I'm just curious. When people bought into DVC, wasn't that a contract? How can the terms of the contract be changed?

In reply to by Dennis Cox Jr (not verified)

Agree. No one needs to make that kind of money (and I include CEOs of any company in that statement, and might as well throw in sports players too). I would be very impressed with a CEO who gives it away or takes a voluntary cut.

It is such a shame that walt Disney world is making all the changes. Don't get me wrong some are great with all the new updates and added areas. But it is no longer about the family vacation and forever dreams. Walt Disney has turned out just like big oil company's, or groceries stores, it not about offering a great time for kids who never been or adults that still wanna be kids. It is all about the money now. Makes me wonder of walt Disney would roll over in his grave if he saw what his dream has become. It not a dream anymore it is a nightmare. I don't see how a family of 4 is supposed to be able go for a week without refinancing there house to pay for. I used to go ever year, but now when it cost twice as much as a cruise or triple the price to the beach. I won't be going anymore unless I win the lottery.

In reply to by Chris (not verified)

I have been a DVC member since they sold point in 1991 membership started in 92, this past few years I find the dues have gone up way too much
We were promised benefits like discounted tickets, It is very upsetting to think we may be forced to sell out

Does anyone know when in 2015 you will no longer be able to purchase no expiration tickets? I mean, is there an official date, or will that option be available all through 2015? I want to be able to purchase one last batch for my family before it is discontinued. Thanks in advance for your help!

In reply to by jay (not verified)

So you think 46 million for the CEO isn't just a bit greedy? Our family is a two working parents family. We both make enough to save and do things we want to do. We currently have annual passes for 4 family members. I take offense to your comment that basically we should not be able to do this. The average family SHOULD be able to afford to visit the happiest place on earth.

In reply to by Whitney (not verified)

I am a huge Disney fan, I live just miles from the parks and haven't been since 2008, just can't afford it. I visit the resorts and ride the monorail, that is free.

I knew that they'd be raising prices again. It seems like it happens around this time each year. I'm trying to figure out the new park hopper/water park option. We usually add both options to our tickets. I'm wondering if they combine the two options, if it'll be less expensive that adding them separately like I've done in the past.

In reply to by Karl Paulsen (not verified)

Yes, the ones you have will be honored. You just can't purchase any more

the prices and commercialism in not what Walt Disney invisioned. They have made it almost impossible for a normal family to afford a trip there and every child should get to experience it without having to pay 14.00 for a water!

I'm just curious as to how Amanda is getting this "inside" information. 10% is a bit suspicious, honestly. Inflation is everywhere and on everything, annually, so while I expect costs to increase- some of these claims seem to be a bit of a stretch. Also for all those saying that they'll just opt for annual passes like Universal- note: they also raise their prices (and currently are more expensive then the Disney parks when you break it down). It's a vacation, it's expensive, and so far none of what I read here (or anywhere else) will deter me from visiting.

How sad this all is. I was lucky enough to be able to take my family 3 kids my husband and myself. It was 5 grand total for 4 days. I did not know we needed at least a week. I bought so many tickets it wasn't funny. How sad we will never be able to do it again. California was where I was born and raised. I went to Disneyland every year at least once from 1963 on. Even a a young mom I could take my one son at least a couple times a year. How can you keep over loading a park with unlimited amounts of people and lines for hours? No I will never pay for that again. So sad money and greed takes over. Guess Disney Channel is a loss too huh? I'm over it. Lots of places appreciate my hard earned money and need of values. I will go there.

I hate to be that guy but...No, Disney is not shooting themselves in the foot. Disney has record attendance. The parks, hotels and other ammenities are most always filled to capacity, even in the slow season. The truth of the matter is, Disney is a company that employs hundreds of thousands. They are constantly growing and expanding and someone has to pay for it. If you think the company is greedy for not taking a loss by covering the funding themselves, well...I don't know what planet you're living on. Everything Hokes up prices every year. Its the world we live in. And for a sad but true note. People are upset because they think Disney is getting to expensive. They are saying they won't come back. Truth is I don't really care. I have to save to go there. Disney will always be filled to capacity with people willing to pay. Period. In fact, in the circles I travel in, people think of a week in Disney as a cheap easy get away. They don't use discounts because they don't really need them. I'm not saying this to call anyone poor or insult anyone's work ethic. The truth is just simply, your attendance won't be missed. There is really very little need for the company to offer discounts and promotions. It is was it is.

As a DVC member I guess I will be using my points on other venues since they are pricing me out of the parks. This year's DVC annual dues was a shot to the gut as well.

In reply to by Chris (not verified)

My family and I love Disney World. We have been going to Disney 2-3 times a year for the last thirteen years. After the annual maintenance fees for our DVC increased to more than double their original price, we were forced to sale. This was the first January in over ten years that I haven't had to write that check.

In reply to by Chris (not verified)

My family and I love Disney World. We have been going to Disney 2-3 times a year for the last thirteen years. After the annual maintenance fees for our DVC increased to more than double their original price, we were forced to sale. This was the first January in over ten years that I haven't had to write that check.

In reply to by Jaime (not verified)

The annual pass at universal has also gone way up- and benefits have also been slashed to next to nothing. I am very disappointed with my universal pass.

Having to fly from the Midwest to either WDW or DL always added a lot to the trip. I'm a Disney freak, my family too, that being said, We are done! Most changes including price hikes, in the last several years did it for me. I tried to overlook some, but I feel they ruined enough of the Magic to keep me away. People say it's understandable for hikes to rebuild and update, but seriously, just look at all they own and the money they bring in! It's just another reason to keep their numbers and percent of profits at a set place. It's greed at a maximum. Sad to see, but I will have my memories and pictures from a time when Disney served all guests and made it about them, not JUST profits and numbers. Farewell Disney, you will be missed...

Yes, it's entirely too expensive because for 1 person to see all 4 parks takes about 6 good days with 2 days to rest, so it takes about 1000 bucks per person to do it all and pay for rooms, food, and only a very few souvenirs! For four people to go, expect to pay 4 to 5000 bucks or more! Most people can't afford this but there are enough who do pay it anyway that they will never care! I'd love to go back after Avatar Land is built (and Cars Land and Star Wars stuff added) but simply can't afford it!

I guess we will have to evaluate selling our Vacation Club points and go somewhere else! Enough already!

EVERYTHING GOES UP, I ONLY HOPE THAT WHEN MY GRANDCHILDREN WANT TO GO TO DISNEY THEY WON'T HAVE TO SELL THERE HOUSE TO PAY FOR IT. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM SINCE THE FIRST YEAR IT OPENED AND HAVE SEEN THE PRICES REALLY CLIMB, HOW HIGH IS TO HIGH. I LOVE THE PLACE AND THINK IT'S THE BEST. BUT THE AVERAGE JOE WON'T BE ABLE TO ENJOY WALTS DREAM FOR MUCH LONGER

If the prices continue to rise for annual passes with benefits decreasing, we will simply stop renewing. We may have to switch to Universal annual passes. The costs at Disney are really getting too high for our taste. Enough changes Disney............Please.

I'm tired of having these ridiculous price hikes fot the past 5 yrs as a Disney Passholder, I think I finally call it quit this year, I could use that money on something else.

I think at some point Disney is going to start making themselves unaffordable to a large amount of patrons. They not only raise ticket prices every year, but also room rates, dining plans, souvenirs, parking, etc. Things are good for the company right now with the recent success of frozen, the marvel movies, and the Star Wars purchase, but the easiest way to reduce your attendance and consumer spending is to price yourself out of the market. I know my income has not increased in 4 years which makes a Disney vacation that much more expensive.

I think at some point Disney is going to start making themselves unaffordable to a large amount of patrons. They not only raise ticket prices every year, but also room rates, dining plans, souvenirs, parking, etc. Things are good for the company right now with the recent success of frozen, the marvel movies, and the Star Wars purchase, but the easiest way to reduce your attendance and consumer spending is to price yourself out of the market. I know my income has not increased in 4 years which makes a Disney vacation that much more expensive.

I'm not a water park fan so I'm not crazy about a huge ticket hike to cover the cost of something I might not use.

Right now I am a seasonal passholder. But if the prices go up too much, I may not renew next year. With passes to universal and seaworld, I may skip Disney.

I feel that some day they will make it impossible for families to go to WDW. It is getting to where I won't be going back. I am committed to this May but this is just getting to be to much...

i think Disney is getting tooooooooo greedy!

if this is true just might have to give up my premium annual pass and get a universal studios pass this year i spend alot of money at disney but i guess they dont apreciate it

The park hotels and tickets are high and for someone like me who is retired and living on a fixed income, add on air fare and it makes returning to Disney World impossible! I wanted to try to make it back this year but with increased pricing, it just won't be happening.

I only have a problem with costs going up when I hear the CEO made $46 MILLION in salary the year before.

My family have been annual passholders for most of my life. My husband and I visited Fanstasia mini-golf in late December and a nice cast-member there warned us of the ridiculous benefit cut coming to passholders in January. We thanked her for the info (no use in shooting the messenger) and told her that sadly that would be our last visit to play mini-golf there. I understand ticket prices going up with inflation, and I still believe annual passes are a good value, but this cut in benefits is really greedy on Disney's part. There is no way they were losing money by giving us those benefits.

Disney is getting too expensive and changing for the worse I'm afraid. I already discussed w/ my husband that instead of going to Disney parks every year we ought to go back to skipping, maybe hitting Disney every other year or even farther in between. W/ all the attractions and Off Kilter shut down I'm not a big fan of Disney anymore.

So any good news coming out of Disney? Seems all i hear is how much more expensive it is becoming with little return for us frequent visitors. I mean you cant expect Frozen to be a reason to travel and spend as much as we do to keep coming back. Over priced motel type resort rooms. Venting here because it seems we are slowly losing our beloved Disney.

Of course I'm not happy they are increasing prices! And dropping incentives to buy the annual passes..just think they shot themselves in the pocketbook. :((

Disney is embarking on a course that in effect "bites the hand that feeds them." They are pricing their parks out of reach for most people. In fact, even for those who can afford the prices, these prices and reduction in benefits are ridiculous. This from a true Disney lover. Sad, but we will likely use our current no expiration tickets and then bid farewell to the Di$ney experience. Our current membership in the Disney Vacation CLub is also up for review in our minds. We are paying more for annual fees and getting less benefit from our membership. So that will likely end up being sold as well.

Nothing can stay the same. The prices change as they add new things, and make the parks better. In saying that if the prices soar up 10% each year, eventually no one will be able to go to the park. If they go up 2 or 3 dollars as they have in the past it won't be as big of a deal. Let's face it, if your reading this your a disney fan. A few more dollars a day isn't going to keep you for the parks.

It appears unclear that if you currently hold a balance on your previously purchased "never expire" tickets, if those remaining days will still be honored? I plan to call WDW Tickets today.

Well they do have to pay for all of the new construction walls they are putting up for the next Frozen expansion.

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