If there is one place that you have to visit this summer, it’s gotta be Speedway. The site of the World’s Most Famous Race has been updated with premium seating, more attractions, and better food. Plus, the whole place is getting a fresh coat of paint. So it’s time to dust off those nostalgia boxes and head off to the races.
But what is the cost of a slushie at Speedway? Is it possible to have a vacation at a food price gauge? We took a gander at the prices of some of the most popular items at the World-Famous Racing Site and put them in a little slushie price comparison table. Check it out and see if you can find a correlation between what you want to spend and what you get. But be warned: these prices are for amusement park patrons, and may not represent what you’re likely to encounter on the street.
Let’s start with the basics: what is a slushie? It is a drink that has become popular at the end of the Summer season and during the winter months. The drink is light in color and consistency, and usually made from crushed ice, flavored syrup, and sometimes even chunks of frozen fruit. It is served in a tall glass or plastic cup.
The name “slushie” originates from the Cincinnati Zoo, where patrons would regularly order the frozen treats during the winter. The drink was named after the zoo as an attempt to lure more people to its gates. As a result, the slushie drink was born, and it has since stuck as a popular summer drink option ever since.
In our quest to determine how much a slushie costs at Speedway, we visited the restaurant section of the park and ordered a few different items. Some of the food prices were a bit higher than we would have paid in the village section, but the slushie was still relatively inexpensive. Here is a breakdown of how much various items cost.
Hot Dog $
Hot dogs are one of the most popular foods at any amusement park. And, to be frank, they are pretty tasty when served on an open-air grill. The price of a hot dog here is pretty high, but it does include a side of pickles and a small craft beer (or soft drink for the young kids). This price is for a regular size, and ranges between $7.00 and $9.00.
Next on our list is pizza. You’d be surprised how many people there are who order pizza every day during the summer season. It’s pretty much a guaranteed hit with the college crowd, too. We ordered a large pie and split it with two of our traveling companions. The cost of this delicious food? Between $12.00 and $14.00 per person.
Hand Held Blower $
This is one of the most useful items at an amusement park. What is a hand held blower you might ask? Simply put, it is a device used for respiratory purposes. When you are at a gas station and it is just you and the attendant, you’ll have to decide who will go first. You won’t want to waste any time, and will inevitably choose the attendant. The blower allows you to take a deep breath and inhale the wonderful smells of gas station perfumes. It is a highly useful item for drivers and those who work at gas stations. Not handy for small children or cats (or dogs for that matter). The price of this item? Between $16.00 and $18.00.
Soft Drinks $
Our next stop on the cost-analysis tour of Speedway was the beverage section of the park. It is here that we ran into some trouble. First, we had to decide what type of soft drink we wanted. We settled on a 20 oz. cup of soda, and it cost us $4.00. Next, we had to decide whether we wanted plain old soda, or some flavoring added to it. For some reason, they did not offer cherry, so we had to settle for a vanilla soda. Now, we were wondering if it was going to cost us more or less than $4.00 to fill our soft drink quota. Then we came across this little nugget of information: your soft drink will be served in a 16 oz. cup. We were floored! To us, that is almost half the size of a normal sized soda cup. But they also had a 24 oz. cup on display, so we had no idea what was up with that one. Anyhow, when you are in the area, you can always compare cup sizes and find out what is actually being served. The vanilla soda itself was quite good, and it tasted almost exactly like the advertised product, but it came with a sting in the tail: there was a small charge of $0.50 per drink to bring a snack with it. So, in the end, the cost of two soft drinks with bonus snacks? Almost exactly $5.00.
Let’s not forget about the famous fried rice served at the sushi bar at Speedway. Even though it is a bit expensive (between $10.00 and $13.00 for a meal), it is a favorite among patrons. One of the reasons behind this mayonnaise-based food’s popularity is that it is quite filling. And given that you are at an amusement park, you may be in the area long enough to need a bit of food filling. In other areas of the park, however, it may be more expensive to eat than to drink. In that case, you may as well sit back and enjoy a deliciously frosty refreshment while you’re at it. The price of sushi here does not include a side of sashimi or beef, which are two other popular options at the sushi bar.
Finally, we came to a drink that we were quite familiar with. It is the classic drink for hot summer days and cool evenings. Lemonades come in all different varieties, so you’ll have to decide what kind you want before ordering. They also have different prices based on the time of day and the season, so you can’t just look at the price tag to figure out what you’ll pay. The drink itself is pretty good, too. We were quite impressed to see how well-made and affordable these lemonades were. The price for a 16 oz. bottle here? About $3.00. If you’re not into bottled lemonade, they also have a huge selection of cans (8 oz. or 20 oz.) for around $1.00.
So, as you can see, the cost of a slushie at Speedway is fairly low, coming in at a little over $6.00. If you look at the items that make up this cost, you’ll find:
- 2 hot dogs (split between 2 people)
- 1 pizza (split between 2 people)
- 1 soda (20 oz.) (plain vanilla soda)
- 1 lemonade (16 oz.)
- 2 small ice creams
- 1 order of sushi (for one person)
- 2 small soft drinks
This is far from an all-inclusive list, as there are other items that come with this type of pricing, such as an assortment of potato chips, cake, and popcorn. Also, as already noted, the prices here are for a standard size. If you are ordering a large pizza, there will be an extra charge. In that case, the total could go up by $1.00 or $2.00.