I saw a news ticker on a local TV channel that mentioned the ticket price increases and a statement from Disney saying "The price increase reflects the value the guests receive in the parks" (or something to that effect). Lies and fairytales. Of course they're going to put that spin on it, but let's examine this "increased value" that today's park guest will receive:
A down-sized parade on Main Street
A closed Opera House
A broken Fantasmic
An empty People Mover track (though this isn't news)
And empty Motor Boat curise lagoon (again, not news)
A boarded-up DCA that makes the park even less navigable, especially during parade times.
An empty lagoon
A bulldozed Golden Dreams and Orange Stinger
And several main attractions slated for extended closures, either for maintenance or holiday overlays.
I realize some of these "negatives" will eventually become a huge "positive" like the Mermaid overtaking the yawn-inducing Golden Dreams, but for now, it is a closed attraction offering a one-day visitor nothing where once there was something.
So where is the increased value? All I can come up with is:
A new float in the Electrical Parade
Some fancy new lighting at Pixie Hollow
A flying Dumbo (alright, I do love this and even got a little choked up watching it, but it doesn't justify a price increase).
I guess we're paying in advance for the new DCA, but it doesn't seem right to me.