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Disney price hike...
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:47:57 AM »
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/02/22/disney-hikes-ticket-prices-us-theme-parks/23856757/

About $100/person/day

Disneyland actually gave me my first budgetting experience. Back when they had tickets for individual rides (pre-1982) you couldn't go on every ride. You had to pick and choose what was worth your scarce ride tickets.

Maybe we can trace pathetic American savings rates to this shift from having to budget your E tickets to being able to ride on as many rides as you can cram into your day. ;-)

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Re: Disney price hike...
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2015, 11:06:50 AM »
While I'll be the first to say that Disney's not cheap--actually, show me ANY big theme park that's cheap--there are a lot of outlets to buy discounted tickets.  I haven't been in a while, but when I have gone to Disney World in the past I'd get one of my cousins to buy the tickets ahead of time because a pretty sizable discount is offered to Florida residents. 

Ah, yes, the ticket books.  I've learned that I can date myself very easily by referring to something as an "E-ticket ride."  :D

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Re: Disney price hike...
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2015, 11:20:54 AM »
The Magic Kingdom is $105 + tax a day now, the other parks are almost there.  I am over Disney.  I used to go all the time when my son was young, but we've outgrown the 'magic', so to speak plus the price is just too much.

They still do have Florida Resident discounts, but they have really cracked down and if you don't have proof of residency then you're marched over to the ticket counter to pony up the price difference.

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Re: Disney price hike...
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2015, 01:30:24 PM »
Every time they raise their prices, it just makes it even more incrementally worth it to hire a disabled person to drag around all day to skip the lines to dollar cost average down the price of each ride :)

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Re: Disney price hike...
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2015, 01:52:07 PM »
Our family has been twice, and other than some aspect of trip (such as food, or transpo) paid by in-laws and we did have a wonderful multi-family experience. It is true that other than a cruise trip when I was in HS, I never went on vacations like that when I was a kid, but I wouldn't rule out doing another one, even if we were paying. This winter I priced out similarly high level of included activities resorty vacations such as: cruise, inclusive resort to Yucatan, Key West resort, and they all priced out the same or higher than staying on site at Disney at a budget or moderate resort. So I think Disney execs have their finger in knowing what the pricing is for similar "experience" vacations and they are still "competitive" in that sense especially as flights are cheap and don't require a passport for American visitors. There are also many websites that show how to stretch your dollar at Disney so that also reduces the hurt.

That said the best deal we had was driving to the Smokies and staying in a cabin and doing Dollywood, Splash Park, and a day or so in Gaitlinburg, surrounding area. We had 8 family members and it was very enjoyable and relaxing, really nice accomodations, incredible sunset views, and less expensive than Disneyworld.  So most likely we will do either that or Williamsburg for the next "nice" vacation (every 2 or 3 years).


 

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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2015, 03:13:36 PM »
I wonder how many people only get a one-day pass, though.  The price per day drops the more days you buy.  So a 7-day pass comes out to <$50/day.  Of course, hotel and food are on top of that.

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 09:33:34 PM »
I seem to remember it cost about $20 when I was a kid in the 70's and my parents weren't thrilled at that.  But I love The Mouse.  $100 a day is perfectly fine if you only go once every 1-3 years. Or after winning the Superbowl.