there is so much wrong here. While yes, the ticket books were affordable, they were also misleading. You would buy your ticket book and head over to the magic kingdom at 10:00am, just to realize that the ticket book did not let you do everything. While there were less attractions than today, you had even less tickets. And those dang A and B tickets. You wanted a book full of E tickets. So it meant that Dad had to find one of those ticket booths to buy more tickets or give you dollars for more rides.Haha I knew I was going to be called out for ticket booklets. The tickets were fair and affordable. You knew exactly what you were buying in plain English. In some ways it was actually more transparent than today. If you do research into the booklets, you’ll find that a collection of tickets was sold for one price at gate. You were guaranteed a day of fun at one price. Now you have to buy a base ticket. Then if you really want to enjoy more than a handful of attractions, you’ll need to buy additional fast passes (coming soon!) or buy into a special event. Worst of all, sometimes those events cut into regular park hours. On October 17th, I’d have to pay 124 USD to go to the Magic Kingdom even though the park closes at 6 PM for “a special ticketed event.”
Instead of building attractions, Disney is keen to just kick people out and charge people again for special events or line cutting. The more and more they do this, the less and less valuable a park ticket is. It’s starting to feel like a park ticket is kind of the lowest class of citizens. Then we have our resort hotel guests. Then we have the individuals willing to pay out for the holiday events. Then we have our nighttime and morning access events. Then we have the tours. Soon they’ll add on the paid Fast Passes too!
The best comparison is to buy a ticket booklet. Then to use the tickets you just bought you have to buy another booklet and be staying at the Disneyland Hotel.
Oh and as for Batuu. I’ve been trying to stay open minded. I haven’t visited. But I’ll tell you this, there was nothing “thoughtful and intentioned” about cramming it into Disneyland. Nothing. I’ll see how the storytelling is in a few months!
May the Spires keep you!
As afternoon settled in, armed with those additional tickets, you headed off to ride the haunted mansion only to discover that the whole place was shutting down. That's right, the whole park closed at 6pm every day. (not just on select days in August thru December)
So now what was Bob and the family supposed to do for the rest of the day?
Pay for a Dinner Show
Pay for a Sunset Cruise on 7 Seas Lagoon
Pay for the Water Ski Show out front
Pay for a horse ride over at the Fort.
Pay for scuba diving lessons.
Pay for cocktails on the junk.
Pay to use the tennis courts at the Contemporary.
Pay for a few rounds of golf.
Pay for the Dinner Show at the Fort.
Pay for the Luau at the Polynesian Village.
Watch the free fireworks? What fireworks?