Of course here's the post with perfect timing. Sadly the guest services cat member told him over the phone yesterday that there were no planned price increases.
Good thing you can buy Annual Passes online and activate it on the first day of use.
Raising the price to $15 makes everyone's job easier.
With that said....I can only imagine how much of a hassle DLR will be when they have to provide four 1s to every guest handing them a $20 bill. That just doesn't make sense. Raise the price of tickets an extra $1, but $16 for parking is going to be more trouble than its worth.
My pass expired on the 20th, I'm going back in less than two weeks and was going to renew it then and now it's too late to call and renew because the web site doesn't recognize my pass and the call center closed 30 minutes before I found out about the price change.
They should at least give us the notice we have to give them to cancel reservations at their resorts.
I'm tempted to say screw it and not renew them this year and instead just go to Universal/Busch Gardens/Seaworld instead. They at least have something new to see. (Yeah, I know, Disney opened new stuff last year, but I've been three times since new fantasyland opened, so I'm just waiting on the 7 dwarves ride next year.)
Just because they can charge whatever they want doesn't mean they have to.
Disney, your parks are crowded. Your food is expensive. The quality of the disney experience has slid. Offer a product worthy of the price.
I believe you can buy the pass online but not activate it until you go! At least, for Disneyland. I remember buying the night before last year's increase and the paper saying I had until December 31st to activate it. I didn't go until June 18th which is when it expires this year. Unfortunately I wanted to buy a new pass in September to wait out the summer rush, but looks like I might renew tonight to save $40...
This should have a miniscule, if any, effect on attendance.
Also you can't change an exisisting ride and call a new e ticket ride. I'll give you some examples at WDW. Changing test track to tron trek.....still the same ride. Changing Star Tours to Star Tours 2.0 is still a simulator with some options. Alien Encounter to Stich that should be taken out its so bad. WDW should wake up and start coming up with new rides, lands, or parks to compete. Real e ticket rides and not some family coaster.
When does an amusement/theme park become less and less exciting to go to? Just look at WDW for a great example.
This year it appears Universal got Disney’s goat when it announced its $92 daily ticket price several weeks ago. I believe that based on sound economic analysis of Disney’s economists, Disney was planning on a $90 daily ticket price for all parks. But in light of Universal’s price increase Disney’s management thought it would create the impression that now Universal had the superior product. So Disney’s management over ruled the recommendation of its economists and established a two tier pricing scheme a $95 daily price at the Magic Kingdom and $90 at its other central Florida parks. While $90 per day may be the correct profit maximizing price for Disney’s central Florida theme parks, Disney set the Magic Kingdom price higher for two reasons: 1) to obscure the fact that it may have lost its dominant firm position to Universal and 2) remind the world that Disney still has the number one theme park in the world–the Magic Kingdom. Disney is sacrificing profits for the ego and pride of its executives and management. (Note: I am not sure that $92 per day is the correct profit maximizing price for Universal either. Their executives and management could just be “screwing“ with Disney’s and vice versa.)
1. in response to the suggestion that I do it online. I can't renew mine online. I'm a vacation club member and you have to either go to the park (not an option since I live 6 hours away) or call. The DVC call center closed at 5:30 and I didn't see this article until after they were closed.
2. My price actually went down! I have the premium pass that includes the 4 parks in orlando, the water parks, disneyquest and one of the golf courses/sport thing and it just expired on the 20th. Turns out that while the purchase cost went up, the renewal cost went down. Also, it looks like they merged the adult/child pass for DVC members. (ie... seems like they used to have separate tickets for adults vs children. Now they only have one pass for DVC members, so they raised the price on kids and lowered the adult price.) Financially, they probably came out ahead since most people have multiple children. In my case, it's just me and my wife so we saved a little bit.
3. I did feel really stupid after calling this morning and complaining about the lack of notice only to find out my price went down.
Once upon a time when I was a kid-- Parking was Free. Walt Disney promised when building The Magic Kingdom that parking would always be free. He designed the park not as a place to squeeze every last penny out of people, but as a place families could gather and enjoy together. I have an old ticketbook in front of me that cost $5.75 for the day at Disneyland. How does a single mother scraping by take her kid(s) to Disneyland? The answer is-- she doesn't. It's very sad to see what Disney has become.
Well, DCA too.