Readers' Opinions

From Eric G on November 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM
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.
From N B on November 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
The days of buying balloons my kids have long passed. Just out of curiosity, what do they charge for these?
From Amanda Jenkins on November 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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.
From Ian Robinson on November 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM
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.
From Andy Stevens on November 30, 2012 at 5:04 AM
An interesting thing that I found out during my recent holiday. The inner, heavier balloon contains air, only the outer thin balloon contains helium. I suspect Disney are doing this to cut down on the use of this finite resource. Found this out when my Granddaughter punctured her balloon on a tree.