Disneyland gets ready to Rock Your Disney Side with another 24 Hour Party as ticket prices go up again

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disney, Disney Parks, Disneyland Resort


Published on May 19, 2014 at 5:44 am with 151 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • SteveColorado

    As someone who grew up in San Diego and went to DL frequently, I have no plans of ever going back. The last time I went (took my son for his first time) in 2009, the park was insanely overcrowded due to the new fireworks and fantasmic shows (just before the AP blackouts). And from what I have read here since then, it has gotten worse. As much as I loved DL, I will not go back – the locals and their cheap tickets have ruined it for us. Any plans to reduce or eliminate the number of passes will be a good step, imo.

  • Cyette

    The crowds are the biggest turn-off for us; I’m understanding everyone who’s throwing their hands up and choosing to walk away. The crowds keep us away more than the strain on our pocketbook, and for us, yep, it’s a strain.

    Let’s talk costs just for a second. Imagine the cost every night for the fireworks. The parades. The utilities. Salary. Insurance. Ad infinitum. I know Disney’s making money hand over fist, but I believe (new attractions not on the horizon nonwithstanding) they do put money into some awesome little touches not seen at many other places.

    Here’s a link to a video from Disney Parks, spotlighting the cosmetologists. It demonstrates the extreme lengths Disney goes to in achieving the ephemeral nature of the magic. (In this case, wigs being restyled after each performance.) It’s not just the attractions (old or new), it’s the people. Gosh, I am so grateful to all of these talented people, behind the scenes, and the ones “on stage”, and all the dreamers who built Walt’s dream in the first place. How can you put a price on this? It’s why I can’t help coming back….at least for now…..


  • Sleepy505

    My family and I have been going for 21 years straight and in October it will be 22 and in 2015 60th anniversary, I’m sure it will be our last for many years, yes everyone has made very good comments and not so good but I can understand how some may get very frustrated and it’s because it’s a place we all love and the thought of prices keep going up it leaves a lot of hurt feelings because it’s not affordable for many.

    In the last two years we have been there you can see a big difference in wait times due to over crowding and yes the park in some areas do look run down all you have to do is look at it’s small world from these photos and there is just no up keep as well as many other attractions and it seems like this time of the year many favorite attractions are closed.

    Many mice chatters do make viable comments and from what I have read through other stories and on line many of you are correct, one story stated it had to stop over crowding because of So Cal residents pass holders and another story said Disney should have never made financing easy for pass holders as well, it’s just what I read, but one story said it all, they do it cause they can.

    As for my family and I will continue going this year and next and like many others said there are other things to do as well and we will pursue those other options in our future. Disney Lovers I wish you all the best.

  • Kenny B

    The comments about “locals ruining the park”, I find amusing. They’re the ones who live close, why wouldn’t the show up to possibly the finest theme park in the world in droves? Also, comments stating “I’ve gone to DL for years, and will never return” —– well, your helping the park be quite not as crowded — I guess Disney is getting what it wants, while delivering what(it appears) a majority of Mice Chatters want, a less crowded Disney Land.

    This thread has too much animosity, and too much focus on themselves and their families.

    Take your family to Knotts — I know for one, as a kid, I didn’t give a hoot about characters and the “Disney Magic”. You can create your own “magic” if you want your experience to be magical. I just wanted to ride fun rides(and the occasional novelty food item!)

    Again, I feel too many of you are expected to be catered to individually — and are scorning others for being at “your park”. Disneyland is for everyone, and from what I’m reading — many of you don’t like sharing it with others.

    • ayalexander

      lalala I can’t hear you, I’m too self absorbed in my Disneyland! Ha ha just kidding. But in a way you are right. Disneyland is for everyone, but one thing Disneyland Resort prides itself on is making people feel like Disneyland is just for them, individually. Disneyland treats its guests like individuals. So when Disney does something we don’t agree with, it actually affects us… -that’s Disney Magic, the emotional attachment we each have to the park. But yes, you’re right Disneyland is my park and I don’t want none of your going there! Just kidding.

  • Circlevision91

    At the risk of alienating the masses I think it’s time for a representative of the maligned “elite” step up to the soap box for a moment.

    My family’s status as huge Disneyland fans has continued nonstop since 1955. Throughout we have been blessed with a comfortable existence, and over time our Disney leisure time has come to reflect that. We were annual passholders from the beginning of their availability and were on the Club 33 waiting list for almost two decades. We found the payment plan to be a wonderful thing in years when we weren’t sure family members would be around enough to justify the cost of an annual passport (due to college and such). But I must say that the payment plan, regardless of whatever machinations have caused forum members to sound off above this post, was the beginning of the attendance upswing. As a regular visitor I pinpoint the beginning of the explosion as originating with the opening of Carsland and Buena Vista Street. I remember the initial weeks, seeing the hundreds of people lined up to obtain their first annual pass. The payment plan didn’t attract a huge group of undesirables (though everyone has to admit that there’s always some in every crowd… Club 33 included) but it did encourage those who would otherwise take pause at laying down several hundred dollars at once to take the plunge. The result is clear.

    The 30% fewer attractions argument that keeps being advanced may have SOMETHING ever so slightly to do with it, but we haven’t lost 30% of the attractions since the beginning of the payment plan. The parks weren’t nearly this crowded when the alleged attractions began disappearing. Quite the opposite – capacity has expanded. Prices have increased, and if supply and demand are assumed to be functioning as typically expected, the increased price level should decrease demand. It hasn’t. In fact demand has only INCREASED. Why? Maybe the threshold price hasn’t been reached, but I find that silly. There is only one valid explanation: payment plans. Half my law school class has an AP… and most of them are originally form out of state. And they’re all on fixed incomes. How do penniless students afford passes like that? Payment plan. And I can organize quite the conga line of students to prove it.

    I also want to address the attitude toward the “elite.” People on this board operate on the assumption that Disney will continue to convince a certain echelon of income to pony up money; a mythology of unlimited resources. Frankly, Disney knows this is not the case and if they neglect to realize it they will transform Club 33 from a vibrant club of passionate Disney fans to a very quiet…though very beautiful…collection of lounges. The talk behind the private door at 1901 is fascinating to listen to. A VERY large percentage of current Club 33 members (from the expansion) are prepared to walk should the rates be jacked much further. Indeed, the increased park hopper prices, as well as the completed renovation, suggest that the time is ripe for Disney to make a move. At some point the “elite” will be tapped out… there are only so many willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for Disney. There is a market for premium experiences… just like any other facet of the economy. Even if Disney CAN replace all members who do walk after a major rate increase, they will run out soon after and lose business as the rich move away from Club 33 and instead decide to buy into an equity membership at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach… where they would be able to control their fate.

    The elite is sensitive to price hikes. This is because they have options. There’s that Mediterranean Cruise the Mrs has been dying for. Or the oceanfront house on Newport Coast. The initiation fee for Club 33 is dangerously close to equaling that of the finest private golf club in San Diego, and the yearly fee is already higher… and those other golf clubs give their members voting rights on Club policy. Club 33 does not. It’s only a matter of time before that threshold price is reached for ALL of us… whether we’re rich or poor or middle class. Disney knows this. And if they want to be successful they won’t forget it.

    You can’t make your shareholders happy if you drive your customer base away. It may be unfashionable of me to say so, but Disney must necessarily care about their customers… it must keep them happy and coming back. The current crowd levels, I’d argue, are only depreciating the park experience. Price hikes may do the same, but they may also enhance the average park experience as well. But rest assured there is a threshold. And accounting for changes in inflation, I think that once the payment plan is done away with we will be very close to the threshold where people will stop coming. Club 33 is already very close to that threshold. We’ll see if they cross it this coming January.

  • Marko50

    OK. Here’s something I thought I’d see somewhere before 3+ pages of comments, but I haven’t. Prolly because it would also lead to opposition, but if it works, maybe it should be considered.

    What about making reservations to the park(s)? Not fastpass to the attractions, but to enter the park(s). I would think that would surely control attendance. Sure, you’d lose the spontaneity of just showing up…you’d lose AP’s coming for just a few hours after work…prolly other things I haven’t thought of. But, once you got it, you’d have a better experience due to controlled access.

    OK. Time for someone to tell me why it won’t work. :)

    • ayalexander

      You know… that’s not a bad idea. I mean Disneyland would be booked at least 6 months in advanced, but you’d have crowd control, you’d have the opportunity to staff the park correctly (for once) and parking wouldn’t be such an issue. Bravo Marko!

  • toemblem

    The ticket prices are a bit high but the food and drink pricing is obscene. A bottle of water and a churro for $7. They should be embarrassed.
    From my viewpoint, getting rid of payment plans should reasonably thin the AP heard. It seems to me that when that was introduced, that is when the AP numbers soared.

    • toemblem