Theme park prices: Then and Now

Sunday, May 1, 2005 9:46 AM
Really small article but it shows what some of the orlando parks used to cost back in the day.

Sunday, May 1, 2005 6:05 PM
Wow, great article. It really shows how inflation keeps going higher and higher.

I will get back down to Disney and BGT next year, we'll see how that pans out.

I heard that the hopper tickets are really the best way to go. Any truth to this?


Sunday, May 1, 2005 6:31 PM
I have a borcure(sp) from cedarpoint in 1983, and it was only $11.95 to enter the park. Now its like $45.

It also mentiond that rooms at the hotel breakers started at $55 a night. How times have changed.

Sunday, May 1, 2005 11:45 PM
(Old man voice) Whyyy when I was a teenager, growin' up, I remember Kings Island chargin' somethin' like $24.95 for a one day admission-back in the late '80s.
Monday, May 2, 2005 12:12 AM
I would go for the hopper tickets! Though they cost a lil more...but there are some parks like Animal Kingdom and The Disney MGM Studios where you can visit them for a half day and go elsewhere for the remainder of the day. Like back to the MK for the Wishes show *sings the show* I rule!
Monday, May 2, 2005 12:33 AM
interesting... *goes in a time machine*

-- Alan "back in my day we had to build our OWN rollercoasters... in the RAIN..." Jacyszyn

Monday, May 2, 2005 10:41 AM
In 1989 I was paying less than $1 a gallon for gas.

In 1989 I could see the Indians from behind home plate for $5.

In 1989 a concert ticket could be had for less than $20.

All prices go up...not just theme park tickets.

Monday, May 2, 2005 10:51 AM
Well, back in my day, when we went to the amusement park, we didn't even use money... we bartered... 3 chickens would get you in... But then they increased the price to 4 fur pelts and we all had to stay home.

Seriously though. This past weekend my wife and I were shopping and found these book marks that showed you how much things cost the year you were born. In 1965 (my birth year) the average house cost only $16,000!

Monday, May 2, 2005 12:10 PM
Pshaw! In MY day, six cents would buy you a Western state! And you got to keep any Injuns you found on it!
Monday, May 2, 2005 2:34 PM
It does seem to me that entertainment prices (sports, concerts, broadway plays, amusement parks, what-have-you) have been rising faster than general inflation, though it's only a general-sense sort of thing rather than an I-have-the-spreadsheet-to-back-me-up sort of thing.

There is a little bit of headroom. If you've been following the Social Security discussion, you know that wages have been rising slightly faster than prices. Since that generates extra disposable income, it only makes sense that entertainment prices rise disproportionately to soak up the spread.

It would be interesting to see a competent analysis of core inflation, wages, and entertainment pricing, but I'm way too lazy to follow up today.

Monday, May 2, 2005 4:05 PM
MY wages aren't rising faster than prices...
Monday, May 2, 2005 5:25 PM
Anyone who says "Pshaw" has to be REALLY old!

And don't forget, back in the 60s, we went to the Atlantic station where my dad paid 29.9 for gas-- just gas, no premium, no unleaded-- and either Brownie or Boots pumped it (no they weren't dogs or cats). And with a fill-up (less than $3.00) we'd get either a glass or an autographed picture of one of the Phillies-- OK they sucked then-- but now you couldn't get an autograph from a restroom attendant for that price.

Then we'd make our annual trip to either Knoebels or Lakewood (we did each one once a year) listening to the AM radio as we went-- until we lost the signal in the mountains. If we were going to Lakewood, the back of the car would be packed full of picnic stuff. And oh yeah, Lakewood would let you bring in booze, not that I cared about that when I was a kid. I'm convinced the park would have closed much sooner if they didn't allow it.

Monday, May 2, 2005 6:18 PM
yea, gimme the good 'ole days.
taking a babe for dinner and movie was about 25 bucks all told (1980-1981 my senior yr in HS.
Condoms were much cheaper. The price of those is far worse than the price of gas or concert tickets these via inflation. gas doubled, rubbers quadrupled...
.....and the theme from All in the Family starts to play...
Monday, May 2, 2005 6:29 PM
FLYINGSCOOTER - not to mention, you probably have to pay for Cialis now, too.
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 1:50 PM
Inflated condoms? Who would have thought?

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