Disney One-Day Ticket Goes Up to $71 On Sunday

Friday, August 3, 2007 10:47 PM
The one-day ticket price for WDW climbs 6% to $71 ($75.62 w/ tax) starting on Sunday.

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I think this officially makes Disney the first to break the $70 mark.

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Friday, August 3, 2007 10:49 PM
Moral of the story:

Don't buy one-day tickets to WDW. ;)

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Friday, August 3, 2007 10:51 PM
Right?

And before someone mentions that multiple days drives the daily price down, keep in mind that the total is still in the hundreds of dollars.

The bottom line is that you're not stepping foot into a WDW park unless you shell out a bare minimum of $75.

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Friday, August 3, 2007 11:19 PM
^Unless you fly in but then you will most likely you'd be thrown out.

You could get a SF season pass for 75 bucks *** Edited 8/4/2007 3:37:07 AM UTC by Audioslaved***

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 12:21 AM
My Six Flags America season pass was $54, Kings Dominion Maxx Pass was $79, and Hersheypark's was $109. That's an average of $80.67, and only a few bucks more then a single day at Disney. Is that a scam or what?

We are planning a trip for the fall to Disney for 10 days, and my girl put the deposit on it last month. We got the park hopper with waterpark fun and more for $1001 for 4 of us. My daughter is 4, and her ticket averages $22.40 a day, and the rest of ours are $25.90 a day.

That is $87 more then what I paid for all of the season passes for my family for the whole season. I am beginning to wonder if Disney is really worth it. Sometimes you gotta splurge, but Disney is almost making it impossible for a lower income family to even afford a trip.

You know I never really paid much attention to the value of the package when I go to Disney. Maybe I should start. The 10 day park hopper(upgraded to include waterparks & Downtown Disney) was included since we are staying at the Port Orleans, but I also got the unlimited admission to Universal, and BGA for 7 days.

We figured we'd spend 6 or 7 days at Disney, and 3 to 4 at the other parks. That really raises the cost of the tickets(per day)when you look at it that way.

The rat gets ya, but damn my daughter loves the princesses. I know its worth it just to see the look on her face.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 12:56 AM
Well, if WDW just increased their price, you know the other parks in the Orlando area will follow suit as that seems to be the trend.

Just moved to Florida and I will stick with BGA on my $100 platinum pass which includes parking for a full year.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 1:06 AM
I would rather go to Cedar Point for two days for only $70.
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 12:46 PM
That's too much!

Multi-day is the way to go.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 1:02 PM

dexter said:
That's too much!

Multi-day is the way to go.


And right there is why Disney is genius.

The new 7-day ticket will run you $281.16. That's $40.17 a day!

Face it, not many people are doing one-day at WDW. On one level it makes the multi-day tickets seem like a steal when they're pretty much on par with parks nationwide.

On another level it's a cunning plan to keep you at WDW spending your time and money rather than at the competition.

Sure you can do WDW for $40 - but there's a 7 day minimum at that price. Still people walk away feeling like they got some kind of deal and Disney holds you captive for the duration of you vacation.

They have people paying two, three hundred dollars just to get into their parks and feeling like it's a deal. (and that's just for the most basic Disney experience)

No wonder Shapiro mentions Disney so much...they've mastered the game he's trying to learn to play.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 1:26 PM

Coasterfantom2 said:
Is that a scam or what?

No, not at all.

Especially not when you yourself are willing to pay what it takes to get in.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 1:40 PM
I think it's ridiculous. I just got back from there yesterday and I don't think Disney is anywhere close to Universal and Sea World as far as attractions or experience go.
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 2:51 PM
(Copied from news:)


Honestly, I don't think it matters. If I'm budgeting a trip for a family of four to Disney, after paying for airfare, car rental, hotel, etc. What's a few extra dollars to get in?

Even if they raise the rates to $100/day, with no discounts, and I'll be there for four days with four people, that's still only another $450 from what it is now. Would you cancel a $2500-3500 vacation for $450?

Don't get me wrong, I think the prices are way out of whack, but I don't foresee even a major gate increase having any significant effect on a destination park like Disney.

If it's out of people's price range, then maybe get a cheaper hotel or an airline with a layover to save some $$.


Again, I'm not really in to the Disney thing. I'd rather pay $71 for Busch or Universal than $25 for Disney quite frankly. I think it's way overpriced. I just don't think it'll make a damn bit of difference if your kid wants to go.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 3:25 PM

OP AWESOME said:
I think it's ridiculous. I just got back from there yesterday and I don't think Disney is anywhere close to Universal and Sea World as far as attractions or experience go.

Im just the opposite. Disney seems like the one place I can visit every year and never feel bored. There is always something new in one of the parks and the classic rides are well classic.

I wont be back to Universal until Harry Potter opens. To me IOA is getting stale and needs some new life. Its pretty much unchange since it opened, dont offer me Storm force or The Unicorn. My wife and I visited last Sept and we had an awesome time, but we did both parks in one day.

As for the increase, it was what 67? Whats another 4 dollars? It was high and still is. They wont see any less people at the park, so its justified.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 3:39 PM
Last summer, my boss took his family of five to Disney World and spent over 5 grand for 7 days.
I think is his comment summed it: We figure, we'll only go there once in this lifetime so why not do it up right?
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 4:26 PM
I think of it another way....

I visited Cedar Point on a Monday in July, used a Pepsi can for discount admission (total cost = $33.00) and got to ride four rollercoasters [Top Thrill Dragster, Maverick, Iron Dragon, Mean Streak), the Giant Wheel, and Skyhawk. The remainder of the day was spent 1.) waiting in lines hearing a bunch of teenage punks cuss, 2.) standing in food lines for a $7.96 hot dog, or 3.) sitting on the train because the lines for everything else were too long.

To me, the $75.00 I spent in total for admission and food was the biggest damn rip off I have ever experienced at an amusement park. It wasn't fun, it was hardly "unique," and it was WAAAAY overrated. So much for the "17 rollercoasters - more than anyplace else on the planet" ads!! That's garbage. You're lucky to ride a handful of them unless you choose to go on a Wednesday in May during the new moon when Saturn and Jupiter can be seen from the horizon at 5 pm.

I'd rather take my $75.00 to Disney and put it towards a really nice vacation.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 5:00 PM
And now we all know why Disney has better food than Cedar Point, for all those that complain about it's "quality".

There's your fresh salmon and delicately seasoned green beans.


That's garbage. You're lucky to ride a handful of them unless you choose to go on a Wednesday in May during the new moon when Saturn and Jupiter can be seen from the horizon at 5 pm.

In 30 years of going to Cedar Point, I have only had one day (Halloweekend Saturday in 2005) of an experience like you described. Sorry you had such a bad time, but having a day that busy is pretty typical this time of year, even on weekdays, but it is very hot or miss.

Last time I was at Disney I rode 3 rides, because the lines were even longer than ANY line I have ever experienced at Cedar Point, excluding Millenium Force's opening season.

It's all about what you're for....real thrills or it's a small world.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 5:07 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
The new 7-day ticket will run you $281.16. That's $40.17 a day!

Once you get to the 4-day ticket, additional days are essentially free. It's what, a $14 jump from a 4-day ticket to a 10-day ticket? So, while they're charging $71 for a single day, they're also telling you, "if you buy this 4-day ticket, we'll give you days five through ten for only $2 a day."

I guess it all depends on the habits of your visitors. Disney is not Six Flags, Busch, or Cedar Fair. Unlike most of those parks, it's not meant to be a one-day experience. I don't think looking at ticket prices between the two is a valid comparison.

Disney isn't that popular with coaster enthusiasts, but I've been four times in the last six years (eight times overall) and, less than two months removed from my last trip, I'm thinking about a 2008 trip. I think it's worth every penny. It's a myth that Disney World can only be once-in-a-lifetime because it has to cost thousands. Many of my trips have leaned cheap, with the tickets being the biggest cost.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:04 PM

OhioStater said:


In 30 years of going to Cedar Point, I have only had one day (Halloweekend Saturday in 2005) of an experience like you described. Sorry you had such a bad time, but having a day that busy is pretty typical this time of year, even on weekdays, but it is very hot or miss.


Well, my trip was just that, "hot" and "miss!"

I have had very poor experiences with crowds at Cedar Point after end of May/early June. I have left that park disappointed so many times that I hate to say I don't care if I go back or not.

While Disney's food quality isn't always "five star," I found a marked difference in quality "dollar for dollar" between CP food and WDW food. As with the quality of the parks themselves, the landscaping, the employees, etc etc, there's simply no comparison.

I think the price is justified - I would MUCH rather save my money for a multiday trip to WDW than go back to CP again. I just didn't have a very good time, and I know a lot of people who say the same thing as I do (and I don't consider myself nearly as much of an "it's a small world" fan as I do a thrill fan). I enjoy feeling like I'm being catered to at WDW. And the best part is, you don't have to spend $5000/week to get it (that's really crazy!).

*** Edited 8/4/2007 10:08:31 PM UTC by ophthodoc***

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:09 PM
I said in the news forum, it sure does make SF's $60 admission price look like a good value.

That is unless you add days and average it out.

I think Disney is great. I've been there dozens of time when I lived in Orlando. Sometimes it was a lot of fun and sometimes it was way too busy to enjoy. What bothers me somewhat is that I hear a lot from people who are going to be in the Orlando area and may only have one free day to visit a Disney Park. These are the people who will get penalized.

No, I don't think that it's a scam or anything. It's like they raised their prices and offer a discount for future consecutive visits.

But $71? When are they going to raise it to $79? And then $86? And then $100?

On the other hand, if they ever noticed the price of admission causing a loss of business, they'd lower it. Boy, is it ever getting expensive to go to a park nowadays though.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:20 PM
I have noticed on what must be >15 visits to Disney parks in both Orlando and Los Angeles that there's heavy market research everywhere - I was asked my household income at least three times in separate surveys during my last 7-day visit to WDW in 1/2007. I would assume that they will know when they are beginning to price themselves out of the market. But Disney parks aren't suffering from lack of attendance, so they can simply charge what they want. They have a huge following of American and International tourists who visit yearly and couldn't care less what they have to pay for their Disney "fix."

And, you have to remember that Disney is a "family" destination - most people are going for more than one day. Go on the Disney website, just for kicks, and price out a 7 day vacation package including park admission tickets. You'll see the "price per day" quickly diminishes to much less than the $71 admission price asked for single-day admission.

Additionally, Disney runs REGULAR promotions offering free meal plans (which are so incredibly worth the money even if you have to pay for the meal plan yourself), discounted hotel rooms and other perks that more than make up for park admission prices. *** Edited 8/4/2007 10:30:43 PM UTC by ophthodoc***

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