I'm a big fan of the site, frequent reader and finally just joined today, and I am excited to make my first post, I think and hope it's a good one...Anyway, my post is both a question and hopefully a good chat topic that many of you will enjoy reading and commenting on.
My question is in regard to the "Ticket Values" that are assigned to rides and attractions at Disney Parks. From my reading, I've noticed that in many articles, and often in Micechats and other Disney blogs, people frequently define ride quality with their old style ticket values, i.e. a major attraction=E-Ticket.
My question is this, how are those values defined today? How does an attraction built after the era of individual ride tickets get a "Ticket Value"? Does Disney and imagineering decide an attraction will be a certain ticket level during the budgeting and design process? Is this just a way to give reference to the quality of an attraction for us fans who are interested or does Disney still use these definitions in-house for planning the budgets and scope of attractions? Are these values today just assigned by the opinions of outsiders and therefore extremely debatable?
Also, I'm interested to know your opinions on a few other related issues: Do old rides decline in ticket value? Might an E-ticket 30 years ago be only a D or C today? What characteristics define each level for you? What makes an E-Ticket or what makes it a C?
Also, I would love to see a list of ticket values of current and upcoming attractions of DL and DCA so if anyone has one or feels like contributing one that would be great! (Hopefully and likely there will be some disagreement on this which will spawn further debate.) Also, if anyone can produce a copy of the last list of ticket values from before the individual ride tickets were eliminated that would be really interesting. (And no I haven't looked on Yesterland for this, so if it's there, I apologize for my laziness and would love for someone to provide a link.)
Anyway, since this is my first post I thought I'd say a little about myself, sorry this is so long, but you don't have to read this is you're not interested. My name is Alan and I'm a 32 year old Project Manager for an Architectural firm in San Pedro, Ca and a Cal Poly, SLO Architecture grad, and like a few others of you, a lifelong wannabe Imagineer. (My Senior Thesis was in theme park design with a focus on business in the contsruction industry.)
I have been a frequent visitor of DL since I can remember (Early 80's) and come from a family with a long love of Disney. My grandparents have a wonderful picture of my Mom and her syblings standing with Walt in front of the Castle from around 1958 so we've got quite a tradition of love for the Magic Kingdom.