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Is This Affordable for Americans? $10,000 Disney Vacations Have Guests Going Into Debt.

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Disney prices are always up for debate and criticism, and the latest reports call to question some concerning realities about the Disney vacation price divide.

We at Disney Fanatic have reported on the concerning price rises that Disney has seen over the last year, and unfortunately, every time one might think there isn’t something new, a new critique comes to light. A luxury magazine recently called out the Disney Park experience, calling the Parks a place for “waiting, whining, and abysmal food.” Additionally, a Guest even went so far as to justify “selling her kids’ souls” for the Disney VIP experience.

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The Walt Disney Company/Courtesy of Disney

Per a recent article from Fox Business, the price divide in Disney just seems to be increasing by the day rather than reducing in any way, shape, or form. As the article mentioned,

But data shows those who would most like to visit the amusement park are people less likely to be able to afford it. Yet many make the trek regardless, pointing to the power the Disney brand holds on the average American.

The report also referenced the fact that Disney is such a sought-after experience that many Guests have gone into debt to get their chance at feeling the Disney magic and having the Disney experience.

This phenomenon of pricing out families was particularly noted during the former Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s (known by some Disney fans as Bob “Paycheck”) tenure. His rising unpopularity eventually resulted in his exit with his predecessor, current Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, returning to fix the mess Chapek left in his wake.

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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger with Mickey Mouse/Courtesy of Disney

Related: Recent Interview Reveals Disney’s Pricing Structure Meant to Give Guests a Choice

The fact is, be it a Disney World vacation or a Disneyland vacation, the Disney vacation price divide is a real one.

The costs of going to the Park are only increasing, with ticket prices, dining options, and more just going up daily, while the United States is predicted to go through a mild recession at the beginning of 2023. The article reported one family even spent $10,000 on their Disney vacation, accounting for airfare as well. The glaring juxtaposition of the financial reality for many Americans against Disney’s increasing prices is noteworthy.

Of course, with Iger’s return, some complimentary services have slowly started popping up for Disney Guests to enjoy, particularly in celebration of Disney’s centennial. The Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration at the Parks is certainly one many fans look forward to.

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Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort/Courtesy of Disney

While only time will tell what is in store for the Mouse House, the operational discrepancies of actually looking after their Guests is one Disney will do well to note. So far, it appears things are improving again, and here’s hoping they continue, especially since Disney feels they are “obligated” to listen to their fans. So perhaps, a Walt Disney World Resort visit will indeed become more affordable soon.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios/Courtesy of Disney

More on the Walt Disney Company and its Parks: 

The Walt Disney Company is a soon-to-be 100-year-old entertainment giant based in the United States. It was begun by the visionary Walt Disney in 1923 and has taken over the entertainment industry whether through Theme Parks or movies and merchandise. Central Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most popular Disney Resorts and is home to four Disney Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disneys Hollywood Studios, Disneys Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The Disney Resort also offers many a Disney Resort hotel to stay onsite.

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About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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