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Is Disneyland too expensive?

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  • #21
    I just don't understand why it is criminal.
    It costs almost 50.00 to get into any amusement park today.
    None are even remotely kept as nice as Disneyland.
    I live in close proximity to a six flags, and Paramounts Great America.
    I can barely stand to walk through them.
    You have to get creative when you are on a budget. It's not that big of deal really.
    Get multi-day passes when they run the family specials. Disneyland for only one day, unless you live there, is not worth it. Go for at least three.
    Plan ahead and make it happen for yourself.
    Goin around the world...and back to Disneyland!

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    • #22
      here are a few words.. go to WDW on the east coast.. then see how much expensive it is... (One day pass... $60 (I i think))

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      • #23
        Originally posted by DisneyMickey
        Tickets in general for anything now a days is expensive.
        I think that's really the root of the problem. Business is trying to squeeze every last drop out of the consumer, and as a consumer, I feel like I have no one to pass my "operating expenses" on to. I'm not saying that businesses shouldn't try to make as much money as possible, but if I'm going to pay the premium prices they're asking, I should deserve a premium product. And Disneyland is no longer offering a premium product (attraction closures, empty spaces, general disrepair, consumer safety issues). It's getting better, but like I said before, that will give the execs an excuse to raise ticket prices even more.

        "Well, if they'll pay $53 for a crappy park, how much do you think we can convince them to pay after we get done painting everything?"
        "George Bush... is only for now."
        Avenue Q

        Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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        • #24
          just for comprison
          one day addmision for an adult at
          Marine World is $47.99
          Magic Mountain is $47.99
          Universal Studios Hollywood is $43.00
          Great America is $49.99
          Disneyland is $53.00 (one day Disneyland only for comparison sake)

          Concidering the differences in locations and attractions I think Disneyland is reasonably priced.

          I would venture a guess that if you looked at all the parks I listed and their ticket prices over the last 10 years I bet you would find similar increases in admission price.

          Just my 2 cents
          procrastibating

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          • #25
            Originally posted by millionairegirl
            Disneyland was a once a year thing for my family. We only ate one meal in the park, and I don't remember getting even balloons. I don't think this is a bad thing, it made it more special. It's a 'special' treat for most families, and I still think the price-point is fair for what you get.
            I think this "more special because it's rare" is a ****-eyed way of looking at it. I bet poor families that only have steak once a month really savor it more, but does that make it the best situation?

            When I was a teenager in socal it was just under $20, so we would go every few months. It made me fall in love with DL.

            The best comment was made above: The price increase from the $20 days vs the rides that were added/lost between then and now is the crime. Not the price itself.

            From my teenage days:

            LOST
            Adventure thru Inner Space
            Subs
            America Sings
            Peoplemover
            Country Bear Jamboree
            Mission to Mars
            Motorboats
            Pirate ship
            Skyway

            Added
            Innoventions
            Indy
            Startours
            Splash Mt
            Pooh

            Splash and Indy are great, but when you measure what we've lost and gained, it's a close call. When I was 15, this is not where I guessed DL would be for $53.

            BUT, I'm excited about where we're headed...

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            • #26
              Originally posted by SilentBob66
              I don't go skiing, I almost never go to concerts anymore (I prefer recorded concerts, which give me the best seats in the house every time, and for far less), and I don't attend sports events when I can see them for free on TV. Why should I?
              But millions of families do. If they are willing to pay those prices for that kind of half-day entertainment, then they shouldn't complain about the cost of a full day at Disney. I feel the same when people complain about parking going up. $10 is not outrageous when you compare it to the cost of parking at Knott's, SeaWorld, MM, or even the Rose Bowl.

              Oh, and Socal, you're forgeting the Toontown attractions, HISTA, and Buzz on your addition list.
              Last edited by millionairegirl; 04-24-2005, 07:12 AM.

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              • #27
                I think the drinks and water are the only things that are really over priced at the park.

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                • #28
                  I feel that in the end, it all comes down to how much value you receive for your money, and therefore, the answer is entirely subjective.

                  If you and your family go, and pay whatever it costs, but have a great time, then you can arguably say that it is worth it, whether it's an easy thing to do, or a matter of great sacrifice. On the other hand, for some people, the high cost of parking, food, souveniers, travel, admission, etc, just isn't worth it for what they're paying. Some look at the park and bemoan the loss of old attractions; some don't care. We're all unique, just like everyone else.

                  And the parks can change. I stopped going to WDW after '92, and at that time, I found I wasn't getting value for my money (where I had before). However, things have improved there to the point where I could consider another trip (even though it's further away now). Currently, I believe we are getting a good "bang for our buck" at DLR; if that ever changes, we'll probably stop going.

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by TicTocDragon
                    I never thought I would see the day that Disney would be offering "FINANCING" for a vacation at DLR AND WDW. It sounds criminal that the average family would have to go this far to enjoy the fun.
                    True. Yet is this added as a pure money grab by Disney or has it come about because of a gradual change in consumer spending habits and the taking on of debt rather than save and pay upfront?

                    I am willing to bet Disney noticed financing for trips to their parks was happening through 3rd parties and decided to get some of the financing dollars. Nothing wrong with picking money up off the street before someone else gets it.
                    Last edited by Gwyren; 04-24-2005, 11:04 AM.

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                    • #30
                      True. Yet is this added as a pure money grab by Disney or has it come about because of a gradual change in consumer spending habits and the taking on ofdebt rather than save and pay upfront?
                      So true. I mean, why pay for things now when you can pay for them twice over the next ten years?
                      My Blu-rays/DVDs
                      "Every view they hold on you's a piano out of tune
                      You're an angel, you're a demon, you're just.... human." - James, Lullaby

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                      • #31
                        I agree the admission price is too expensive but I'm not so sure about the food. The Hungry Bear for example you can get frys, cheese burger and a drink for around six bucks. Thats maybe about a dollar or two higher then say Wendys or Jack in-the-box. I'm not saying every food item is cheap in Disneyland but there are some lower cost options.

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                        • #32
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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Gwyren
                            True. Yet is this added as a pure money grab by Disney or has it come about because of a gradual change in consumer spending habits and the taking on ofdebt rather than save and pay upfront?
                            I am willing to bet Disney noticed financing for trips to their parks was happening through 3rd parties and decided to get some of the financing dollars. Nothing wrong with picking money up off the street before someone else gets it.
                            I think it is consumer spending is different than it used to be the avg american has 5 credit cards in their wallet and think nothing of reaching for plastic over cash. My family does not go to DL as oftain as I would like but I refuse to go if i have to finance penny of it....we only go if I have saved enough to pay for everything up front.

                            as far as DL costing too much, every part of a trip to DL is variable except the tickets (which we have already illistrated are on par with other locations entrance fees) (you can even find deals on tickets if you really try and are flexable)
                            rooms range in price from $35/night-$400 night a huge difference.
                            food is easy to fit into a budget as well, if you can and want to eat in the parks you will pay more, (though there are some deals to be had...It just takes some research) If you don't want to pay disney prices there are some very nice affordable options with in a few blocks (some as close as across the street) of the resort.

                            so really price is subjective depending on what you want and if you are willing to do a bit of research first....

                            my honeymoon (10 yrs ago) 5 days 4 nights hotel 5 day tickets to DL (no DCA yet) meals all in park, souvinears, round trip airfair, and transportation to and from (4 ways, home-airport, airport-hotel, hotel-airport, airport-home)
                            was aprox $900 not bad....(I think I am over estimating how much we actually spent)

                            2 years ago trip for 4: 2 adults 2 kids (8 & 3) room on site PPH 5 nights, 5 day park hoppers, meals total of 6 days all in resort...no off-site dining, souvinears, including 3 charactor meals. aprox $2000

                            not to bad for what we got
                            not to say $2000 is cheap, but we budgeted, I did a ton of reasearch, and we went all on site, charactor meals, etc...it could have been done for WAY LESS this was a splurg trip....

                            my point...all trips have variables, you just have to decide if you want to save and spend a lot (I saved for a year for that last trip) or go in 2 weeks on what you have in your budget right now.
                            procrastibating

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                            • #34
                              I know when our family of four went to our local fair last year, we spent an easy $150.00 on the day between admission and ride tickets and food. Plus the lines we waited in were unreal I'm talking hour waits, for nasty little rides that leave you sick or in pain or both.
                              We go to Disneyland every couple of years. We start planning a year prior to our trip and we start saving and we use income tax returns. We don't charge a penny. Some people will think it's expensive and some won't, I wish it were cheaper but we save up so we can go. If we can afford to go anyone can.
                              Tina

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by TicTocDragon
                                I never thought I would see the day that Disney would be offering "FINANCING" for a vacation at DLR AND WDW. It sounds criminal that the average family would have to go this far to enjoy the fun.
                                Are you talking about a 1 day local family visit to the park, or a multi-day, airfare, hotels, meals, etc kind of trip? I ask this because the latter is always expensive (Disney vacation or not) and many families charge these to their trusty rusty Visa card. Disney is just trying to tap into that market as well (they most likely only get a commision from the bank that is actually doing the financing).

                                FWIW, the "average" family (2 parents, 2 kids, 50K household income) has a hard time affording any out of town vacation that doesn't involve driving to and staying at grandma's house.

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                                • #36
                                  To me, 50$ is a lot to pay for admission, even to a disney park. One thing about single day admission at all the other socal parks(Universal, Knotts, SFMM) is that you can find deep discounts on tickets that bring the price down to more like 35$ if you're a socal resident. But discounts on DLR tickets are nearly non-existant, even for socal residents. So I feel like single day admission is somewhat overpriced. However, I paid 100$ for a SoCal select AP, and I have gotten a lot of time in the park for that price, by the time I leave SoCal, I think my overall price per visit will be less than 10$.
                                  I don't like the parking price, 10$ is a lot to pay although on the Sunset strip parking is regularly 20$, which means it could be a lot worse.
                                  I think certain merchandise, like sweatshirts are overpriced(60$ish last I checked)although some merchandise is resonable given that items with the disney brand are worth something extra.
                                  Of course, the most overpriced thing in the park is water, something that I almost never buy at the park.

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                                  • #37
                                    with online deals at hotwire or priceline and research engines like travelaxe plus a bit of research online at sites like this, one can make a dl trip as inexpensive as one wishes. i mean you can even camp out if you want to.
                                    i go once a year and manage to do it for around $500 for 3 days. that is including airfare, motel, 3 day park hopper ticket and meals. if my sister goes with me, then i get to have a little for souvenirs.
                                    in the past, i have gone to dl for around $300. that is a really tight, eat mostly microwave meals, and drive 9 hrs kind of trip. i only do that if i haven't had a fix in a couple of years.
                                    btw, i have a very low income. dl is just worth the expense and sacrifice. the chance to really escape into a different world. i look forward to it all year.
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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by millionairegirl
                                      But millions of families do. If they are willing to pay those prices for that kind of half-day entertainment, then they shouldn't complain about the cost of a full day at Disney. I feel the same when people complain about parking going up. $10 is not outrageous when you compare it to the cost of parking at Knott's, SeaWorld, MM, or even the Rose Bowl.
                                      So because millions of families pay the prices foisted on them (with what alternatives? How many other Disney parks can I go to in Southern California?), that makes it okay, huh?

                                      That's like saying that gas isn't really expensive in California, because millions of Californians are "willing" to pay $2.50 - $3.00 a gallon for it. What options do you have if you don't want to or can't? If gas prices increased as much, as quickly, and as regularly as Disneyland prices did, you'd have a driver's revolt on your hands.

                                      Next time your property taxes go up, millionairegirl, don't come crying to us about it. You're willing to pay whatever it takes, so you have no reason to whine. Let's see, how does a $300,000 annual property tax bill sound? Sounds good to me - pay up.
                                      My fondest memory of Walt Disney was the day Disneyland opened....I was standing next to him - I was 12 years old - he was looking at the gate where people were coming through, he had his hands behind his back, he had a grin from ear to ear, but you could see the lump in his throat and the tear coming down his cheek because his dream had been realized. -- Mouseketeer Sharon Baird, "Mouseke-Memories", Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by millionairegirl
                                        Oh, and Socal, you're forgeting the Toontown attractions, HISTA, and Buzz on your addition list.
                                        I didn't mentions HISTA because I also didn't mention Capt Eo to the Lost list, which it replaced. Plus it's a wash anyway.

                                        I didn't mention Buzz because it opened a few weeks ago, and I don't think that counts for the changes/cost increases of the previous years we are talking about.

                                        But like I said, I'm happy where we're going...

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by SilentBob66
                                          So because millions of families pay the prices foisted on them (with what alternatives? How many other Disney parks can I go to in Southern California?), that makes it okay, huh?

                                          That's like saying that gas isn't really expensive in California, because millions of Californians are "willing" to pay $2.50 - $3.00 a gallon for it. What options do you have if you don't want to or can't? If gas prices increased as much, as quickly, and as regularly as Disneyland prices did, you'd have a driver's revolt on your hands.

                                          Next time your property taxes go up, millionairegirl, don't come crying to us about it. You're willing to pay whatever it takes, so you have no reason to whine. Let's see, how does a $300,000 annual property tax bill sound? Sounds good to me - pay up.
                                          The difference between gas / taxes and theme park admission is that gas an taxes are not optional (public transit in So Cal is a joke - you have to have a car). Theme park admission is a luxury. Disney can raise the price as high as they like and most will gladly pay, to a point. supply and demand. as long as they can raise the price $5 every year and still get the number of people through the gates that they want to, they will raise the price. And they should. I would, and you would too if you ran the business. more operating income = more budget for cm matt to enhance the park with new rides, etc.

                                          I don't mean to sound elitest, but if a family has to scrape just to make ends meet on a regular basis, should they be spending $400 on a Saturday at DL? I mean, I'd really like a Turbo Carrera, should I sell my house and move my family into an apartment so I can enjoy one?

                                          I'm fine paying $53 bucks, or $330 for a PAP. I'd probably pay $60 and $400. would I pay $75? Probably not, or at least I'd only be going once a year or so.

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