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  • mikelieman
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    Originally posted by Wild Ol' Dan View Post
    And a mug of butterbeer over there...well...you don't wanna know...
    BIGGEST rip-off ever. Neither butter nor beer are involved.

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  • Barbaraann
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    I have been to Disney World. I always enjoyed myself there. Even when I visited there by myself, I wish the price tag could have been much less than it turned out to be. I am a compulsive planner, so almost all my trips were planned to keep the costs down as much as I possibly could.

    Then I visited Disneyland in 2005. I realized that a trip to the left coast, almost always cost me less than a comparable trip to Disney World in Florida.

    I now would much rather visit Disneyland that Disney World. It costs me much less, and magically speaking Disneyland has the edge.

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  • DancinBelle
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    My dad absolutely adores Disney, but hates spending money. As a kid, we would bring a little hot water heater and oatmeal, and just have breakfast in the room. On our last trip, my dad even took his egg boiler so he could have boiled eggs, his usual breakfast. We would also make protein shakes to keep us full as long as possible. Then we'd have things like granola bars and water bottles in our bags. He never complained about the restaurant prices, but we would often eat our big meal at lunchtime, when it's cheaper at the sit-downs.

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  • Wild Ol' Dan
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    Howdy Pards,

    Well, all these young folks with suits and ties and such and sales marketing diplomas hangin' near their desks would tell us that we ain't in the target market no more... "We" bein' middle class folks who ain't won the lottery yet...you know...regular folks with kids...people like that...

    Course it weren't hard for us to figure that out...them chargin' $2.50 for a nickel chocolate bar and all.
    And when they start chargin' $60.00 a person to eat in the castle...well...I reckon it's kinda clear that middle class Dads with a family of four sure ain't gonna be doin' that much... And how often is a Dad gonna wanna tell his kids that he can only afford one Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar...the four of 'em will have to share...

    So...folks are stayin' out thar beyond those gates these days. Instead of buyin' chocolate inside the park, they're headed over to Walmart or Target for that. And those 99 cent Whoppers over there at Burger King...well, let's do the math here...NINE DOLLARS in the park...99 cents over thar at Burger King...why gosh, that's a savings of EIGHT DOLLARS AND A PENNY PER PERSON!

    And $2 for a dozen cookies over at Walmart sure sounds better than $2.50 for one cookie in the parks.

    No wonder folks have taken to bringin' back packs full of pb&j sandwiches with 'em when they visit.

    But, chargin' $85 for one day's admission...well...that clearly shows they ain't aimin' at regular families any more...

    Nope...those of us who ain't won the lottery yet...those of us who ain't rich beyond our wildest dreams...well...we are just not in the modern demographic anymore. Soon the only way for little girls to see those princesses will be by buyin' the works in the Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique. No more hugs or pictures for those who can't afford the works. Sorry...you'll have to wait to see 'em in the parade later.

    Rich people though...rich people...step right this way...

    No...no...I reckon all this over-pricin' wasn't what Walt Disney had in mind...as I recall his dad wasn't all that rich workin' that farm back in Missouri...

    But...the folks in charge of prices at Disney these days haven't got much of a sense of history...no...their focus is clearly on the here and now...and increasin' that bottom line. Rich folks...step right this way...

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol' Dan

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  • disneyfann121
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    Food and souvenirs are over-priced in all theme/amusement parks, but look at the big picture. You get an entire day of entertainment for less than the price of a Broadway play (in many cases, much less). Plus, many of the restaurants are themed and/or include live entertainment.

    Now, if they had a strict "no outside food" policy, that would be pushing it too far, because some people just can't afford to buy much food inside the park. Rest assured, you are being subsidized by those who can.

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  • Mouse princess
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    For me the meals at WDW are a bit expensive. I work in mid-town Manhattan and live right outside NYC so I am used to the prices. They are not that different than what I would pay for lunch while at work. Or what we would pay when we go out to dinner.
    But, because of that, at work I will bring in a bagged lunch. In the same respect, while at WDW, we keep it to 1 big meal at the parks. Last time we drove down and stayed off property at a vacation home/hotels ($110 per night and it fit 7 of us) with a full kitchen so breakfast was cooked ( by me) before heading to the parks. A box of pancake mix is a lot cheaper than buying breakfast at WDW. We even made dinner there on the nghts we were back to the hotel early enough. Extreme cost savings!

    There are ways to enjoy Disney without paying there high prices, but unfortunately its outside of Disney. I don't mind eating at the parks, but my wallet does

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  • ttintagel
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    Now, I live a couple of hours from New York City, and my annual income is a bit below the median for my area, but the cost of eating out isn't actually much less here than it is at WDW. I'm not talking about the dinner shows or the fanciest signature meals, but what I pay for lunch at the Liberty Tree Tavern is about the same as I'd pay for a similarly-ambienced restaurant in my hometown, and there's no Haunted Mansion across the road to wash it down with. (Heck, we rarely even get free drink refills at home!)

    I save money by bringing PB&J or granola bars for breakfast and carrying an aluminum water bottle. But the food at WDW is actually good, and if I don't go crazy I find a can get a good meal for a non-exorbitant price. Maybe it's just the effect of food costs going up everywhere that make it not seem so bad to me.

    I do remember my father cutting our family vacation short thirty years ago after seeing the ticket prices at WDW. This was pre-Internet, and people didn't do as much advance research before a trip as they do nowadays. It was actually being let down like that as a kid that spurred me on to visit as often as I can as an adult.

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  • thedude76
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    There used to be a show on the travel channel that talked about how to keep down meal costs. One trick was to order tap water in countries, where you don't have to treat it.

    Water is also a good way to keep down those liquid calories.

    As for the cost the food, I'm okay paying more for food that doesn't have pink slime in it. I don't want to save money by eating animal scraps that have been treated with ammonia and then blended into my food to keep the costs down. There is only so far that I will go to save money, and consuming low quality food isn't one of them. I figure I'll save myself on some medical costs down the road anyway.

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  • goofy donald
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    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Goofy Donald, I really wasn't trying to create a stir here. About four or five years ago I must have had over 50 posts about the prices at the Big Thunder BBQ at Disneyland. THEN I was trying to create a stir. Now I'm just genuinely curious if any others have ever been REALLY bothered by any prices--especially over food at WDW, like my friend who skipped meals. It probably relates to why I took six psychology and a couple of sociology classes I didn't need as an English major. (My current "obsession" is the music in Knott's Ghost Town, but I'm only about 5% as worked up about this as I was by the BBQ prices, which I thought reflected and was part of a disrespect for America's middle class--Walt's target audience. The prices were lowered and my faith was restored, btw.)
    Fair enough, i just think its an issue EVERYWHERE and not just wdw and that's why I find it a pain. its unavoidable no matter where you go to the extent that finding a product that is sold at the price it should be sold at gives you a happy feeling inside. it should be common place not a rare treat from groceries to gas to wdw. from an aspiring English major .

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  • Wild Ol' Dan
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    I cant help but think that Walt would have wanted everyone to be able to experiance it.
    Howdy Pard,

    Excellent bottom line! And...very true.

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol' Dan

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  • Dapper Dan
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    When I used to live in Orlando, I went to Disney a few times with out of town friends and family and we brought bag lunches. Does that count? It wasn't really out of protest, we were poor college students. It just seemed like a better idea than shelling out $8 for a hamburger.

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  • Disneytwins
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    The prices are high because people will pay anyway. It a crummy fact of life, but that's how it is unfortunately.

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  • CMHusband
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    Supply and demand. Simple basics - if enough people stop demanding and paying the price, then the prices will drop to the level that people will be willing to pay.

    The price of food & passes keeps going up because people keep paying. Knotts on the other hand has been dropping pass prices...Why? In my opinion because the quality of the park has gotten so bad, that no-one is showing up.

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  • aashee
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    The price of getting inside of Knotts is way too low. They must be thinking let em' get in cheaply and let's make what we can off of food and drink.

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  • Wild Ol' Dan
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    Howdy Witches of Morva,

    Well, I was gonna suggest that you ladies may wanna visit Hogsmeade over thar at Universal, but, my gosh, turns out that chocolate frogs over there are gonna run ya anywheres tween ten and fifteen dollars... And a mug of butterbeer over there...well...you don't wanna know...

    Anyways...what have you ladies got in that cauldron of yours? I've been kinda wondering why there haven't been quite as many frogs out there on Tom Sawdust Island as there used to be...

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol' Dan

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  • Witches of Morva
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    ORGOCH: 'Course Dizzyland an' Walt Dizzy Whirl is too expensive ta eat at! That's why I gits all my grub off the banks a Tom Sawdust Island! Florida's got the biggest 'n best bullfrogs this side a Morva! 'Sides that, none a them rest'raunts got a thing worth puttin' in yer mouth ta begin with! Even the drinks they got cain't hold a candle next the witch's brew I always got inside my cauldron! So I says give up them over-priced meals and do what I does! Hunt down yer own food at the parks!!

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  • Wild Ol' Dan
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    Howdy Jcruise86,

    Howdy, Dan!
    My wife is from New York City and we're not wealthy.


    Well...I spose...as long as you folks don't buy Salsa made in New York City...

    If all these rich folks ain't comin' from New York City...then, where 'xactly are they comin' from? Is it Boston? Philly? It's gotta be somewheres up thar in the Northeast somewheres...it sure ain't from down here in the South!

    All kidding aside... I think we are in total agreement about Walt Disney and his philosophy of life...and
    it don't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the prices at Walt Disney World these days are kinda out of control you might say. Way out of control.

    But, lots of folks are lookin' for cheaper ways to visit Disney World...they bring sandwiches squirreled away in their bags and things...instead of payin eight or nine dollars for a hamburger or a turkey leg...

    They are stayin' off property...cause Disney's least expensive hotel is generally way too expensive for a family these days...

    Ya know, I visited New York City once...went to one of them big city Broadway shows too. Folks were always sayin' that those neon lights were bright on Broadway...so I figured I had to find out for myself...yep, turns out those neon lights were bright...but a couple things they just didn't seem to have in New York City though was parking spaces and restrooms...but I've heard that there sure are a lotta rich folks in that city...why, I heard that they charge ya just to look in the winders of those shops over on 5th Avenue... Course I didn't go over there...I was too busy tryin' to find a parkin' space...

    Strange too, how most of the cars in that town are painted yellow...or leastwise they were when I visited...a few years back...

    Well, I gotta go out and water the horses...

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

    Wild Ol' Dan





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  • Trav1Disney
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    I agree with the prices are high too. I go to wdw for a 14-20 day trip once a year after new years and the first place we go after we check in is target. We usually will only eat one meal in the park during the day then the rest are out of the resort. I was just saying I see the reason for the high prices dosent mean I pay them :bow:. I am middle - upper class too so I try not to jump in with my wallet dumping cash left and right

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  • ORD84
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    The prices have gotten a bit out of hand...I think that Disney has gotten to the point where they have priced the average family out of a yearly trip...it has gotten to the point where they've priced me out of my random trip down for the weekend, if I intend on going to the parks at least...and to be honest with you guys I don't pay for the flights, the hotel are part of my DVC membership, how soon till EVERYONE is outpriced???

    Last trip I saw a guy with a AMEX Centurian Card(the famous Black Card) where there is no limit and you HAVE TO SPEND MINIMUM $250,000 PER YEAR cringe when he saw how much he was about to spend on lunch for his family of 4,if he was mad about the prices how soon till everyone says enough is enough Disney?

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