As a father of two I also experienced the thrill and excitement as I over paid to enter Disney only to find the long lines even using a speed pass. I was really disappointed when I left the park and here is why.
Long lines prevented me from riding and doing enough to make these ridiculous fees worth it. As a blue collar worker I don't make enough that I can afford 8 dollar drinks and 8 dollar pizza slices for everyone in the family when they get hungry and or thirsty.
a basic t shirt was priced at $29.00 each and every souvenir worth buying was priced higher than that. The hotels worth staying at had followed suit by over pricing their goods and services as well.
later I attended Knotts berry farm and was pleasantly surprised at the lower gate fee at the theme park and the water park, thought the food and drinks were more affordable they too were over priced
when is someone going to make vacationing affordable for the working family again?
If in out burger can sell a burger fries and a drink for around 5 dollars why can't the parks?
If Same Club can sell a Hot Dog and a drink for $1.50 why can't the theme park sell it for that as well?
If Walmart can sell brand name t-shirts with graphics for 5.00 then why can't they sell one for $10.00
My assumption is they charge these high rates because we keep paying it. and we don't demand anything different. next time you go to one of these parks only to find out you really can't afford it let someone there no they are priced too high and you're not coming back until they change their ways. The corporate machine has run away and is out of control
let me know if you have found any alternatives that are super fun and way more affordable
cause thats where I want to go , until then I am done with the large corporate over priced money vacuum theme parks
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