Ep. 10 – Is Disney Pricing Itself Out of Business?

In episode 10 of 2 Sides of WDW, Kristen and I chat about Disney prices.  Are they pricing themselves out of business?

A trip to Disney is a one of a kind vacation.  There is nothing like it anywhere else on Earth.  It is the top vacation destination in the world.  Three of the top four theme parks in the world in terms of attendance are all located on Disney World property.  And with all that success has come a steady increase in prices.  What are you willing to spend for a week with the mouse?  If you said less than 2000 dollars, you are likely out of luck.

Prices have increased far faster than inflation.  Have we gotten great new experiences for those increases?  Not really.  How about better service?  Nope.  Better entertainment?  Nope.  So how do they keep setting records for attendance?

They have the best self contained family area on Earth.  We bought into their product as kids and in turn want to share the experience with our kids.  It is a process that perpetuates itself naturally.  But with prices going to insane levels, i’m not sure that will always be the case.

Tickets are over a hundred dollars a day…..per person.  If you want to park hop in that same day you will be out over 150 a person.  Think about that.  For one day, a family of four could spend as much 600 dollars.  A night at a deluxe resort will cost you over 500 per night.  A dinner at Cinderellas Royal Table will set you back over 225 bucks for a family of four.  So for one night with everything stated above, you are going to spend  roughly 1500 dollars.  That is hard to justify.  Sure, the prices drop (per day) if you stay longer, but obviously the longer you stay, the more it costs.  Want to hear more?  Check out this week’s episode.

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