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Old 06-21-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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Why is Disneyland so expensive???

We were thinking of taking the kids to Disneyland next summer. My mom has a house in Palm Springs....so we would stay there and for a few days visit Disneyland. I couldn't believe the prices of the hotels and for parks that are smaller than WDW I was floored. Can anyone explain to me why the heck they are soooooooooo expensive?? I was looking at just a couple of days and prices were in the thousands for just a couple of days!!!!! We go to Disney World for that for a WEEK or more!!!!!

Please help me understand!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:56 PM   #2
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One reason is that the cost of living is a lot higher in California than it is in Florida, as a result the hourly CMs are paid more in California (I know this by experience)
There are only 3 Disney-owned resort hotels, ranking Grand Californian as the top of lthe line, than the Disneyland Hotel and third, Paradise Pier and therefore less rooms available, so the supply and demand factors in. There are several hotels outside of Disneyland that are within walking distance and are considered "Good Neighbor" hotels. I have no experience with these as we always only stay on Disney property. If you look in this forum in the Disneyland message boards, there is some information about them.

You'll also find the prices of the food items are higher in the Disneyland parks than in WDW, about a dollar more per counter service entree like cheeseburger and fries. Last year, my DH and I bought the throws at the Emporium in WDW, and when we went to Disneyland, they were also a couple of dollars more.

I usually book our rooms for Disneyland only when they are running specials, as they are running from now to September, for 40% off when you stay at least 2 nights, for example we are staying at the Grand Californian next month in a standard room for about $270 per night (plus tax) plus a daily resort fee, which includes self-parking and free internet; valet parking is an additional $17 per night. Most couthern California hotels do charge for parking, although you will occassionally find one that doesn't.

We have Annual Passes and that is one thing that is cheaper than WDW, but then again WDW has 4 parks, Disneyland Resort, just 2. When we didn't have the APs we bought our 3 day passes from AAA, and the cost was a little less than if we bought them at Disneyland.

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If you stay off property, it's a lot cheaper. I've stayed off property, literally right across the street from DLR--not even a mile to walk, and paid around $50 per night. It's best if you stay during off season--like after Labor Day. The crowds are much lower, and pricing is more reasonable.
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We've stayed off property. Several hotels are across the street from DL. Infact, we got there faster when we stayed at the non-disney hotel vs. when we drove and parked in the disney parking lot and had to wait for the tram. I love disneyland. I agree with the cost of living. It's very high in california. I love how close DL & DCA are together. It takes us less than 5 minutes to walk between the two.
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I don't know why it is - but I can tell you that it's exactly the same issue with Disneyland Paris. We met people there a couple of weeks ago and what they were paying for a family of four for four nights, they could fly to Orlando and stay in an offsite villa for two weeks for that money, so it's not only Disneyland.
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In addition to the reasons given, I would also guess that it costs more because you won't spend as much time in the parks and resorts, therefore you won't spend as much money in the restaurants, on snacks, souvies, etc.

Think about how inexpensive it is to add day 6, 7 , 8 to your admission. Think about why Disney offers DME for free. The more time you spend at the parks and resorts, the more money you'll spend.

Edited to add that I meant at WDW in that last paragraph.
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We're going in a few weeks and staying offsite for 4 days. Hotel will be $500, park tickets about $700, and then food and souvenirs. Staying onsite was just too much money that I wasn't willing to spend!
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One reason is that the cost of living is a lot higher in California than it is in Florida, as a result the hourly CMs are paid more in California (I know this by experience)
There are only 3 Disney-owned resort hotels, ranking Grand Californian as the top of lthe line, than the Disneyland Hotel and third, Paradise Pier and therefore less rooms available, so the supply and demand factors in. There are several hotels outside of Disneyland that are within walking distance and are considered "Good Neighbor" hotels. I have no experience with these as we always only stay on Disney property. If you look in this forum in the Disneyland message boards, there is some information about them.

You'll also find the prices of the food items are higher in the Disneyland parks than in WDW, about a dollar more per counter service entree like cheeseburger and fries. Last year, my DH and I bought the throws at the Emporium in WDW, and when we went to Disneyland, they were also a couple of dollars more.

I usually book our rooms for Disneyland only when they are running specials, as they are running from now to September, for 40% off when you stay at least 2 nights, for example we are staying at the Grand Californian next month in a standard room for about $270 per night (plus tax) plus a daily resort fee, which includes self-parking and free internet; valet parking is an additional $17 per night. Most couthern California hotels do charge for parking, although you will occassionally find one that doesn't.

We have Annual Passes and that is one thing that is cheaper than WDW, but then again WDW has 4 parks, Disneyland Resort, just 2. When we didn't have the APs we bought our 3 day passes from AAA, and the cost was a little less than if we bought them at Disneyland.

PM me if you have any specific questions, I might be able to help you with.

Cost of living, supply and demand (fewer resorts) are the main reasons.
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Take Cali's taxes into consideration as well.
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Everything seems more expensive in CA. When we go to DLR we consider it a luxury vacation where we can walk to the parks.
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Price out a package in a Good Neighbor. We go for 4 nights, 5 days, 4 day hopper annually and we pay nowhere near what we pay for WDW. Aside from the cost of living, etc. that have been cited, you're basically pricing at a deluxe level if you're only looking at DLR properties. So, you have to compare apples to apples - how much would a week at AKL cost you, not POP.

DLR is very different from WDW and should not be compared except in the most basic ways. It is smaller, there is no emphasis on getting people to stay on property, there is not the draw of restaurants, etc. DLR is in the middle of an Anaheim neighborhood and most people who visit will also visit other LA attractions like Hollywood, Universal, Knotts, the beach, etc.

To say that because DLR is smaller it should cost less is not taking into account other factors. They are not the same entity and each prices according to its market. And, again, make sure you're pricing apples to apples....
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Take Cali's taxes into consideration as well.
While CA has the highest sales tax rate in the country (8.25%), Florida also permits counties to raise a "tourist development tax" of up to an additional 6% on hotel rooms. For WDW that is 12.5%
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Also, the resorts on DLR property are equivalent to WDW's deluxes. If you want to pay more like the "moderate" or "value" prices, you'll definitely need to stay off site. (But that can mean right across the street at DLR!)
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I had wondered this too but it makes a lot of sense when you compare it to the deluxe resorts. Thanks everyone! Now I know to just stay off site.
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being a dvc member it is about the same price at dl or wdw
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