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The most expensive place on Earth? Disney World raises admission prices for second time in a year..
UK Daily Mail ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Staff

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.

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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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KEYWORDS: disney; disneyworld; florida; magickingdom; mymagic; orlando; unitedkingdom; unitedmagickingdom
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The price of a single day ticket has gone up almost a third for the past 5 years when a ticket was $75. The wristband does offer some benefits from being able to pay for stuff easily and it replaces the FastPass but it does track your movements around the park and Cast Members can see personal information about you.
1 posted on 02/25/2014 6:54:48 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

The Tragic Kingdom


2 posted on 02/25/2014 6:59:35 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: C19fan
BUT, unlike the government, any government no one is forced to pay Disney's price.
Unlike the IRS no one has ever been hauled into Disneyland and forced at gunpoint to pay their fees.

In my opinion, Disney can raise their prices as high as they want. Attendance will tell if their prices are too high or not.

3 posted on 02/25/2014 7:01:56 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: C19fan

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.


4 posted on 02/25/2014 7:03:34 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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5 posted on 02/25/2014 7:08:06 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mmichaels1970
With Eisner's advent years ago, policies across the board were changed drastically, netting them billions. One such policy adopted was to raise the rates until 10% of the people coming to the gate refused to pay and walked away. Hasn't happened yet. Ol’ Walt is probably spinning in his cyronic container..
6 posted on 02/25/2014 7:09:06 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: C19fan

Odungocare strikes again


7 posted on 02/25/2014 7:09:10 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: C19fan

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.


8 posted on 02/25/2014 7:10:00 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: C19fan

That’s insane.


9 posted on 02/25/2014 7:11:18 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: C19fan

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.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 7:13:24 AM PST by kidd
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To: Tupelo

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.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 7:14:11 AM PST by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: C19fan
The price of a single day ticket has gone up almost a third for the past 5 years when a ticket was $75. The wristband does offer some benefits from being able to pay for stuff easily and it replaces the FastPass but it does track your movements around the park and Cast Members can see personal information about you.

In the spirit of the new wristband, a new mascot will be walking around Disney parks:


12 posted on 02/25/2014 7:15:35 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: C19fan

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


13 posted on 02/25/2014 7:16:00 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: C19fan

I’m so glad my Disney years are over.


14 posted on 02/25/2014 7:16:53 AM PST by DManA
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To: C19fan

So what?


15 posted on 02/25/2014 7:17:42 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mmichaels1970
Growing up in south Kalifornia, we used these 'ticket books' when Disneyland first opened...."A" was a dime, and "E" was fitty cent; admission thru the gates was free, IIRC.


16 posted on 02/25/2014 7:20:17 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia; All
Here's a pretty cool site with Disney ticket prices from the 1970's.


17 posted on 02/25/2014 7:27:51 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: kidd

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.


18 posted on 02/25/2014 7:29:39 AM PST by C19fan
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To: ArtDodger
"Ol’ Walt is probably spinning in his cyronic container"

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.

19 posted on 02/25/2014 7:40:29 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: mmichaels1970

I take my kids to Bermuda never went to Disney and never will.


20 posted on 02/25/2014 7:44:20 AM PST by angcat
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Or better yet, what would George Washington do if he came back?


21 posted on 02/25/2014 7:44:33 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: ErnBatavia

That brings back memories from the 50s and 60s.


22 posted on 02/25/2014 7:51:57 AM PST by DownInFlames
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To: brownsfan

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.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 8:09:07 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: C19fan
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.

Um... Universal Studios just down the road charges $120 for a 1-day ticket.

24 posted on 02/25/2014 8:12:05 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Grams A

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?


25 posted on 02/25/2014 8:16:24 AM PST by grania
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To: Grams A

Just curious. How many years ago?


26 posted on 02/25/2014 8:20:00 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: mmichaels1970

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.


27 posted on 02/25/2014 8:23:39 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: C19fan

If they come, you will raise the prices.


28 posted on 02/25/2014 8:30:49 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: mmichaels1970
Interesting piece of art.

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.

29 posted on 02/25/2014 8:39:53 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: grania
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?

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.

30 posted on 02/25/2014 8:40:44 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: C19fan

Whooo Hoo!

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.


31 posted on 02/25/2014 8:47:48 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: kidd

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.


32 posted on 02/25/2014 8:51:32 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian; kidd

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.


33 posted on 02/25/2014 8:53:41 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: grania

Yes, it is still good.

Call Disney if you want real confirmation.

Guest Services - (407) 939-5277

Sorry, couldn’t find an 800 number.


34 posted on 02/25/2014 8:55:44 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: kevkrom

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. :)


35 posted on 02/25/2014 9:02:14 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

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.


36 posted on 02/25/2014 9:12:24 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: C19fan

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.


37 posted on 02/25/2014 9:22:37 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Sherman Logan

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.


38 posted on 02/25/2014 9:24:02 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: grania

yes


39 posted on 02/25/2014 9:24:23 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Grams A

Then prices have gone up a bunch!

Still not anything close to the most expensive place on earth.


40 posted on 02/25/2014 9:27:59 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Conan the Librarian

what was the loophole?


41 posted on 02/25/2014 9:31:09 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: grania

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.


42 posted on 02/25/2014 9:35:16 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Glad we took the youngest grandson four years ago. At today’s prices we would have to skip and head for the beach.


43 posted on 02/25/2014 9:36:39 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: mmichaels1970
My kids are almost grown and I could never afford to take them to Disney.

Us, too.

I feel guilty having gone as a kid and adult earlier.

44 posted on 02/25/2014 9:40:18 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Conan the Librarian
Hope this will keep out the riff-raff.

Like us and mmichaels1970's family.

45 posted on 02/25/2014 9:43:39 AM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: C19fan
Here is an article from last November that details how Disney's "Nextgen" IT boondoggle affected its capital renovation program for the next few years.

How Problems with MyMagic+ Could Affect Other Projects.

-PJ

46 posted on 02/25/2014 9:48:01 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: longtermmemmory
what was the loophole?

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.

47 posted on 02/25/2014 9:48:58 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: C19fan

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


48 posted on 02/25/2014 10:10:00 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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To: Political Junkie Too

Great link thanks! Looks like Nextgen = ObamaCare Exchanges.


49 posted on 02/25/2014 10:18:03 AM PST by C19fan
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To: steve86

Only if:

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.


50 posted on 02/25/2014 12:36:12 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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