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Posted: May 05, 2012, 1:31 pm Quote

Just a head's up, since with the price of everything seems to go up and up all the time, and this is about Disney theme park price increases, an annual event.

Used to be: The annual price and ticket and hotel room increases announcements would take place at the end of July or early August for taking effect the Sunday after the announcement is made.  Even before that the announcements used to be in September for effect in October.

2011 (a year ago ) :  Disney moved it earlier by a month and a half, to just before mid-June for effect that Sunday (June 10, 2011 for effect Sunday June 12, 2011 ) .

So yes it's early, about five weeks in advance of when last year's announcement was made. But with the cost of living being what it's been this year (gasoline, food and groceries) it's probably a good idea to tuck into your trip budget planning a notation to be haunting Google News with keyword "Disney" particularly late on a Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning starting in June and moving forward in the summer.

Look for all kinds of Disney prices to go up within just a day and a half or two days after the date of the press release (late Friday afternoon starting the following Sunday), such as park tickets, single day park tickets, multi-day park tickets, water parks and other recreational park tickets and fees, annual passes, dining plans, also room rates at Disney owned hotels.

Why are these announcements made so early, and abruptly?

Disney works with the overall travel industry, and also has it's own travel packages.  Travel agents.  Tour agencies.  And travel guide book authors ("Unofficial Guide" by Bob Sehlinger, or the Official Birnbaum Guides, and Pass porter and many others).  The books need advance lead time in order to publish copies for release in autumn for the next fiscal year's travel.  Travel agents booking for clients need the lead time.  And, frankly, last year it was Disney accelerating price increases into the third fiscal quarter of April-May-June and already in effect for future fiscal quarters to "goose up" theme park division profits.

The announcements have a regularity to them, always late on a Friday afternoon and there is very short notice about when the price increases take effect.  Such as at 5 PM Eastern on a Friday for effect the following Sunday at start of business that day in the parks.  

So yes it's five weeks early right now.  Tack on as contingency an extra few percentage points worth of extra padding to your trip budget to Disney, just in case, and anticipate a Disney price increase press announcement around June 1, 8, 15, 22 or 29 (late Friday afternoons) for taking effect the following Sunday (June 3, 10, 17, 24 or July 1).  

Or get the park tickets purchased early at today's prices in anticipation of a later price increase.... You want to be sure of your travel dates, and buy the kind of park or other tickets that are "evergreen" and don't expire in order to hedge now against a possible price increase later.

Be sure to read all fine print on tickets and their usage!  The fine print has restrictions and Disney's own "rules" and "terms of use".  

Your best bet on information is monitor Google News and use keyword Disney late on June and July Fridays.  You will only have that night and Saturday to absorb the news and analyze it's impact on your budget, unless you bought tickets at today's prices while you can now for use in the future past June 2012.

Just trying to help you save a few bucks where you can.  :dollar:
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Posted: May 19, 2012, 8:23 am Quote

Sheeeeesh.....

Disney announced annual price increases for Disneyland, Anaheim CA, yesterday Friday May 18, 2012!

A year ago it was on June 10, 2011!  And used to be before that it was fairly reliably at the end of July for effect the first week of August.  And before that in August for effect in September....

Disney's doing this earlier, and earlier and earlier every year lately!

So heads up people.....  The cost of going to Disney just rose.  Comfort your wallet, checkbook and credit card as best you can  :musicsad:  :tear:  :dollar:  :hurt:  and for Disneyland go to this link, over at MousePlanet.com they tell you old prices and new prices so you can analyze the changes and differences.  


http://mousepad.mouseplanet.com/showthr....1731089


Usually Disney announces price increases in that famous Friday evening "document dump" soft and little attention zone of news release dates and times in the late afternoon or early evening on a Friday so people will start getting the news once Disney's business offices are closed for the weekend so that Disney business offices don't have to hear flak from fans 'til Monday start of business, it's their Cast Members who have to deal directly with potential Guests who bear the brunt of any fan-visitor anger over the abrupt price changes.  Then over the course of time people just accept it and take new prices in stride.  

Absorb the new prices, and happy park planning as best you can.

Major tip of the ol' chapeau to MousePlanet.com .   :bowdown:
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Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:03 am Quote

NO corresponding price increase announcement for WDW, folks.  Yet.  

But.....

Those of us familiar with Disney know this is Disney and can their thoughts about making money be lagging for too long....probably not!  

The key pattern:  They announce these increases in a Friday evening "news document dump" when few are paying attention for taking effect 1-2 days later, very little notice, very little time to react and respond except just swallowing and taking it.  And in recent years Disney picks earlier and earlier times of year to make these announcements, from September years ago to the end of July to mid-June and now in mid-May!  

Knowing the pattern, you can respond to it.  

Buy early, buy low, save!   It's not out of the realm of likelihood that a WDW price increase is too far behind, and if it's not, then great, but at least you'll have planned your costs to be within the known rather than unknown.  :dollar:
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Posted: May 19, 2012, 9:24 am Quote

And if you need it to be officially from Disney, thanks to LaughingPlace.com here's the official news from Disney itself... and again this is Disneyland price increases taking effect Sunday May 20, 2012 for the California parks, not for WDW in Orlando.... yet.... but it might happen for WDW, so steel yourself for that....

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog....es-2012

Some Disney fan websites and Facebook presences are unaware of the news, others have already or are starting to post.  LA Times and Orange County Register has the news.  AllEarsNet.com is posting this morning about it, so news is spreading and going viral.  

WDW fans: It's not out of the realm of possibility that a price hike could happen near future for there, today's prices are cheaper than an unknown future date's increases.  If you can swing it budget-wise, consider buying WDW travel costs at today's prices vs. some future date's increases.

Comments at the MousePlanet.com link, above, indicating unhappiness of Disneyland fans about the news, particularly Annual Pass price hikes.
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Posted: May 19, 2012, 1:08 pm Quote

For Disneyland: Price hikes in effect for June 2012 when Carsland and California Adventure updates, rethemeing and refurbishments finished (or getting to be finished) and they invite the public in to start playing in there when the place is officially reopened.  "Welcome to see our newly finished park, now pay us extra!"

Rich speculates why WDW didn't also announce a price hike: Significant competition from Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is giving WDW reason to rethink things since so much of their own Magic Kingdom is still under expansion, refurbishment, etc. which still isn't finished. Rich feels a price hike from Disney will drive more people to the competitor so WDW-Disney's holding the line, for now, to stay competitive. Sounds like a plausible theory.
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Posted: May 26, 2012, 4:59 pm Quote

Al Lutz, a founder of and a major columnist/Disneyland observer of MiceAge.com offers his analysis of the recent steep price increases for tickets at Disneyland announced abruptly earlier this month.  He posts shots of three different years of Disneyland ticket prices from signage at ticket booths.  WOW!

I ran Al Lutz' charts (at the link) through an inflation calculator.

For One-Day Park Hopper:

2004 price $69 has the same buying power as $84.04 in 2012.

2012 price $125 has the same buying power as $102.63 in 2004.  

In 8 years 2004 $69 vs. 2012 $125 = a 81% increase.

STEEP !  

Read on at the link, look at Al's chart and you'll get heart palpitations seeing the vast differences in prices between 2004 and 2012 (after the recent announcement of ticket price increases ) !



http://miceage.micechat.com/allutz/al052212a.htm

Many tips of the ol' chapeau to Al.  We've never personally met in Real Life, but we got to know each other very well as cyber friends on Usenet's alt.disney.disneyland newsgroup in the 1990s.  

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Posted: June 01, 2012, 8:51 pm Quote

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OK, folks… WDW just announced a ticket price increase this afternoon (Friday, June 1, 2012) for taking effect the following Sunday, June 3, 2012.  Thanks to my Dear Husband Rich Koster who caught news of it while we were taking our Dear Teenage Son shopping for new clothes!  The news hit just before 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time, the "document dump" time of day and day of the week just before a weekend when people are not paying a lot of attention to new and breaking news.

OK, here's a link:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busines....7.story

Disney World raises one-day ticket price to $89


By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel
June 2, 2012

A little more than a week after Universal Orlando raised its theme-park ticket prices, Walt Disney World followed — by boosting the price of its most basic ticket to $1 more than its smaller rival.

A one-day, single-park ticket to one of Disney World's four theme parks will now cost $89, an increase of 4.7 percent from the previous $85. The same ticket to a Universal Orlando theme park costs $88.

It was one of a host of price increases Disney World announced Friday afternoon. The new prices are effective Sunday.
For the second year in a row, Disney targeted the biggest increases for its multi-day passes, as the giant strives to wring more cash out of visitors who make repeated visits to its parks.

For instance, the base price of a four-day ticket rose 5.3 percent, from $243 to $256. A five-day pass jumped 6.8 percent, from $251 to $268. And the price of a seven-day pass leapt 7.9 percent, from $267 to $288.

Four-, five- and seven-day tickets are Disney World's most-purchased ticket options, according to analysts and former company officials.

Disney also raised the price of adding to its multi-day tickets a "Park Hopper" option— which allows visitors to enter more than one theme park on the same day — from $55 to $57, an increase of 3.6 percent.

The giant resort, which throughout this year is opening much of its long-awaited expansion of the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom, saved some of its sharpest increases for annual passes. The single-biggest jump was aimed at seasonal passes for Florida residents, which soared 11.1 percent to $299.

Disney World's most-expensive ticket option — a premium annual pass, which does not have any blocked-out dates and includes admission to the giant resort's water parks — now costs $699, an increase of 7.7 percent.

jrgarcia@tribune.com or 407-420-5414

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Disney's announcement: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog....-update
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Posted: June 02, 2012, 8:26 am Quote

Not all Disney fan websites Friday evening at 8 PM CDT June 1, 2012 even had this info....  But Disney Echo caught it and posted it here on Disney Echo and our two Facebook news feeds.  And we're among very few Disney fan websites to have given the advance head's up (early May) to buy WDW and Disneyland tickets EARLY to avoid anticipated June ticket price increases, turned out the Disneyland price increase was in MAY and the WDW price increase was separate and on the first Friday in June.  

The way Disney is doing these price increases earlier and earlier each year, you might want to write yourself a note in April 2013 that if saving some money on Disney park tix is important to you to buy in April and no later than mid-May anticipating a May-June increase, buy evergreen non-expiring tickets.  

Years ago the annual ticket price increases matched the New Year, in January.  If Disney keeps moving the annual dates of announcements back and back we might return to a January annual announcement of ticket price increases in a couple of years.

The price increases each year, usually, are a few bucks per ticket per person.  Some people and families and travel parties can absorb that better than others.  I feel for those who arrive at their "no longer affordable" price point with a given year's price increase announcement or for families who used to go very often but now must go fewer times, or for families who'd like to go for a first time, see the many prices of travel involved and decide to skip Disney as a travel destination altogether.  What's important in these economic times is living within means.  

So sorry the price of something else is going up, but this is Disney, fans of the parks are accustomed to that, just not the ever shifting annual dates when they take place.

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Posted: June 03, 2012, 10:05 am Quote

The following quoted material is an opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel as reproduced in their The Daily Disney blog online Sunday, June 3, 2012.  

GIVEN: Yes, we already know that with multi-day, multi-day park hopper, and Annual Passes and certain packages and dining plans and periodic "deals" that Disney parks in the US per person-per day can be cheaper to visit than buying multiple one-day one-park per-person tickets.  And that staying off-site is cheaper than on-site.  The one-day per-person per-park is simply a benchmark.  At WDW $89 ($11 away from $100), Disneyland $87 ($13 away from $100).

Agree?  Or disagree?  No big deal about annual incremental ticket price increases?  Or getting to be a deal breaker?  Or has reached and passed deal breaker?

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-dai.....column

Can a $100 Disney ticket be far off?

Beth Kassab
Local News Columnist
June 3, 2012

Walt Disney was a master at appealing to the masses.

He could tweak a cartoon or a ride in just the right way to make it sell among the throngs of middle-class families who propelled Disney into a superstar brand.

But the company is not too far off from a change that could, in the minds of consumers, shift Disney from its populist appeal to an elitist playground: the $100 single-day theme-park ticket.

If history is any guide, we're only about three years away from Central Florida theme-park tickets hitting that magical century mark.

On Friday, Disney raised its single-day ticket price from $85 to $89 — $1 more than Universal's increase last week from $85 to $88.

During the past decade, Disney raised prices each year by an average of 6 percent, or about $3.90. If increases continue at that rate, the $100 ticket will arrive as early as 2014.

Yikes. That's about $400 for a family of four (kids younger than 9 get a slight discount and are free younger than 3) just to get through the turnstiles. Add parking, food and a couple of hats with big ears, and you're pushing $500.

Gatorland, here we come.

A hundred bucks is a lot of money. Like $4-per-gallon gas, it's a psychological milestone.

"The moment you get to three digits, it has an emotional impact," says Eli Portnoy, CEO of CultureRanch, which studies consumer behavior. "It's a barrier no one wants to cross, and Disney is going to have to be careful about crossing it."

Walt may never have contemplated asking people to fork over a Benjamin to enter his parks. But today's execs appear plenty comfortable with the rising single-day price, which has swelled by 70 percent during the past 10 years.

The single-day ticket prices for Disney and Universal are strategically increased to make the parks' multiday passes seem like a deal. By offering a discounted per-day admission, Universal and Disney packages keep people on their properties longer so they can spend more on turkey legs and princess makeovers or wizard wands.

What the parks have to worry about is whether it could hit a price that finally causes people to change how often they go, or whether they go at all.

Theme parks would certainly want to avoid the perception that they're becoming out of reach for average families, such as tickets to professional sporting events.

Joe Couceiro, a former chief marketing officer for SeaWorld, says there is always consternation among the executive ranks when prices are about to reach a significant threshold.

"I remember when we were breaking the $30 barrier, I was concerned about that," he said.

But $100 is a whole new Frontierland.

The triple digits are virgin territory.

What would Walt have done?

Considering Disney once said he believed in the "worthwhileness of the pursuits in entertainment for the masses," he might have been sensitive to the symbolism of a $100 single-day ticket.

But he was also a businessman. And Disney has successfully edged prices from 1971's general admission of $3.50 — not adjusted for inflation — and has only seen attendance explode.

Perhaps Walt would aim to roll out a big new splash — think Avatar or, hopefully, for Disney's sake, something with a stronger brand — to coincide with slipping past $100. He would likely want to emphasize the added value a family is getting along with the price increase.

And, maybe, he would try to stay at $99.99 for as long as possible.

End of quoted material.
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Posted: June 11, 2012, 8:31 am Quote

Head's up, WDW Annual Pass buyers for you and the family which includes children:  

After the recent price increase someone noticed this:  

No more child discount when buying a child a WDW Annual Pass.  At age 3 from now on, and older than age 3, all WDW Annual Passes cost the same!  That's right!  No more ages 3-9 Annual Passes cost $xxx then older than age 9 APs cost the adult rate....  now they all cost the same for ages 3 and older!  :angry:

Check it out:

http://ultimateorlando.blogspot.com/2012....vin+yee

This pricing is NOT affecting child ages 3-9 ticket prices in Magic Your Way or regular ticketing or multi-day park tickets or park hoppers.  Only for Annual Passes to WDW.

Apparently not affecting Disneyland.  But family AP buyers might want to check that....

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