Disney Parks Lose ‘Magic’ Over High Costs For Families

Getting the “Disney experience” has become so expensive that a vast majority of park enthusiasts say Disney World is out of reach and has “lost its magic” for most families.

A survey of nearly 2,000 self-described Disney enthusiasts found that a stunning 92.6% believe that the park experience is monetarily out of reach for the average American family.

The gambling website time2play released a study that also showed 68.3% of respondents believe the enormous costs of the park make it seem that it has lost its magic.

For the record, a standard one-day ticket on a Friday to Disney World is $134, but that is subject to change on busier dates. The facility’s website shows that prices go from $139-$154 through October.

Prices continued to climb during the roaring inflation of the Biden administration. This resulted in almost 50% of Disney enthusiasts reporting they have had to postpone vacations because of cost.

The average price of a day ticket to Disney World inflates 7.4% each year. Stretched out over the next nine years, and that puts the average for a day at the park at $253.20. Flashback to 1971 and it cost $3.50 to go through the gates.

Adjusted for inflation, that’s $22.61 in current dollars.

And then, of course, there are the long lines. For an additional $15 per person, Genie+ gives access to “Lightning Lanes” where you may bypass the regular lines and get onto rides and into attractions with less of a wait time.

Even the Genie+ service has add-ons, as it does not apply to all Lightning Lanes. There is an additional charge within the Genie+ app to be able to skip ahead for these attractions.

Over two-thirds of respondents to the time2play poll said they did not feel as though they got the “Disney experience” if they did not pay for the upcharge to be able to skip longer lines.

On the West Coast, the cost of a standard one-park ticket at Disneyland in September is about $149. The website lists October prices as being between $135-$165 per day.

Besides its recent record of being anything but family-friendly on the social issues front, Disney is pricing itself out of consideration for many. When average American parents are turned off by its policies, pricing and otherwise, they will look elsewhere for entertainment.