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  • Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

    Obviously, DCA has a lot less attractions than Disneyland, but is there any other reason why the park always closes early?
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    Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

    The park costs money to keep open, and since DCA continues to have low attendance, it's not cost effective to keep the park running at the same hours as DL. Disneyland will likely be making money every hour that it's open; DCA can't make the same claim.

    This is why the parks both have extended hours during the summer.

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      Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

      I think it closes early due to attendance, because most people run back to DL to watch all the night time shows they put on. Fantasmic and fireworks.

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        Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

        Also, there really is no nighttime entertainment at DCA.

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          Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

          I have heard that Disney ussually aims for there guest going on an average of 10 rides per day... If they are able to meet this goal with limited hours they do. This directly correlates to attendance so... I guess it is attendance.

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            Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

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              Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

              To ease the suffering.

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                Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                with DCA's closing hours and the less attractions, I don't think the ticket price for a day should be the same as Disneyland's. It should be MUCH less.

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                  Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                  They should open at 10am and close at noon.
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                    Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                    Originally posted by SingingAngel7242 View Post
                    with DCA's closing hours and the less attractions, I don't think the ticket price for a day should be the same as Disneyland's. It should be MUCH less.
                    As an active participant in the great American Free Enterprise system, Disney management prices admission to DCA at a cost they feel the market can bear. There is nothing stopping them from charging 15 dollars to get into DCA, nor is there really anything stopping them from charging 85 dollars to get into Disneyland.

                    I've never been a big fan of DCA, but in a free capitalist society a business prices its product at what it feels the marketplace can accomodate. If DCA's current pricing strategy seems unfair or unworthy to you, then don't use the product at that price. Find a similar entertainment experience from another business that offers a price you feel is fair instead. That is the consumers role in the American Free Enterprise system.

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                      Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                      I have a pass...So it doesn't really affect me..I would never EVER pay $63 just for that park. The hopper makes a little bit more sense cuz then you can think of it as getting DCA for $20

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                        Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                        Originally posted by SingingAngel7242 View Post
                        I have a pass...So it doesn't really affect me..I would never EVER pay $63 just for that park. The hopper makes a little bit more sense cuz then you can think of it as getting DCA for $20
                        Then you are all set.

                        I assumed you had an AP. I also assume that almost everyone who enters DCA has an AP, or a multi-day park hopper ticket. Those two options allow the consumer to think of it as getting in for "free", or at a highly reduced rate. When it comes to some AP holders, they get in for literally a buck or two per visit.

                        No one really walks up to the ticket booth and buys a 63 dollar ticket for DCA only. Those types of full-fare DCA ticketing scenarios must only number in the thousands out of the 15 Million that visit Disneyland Resort each year.

                        No one really buys an actual ticket to DCA for the day. That only happens at Disneyland. And current Disney management knows that. Although Cynthia Harriss and Paul Pressler may still be scratching their heads on why it didn't quite work out like they planned, once they get done scratching the other side of their head over why their failed gig at The Gap was even less succesful than their failed gig at Disneyland.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                          WDS over at DLP has similar closing times to that of DCA at DL. WDS closes at 6, DLP stays open until 11. The growing popularity of WDS may see an increase in the opening hours but I doubt it. Its a shame since ToT arrives there at Christmas and is greatly improved by riding at night.
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                            Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                            I agree with dca being more cheaper about 15 dollars for a half day of fun. But Im lucky that I have the ap.

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                              Re: Why does California Adventure have shorter hours than Disneyland?

                              As was stated, the operating hours reflect a park's financial success. At the Disneyland Resort it is Disneyland and thus Disneyland gets the longer hours. This is the same reason why Disney's Animal Kingdom closes so much earlier (the animals are a nice excuse, but take a look at the park's hours immediately after opening). Now both Disney's California Adventure and Disney's Animal Kingdom are set to get new night time entertainment. Even Tokyo Disneyland has slightly longer (seems to open one hour earlier some days) than Tokyo Disney Sea.

                              Originally posted by SingingAngel7242 View Post
                              with DCA's closing hours and the less attractions, I don't think the ticket price for a day should be the same as Disneyland's. It should be MUCH less.
                              The price for parks are so high because Disney is trying to sell Park Hoppers and Multi-Day Passports. Disney does not really expect many people to pay full price for the park.

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