Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

Disney fans are postponing their trip to Walt Disney World due to the theme park losing “its magic”. According to a survey, these fans say one major cause for this is the increase in pricing. A family vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” is costing a pretty non-magical amount.

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Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

The gambling website Time2play recently surveyed almost 2,000 “self-described Disney World enthusiasts”. 68.3% reported that the price increases make them feel like Walt Disney World has “lost its magic.” 92.6% reported that they believe the high costs for the park have made vacations for the average family “out of reach.”

Pricing for tickets now varies by date but the cheapest one-day standard ticket costs $109. In 1971 when Magic Kingdom opened, a ticket cost just $3.50. Adjusting for inflation, that would be about $25.60 today. There has been an average price increase of 7.4% each year since the park opened.

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Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

Almost 50% of the survey respondents said they had postponed a Walt Disney World vacation in recent years due to the price increase.

“I understand inflation and all of those things. I understand cost increases,” Kentucky father Matt Day told the Washington Post earlier this year on the high prices. “I always had the impression that Disney was a family vacation destination, and that impression is why I was surprised to see how expensive it truly was — and how out of reach it is for most American families.”

The survey also showed that most Disney fans felt they wouldn’t get a true Disney World experience if they didn’t pay for upgrades. Things like the new Disney Genie+ that allows guests to skip the longer lines cost an extra $15 per person. And that doesn’t include ALL of the rides that offer “Lightning Lane”. Some are a separate cost all on their own.

What do you think about the continuous price increases at Disney theme parks? Has Disney lost its magic?

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One thought on “Recent Poll suggests that Disney World has lost its Magic

  1. I totally agree. They’re pricing the avg family out. I for one will not be renewing our season passes. It seems the prices go up and amenities disappear or start getting priced and extras go down or elimated.

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