Best Value-Added Disney Vacation Experiences – Episode 490

DISDads Podcast Episode 490 - Best Value-Added Disney Vacation Experiences with Host: Aaron Rittmaster and Panel: James Cameron, Brad Coates and Chad King
Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: James Cameron, Brad Coates, Chad King

The DISDads Podcast panel turns its attention this week to what might be collective referred to as “upcharge events” that are becoming increasingly common in connection with just about all Disney Destination vacations. We look at which of these value-added events are worth the extra cost and which just aren’t worth digging deeper into your pockets for.

Which is your favorite value-added Disney vacation experience? Which did you feel failed to give you your money’s worth? Tell us about them! 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

The DISDads Podcast is sponsored by Fantastic Memories Travel, LLC, and its Mouse Master Travel group, which focuses on Disney Destination vacations.

Not (Necessarily) the Disney News LIVE – Episode 488

Not (Necesarily) the Disney News LIVE - Episode 488

Join host Aaron Rittmaster and panelists Kevin Crossman and Jason Mitts for a LIVE podcast over at DisTalkRadio.com. We’ll be extending the spirit of April 1 for a few hours, bringing you a Disney-fan podcast version of the classic HBO series Not Necessarily the News. Remember to head over to DisTalkRadio early, so you can register for the chat. See you there!

The recorded episode is available now, for those of you who missed the live version.

DAD Show #204 – Weekend Dash to Disneyland with Kevin Crossman

DAD Show #204 - Weekend Dash to Disneyland with Kevin Crossman and host Aaron Rittmaster

Kevin Crossman is back this week to talk about his family’s quick weekend dash to Disneyland, chock-full of special event elements. Their short weekend getaway included Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, celebrating Pirates of the Caribbean’s 50th Anniversary, a nostalgic? reunion with the Electrical Parade, and just a bit of Fastpass magic.

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.

Our Favorite Disneyland Dark Rides – Episode 482

DISDads Podcast #482, Our Favorite Disneyland Dark Rides with Kevin Crossman, Chris Papciak, and David Platt, and host Aaron Rittmaster.

Host: Aaron Rittmaster

Panel: Kevin Crossman, Chris Papciak, David Platt

This week, the DISDads panel takes a visit to the Pacific Time Zone, talking about our favorite dark rides at Disneyland Resort. In addition to discussion of our favorite dark ride attractions, there’s some debate about which rides properly qualify as “dark rides.”

What’s your take on the “what’s a dark ride?” debate? And what are your favorites at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Were there any egregious omissions by the panel? 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 #202 – California Coastal Christmas with Don Donfris

DAD Show #202 - California Coast Christmas with Don Donfris and host Aaron Rittmaster

On this week’s DAD Show, Don Donfris talks about his family’s Christmas vacation in California. We get the word on shuttle transportation from LAX to Disneyland, enjoying Disneyland during the peak travel season, road-tripping to San Francisco, visiting Alcatraz, and the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio.

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, just like Roy David did last month – thanks for the review Roy!

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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.