Posted Monday, February 23, 2009 9:26 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Attendance at Disney’s theme parks in the United States began to slip in the last part of 2008, dropping about 5 percent compared with a year earlier. To keep guests coming through the turnstiles in 2009, the company is rolling out deals not seen in years. Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags and Cedar Fair are also giving price breaks.
Read more from The New York Times.
Sandcastle Waterpark is offering a 2 for $100 season pass deal this year as well.
The deals for Disney are actually very good. In January I booked a 7 night stay (for March 20-37) at Pop Century Resort with park hopper for 4 adults for only $1900, with a bonus $200 Disney gift card. I found that to be a pretty good bargain, although if you are looking to book for Spring Break time right now I doubt it will be as cheap even with the "buy 4, get 3 free deal".
It's extended into merchandise as well. I'm at WDW now, and toys are 35% off, plush is 25% off. I've never seen them discount in-park merchandise like this. Never.
A lot of retail stores mark stuff WAY up, so when it's on sale, it appears that you are getting a deal.
I visited Kohl's on a weekly basis, waiting for my $64 sweat shirt to go on sale. I eventually bought it for $12, and I'm guessing that they still made a little bit of a profit. I still spent about 50$ each week I went.
I suspect that Disney is still making a killing on merchandise. People might even buy more because stuff is on sale.
Yeah, yeah, I know. But, normally they just jack up the price without ever discounting it---this is a first.
Brian Noble said:
Yeah, yeah, I know.
It's the little things that make me smile inside.
Sadly, The Rat has collected so much of my money over the past six years that I notice these things.
I didn't notice the discounts at the beginning of the month and if they were there, I didn't notice because I didn't know any better.
Still came home with too much crap either way. :)
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