Skip to comments.The most expensive place on Earth? Disney World raises admission prices for second time in a year..
Posted on 02/25/2014 6:54:48 AM PST by C19fan
It might be the happiest place on earth, but your wallet won't be feeling any happier after splashing out even more to 'experience the magic' of Disney. The cost of going to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World just got more expensive. Although Disney won't specify the reasons behind the increase, the Florida parks are home to the company's new high-tech wristband-based ticketing and ride reservation system, called MyMagic+ which cost the company $1.5 billion.
Disney World has raised the one-day ticket price to the Magic Kingdom by $4 so that it now costs $99 before taxes for visitors over age 9.
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In my opinion, Disney can raise their prices as high as they want. Attendance will tell if their prices are too high or not.
My kids are almost grown and I could never afford to take them to Disney. I wonder if Walt would have let it get like this.
Odungocare strikes again
Ouch! Just for grins looked back at a ticket stub from my grandson’s scrap book when we visited many, many years ago. Cost for THREE of us to attend was slightly less than $100. If we were to go now, afraid we would just head for the nearest beach.
According to posts on Disboards.com, the $1.5 Billion MyMagic+ is a near-disaster.
- Disney now tracks your movements around the parks
- It implements a ride reservation system that eliminates a lot of spontenaiety and gives preferences to those who pay to stay in their way-overpriced and cramped resort rooms
- It implements a website and an iPhone app that has had almost all of the problems that the Obamacare website has had - it is loaded with so many bugs and is so slow, that it is at times, unusable.
- There are reports that during the Prsident’s day weekend, when crowds are typically larger, that waits for some rides (either with or without the reservation) were on the order of hours.
Many Disney park addicts are cancelling their plans to visit WDW.
Dead on. Nothing makes us buy anything we don’t find affordable.
Frankly, we make good money but there is no way I would throw away the type of money it takes to go to Disney. There are far cheaper and better vacations.
In the spirit of the new wristband, a new mascot will be walking around Disney parks:
This seems in line with the cost of living i am seeing everywhere else.
5 years ago i would go grocery shopping for my family of 4, and usually spent around $150 and rarely over $200
Now, for about the same items, I am lucky to get out of the store spending less than $300, and I HAVE spent over $400
I’m so glad my Disney years are over.
My family was selected as guinea pigs for this system at Animal Kingdon. The main benefit is you can reserve three attractions at the beginning and plan your day accordingly although as you mention it does eliminate spontenaiety. From my experience the main issue is you have to spend ten minutes at a kiosk arranging this and if this goes live for everyone it would suck to be on another queue waiting for to make your choices.
There's a sci-fi movie that's just got to be made:
The zombified remains of Walt Disney arises from its frozen slumber to stalk and kill the executives that turned his "Magic Kingdom" into the $Cha$Ching$ Dom.
I take my kids to Bermuda never went to Disney and never will.
Or better yet, what would George Washington do if he came back?
That brings back memories from the 50s and 60s.
It is expensive, but worth it to see the kids light up. My daughter was in Heaven seeing all the characters. She was 4 the last time we went in Fall 2013. For a family of 6, plan on spending a few dollars.
Um... Universal Studios just down the road charges $120 for a 1-day ticket.
I just found my 4-day pass from 1992. The total for the four days is $118. I only used two of the days. The pass says it can be used anytime. I wonder, can I still use it?
Just curious. How many years ago?
I grew up and still live 2 hrs from DW. Haven’t been in 30 years. IMO you haven’t missed much, all the stories about long lines at the attractions and being expensive are true. I’d rather take a cruise or see the Grand canyon etc.......... Just sayin.
If they come, you will raise the prices.
I went to http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ and put in $19 and the year 1970. It turns out the inflation-adjusted price in 2012 was $110.81 - for a two-day pass. Not knowing what a similar admission costs now, inflation is a b!+ch.
Believe it or not, yes, you can! It would have to be converted to a modern ticket at a customer service center, but you're still entitled to whatever is left on it.
Hope this will keep out the riff-raff.
Our annual passes are only $400 and we get our money’s worth out of them. With the discounts on food and other things, it actually cost even less.
The first time I went, a ticket book was $4.00. I still have a few tickets.
This is one Disney Addict that loves the MyMagic+
It works great for us and makes life so much easier.
Anyone who goes to WDW for President’s Day is insane anyway.
We go in February, May, September and EARLY December.
We don’t wait for anything.
The ones who are grousing about the Fastpass replacement are those who invested a lot of time learning how to game the old system. Diehards, perhaps, but a minority overall.
Yes, it is still good.
Call Disney if you want real confirmation.
Guest Services - (407) 939-5277
Sorry, couldn’t find an 800 number.
Last December, we were getting 3 Fastpasses at a time by gaming the system, but, they shut the loophole.
It was fun, but, not really necessary.
My only complaint about the MyMagic+ bands is that I can’t get one with Mr. Incredible on it...yet.
I was the human model that they used to design him you know. :)
Yeah, I knew how to do it, too, but with the new system, I like the idea that (barring equipment breakdown) that I’m essentially guaranteed the ability to do the “must do” attractions regardless of crowds. Besides, we’re looking at early December for our next trip, and those are really light crowd days, so I’m told.
The parks must be very crowded.
If demand is so high, prices can be raised.
If demand is low, prices must be lowered.
For private companies this is good.
Just curious. How many years ago?”
Probably 12 or 13. I do remember we were there over a holiday weekend so it cost a little more.
Then prices have gone up a bunch!
Still not anything close to the most expensive place on earth.
what was the loophole?
The pass says it can be used anytime. I wonder, can I still use it?”
Would be fun for you to try. Might want to take a camera crew with you. You’d probably at least be good for a UTube on truth in advertising.
Have a friend who was going through some boxes in her attic and found an envelope just stuffed with old grocery coupons with no expiration date. Prices were just ridiculously low and she said they had to have been at least 8 to 10 years old. Took them to the store on a Friday night when there was a lot of traffic. Store manager got involved and although he was extremely unhappy about redeeming them he instructed the checker to do so but told my friend there were be no more redemptions of old coupons for her. Pretty funny! Some she could not redeem because the products are no longer available to match what was listed on the coupon.
Glad we took the youngest grandson four years ago. At today’s prices we would have to skip and head for the beach.
I feel guilty having gone as a kid and adult earlier.
Like us and mmichaels1970's family.
It was twofold:
1) The fast pass rules were that you could get your next one 2 hours later, or at the start of the return window of your most recent one, whichever was earlier. If you spent the early part of your day snapping up fast passes with early return times, you could accumulate several to use the rest of the day, because...
2) Despite the time window listed on the ticket, you could actually use the fast passes at any time after the start of the return window, even if they had "expired".
As an unrelated loophole, some fast pass machines were "disconnected" from the network and would issue you a pass regardless of whether you were time-eligible or not.
So, with a good plan, you could build up a nice collection of fast passes, while riding things on standby in the first couple of hours when lines were light, and then spend the rest of the day cashing in your passes at your leisure while the rest of the crowd was standing in lines.
I took the family last year and it was a bit of a blow to my wallet. I went when I was 11 and had a very memorable time - thought it would be the same, but it wasn’t. My kids (13 and 7) had a good time, but to me it just seemed to go by too fast...guess that’s part of the tragedy of growing up.
By the way - what is with the sadistic parents that dress their little daughters up in princess costumes? Those were the most miserable kids I’d ever seen in my life...sweltering heat, having to spend the day in a polyester gown...poor things just crying and dry-heaving from dehydration...lol
Great link thanks! Looks like Nextgen = ObamaCare Exchanges.
You stop in the middle of flowing crowds to discuss food.
You take flash pictures in a dark ride or movie.
You don’t deal with a crying child for 15 or 20 minutes.
You don’t laugh at the jokes in the Jungle Cruise.
Don’t believe the 6 foot mouse walking around the parks in a tux is a real 6 foot mouse.