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Old 05-29-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Coffee Bean
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I just read on another thread that adult admission for peak days is now $135! The last time I was there was in 2009, and I was surprised how few people were there compared to 2000, the last time I was there. (Both times were in summer, btw, which is peak time, I think).

Just wondering how attendance has been, and also if the $400 per day per family cost (about) is actually worth it, in your opinion.
The Hubs and I were there in March. It wasn't quite that high, but it was over $100 per person per day (probably because it wasn't peak season prices yet).

I think it depends on what you mean by "worth it." Disney is expensive. End of conversation. There is no cheap way to do Disney unless you know someone with an employee/corporate discount. You can get small discounts here and there by belonging to various large employers or taking advantage of travel deals, but the cost is what it is.

For what it's worth, the cost per day goes down if you stay multiple days. We were only there for one day, so it was peak per day pricing, but if you stay 3+ days, the cost starts to really go down.

I think it was worth it because we love the experience of going to Disney (we go about every other year), but we make sacrifices throughout the year to afford it.

Also... my funny experience - I had never been to Disneyland - I had always gone to Disney World, and I have to say... I was PROFOUNDLY disappointed at the size of Cinderella's castle... I mean geez!

But It's a Small World at Disneyland is WAY better than It's a Small World at Disney World. Because life is about balance.
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Old 05-29-2018, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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We went to Disneyland in 1960.

It cost about $5.00 for admission.
I think the rides were a dollar.

I enjoyed the Alligator Safari where you rode in a boat and plastic alligators popped up from the water. The boat driver was dressed as a Safari guide and he shot them with a pistol. One of the alligators malfunctioned and it kept popping up no matter how many times he shot at it.

Knott's Berry farm was much better than Disneyland.
Admission was free at Knott's and the train ride through the mine was really great.

There was also a chapel that had a big picture of Jesus with eyes that were supposed to follow you when you moved. People sat there and prayed. Two kids were there with pea shooters, one on the left one on the right shooting at the picture trying to see if they could make the eyes blink. It just looked like a regular picture to me. I guess the eyes only moved for believers.

The best part of the whole trip was driving to California on Route 66.
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Old 06-06-2018, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I was last in Disneyland in 1970. I think a coupon book was about $5. Must be up to $15 by now.

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Old 08-30-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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We went in January of this year on a Monday. Clear pleasant day in the high 60's. We got through the entrance line in about 15 minutes. Crowds were light until the evening when I think they knock down admission and the place became very crowded.


Paid 120.00 for an adult ticket. Remember back in the 60's during Vietnam tickets were five bucks. Group of us were in the Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton. We took a taxi from the base up to Anaheim. Grand daughter enjoyed it and has been there several times.
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:11 PM
 
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Okay, a little trip down memory lane here.

In 1955, I was four years old and was told by my father that we visited Disneyland for the first time during that year, which was the year Disneyland opened. We lived three miles away.

Between 1958 and 1962, I visited Disneyland many, many times. The reason was that my parents would drop me off there on Saturdays when they had lots to do. It cost $1.25 for admission and ticket books were $5.00. But, I never got the ticket books. There were a number of us neighborhood kids who visited on Saturdays due to our parents dropping us off (kind of like how people many years later would drop their kids at the mall). Believe me, in those days, Disneyland was the safest place you could have for your kids.

We all ended up outside the entrance around 4 or 5 o'clock waiting for our parents to pick us up. While there, many times, someone would walk up to me and ask, "do you live around here?" when I would answer yes, they would respond, "We are from (fill in the state) and won't be coming back here, would you like the tickets we haven't used?" I had a stack of tickets in my bedroom that was probably four inches tall. Never any "E" tickets and rarely a "D", but a bunch of "A", "B" and "C", which would let me roam around the park for many hours.

One time, I was roaming near the Carnation Ice Cream House on Main Street and who should I see coming out of the employee entrance but Walt Disney. He came over to me and asked if I was having a good time. It was like God talking to me! I understand that he used to go to the park quite frequently and take a look around.

Another time, when I was in 4th or 5th grade, all the choir students in our school were bussed to Disneyland to sing in front of Indian Prime Minister Nehru who wanted to visit Disneyland on his tour of the U.S. Again, I was to meet Walt Disney there and he handed out ticket books to all of us kids personally.

After leaving the area, my Disneyland trips were seriously curtailed, but I still have many fond memories of my days in the park.

If any of you are interested in a view of the old rides and attractions that are no longer there, take a look at www.yesterland.com .

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Old 08-30-2018, 07:20 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I just read on another thread that adult admission for peak days is now $135! The last time I was there was in 2009, and I was surprised how few people were there compared to 2000, the last time I was there. (Both times were in summer, btw, which is peak time, I think).

Just wondering how attendance has been, and also if the $400 per day per family cost (about) is actually worth it, in your opinion.
The last time I went to Disneyland admission was $12 and you bought your ticket rides separately. ("E" Tickets were the *best* rides}. There isn't really any reason why I would even consider paying this kind of money for admission to the park. I'd rather take that money and go to a casino.
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Old 09-01-2018, 11:49 PM
 
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I visited LA with family a few months ago. We had planned a few activites but NOT DL.

One day, we thought about doing Disney Land instead of doing one of our planned activity - I checked the prices online and then called them to verify my shock - it was $1,750 for a family of four for ONE day pass!

My brother who had visited DL a couple of years ago, once told me that in his opinion, it’s old, small, beaten up and ran-down, and nothing like the theme parks in Orlando - I immediately remembered his feedback and decided not to go as it didn’t seem worth it.

This was my personal experience; however, different people may have a different feedback as taste and budget varies from person to person.
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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One day, we thought about doing Disney Land instead of doing one of our planned activity - I checked the prices online and then called them to verify my shock - it was $1,750 for a family of four for ONE day pass!
While I personally think ticket prices are too high at this time in Disneyland, I gotta call BS on this!
The highest ticket price at this time is $135--that's $540 for one day for a family of four, less if the children are under 12. That's still too high for my way of thinking, but a long way from $1,750!

Unless, of course, you are trying to go to both Disneyland and California Adventure which would entail buying two tickets for each person, but even that would come up to $1,080. Still a far cry from $1,750. (and would only let you stay in each park for half a day--not a good idea).

Unless you're also including the cost of flying that family of four to SoCal to visit the park
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:45 PM
 
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While I personally think ticket prices are too high at this time in Disneyland, I gotta call BS on this!
The highest ticket price at this time is $135--that's $540 for one day for a family of four, less if the children are under 12. That's still too high for my way of thinking, but a long way from $1,750!

Unless, of course, you are trying to go to both Disneyland and California Adventure which would entail buying two tickets for each person, but even that would come up to $1,080. Still a far cry from $1,750. (and would only let you stay in each park for half a day--not a good idea).

Unless you're also including the cost of flying that family of four to SoCal to visit the park
lol haha
Air tickets would be about $900 a piece from where I live - plus another $400 a night + plus taxes if I wanted to book a theme hotel inside Disney.
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Nope, not our thing. Haven't been to DL since 2001 I think. And even though I visit family in FL every year, I haven't been to one of those Disney parks since 2002.

Even though we enjoy roller coasters, there are far more thrilling ones in significantly cheaper amusement parks throughout the country. I give credit to Disney for their immersive theming, but we'd rather save our money and see real life beauty by hiking in the mountains. We may go to a Disney park in the future just for the experience, but it's currently at the low end of our travel priorities. I can see the appeal for families....maybe, but it just isn't for us.
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