No more souvenir balloons at Tokyo Disney
Disney fans in Japan who want to buy a souvenir balloon on their next visit to the Tokyo Disney Resort are out of luck. Tokyo Disney has suspended the sale of helium character balloons
, effective last Wednesday.
No more of these at Tokyo Disneyland, at least for a while
Why? A worldwide shortage of helium. The United States produces the majority of the world's helium, which is why balloons remain available at Disney's U.S. theme parks (though expensive - $15 at last check at Walt Disney World Resort). But in Japan, which imports almost all of its helium, supplies are running short. That's why Tokyo Disney's stopped sales.
Looking through my pictures from last December's trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort, I didn't see that many people with the character balloons. The cold weather might have had something to do with that, but balloons didn't seem to be nearly as popular with Disney's Japanese visitors as were souvenir character popcorn buckets or anything with Duffy - Japan's favorite Disney character. Cut off sales of those, and Tokyo Disney might have some problems on its hands.
As a child my parents used to always buy my brother and me a Mickey ears balloon when we were departing Disneyland. Today, I wouldn't even consider buying one for myself, my nephews or anyone. The price of a balloon has skyrocketed more than anything else that is sold in a Disney theme park. It's a disgusting rip off. I don't know anyone of sane mind that buys Disney balloons.
The days of buying balloons my kids have long passed. Just out of curiosity, what do they charge for these?
Two years ago, I paid $40 dollars for two Mickey ear balloons. I was in shock. They also caught me in a weak moment (I had become sick on a ride). First because I didn't know how much it would be. Second, because they had already given my young sons the balloons before telling me the price. Feeling horrible, I didn't need the mommy guilt to kick in. Needless to say, that was the first and last time I bought balloons for my children. I do understand the price increase though, since they have the lights now, and that the balloon is inside a thicker plastic that also contains helium. But still, $20 dollars a balloon was more than I would normally pay.
Good on them - helium is running out (that's why the balloons are so expensive) so Disney should set an example and stop selling them altogether.
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