A California man saved enough money to buy a house, pay off his student loans and get married — all by eating nearly every meal at an amusement park.
The price of a Six Flags Magic Mountain yearly pass, an electrical engineer received two meals per day for free. That’s how he fed his family for seven years.
“You can pay around $150 for unlimited, year-round access to Six Flags, which includes parking and two meals a day,”Dylan, a 33-year-old man, shared his story Mel Magazine “If you time it right, you could eat both lunch and dinner there every day.”
In 2014, when he was just five minutes away from Magic Mountain, he saw the impressive rides from his office window. He was a huge roller coaster fan and wondered about packages to the park. He found the one that included food.
“That entire first year, I don’t think I ever went to the grocery store,”He 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.”
Soon he realized that he was actually spending money. It was a lot.
“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,” he said.
It was not the most varied of menus. Initially, Dylan ate a lot of junk food.
“The first year, the menu was kind of lame — all you could get was a burger and fries, or a pizza and breadsticks, or this pathetic sandwich and a refillable soda cup,” Dylan recalls. “It wasn’t healthy at all, which was rough.”
The park began to offer more vegetarian and vegan options. Dylan was less inclined to eat there because his wife was not as a big fan of roller coasters.
Dylan says that his meal at the amusement park cost him 50 cents each. Dylan still frequents the amusement park for a quick bite.
“We just bought a house here, so I’m not really going anywhere,”He stated. “As long as they keep changing the menu, I’m happy.”