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  • #81
    Originally posted by sediment
    Maybe they're not average hispanic familes that are going to DL. Maybe they bought APs. Maybe it's the same six AP families you see over and over.
    Just maybe.
    Average (your use of "as a group") is one statistic. Variance from the average (the mean) is just as important.
    Fair enough, I did not inquire what their household income was.....

    However.....

    1) There are very many such families in the park.
    2) I can tell from their accents and the overall quality of their Spanish that they are not very educated, and hence are likely to have below average incomes.

    I do agree that these families most likely do scrimp and save, and they do it because they deeply value spending time together as a family. But they could spend quality time together elsewhere. They must believe that DL is not overpriced.

    And FWIW, I personally find that a week long out of state trip to DLR isn't that much more expensive than any other sort of "real" vacation. Nice, cheap hotels (like HoJo's) are available. Try that in Hawaii or South Padre Island.

    We need to realize that DLR and WDW are premium products. Other than Universal's Resort in Orlando there is nothing like them in the US.

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    • #82
      Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

      MickeyJCD wrote: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.

      Here's the thing: if you don't believe that you're getting a premium product then you don't have to pay the admission price!

      Disneyland only gets MORE crowded everytime that admission is raised. Why? Because it's simply the pinnacle of experience-based entertainment. Ballgames, skiing, concerts, shows, they all charge high prices and they all still continue to operate. For the experience the average Guest receives at Disneyland, it's still a bargain comparitively speaking.

      I will gladly hand over my dollars to experience the kind of high I get from walking under that bridge. And the Disney Company knows that. If anything, you should be grateful that admission isn't TWICE what it is now. And you definitely should thank your lucky stars that a true Disneylander is now in charge of the place. This argument would be extremely different if Pressler and Co. were still in the big chairs.

      I certainly don't like paying $50+ to get in but you know what I don't like even MORE? An insanely crowded Disneyland. I would pay the admission price to get in during late Feb/early March with fewer operating hours and bad weather just to get away from the crowds! (I can't BELIEVE that my family is even considering going at Christmas this year...)

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      • #83
        Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

        I don't think its expensive at all! I'm not sure how many of you ski/snowboard, golf, go to dinner & movies...but when you figure it, it's a bit cheaper to go to DLR than many other activities. I see it this way because I look at it as a dollar per hour figure. ie: I go snowboarding in Utah for $45 a day but the most I ever actually participate is about 4-5 hours of the day. At DLR, you can spend $53 for a ticket and participate for as many as 16-17 hours in a day (8 am to 1am if you stay to shop on main street).

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        • #84
          Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

          Originally posted by Opie
          I don't think its expensive at all! I'm not sure how many of you ski/snowboard, golf, go to dinner & movies...but when you figure it, it's a bit cheaper to go to DLR than many other activities. I see it this way because I look at it as a dollar per hour figure. ie: I go snowboarding in Utah for $45 a day but the most I ever actually participate is about 4-5 hours of the day. At DLR, you can spend $53 for a ticket and participate for as many as 16-17 hours in a day (8 am to 1am if you stay to shop on main street).
          it's $56/day, now But, that's not the real number to use. How many of us truthfully pay that much? I am sure most of us either have APs and have no reason to complain about price, or get park hoppers for something b/t $30 and $40/day, which is VERY reasonable (less than even Six Flags!). Food prices are completely in line with what I see at other theme parks, but the food at these other places (esp. Six Flags) is really bad...I'm more willing to pay $9 for a burger and fries from Taste Pilots knowing that it will taste good than I am to buy a $7 stale sub from a Subway wannabe at Six Flags.
          -Kyle, Member of the DCA Lovers Alliance
          I'M GOING TO YALE!!!!!!!

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          • #85
            Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

            Originally posted by pyrateslife4me84
            it's $56/day, now But, that's not the real number to use. How many of us truthfully pay that much? I am sure most of us either have APs and have no reason to complain about price, or get park hoppers for something b/t $30 and $40/day, which is VERY reasonable (less than even Six Flags!).
            I agree. Disneyland is reasonably priced.

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            • #86
              Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

              Ya I think its getting up there! people are right about it being a business and they are priced for maximum profit. But really what you get for your money is sort of worth it! Except for all the pushy parents in line for character autographs and pictures but thats a whole other thread> Anyways I just spent $4000 Cnd for a package for 4 people plus an extra 2 grand @ the park and surroundings! I make enough money for my family to live well but I'm probably going to have to cut my diz Fix from once a year to once every 3-4 years
              BOO!

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              • #87
                Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

                Disneyland is NOT too expensive. See mypost on this topic here.
                I need to get a life...

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                • #88
                  Re: Is Disneyland too expensive?

                  Let me think about this. The average theme park charges $3 for a water, and disneyland is above average so theirs will be $5. And in Californias hot weatheryou will probably drink a water about every hour or so. And we are in the park for the average of 14 hours. So thats a total of $70 just on water for one person for one day.
                  NO, I don't think disneyland is too expensive. :thumbdown
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                  ACTUALLY in all honesty, joking aside. With the exception of food, I think disneyland is actually quite resonable. You are paying for the extra service and cleanlyness you don't get at normal themeparks.
                  Beautify Yourself

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