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

Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:28 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

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.

But is paying $200 really a better value than paying $70?

Sure, on a cost per day basis, but it's like those clubs with a two drink minimum - Disney can let you in for under $25 a day...if you buy ten days.

Which leads to (and ties into) what Walt said:

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."

Exactly. So essentially Disney has established the realistic cost to visit their parks and that is the price of a 4-day admission. Any less days and it feels silly because the cost per day skyrockets and any more and they practically give them away.

It pretty much costs $225 per person to get into WDW.

Which leads me back to Dexter's comment:

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.

And this is what Disney wants you to think. This is why it's a brilliant scheme. It'd be the same as if the regionals (like SF) parks advertised $20 admission and the fine print stipulated that $20 was the daily and it only applied to a special ticket that got you in to the park for 5 days.

Is it really a better deal to hand over $225 for a 4-day than $71 for s single day? I imagine for some it might be and for others it's really not.

Or has Disney found an outstanding way of relieving you of even more of your money and leaving you feeling good about it? :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:33 PM
Of course! Disney is in the hospitality business. They have a right to make a profit.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:48 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

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

About 2015 by my projections. :)

How quickly you forget, Dex. Remember this thread? Just scroll down to the 8th post on that page (mine) and it's all spelled out for you. ;)

In case you don't feel like looking back, it's the post where I dug up pricing info on a few of the better know parks, figured the increases of the past 7 or 8 years, then figured them forward for the year 2015. Here's what I ended up with:

WDW - $99
BGE - $81
HW - $62
PKI - $58
KG - $53
CP - $51
KW - $50

But then RGB pointed out that I was using percentages and not actually dollar amounts, so I figured it that way too (even though I didn't necessarily agree with that method):

WDW - $91
BGE - $73
HW - $52
KI - $52
KG - $47
CP - $47
KW -$44

Most important is the WDW one. Suddenly, those numbers really don't seem all that far-fetched, do they?

I'm not going to get into a right-or-wrong discussion over this, but the cold hard truth is that infation alone will push those numbers most of the way there over the next 8 years. (figuring 3% inflation alone per year puts the WDW single-day ticket at $89 by 2015)

Couple that with the fact that parks seem to be getting away with pushing the prices almost to the breaking point and I do believe a single day at WDW will be $100 before you know it.

What seems to surprise me the most is that so many people seem surprised by that fact in the first place - so what do I know? ;)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 6:48 PM
Matt said,

"No, not at all.

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

I was just kidding about that. I am more then willing to lay out the cash. I think its well worth the money for the experience I have with the family when we visit Orlando.

I totally agree with you Gonch,

"Or has Disney found an outstanding way of relieving you of even more of your money and leaving you feeling good about it?"

They are the best at getting people to stay on-site with the few extra perks and comparable rates, buy the extra days (park hopper) to make you feel like getting more of a value, spend a lot of money on the overpriced buffet so that your kids can get pictures and their autograph book singed by characters, and also to spend a lot of money when you are in the park for that disney item that you can't get anywhere else. :)

I am guilty, and I am sure pretty much any other parent on here knows what I am talking about. Thats why they have those catchy slogans to help you justify the great value you are getting. Its the "Year Of A Million Dreams" after all. ;)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 7:19 PM
Disney, way over priced.

With that price increase, start paying the interns more, and charging them less to stay on site.

I remember when it was just under $50 when I went the last time, and I thought it was over priced.

It makes since, to charge more for single day, to force people to buy their packages and multi-day tickets.

But we all know, in a few years or decades, $75 will be considered cheap for a Disney single day ticket. Prices only go up.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 10:34 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.

I went to Cedar Point last year on a 2 day weekend trip on got to go on every coaster expect Wildcat. The longest line was Dragster ( 50 Minutes ). Cedar Point isnt always that bad you just went during the mid season when every one goes. Try to go again in late August.

Timbers crew 08

Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:25 PM
Alexx Argen's avatar I just want to say i love the universal online special which you can also get at AAA which was $88.00 for 7 days in a row. thats not bad if you like universal or IOA.

Its sad when your best friend asks you the exact running time of a ride. Good thing I didnt know.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:47 PM
eightdotthree's avatar Disney is all about the multi-day resort packages. Its over priced if you stay off resort, but when I get a great room at a great resort for $80, I can handle the $70 ticket. Factor in a water parks and fun pass like someone mentioned above you end up with three full days of park activity for a "reasonable" price.
Sunday, August 5, 2007 1:23 AM
Gonch mentioned it and it slipped right passed me, but I just realized that after Tax, it's over $75.


Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:01 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Maybe the FastPass system isn't 'free' after all? ;)
Sunday, August 5, 2007 9:47 AM
eightdotthree's avatar But it really makes your $71 feel well spent without the extra $30 for whatever line skipping system.
Sunday, August 5, 2007 1:26 PM
I don't want to pay to cut the line. I want my old parks back. Why can't everyone just wait in line together?

Add parking and it will cost at least $85* to get into Disney...and at least $108** for SF if you get a Q-Bot (which is a necessity if you actually want to ride anything on days they feel the need to run one train on everything).

I think I am having a heart attack. :)

Hehe, Disney is still a better value than SF, when you add the fact that their line jumping scam is free.

*Disney = $71 + tax($4.26) + $10 Parking = $85.26

**$60 + tax($3.60) + $15parking + $30Q-Bot = $108.60

Sunday, August 5, 2007 2:52 PM
I think this is a good thing for Disney because there per cap. goes up and another reason to keep the prices up is to keep the rift raft out (aka the trouble makers). think about it they don't want to bring the crowds from Six Flags. They want familys and familys only, because familys will spend the most money so why attract the people who won't spend the money. Also lets look at the other prices at Disney. You have the food. Compare the prices of food with Cedar Fair and Six Flags, Disney is cheaper. The price for parking is cheaper then Six Flags. So I rather spend the extra few bucks at the gate then spend the most on parking and food. The idea is lets spend the most money at the gate for what matters the most (the attractions) and through my eyes they are the bests so you got to pay for the best, it's that simple.And if you don't think their the best well lets just say who do the familys say is the best. And thats why their allowed to rais the price.
Sunday, August 5, 2007 2:55 PM
How much is parking at Disney?
Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:00 PM
10 dollars
Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:35 PM
One of the best parts of staying at a Disney resort is that you get free parking at all of the parks with the parking pass they give you at your resort.

I don't like to use Disney transportation, and as Jeff's friend said on the Podcast dealing with those, "Stinky, smelly people," on their shuttle buses aren't fun. I always rent a car, and drive to the different parks. It's also nice just for the fact that you can leave Disney property and eat and shop elsewhere too.

Monday, August 6, 2007 8:53 AM
FYI: In 1984 the cost of a one day ticket was $18.

There aren't that many folks who are paying for a one day ticket. Most Orlando residents have annual passes and Florida residents get for about 10% less when tickets are purchased in advance. Really, the folks ultimately hurt by this are those that want to take in a little bit of Sea World, Universal and Disney and are staying off property or at a Universal resort.

When I saw the article I was like, "whoa". But, then again, I paid $26 for my kid and another $26 for me to see Thomas the Tank Engine Live on stage and that was about 1 1/2 hours. I guess it isn't a reach to expect $71 for an all day experience at Disney. For my family of four it will be $250 plus before even walking out on to Main Street. Yikes!

Monday, August 6, 2007 10:47 AM

Many of my trips have leaned cheap, with the tickets being the biggest cost.

Mine too. We go annually in February for a week, with a family of four; two are Disney-kids (9 and under). Number one cost is tickets. Number two is airfare. These are comparable: in '08, at about $1050 and $850, respectively.

Food is third. We typically eat 3-4 full-service meals in park restaurants or Disney resorts during the week, and most other lunches and dinners from counter service places in the parks. 2-3 lunches/dinners and all breakfasts in our condo. This usually runs about $600-700 for the week.

Lodging is a distant fourth. In '08, our 2BR condo will set us back a grand total of $297. For the entire week. It was such a good deal, I set my dad and his family up in one too. This is a timeshare resort, about 10 minutes from MK's parking lot, and closer to everything else.

Add in the rental car, souvenirs, etc., and we'll get out of the week for about $3500. That compares well to many other vacations we've taken this year---a week at a guest ranch in the Coloarado rockies cost double that, including airfare. Admittedly, that was the most expensive vacation we've ever taken. A three-night trip to coastal Maine just this week for my brother's wedding was $1500 just for airfare and lodging. We didn't go this year, but our share of the oceanside home in OBX that our extended family rented in past summers usually comes out to about $1600 for the week, plus another grand in airfare, and then add food and activities.

Disney is pretty steep compared to other amusement parks, but it's very reasonable compared to other "vacations". Even if we did it the "regular" way and didn't worry about saving money for the trip, a week in 2 Disney rooms, plus tickets, food, and airfare would run us less than 5 grand---and we go during an expensive time, second only to the Christmas holidays.

Monday, August 6, 2007 11:35 AM
^ About 6 weeks back, I called Disney about a possible one week package for the week of Sept 9-15'th (fall 'low tide' time). For two people, including lodging at a value resort, park hopper for 6 days, and the basic meal plan (which was included for free), the total cost was going to be $900.00. I think that's quite reasonable for a week at Disney. It's VERY reasonable compared to a week doing a "non-Disney" vacation.

Monday, August 6, 2007 11:47 AM
rollergator's avatar

wahoo skipper said:Really, the folks ultimately hurt by this are those that want to take in a little bit of Sea World, Universal and Disney and are staying off property or at a Universal resort.

THAT is what struck me...reminded me of the light-rail situation where Disney said "stop at OUR property or stop at Universal, but you can't do both". Disney moves as aggressively against the cometition as WalMart does...but the Mouse LOOKS friendlier than the MegaLoMart's smiley-face...ALL about the mascots... ;)

edit: Also wanted to note that I'm seeing alot of *cross-comparisons*. Buying a week of Disney tickets vs. paying for 7 individual day-tickets at your local themer is not what I'd call "apples-to-apples". Then again, Disney's season pass prices aren't designed for the locals the way regional themers' passes are...almost impossible to even get a valid comparison....which only proves how good Disney really IS..."marketeering". :)

*** Edited 8/6/2007 3:51:21 PM UTC by rollergator***


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