When it hits $100, I'll be interested to see how that affects things.
There's a very good article in Yahoo that explains Disney's reasoning for temporarily not offering the local's AP. Too much demand causes overcrowding. They will offer it again after attrition.
Disney is raising prices to reduce attendance. Only in the off season will prices drop somewhat for locals only. Chances for lower prices for tourists are remote. You can either pay or stay home.
Some filler rides at Disney may be crappy, but are still better than other theme parks. It should be noted that people go to Disney theme parks for the full experience of attractions, dining, shows, parades, spectaculars, and meet and greets. The current longest wait is the Anna and Elsa meet and greet.
The decision to go should be regarded as once every few years or longer. Then you can justify or rationalize your decision to go.
One problem with the price increase is that people will continue to go. It is slowly eliminating some people from being able to go and it will continue to which is unfortunate because Walt wanted it to be a place where any parents can go with their kids and all could have a good time together, not just those wealthy enough to go...
Unlike other sister Disneyland around the globe, both Tokyo Disneyland, and Disney sea are not owned by the Disney Corporation. They are own by the company called the Oriental Land co. and they pay fees to Disney to license the characters, and the park it self.
Now, both parks in Tokyo offer the same service and identical attractions you would expect from Disneyland in U.S , but with cheaper park ticket price. The 1 day park entrance fee for adult is 6,400 yen, child 12-17 is 5,500 yen, and child 4-11 is 4,200 yen. That's about $63.28 for adults, $54,38 for teens, $41,53 for child. Now, that sounds reasonable compared to our u.s. park prices.
Why Disney corporation gauging more money when sister park in Tokyo could maintain the park the same way we do? we never know. As long as people continue to pay the unfair ticket prices, they will continue to push the limit until the consumer say "no more" to the company.
Ski passes are up near the $100 mark and there seems to be no decrease in demand. I worked with a guy who was seriously thinking about refinancing his home in order to take his family to Disneyland. All I could think was how dumb is this?
So, why all of the disgruntlement about Disney raising their prices?
The parks are packed. Their revenue streams are fantastic. They provide a high quality product and a great entertainment value. Are they supposed to operate like a non-profit agency and keep their prices as low as possible? Last time I checked, they are a publicly traded company with an obligation to their stockholders. Management has to do everything they can reasonably do to make a profit for the company.
I know that a lot of people are struggling right now to make ends meet. I feel for you because I've been there for far too much of my life myself, but this is what my son calls a "first world" problem. As long as you have food, water, shelter, and your health, does it matter one iota if Disney goes up on their prices?
You're not mandated to go to Disneyland, and you don't have the "right" to go there. What you do have is the opportunity to go there, and the only hard part about it is figuring how important it is to you and what you're willing to give up to go there.
They couldn't care less if the parks are affordable for us natives. The dollar is so weak, international tourists are flocking here cause they get more bang for their buck in the US. The price increases are only trying to keep up with exchange rates. This is a consequence of QE - And you thought it did not affect you personally.
You're not going to be able to compete with international money on this turf anymore. Those days are gone. But if you're willing to pay thousands of dollars to spend a few days crammed in close quarters with disease carrying foreigners from every part of the globe coughing in your face, then by all means, enjoy!
And whoever is thinking about borrowing money to go on a vacation... seriously, do not make that mistake. Going into debt is not the kind of sacrifice to make for Disney, Universal, or any other park/beach/cruise/resort in the world. Cut entertainment spending, make better choices at the grocery store, skip the misc expenditures, and save, save, save. When you have enough to pay for your whole trip, then book it. Contrary to popular belief, and to the example our government continues to set for us, having a large amount of unnecessary debt is never a good thing.
And again, don't waste money on single day tickets unless you go to a single day park (i.e., Knotts, Six Flags MM, Universal Hollywood, etc.). When you go to Disney parks or Universal Orlando, plan on staying for a few days - there's plenty to do and you'll get cheaper tickets in the process.
The foreigners who come to this country to visit Disneyland and Disney World provide a tremendous benefit to our economy. The money that they spend provides jobs, pays taxes, and helps offset the trade imbalance that we have in our imports and exports. A lot of people all over the country depend on their business.
These "disease ridden foreigners" are also amongst the best and brightest and most entrepreneurial of the folks in their countries. I hope some of them look around while they are here, see the opportunities in this country, and decide to move here, or at the very least send their kids to go to college here. I hope that all of the foreign tourists who visit the American theme parks go home with a positive impression of the United States and Americans. I also hope that they don't run into someone who whines like you do because people like you poison the well.
I find your comments extremely disgusting, and I hope in the future that you go troll another website, because you're an embarrassment to theme park enthusiasts and to Americans in general!
I've actually had a lot of fun talking to foreign visitors while waiting in queues in both Disney and Universal parks, and I think they enhance the experience. The Brazilian tour groups can at times be somewhat frustrating because of the group chants and World Cup type of behavior, but when you take the time to talk to them one-on-one, they are extremely friendly and upbeat.
And that's something I can't say about our xenophobic friend. His negativity and erroneous belief that he's got an inside line on the truth are extremely off-putting, and in reality his biggest problem is his attitude towards the world and the people around him.