Walt Disney World, Disneyland raise base ticket prices
Disney is raising its prices, starting this weekend
. One-day tickets (which few people buy) will go from $75 to $79.
Multiple-day tickets will rise by a smaller percentage, with the park hopper add-on rising two bucks, to $52.
Tickets at Disneyland, in California, will go up as well, another $3 - from $69 to $72. Annual pass prices will rise, too. The SoCal Select pass will go up $10, while the premium AP goes up $40.
Disney typically increases ticket prices in August. However, Disney World recently extended its free dining plan deal through December, raising the question about whether will continue discounting its "rack rate" on 2010.
Am I the only one thinking this is the craziest decision by Disney all year? I would have thought prices should have gone the other way, ie down!
It's prices like that which serve as a constant reminder to me how great a deal most zoos are (Sea World doesn't count, despite their animal populations). It's rare when I've come across one with a basic adult admission price higher than $20, and most are lower.
That's 4 more dollars I'll be not giving to Disney.
Disneyland has been overwhelmed with underpaying AP holders most of the year, and you guys think that they should LOWER prices?
I think its only fair to remember that disney is a ultimatly a business. They exist to make profit. We should acknowledge that both Disney parks rely on a massive percentage of foreign tourists, who could care less about a 4 dollar increase. Their currency is worth more than ours; disney is an affordable vacation.
Sea World's not like non-profit Zoos, and they're all about profit too. Something's got to pay for maintaining the animal habitats as well as research... so I don't mind paying for Sea World. I only go once every two years at the most anyway since not much changes, nor do I love it as much as Disney.
I just saw a travel agent web site that said that RENEWALs for Walt Disney World Florida Seasonal and Annual passes, renewed within 30 days of the expiration date, will get 15 months on the new seasonal or annual pass, i.e. 3 months extra. This is something entirely new and is a real benefit. I'll have to confirm this but, as for me, the extra $10 on the renewal cost is far outweighed by the 3 extra months. I guess Disney was worried that too many pass holders were going to not renew in this economy.
Well, I can easily say the mouse doesn't want my money. I can careless what there reason is, if they have no desire for the locals money, then I'm glad to spend it with my flex AP to Universal and the Busch Parks. As for Disney thinking about the tourist money. The Brits, Disney's biggest money, are not coming as much, and with the over sea parks now like Paris or Tokyo, Disney needs to really think more on repeat than one timers. So I'll take that AP cost ALL up front for a family and visit some other parks outside Orlando on a trip.
I think the Disney Company has lost it's mind.
What has Disney become that it wasn't already? Was it ever a bargain? Have I ever heard, this ever - "yeah, we're going to go cheap this year and go Disney". No. Do they always raise prices in August? yes. Should they have this year? Maybe not.
I take offense to Sylvian's comment regarding underpaying AP's. I have been an AP for several years and visit the parks many times per year, bringing out of town family and friends with me.
Annual passes (AP) are relatively cheap for those living in Florida, but for those of us who don't live near the park, it's expensive. I go every two years for a week. Why not raise the price of the AP, or limit their use to off peak times only.
We live on the East coast about 50 minutes away from WDW - ever since the Mouse House opened in 1971, we've been going over 6-12 times/yr - not anymore w/parking around $10(!) and daily prices up over $75. We bought AP's for a couple of years back in early-90's, now they're also way expensive - if the AP holder's could get "member's" prices on food and drinks, etc, it would be soooo much more attractive. Pretty much all of our neighbors and everyone we know who lives around here feel the same way - seems like Disney has rally lost touch with reality. Whenever our family comes to visit, we send them over to WDW on their own but we don't go w/them because it has gotten so expensive. As long-time park-goers who live really close-by, it's hard to reconcile how out of touch Disney has become - they have evidently been reading their own press clippings - wake up and realize what you're missing from those who built WDW, and have always supported WDW from day one.
I think that most families will not like the price hike but We will continue to go to Walt Disney World. We buy a multi-day pass with no expiration so the price is cheaper!
WWMD? (What would Mickey do?)
It makes sense that a company would want to make a profit, but like people have said, the economy is in the crapper and it doesn't make sense to INCREASE prices when people are already questioning whether this is an affordable WEEKEND trip (nevermind a multi-day; multi-pass trip).
The price hikes are intended not to be noticed. By people who visit the parks a couple times a year, yes they will notice. But, to the average visitor, which are tourists, they will never realize this even happened. When someone asks how much a pass is, it is $40. not $39.95 or $44.96. While it may outrage people who visit frequently, to others it is just a glancing thought. That being said, people will say, "it's how much, it was like half of that 5-10 years ago." That is when Disney will really have to worry.
On money questions at Disney, it is more... WWSMcDD? (What would Scrooge McDuck do?)
I cant believe a whole year at Universal Studios cost less than a one day at Disneyland>> :[
As stated previously, they've done this every August for the past several years.
Oh snap - but that does not stop me from going to Disney at least once each year!!!
Wow...this is just ridiculous...
I Live in San Diego & have Been a PREMIUM Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder
I believe that Disney does want to reduce the number of APs at Disneyland, and will continue to raise prices until that happens. With fewer APs, there's shorter lines and a better experience for more lucrative tourists.
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