Disney World, arguably the happiest place on earth, has hiked ticket prices in Florida, US, but not its standards. As visitors return to the park following the Covid hiatus, they are griping about broken rides and poor value-for-money cuisine. Some are even considering visiting other theme parks.
First, how much does it cost to enter? One of the most expensive locations appears to be the well-known Disney World, which bills itself as the “happiest place on earth.” Disney raised their ticket rates in Florida after shuttering during the pandemic to compensate for its losses.
Over the past 50 years, the cost of a Disney experience has increased by 3871% (even gas and oil prices haven’t increased this much). Even the numbers show that Disney is doing well, as the Mouse House reported in May 2022 that its second-quarter earnings increased by 50% to $3.7 billion (Rs 29,441 crore), while revenues increased by 23% to $19.2 billion (Rs 152,633 crore). This results from increased prices for many items and a larger crowd entering the theme park during the past year.
According to New York Post
- In 2021, the price of a single-day ticket to Disneyland rose to $164 from $126. (about Rs 13,050 now from Rs 10,030 in Jan 2021).
- A four-day hopper pass now costs $505 instead of $494 as of 2021. (about Rs 40,200 now as compared to Rs 39,300 in April 2021).
- The price of a Mickey ear headband rose from $30 to $40. (Rs 3200 now from Rs 2400 earlier).
- A Monsters Inc. water bottle that was once $5 is now $30. (Rs 3200 now from Rs 400 earlier).
- Now, a once-cheap Miss Piggy backpack goes for a staggering $95 (Rs 7500 now from Rs 6400 earlier).
- The price of “New England Seafood Pot Pie” at Ale & Compass in Disney World jumped from $3 to $28 (or from Rs 240 to Rs 2222), while “Brick’ Lemon-Herb Half Chicken” went up from $2 to $24. (from Rs 160 to Rs 1900).
- It was evident that Disney appears to have significantly increased its prices, which makes customers demand higher-quality services.
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What is wrong with Disney Park in Orlando, Florida, in the United States?
1. As if the price increase weren’t bad enough, patrons of Disney have also voiced their displeasure with the decline in food quality.
If you recall, Disney had discontinued its free tram service, transporting guests from the parking lot to the park gates during and after the pandemic. Nowadays, visitors must travel miles to enter.
2. Broken and defective rides: In August 2022, a technical issue caused Disney World’s “It’s A Small World” water-based boat attraction to stop working, leaving guests stuck for an hour. A TikTok video that showed a line of theme park boats filled with people coming to a complete stop close to the ride’s conclusion at the Magic Kingdom went viral. The video showed a ship that was filled slowly slipping into the ride’s waterway.
Even worse, many of the rides weren’t operating at once, and several visitors riding the Star Wars ride had to get off and exit the building.
3. Robot characters that have broken: A Twitter user called attention to how background characters, including Ariel’s lips, had fractured.
Hey Ariel… are you okay?… 👀
*we may not be after seeing this ride malfunction 😂 pic.twitter.com/f30qwh2sqe
— AllEars.Net (@AllEarsNet) March 25, 2022
‘Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid at Magic Kingdom is reportedly in disarray, according to a Reddit user. Half of the hermit crab effects waiting in line don’t function. Nearly every scene has a damaged element; for instance, the moray eel’s eyes, one of which is functional and the other broken. Something is damaged, disorganized, or not working on every ride so you could do this.
4. Rides are covered in grime: Disney’s well-known attraction, “Space Mountain,” appears to require a good cleaning because dirt covers the outside of the ride.
So what are the repercussions? Because customers have traditionally perceived Disney as a “not-for-profit” organization, many have suggested that guests should go to rival attractions like Sea World and Universal Studios instead. Many visitors have promised never to return, while others are considering buying Disney stock instead of shelling out a fortune for expensive attractions that are inoperable. Profiting from those shares would allow one to recoup their lost funds.
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