Disney Still Hates Poor People...and the Middle Class

Monday, April 25, 2016 5:59 PM

This is basically a non-story. Drink prices are going up a little at Disney.

The real fun comes in the comments section. So hilariously out of touch that I felt it was worth sharing with everyone.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 7:08 PM

I did actually notice this on Saturday, and 10% does seem like a lot at once. When we moved here about three years ago, the price was $2.39, which I used to champion because it was less than the Cedar Fair pricing (which I think was already around $3 by then).

Meh, it is what it is. Living next door is a convenience, but buying passes and going there and buying food is definitely a luxury. If we stop seeing value in it, we'll stop going, but I don't think they're there yet. And I'll keep buying Dolewhip no matter what they charge.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 7:16 PM

The drink prices are still much cheaper than Six Flags (although the sheer number of people toting the refillable drink cups suggests that most people aren’t paying those prices).

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Monday, April 25, 2016 8:15 PM

I actually feel the F&B prices at WDW are fair for what you get.

Meaning, you will pay a slight premium for being part of a captive audience, but it's fair. And for the most part, the food is decent, and in some cases outstanding.

At WDW, it nowhere feels like you are being "gouged" like you do paying for a $14 beer at Yankee Stadium, or a $22 cheeseburger at Vail/Beaver Creek or many other examples where it feels like you are getting taken advantage of.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 8:42 PM

At Kings Island last Friday I had my meal-plan chicken fingers and chips, which was "free", 3 beers, and a slice of chocolate cake. My bill was 47 bucks. It was beer, I'll allow, but not what I would consider large ones. Ain't NO Kings Island buzz worth all that.
And here I am, on a retiree's fixed income. Gouging, I say!
They did have Goose IPA for me, and that made it sort of ok...

Oh, and the previous seasons' deal of cheap beers when the Reds are on (which they were) apparently is no more.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 8:48 PM

$3.29 soft drinks!?! How dare Disney charge me an extra 30 cents per bottle of soda pop after charging me $3,021 for a room and $894 for park hopper/water park tickets...

If you've bought into the gate and are paying the premium to stay on property, a teensy increase in drink charges seems a weird thing to get upset about.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 9:33 PM

It's still a lot cheaper than a Coke at the movie theater. My theater charges SIX BUCKS for a large.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 10:18 PM

It's also worth noting that you can still pack a lunch and bring it in. I see people do it. And they can even carry it on rides without renting a locker.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:57 AM

Osceola county water sucks, but its better than that sugary carbonated garbage anyway.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:32 AM

Fortunately, none of the parks are in Osceola. (OC water sucks, too.)

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 5:06 PM

LostKause said:

It's still a lot cheaper than a Coke at the movie theater. My theater charges SIX BUCKS for a large.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:50 PM

Apparently not everyone working there is poor.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:38 PM

With all the different kinds of jobs people can do at Disney, it's a no-brainier that some of them are driving nice cars with custom plates. Jeff, you drove your Tesla to your job at Sea World, I assume.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:08 PM

I haven't worked at SeaWorld in two years. And surely you understand I was being ironic and silly.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:33 PM

However the amount of Cast Members I see get out of Audi's, BMW's, and Mercedes that are wearing hourly costumes baffles me. And they are typically young Cast Members, not older people who could have retired with a nice car.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:38 PM

Their parent's cars. maybe?

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:59 PM

Yeah, that's a good point. I pass the corner of Reams Rd. and Center Dr., where the MK cast parking is, and I'm pretty surprised by that as well. Lots of CM's living in the neighboring Windermere Cay apartments, which kind of makes my point that a pair of people can afford to live in a place that's $1k/month on a CM wage.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 12:24 AM

slithernoggin said:
Their parent's cars. maybe?

Could be but we aren't talking teenagers here. But I suppose there are parents out there supporting there 25 and 30 year old kids with high end cars while they work a part-time minimum wage job.

Those apartments are nice too. I know a few CMs who live there and got good deals when they were built. Once they started selling well the price shot up a lot. I don't know if they still do but those apartments did offer a CM discount on rent

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 2:27 AM

I don't know if I'd call it "supporting" their whatever-aged children by letting them drive a car. More that the parents are letting them drive one of the family cars to get around.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016 9:37 AM

I still say there isn't necessarily much you can say about someone's financial circumstances by looking at the vehicle they drive (or even where they live). There is a tendency to filter that info through our own situation, priorities, etc. which often times are very much different that those of others.

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