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Disneyland hikes ticket prices again--cheapest daily fee over $100

By CBS News

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  • Turgid russian novels is my parenting style. My kids aren’t Disney fans. My daughter never bought into the Disney princess phase- she would rather dress up as Jibanyan from Yo Kai Watch than Cinderella, and that is exactly what she did for Halloween.

    Their lifelong dream isn’t to go to Disney, it’s to go to Japan. Kids are different these days.

  • When I have kids I'm just going to try to pretend that stuff like this doesn't exist and just read long Russian novels to them.

  • “When you wish upon a star,

    We don’t care just who you are,

    When you wish upon a star,

    Your dreams cost you...”

  • It costs almost 11 BILLION dollars per year for Disney to keep their parks open. Roughly 3.25 million per park, per day. Sure they still make a handsome profit, but they also do some pretty cool shit along the way. If it was 20 bucks per ticket, the park would suck ass. You get what you pay for. Disney is what it is. Where else can kids get to see characters and environments from their favorite shows come to life on such a massive and grand scale? How awesome is that for kids?! I for one am glad

    It costs almost 11 BILLION dollars per year for Disney to keep their parks open. Roughly 3.25 million per park, per day. Sure they still make a handsome profit, but they also do some pretty cool shit along the way. If it was 20 bucks per ticket, the park would suck ass. You get what you pay for. Disney is what it is. Where else can kids get to see characters and environments from their favorite shows come to life on such a massive and grand scale? How awesome is that for kids?! I for one am glad Disney does what they do. If 100 bucks is too high of a price to pay to blow your kids mind and have them literally jumping for joy, you can always take em bumper bowling instead.

  • Big brands in the experience business have long had huge pricing power. There is a finite supply of really rich people, but a much larger pool of people willing to spend like the rich for a great experience. How much can Springsteen, McCartney, Coachella, and the Stones charge for an evening of entertainment? Hundreds of dollars to get in the door. Low thousands for the best seats and experiences. Disney has long offered high priced passes for those willing to pay more to skip lines, and my impression

    Big brands in the experience business have long had huge pricing power. There is a finite supply of really rich people, but a much larger pool of people willing to spend like the rich for a great experience. How much can Springsteen, McCartney, Coachella, and the Stones charge for an evening of entertainment? Hundreds of dollars to get in the door. Low thousands for the best seats and experiences. Disney has long offered high priced passes for those willing to pay more to skip lines, and my impression is that the brand has great value to those who visit the park ... What happens in a recession remains to be seen.

  • I know it's a lot, but it beats paying less and spending ALL your time in lines. I'd rather pay more and actually get something for my money. If you've ever been on a VERY crowded day you know why this makes sense.

  • Universal's theme park (still super expensive of course) is offering a wildly better value for your money than Disney these days.

  • We don’t care if a large part of the population can’t afford a visit, we are all about maximizing revenues. Since the population finding the cost affordable, declining over time, those leaving will find other venues. If those other venues become popular, it may cause some problems in Disney.

  • On sort of a related note, everyone needs to watch "The Florida Project"

  • It shows decentralization, which is a trend these days.

    Some like Disneyland, others don’t. Some go along with the philosophy of Disneyland, others do not.

    Disneyland used to be only one prominent amusement park. But today they can be replaced by many entertaining alternatives such as online games. So Disney gave up collecting new customers and started to focus on attracting “Disney freaks”.

    At the same time, as a business, they try to pursue more profits, which can be achieved only by raising ticket prices.

  • Why must my childhood be so expensive!

  • Sadly, most American families are expected to go to Disneyland. It is a nice but expensive vacation. However, there is a breaking point and I think they were close to it before the price hike. The worm may turn quickly for Disney’s amusement parks.

  • I don’t know Disney’s revenue splits (tried a quick google and found nothing reliable) but I’m guessing it comes from the content not the theme parks. And their content game is growing old - 12 mega movies this year and almost all will be remakes and franchises. The original content is all on Netflix (and equivalents). Maybe we will see Netflix-World parks soon?! Doubt they’d be so dumb but you never know.

  • Being a Southern Californian until 1992, whenever anyone came to town Disneyland was where they wanted to go. Money didn't matter, rather it was the experience. Most of my many Southern CA friends will gladly come up with the $100 for the Disney experience, often. No one does it better than Disney.

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  • This is a classic example of supply and demand. Another non story here.

  • I sure wpuld not take my kids there

  • I do remember the amazement and awe when my parents took us to Disneyland for the first time....that was 1963! And I saw the same look in my boys eyes when I took them there for the first time as well. But I have a very different perspective than most of you....where we live, we are surrounded by artifacts of Walt Disney’s life. And it would be difficult to not have a good friend that works for Disney animation or movie productions. Thus, we have never paid! We have always got in with free passes

    I do remember the amazement and awe when my parents took us to Disneyland for the first time....that was 1963! And I saw the same look in my boys eyes when I took them there for the first time as well. But I have a very different perspective than most of you....where we live, we are surrounded by artifacts of Walt Disney’s life. And it would be difficult to not have a good friend that works for Disney animation or movie productions. Thus, we have never paid! We have always got in with free passes.

    No question, Disneyland is the best, and the most unique amusement park experience on the planet and offers the strongest emotional bond by a long shot. It means something that other parks can only dream of. It has in its design a layer of creativity and fantasy that no other place can replicate.

    And I’m guessing that is worth $100.

  • If one’s going to either Disney park, we went to Disneyland, bring your walking shoes and stay on property.

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