I Googled really fast and October 16, 2018 is mentioned a lot as a price increase. Maybe the year was confused for the OP? I know that kind of thing happens to me all the time.Source?
Do we have the same parents????I Googled really fast and October 16, 2018 is mentioned a lot as a price increase. Maybe the year was confused for the OP? I know that kind of thing happens to me all the time.
I know people, like my parents, who think a movie ticket at $13-$20 each is too much for roughly 2 hours of entertainment. I don't think that's outrageous.
I also know people, like my parents, who think dropping $400 at Costco every Saturday is normal. I think that's beyond crazy for two people.
Is there a tipping point for me? Sure, I guess. Where is it? I dunno, honestly. I don't buy expensive clothes or do fancy dinners or have car payments/credit card debt. Disney is the one thing I give myself which costs a bit of money. The perfect storm of issues would have to hit me to stop going to the parks. I'd rather give up my Costco membership and make other sacrifices.
My biggest peeve with Disney costs right now isn't resorts, food or even parking, it's the constant charging extra for something that should have already been paid for. All these PPO and after hour evens (most of which used to be a part of regular summer park hours!) Now if you want to stay in the magic kingdom late, you either have to go on the one evening EMH night (which lasted till 1am in the past), or pay an extra 125 bucks. Want to stand in that sweet spot to view the fire works, well it will cost you an extra 80 bucks (but hey we will give you some cupcakes so it's ok) Pay extra for this meal, and we will give you the good seats at the show! Forget the people who lined up 4 hours ago waiting to get in! It's upsetting, not because we can't afford it, but because it feels like they are making us pay for things twice. It's a very different experience than it was when I first took my oldest daughter to Disney nearly 20 years ago. There were night time parades! The parks closed a 11-12 pm all summer! Fastpasses came one at a time, and you almost always got the ones you wanted. You could stand in that great spot to watch illuminations without having to pay for a cupcake you don't want. There is still a lot of magic at Disney...but if you want the "good" magic...well that will cost you extra!
We have been the "go every year" people - but I am getting seriously turned off from a number of aspects at WDW. I am leaning more towards Universal for Florida trips with a WDW party thrown in if possible. Disneyland, California though is still very much a thing for me. Too bad we are farther away from there now. I will try to make it to Disneyland for my Disney fixes - but probably every few years.Honestly, I feel like people who go every year will go every year regardless of pricing, and people like me who will have taken over seven years off between trips when we finally go will continue to go very sporadically. I would have liked to have gone in the last six years, but DH and I agreed that the cost was prohibitive when we could take two other vacations a year for the price of one disney trip.
I also love Disneyland so much better (I don't hate WDW - but I do hate the way they treat their off-site guests and you can't get the good fastpasses unless you stay at one of their overpriced rooms). Disneyland rocks though (and I also don't stay at their hotels).I consider Disney a weekend trip since I hate WDW, but I love DL.
Not sure where you stayed in Pigeon Forge but we can do the PF/Gatlinburg area with Dollywood, and all the area attractions for a fraction of what WDW costs! Same with any of the panhandle beach towns, week in a condo, go kart tracks, amusement parks, and whatever else the area offers for soooo much less.I don't think Disney is that out of line though compared to any other top tourist destination. I wonder if the question more is, do you want to spend the same amount of money and see something else? Or do you just not want to spend that much on a vacation in general?
You mentioned Pigeon Forge. DH & I went there 2 years ago. Total trip cost for a week was a little more then half the price as going to Disney for a week. But we drove ($150 in gas vs $1k for 2 to fly to Disney). And, we spent 3 full days in the Smokies, doing day hikes. If we didn't enjoy our National Parks and hiking which is a free attraction, we would have needed to pay for attractions to fill 3 full days.