To help make more of those "perfect" vacations happen, Disney has introduced a new website to make gifting a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or the Disney Cruise Line logistically easier for those paying for it: GiveDisneyVacations.com.
Via the website, people can buy Disney gift cards, theme park admission tickets, or entire vacation packages, and then designate a recipient for the gifts. The site provides a single destination through which to access booking across all of Disney's U.S.-based vacation destinations and sends you straight to those purchasing pages, ignoring all the other stuff you'd have to wade through on the regular versions of the various Disney Parks websites.
But a streamlined sales process likely isn't the main reason for Disney to offer a specific website just for gifting Disney vacations. The launch of the site illustrates how, increasingly, Disney's core demographic of young families — especially those with children — cannot afford to pay for a Disney vacation on their own.
Blame student loan debt. Blame the new housing bubble. Blame a job market that makes part-time work plentiful but full-time work with paid vacation time just another Disney fantasy. Whatever the reason, people in their 20s and 30s — who in previous generations brought their kids to Orlando for summer vacation — these days don't often have the money for those types of vacations. Forget about seven nights on property, park hoppers and character meals. Better hit grandma and grandpa up for that, if you can.
So Disney is trying to make it easier to do that.
Will it work? Given Disney's profit margin on a week-long vacation versus the cost of setting up a few Web pages to steer people toward its booking engine, if Disney sells just a couple of extra vacations through this website, it will be money ahead. Why cut prices when you can make it easier for people who actually have money to spend it with you? Disney didn't build its market domination by going cheap.
Meanwhile, here's theme park vacation planning advice for the rest of us:Tweet
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