WDW Split Stays – Episode 478

WDW Split Stays - Episode 478 with host Aaron Rittmaster and Panelists Brett C. Williams, Terry Hawkins, and Paul

Host: Aaron Rittmaster
Panel: Brett C. Williams, Terry Hawkins Paul

Panelist Brett C. Williams suggested this week’s topic, after his last trip report that included his story of an initially un-planned Walt Disney World Split Stay. The panel discusses the various benefits of staying at more than one resort hotel during a single Walt Disney World vacation, talks about some pitfalls that can be avoided with good planning, and our favorite resorts for and ways to leverage a split stay vacation.

Have you ever planned a split-stay vacation at Walt Disney World? What did you like about it? What were things that you didn’t enjoy about splitting your stay? 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).
Shoutout to Roy David who left us a great review a couple of weeks ago. Thank you Roy! We’re glad you appreciate our uniquely “Dad” perspective on Disney vacations.

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

DAD Show #200 – Disney Cruise Line Miami Magic with Zach Hazlett

DAD Show #200 - Disney Cruise Line Miami Magic with Zach Hazlett
This week, Zach Hazlett sat down with DAD Show host Aaron Rittmaster to talk about his adults-only cruise on the Disney Magic out of Miami. Zach talks about all aspects of the cruise – restaurants, ports, entertainment and more. From Key Lime Pie in Key West to the Castaway Cay 5K, from a private mixology seminar to a big win at Bingo, “Herbal Essence” covers it all.

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).

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.  Read 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.