If you want to plan a trip to Disney, sorry to tell you, but it won’t come cheap. The price of “the happiest place on earth” has risen over the past few decades, thanks to inflation and new attractions driving prices up. But a new report has looked at what it costs to take a trip to Disneyland for a family of four and compared it to current prices. The difference is wild.
The bustle analyzed the costs of a family visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and compared them to what the same trip would cost in the 1960s. They even took some of the “extras” for a family vacation to Disneyland, including food and travel expenses. Instead, they focused on the “minimum” costs associated with a family-of-four outing for tickets, parking, and a one-night stay at a Disneyland hotel.
To find 2022 prices, data was pulled from Disney websites and assumed a weekend day trip in June, as the company has dynamic pricing for its tickets. The 1960 prices were taken from newspaper archives and old ticket stubs. Of course, in the 1960s you had to pay for admission and each ride ticket, so these measurements were combined to be more accurate.
Here are some of the differences between a Disney trip today and a trip to the 1960s:
- Ticket prices: Adult ticket plus pass was $54.81 for an adult and $35.06 for a child, adjusted for inflation. Now it’s $149 for an adult and $141 for a child.
- Hotel stayA one night stay at a Disney owned hotel was $18 a night. It would cost $178 a night if adjusted for inflation. However, a double room at the Disneyland Hotel costs $445 per night.
- Car park: In the 1960s, parking your car in the Disneyland parking lot for the day cost $0.25. When adjusted for inflation, the price would be $2.47. However, parking now costs $30 a day, which, as The Hustle points out, represents a price hike of 11,900% and 13.5 times the rate of inflation.
Of course, it’s important to point out that Disneyland attractions are better now than they were in the 1960s, which explains some of the price increases. In the 1960s, there were only 20 attractions, while that number has more than doubled to 53 today.
“We found that these family outings increased by 2 to 3 times the rate of inflation,” The Hustle reported“And that, to afford them, American families today must work up to twice as many hours as they did 60 years ago.”
It all seems to come down to that anyone who wants to take their kids to Disneyland can no longer afford a visit.