Oh No! Something’s Gone Wrong! – Episode 476

Oh no! Something's gone wrong! - Episode 476
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, Roy David, Jason Mitts

In Episode 476, the DISDads Podcast panel discusses their favorite Disney attractions that rely on the “Oh no! Something’s gone wrong!” storytelling trope.

What are your favorite “something’s gone wrong” attraction? Tell us about it! Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

DAD Show #199 – DDCC V: #dontdrinkwithfeeney with Jay Gilbert

DAD Show #199 - DDCC V: #dontdrinkwithfeeney with Jay Gilbert

This week on the DAD Show, host Aaron Rittmaster talks with Jay Gilbert about his family vacation to Walt Disney World over Marathon Weekend 2017, including DISDads Club Convention V, running events for Jay’s wife and daughter, golf with Jay’s son, and a host of meet ups (some even with people who could ALMOST look Jay in the eye without the help of a chair). And we don’t let Jay get away with at least mentioning that unfortunate run-in with a Kraken.

The DAD Show is sponsored by Kingdom Strollers, Orlando’s Premium Stroller and Crib Rental source.

Have a trip report you’d like to share with us? Tell us about it! Email us at podcast@DisDads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

As Jay and I discuss at the end of the episode, THIS WEEKEND Jay and Carl will once again be “Freezin’ for a Reason.” They’re doing a Polar Bear Superplunge – 25 outdoor plunges in 24 hours in Pennsylvania in February – to raise money for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. We encourage you to support their effort. You can go to Jay’s fundraising page to make your donation directly to Special Olympics. As I’m preparing to post this, he’s at 70% of his fundraising goal. I know that we can pull together and help him reach that goal!

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Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increases – Analysis

2017-2018 WDW Ticket Price Increase Analysis

I’ve been tracking ticket prices at Walt Disney World since the 2011-2012 price increases. With seven years of detailed price data, perhaps we can begin to discern some patterns and strategies emerging over time. First, let’s examine the raw numbers:

Walt Disney World Price Increases 2011-2017, in Dollars

You can click on the graph to see it full-size and read the numbers clearly. But even seeing just the trend lines is useful. The first thing I notice is that, even though the focus of news reports is often on the price of a single-day ticket, the real story starts with 4-day tickets. That single day ticket price is bunched together tightly, with the exception of the big jump in 2016 because we use the highest-priced single-day ticket for tracking purposes, and that is the year that dynamic pricing was introduced. But look at the gaps in the graph if you track 4-day tickets – there appear to be above-average increases at that point every year since 2012.  (more…)

Disneyland Price Increases 2017 – The Basics

2017-2018 Disneyland Ticket Prices

Ticket
Length 

2016
Adult
2017
Adult
Rate of
Change
2016
Child
2017
Child
Rate of
Change
1 Day*  $119 $124 4.2% $113 $138 4.42%
1 Day PH* $169 $174 2.96% $163 $168 3.07%
2 Day $195 $199 2.05% $183 $187 2.19%
2 Day PH $235 $244 3.83% $223 $232 4.04%
3 Day $255 $270 5.88% $243 $258 6.17%
3 Day PH $295 $315 6.78% $283 $303 7.07%
4 Day $280 $290 3.57% $265 $275 3.77%
4 Day PH $320 $335 4.69% $305 $320 4.92%
5 Day $295 $305 3.39% $280 $290 3.57%
5 Day PH $335 $350 4.48% $320 $335 4.69%
Theme Park Parking $18 $20 11.11% *Single day tickets are subject to variable seasonal pricing. This chart is based on Peak season pricing.
Resort Hotel Guest Parking $18 $20 11.11%

This round of price increases for Disneyland Resort was mostly pretty moderate, all things considered. After rather sharp increases in the wake of the Carsland expansion, this year’s price hikes for non-Passholders peak around 7%. I hesitate to draw to many conclusions about what these prices might reveal about deeper strategy on the part of Disney management, especially since most of the Disneyland prices are nice “round” $5, $10, or $15 increments. But there is at least some suggestion here that smaller increases for 1-2 day tickets may be an effort to offer an alternative for locals who were on the edge of the Seasonal AP market, and may instead purchase regular tickets for a few short trips, rather than purchase an AP (the prices for which have increased at steeper rate).

At the opposite end, slower rates of increase for four and five day tickets may indicate continued efforts to emphasize the tourist market. That argument is perhaps bolstered by relatively steep price increases for parking – an element that many tourists avoid when staying at a hotel of the Disneyland Resort by traveling without a car. But the change from $18 – $20 may also be little more than simplifying the payment collection process – eliminating the slowdown of passing out $2 in change per car.

Star Wars Land is the next major construction project with a scheduled opening for Disneyland, and it’s not set to open until 2019. If recent practice holds up, that should mean that we get one more year of moderate price increases next year, before a larger price hike on the cusp of the big opening.

Our WDW Fine Dining Favorites – Episode 474

Our WDW Fine Dining Favorites - Episode 474

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Eric Anderson, James Cameron, Chad King

The panel gets back to talking about food at Walt Disney World in style, discussing our favorite fine dining experiences.

What are your favorite WDW fine dining experiences? Have you tried some of the new Disney Springs restaurants that the panel was looking forward to trying? Tell us about it! Leave a comment here on the blog; Email us at podcast@disdads.com; tweet us at DisDadsPodcast on Twitter; and check out our DISDads Podcast Facebook page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d also really appreciate it if you took a moment to leave us a review on iTunes (If you didn’t enjoy the show, feel free to ignore that last link).

Our outro music is “Whiskey on the Mississippi” by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Walt Disney World Price Increases 2017 – The Basics

2017-2018 WDW Ticket Prices

Price increases were released today for Walt Disney World and Disneyland. This is the first of a series articles about the price increases, focusing first on Walt Disney World. Let’s start by looking at the basic year-over-year price increases (prices include 6.5% sales tax):

Ticket
Length 

2016
Adult
2017
Adult
Rate of
Change
2016
Child
2017
Child
Rate of
Change
1 Day*  $132.06 $132.06 None $125.67 $125.67 None
2 Day  $215.13 $211.94 -1.49% $202.35 $199.16 -1.58%
3 Day $308.85 $307.79 -0.34% $289.68 $288.62 -0.37%
4 Day $346.13  $372.75 7.69% $324.83 $351.45 8.2%
5 Day $362.10 $394.05 8.82% $340.80 $372.75 9.38%
6 Day $378.08 $415.35 9.86% $356.78 $394.05 10.45%
7 Day $394.05 $436.65 10.81% $372.75 $415.35 11.43%
8 Day $404.70 $447.30 10.53% $383.40 $426.00 11.11%
9 Day $415.35 $457.95 10.26% $394.05 $436.65 10.81%
10 Day $426.00 $468.60 10.00% $404.70 $447.30 10.53%
PH Option
(2-3 Days)
$58.58 $63.90 9.09% $58.58 $63.90 9.09%
PH Option
(4-10 Days)
$68.16 $73.49 7.81% $68.16 $73.49 7.81%
WPF&M /
PH+ (2-3)
$101.18 $90.53 -10.53% $101.18 $90.53 -10.53%
WPF&M /
PH+ (4-10)
$101.18 $95.85 -5.26% $101.18 $95.85 -5.26%

*1 Day ticket pricing is varied and dynamic. This figure is for the highest-priced ticket season for the Magic Kingdom, the premium-priced theme park.

In addition to the price increases, some significant policy changes were also announced:

  1. Walt Disney World multi-day tickets now carry an expiration date, even if unused. Tickets purchased now must be used by December 31, 2018. Once a ticket is used, all ticket options expire 14 days after that first use. A completely unused ticket that expires may be exchanged for credit toward a valid ticket, equal to the amount paid for the expired ticket.
  2. A $20 premium will be charged for 3-day or longer multi-day tickets, purchased at at theme park ticket window or at Guest Relations.
  3. Park Hopper® remains a flat-rate option, with a different flat rate applying to 2-3 day tickets and 4-10 day tickets.
  4. The “Water Parks Fun & More” option has been replaced with Park Hopper® Plus. Park Hopper Plus includes all of the same supplementary admissions, except for the soon-to-close DisneyQuest. The more notable difference is that the supplementary options cannot be purchased independent of Park Hopper. They’re included in a single package.

I’m always skeptical that we can gain much insight from looking at one year-over-year price increase. I’ll be posting a multi-year trend analysis soon. But it’s worth noting that, even as prices overall will increase fairly substantially from 2016 to 2017, there are actually some price decreases in this mix. Short trips to Walt Disney World were actually made more affordable, with 2-day and 3-day tickets, and their Park Hopper/Park Hopper Plus Add-ons, all getting less expensive. The Park Hopper Plus price reduction is probably at least partially a recognition of the closure of DisneyQuest. We can only presume that the reduced pricing on 2-day and 3-day tickets is an effort to recapture some of the local park visitors, who may have been deterred from the parks by the sharp increases in single-day tickets over the last couple of years and operational changes like FastPass+.