine how he started an internship in 2014, and from his office windows, he could see the roller coasters. Being an amusement park fan, Dylan started looking into annual passes and hit the jackpot.
“You can pay around $150 for unlimited, year-round access to Six Flags, which includes parking and two meals a day,” he told the outlet. “If you time it right, you could eat both lunch and dinner there every day.”
And that’s what Dylan did, for the last seven years or so. He got into a consistent rhythm where he would visit the park twice a day to eat.
“That entire first year, I don’t think I ever went to the grocery store,” Dylan said. “I timed it so I was able to go there during my lunch break, go back to work, then stop back for dinner on my way home.”
Food-wise, the options weren’t too great his first year. Burgers, fries, pizza, breadsticks, “a pathetic sandwich and a refillable soda cup.” Dylan said it was “rough” eating so unhealthily. But now, Six Flags has expanded its options. He can go for tri-tip sandwiches, vegan black bean burgers, and meatless meatball subs.
Since that first year, Dylan’s dialed back his visits a bit. Now that his wife’s moved in with him, he’s cut Six Flags’ dinners from the menu, but he still gets three or four lunches there a week.
“My wife moved in and I stopped doing dinners — and weekends, too, since she’s not as big into roller coasters as I am,” Dylan explained. But he still goes often enough to be recognized by the food court workers. “It’s not quite at the level of Cheers, but all the park employees, they’ll say hi,” he said.
How Much Money Did This Man Save by Eating Only at Six Flags?
While most recent college graduates in 2014 struggled with rents, student loans, car payments, and a plethora of other bills, Dylan had less to worry about. In the seven years since he started eating at Six Flags, he managed to pay off his student loans, get married, and buy a house.
“It was crazy — I was saving money, paying off student loans,” he told Mel Magazine. “One of my coworkers said she spent $1,500 a month on eating out, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not going down that road!’”
Dylan never kept an official tally on the number of meals he ate at Six Flags. But he’d guess it’s more than 2,000, which Mel Magazine calculated into 50 cents per meal. Saving money doesn’t get much better than that. Dylan plans on taking advantage of the deal as long as he can.
“We just bought a house here, so I’m not really going anywhere,” he said. “As long as they keep changing the menu, I’m happy.”