Walt Disney World tickets rising to $71 for one day

Posted Saturday, August 4, 2007 8:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The price of magic goes up this weekend at Walt Disney World, where the basic adult ticket is climbing 6 percent to a record $71. Disney on Friday announced a whole range of new ticket prices that take effect Sunday. The price changes also affect the discount packages that still can push the per-day cost below $23 for adults who want to commit to as much as a 10-day run at Disney's four theme parks.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Saturday, August 4, 2007 11:42 AM
That's too much!
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 12:51 PM
Agreed. Although I think they are doing this to penalize the 1 day WDW visitor, and make it so expensive, that visitors will opt to go for the multi-day packages instead. I've read of the changes in the dining plans as well, increase in price with decrease in value, and the system is overthought. What happened to the days when you just walked up to a eatery and just made reservations. Back in the day, I walked into the castle and made dinner reservations for that night. They are making the trip to WDW an excersize in micro management, which is pratically necessary now.

Ticket price increase may benefit Universal and Busch, if they don't increase prices.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 1:18 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I doubt it will benefit the other parks unless they raise their ticket prices as well. IMO, anyone going to Orlando for a Disney vacation isn't going to go to florida and then only go to the other parks instead. And It would cost more money yet to spend one less day at WDW and buy another one-day ticket to Universal or Busch.

Here's another thought. WIll there be a point where only repeat customers see the value in paying the ever increasing prices and people who have never been there decide it's not worth the money to try the place out? I get the impression that families who have visited WDW multiple times aren't concerned too much about the cost. I also hear from people who have never been or may have gone many years ago and now feel it's too expensive to justify a repeat visit.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 2:29 PM
kpjb's avatar 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 $$.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 2:40 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

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?

I wouldn't, but remember, you're on a forum where people claim to change travel plans based on an extra 20 or 30 dollars worth of gas.

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 5:43 PM
It sure does make SF's $60 admission price look like a good value.
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 7:19 PM
SF's $60 admission price is no value when compared to $71 for WDW/DL.There is no comparsion at all for what you get for your money at WDW/DL than what you get at a SF park. Just not dealing with all the line jumnping/rude & profane teens/dirty parks etc make the difference well worth it. Then when you get a actual park that is themed with immersive rides etc there is no comparsion at all and why disney can increase the cost of admission and stil make alot of money. And this is without trying to scam there guests by trying to force them to buy skip in line passes by running rides to less than full capacity. Now if SF can give me stuff like Illumnations/Fanatasmic/TOT/POTC/HM/Safari ride in a very clean & themed enviroment without hordes of unsupervised teens running amok then there admission prices would be reasonable.

No one is happy about price increase's, but its not as painful when you leave the park believing you got value for the money you spent and I AWALYS get that when I leave a disney park.
PS also at USF/BGT/BGW.
*** This post was edited by Bob O 8/4/2007 7:22:17 PM ***

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Saturday, August 4, 2007 8:45 PM
If I were Universal or Sea World, I would DROP my one day gate $5-10 and blitz the market with an advertising campaign. They would reap the benefits short term and long when the guests go home and tell their friends about the better values at both of those parks. Just my 2 cents.
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Saturday, August 4, 2007 9:39 PM
Bob O, read my Six Flags Great Adventure trip report from last week, and then tell me that Six Flags hasn't gotten their act together. We didn't need a Flash Pass either and still got twenty rides in and a full show, and we weren't there at open. The place was immaculate as well and clearly they are working on the themeing as this is the third year in a row that they have rethemed an area (half of Looney Tunes Seaport became Wiggles World).
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Sunday, August 5, 2007 1:59 PM
You cant call yourself a theme park if you have all your employee's wearing stupid shirts that tell you to throw away your garbage on the back of them!!! Now if each section would have separate uniforms from the rest and would have the whole section themed the saem way with the proper music etc, then one can start to call themselves a theme park like the ones in FLA and BGW.

I have been to SFGAM often and just was at SFSTL and while the parks were clean and I have a good time at them, they dont compare in the least to a a park that is a actual theme park.
I have never been to SFGADV so I cant comment directly on that park, but from picutre of the park Ive seen and reports I have read it sounds like a typical SF which is run by teens with teens running amok and not a family atmosphere.
I think Shapiro is trying to but i havent seen alot throngs of families in the parks and the company is still losing money big time. Having just been to Dollywood last year and SDC this year I saw those parks with the famliies and atmospehere that shapiro wants but isnt getting and wont get till he removes some coasters and offers more family rides that all can enjoy together.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007 3:59 PM
kpjb's avatar

SF's $60 admission price is no value when compared to $71 for WDW/DL. There is no comparsion at all for what you get for your money at WDW/DL than what you get at a SF park.

That's exactly how I feel. For $11 less, I get thrill rides, real coasters, and I don't have to trip over other peoples' kids dressed like princesses at what is essentially a big kiddieland... but to each their own. :)

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Sunday, August 5, 2007 8:58 PM
I'm assuming this doesn't include people coming to the WDW after this weekend who already made and paid for reservations months ago (the article did mention that prices are going up across the board, not just single day passes).

Common sense tells me no company would do such a thing. But the way things are going with parks lately, and especially where "business" is involved, nothing surprises me anymore. I could honestly envision a family walking up to the gates tomorrow with tickets in hand they ordered in May being told they owe more money because the prices have gone up.

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Monday, August 6, 2007 7:49 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!

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Monday, August 6, 2007 9:39 AM
The price wasn't already that high? Guess I just got used to paying that much.
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Monday, August 6, 2007 10:15 AM
The tickets we ordinarily buy---7-day parkhoppers---have gone to about $1050 for my family of four. That's still a pretty decent deal at $150/day, and there's enough in just the four major parks to keep us busy for seven days, no problem. For comparison, a "four pack" of discounted CP tickets from the website would be $130. So, for the week-long visitor, the price is still what I'd call fair.

But, wahoo is dead on; there is a strong disincentive for anyone to pick and choose among several of the attractions. For a week's stay or shorter, we'd pick *either* Disney, or Universal+Sea World.

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Monday, August 6, 2007 11:54 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Now if SF can give me stuff like Illumnations/Fanatasmic/TOT/POTC/HM/Safari ride in a very clean & themed enviroment without hordes of unsupervised teens running amok then there admission prices would be reasonable.

Thats all well and good, but now apples and oranges comparisons are being made.

$71 is for 1 day ticket at 1 (ONE) park. So you can list Illuminations and Fantasmic, but now you are listing 2 different parks at WDW which technically qualifies for a Hopper ticket which is more than $71, and even more a cost delta from SF ticket pricing.

So to have side by side comparison of park vs value you have to list 1 park and its attractions and compare it to 1 park and its attractions. But even then its a matter of preference so its a hard comparison.

In the grand scheme of things $71 to visit 1 park is very high.. Who will pay it?? Probably those who intended on going anyways.. It may take out a small population of people who feel this is way too much. However until we hit the $100 mark per day (I give it no more than 5 years), it will be like gas prices to most:

We will complain about it but in the end will suck it up and do it regardless.

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Monday, August 6, 2007 1:13 PM
Florida is a state full of attractions. This pricing definitely shows that Disney wants you to see nothing else in Florida. Spending 7 or 10 consecutive days at amusement parks is insane. Those that do it arent spending full days in the parks. So while their cost/day is lower, their cost/hour of entertianment is not.

This pricing is outrageous. How much was it 20 years ago? Prices in general have not shot up like their pricing in that amount of time. It really makes it expensive for anyone going there. VERY expensive if that's your vacation. VERY expensive if you just want to spend a couple days there.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:42 AM
But spending that amount of time and taking your time is the BEST way to do it. I never understand the families who want to "save money" by cutting the vacation short and trying to do everything in a park in one day, especially with young children. Their kids are miserable by 2pm and need a break, but the parents won't give it to them.
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