Comments for Disneyland admission prices have increased by over 5,000% since opening day

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    Brian G.

    $2.50 in 1955 is about $24 in real (2019) dollars. However, when Disneyland opened, the price of admission was not all inclusive; there was a fee for each ride. So I’m not sure how informative this comparison is. It really only makes sense to compare prices from the point they changed to a single admission ticket onward.

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      Eric

      It seems to be flirting with dishonesty to omit that crucial detail!

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        Joe

        More great journalism

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          Mark

          Agree. And why would you show a price increase without accounting for time? Totally meaningless–just for shock value.

          Try an annual growth rate: $2.50 to $129 over 64 years = 6.36% per year. Looks much more reasonable.

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    Nachtwulf

    I still have a ticket I saved from when I was a teenager. All inclusive ticket, $18.50. I think it’s from the mid-late 80s.

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    Colleen Fickes

    Unfortunately a family of four with a medium income have to take a loan out to attend the park. It’s a shame that you have to be rich to attend disneyland. Everything goes up in price except our salary. Disney food is also expensive. Soon Disney will be so expensive that only millionaires will be able to go. Soon they will out price themselves and no one will be able to afford disneyland.

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      Kevin H Jones

      It’s not necessarily bad journalism but bad math. Not figuring for inflation. In 1969, my dad bought a new Camaro for $3600.00. Houses could be bought for 10’s of thousands, not 100’s of thousands. Interesting to see the ticket prices from each year though.

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    Harley

    My dad had saved the info not for dl but wdw from his after he graduated college trip he went with my grandpa and this was during easter (now a peak season) it was $25 to get into mk! But like someone mentioned above ride tickets came in booklets. Actually the tickets themselves were stamped in my day and not just scanned like today. I have ones that still say enjoy mk and the date!

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    Aly

    It costs $149 to buy a ticket at the moment not $129

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    Matt Brewster

    I visited Disneyland in Februaru and August of 1983. Each visit only cost $12.00 for a Passport (ticket books had been eliminated by then) and a dollar for parking.

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    Michael Joseph Orosco

    Opening day was in July, not January 😉

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    Bill martin

    Ok a ticket book when I was a kid was 3.75 for 10 tickets 4.50 for 15 it was 1968 went almost every two weeks… we saved tickets and asked people leaving for the extra ones they had left .. collected hundreds …a to e .. a admission ticket was a dollar ..a combo at the coca cola terrace was 95 cents …

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    When the park opened it was $1 to get in. But to also go on rides and see shows you had to get ticket books. To do everything similar to today you would need two ticket books totaling $7.50. Total for 1 day would be about $8.50. Jack it up 1,225% and you get $104, the cost of a 1-day ticket in 2019 unless it is a high capacity day.
    The minimum wage in 1956 was $1 an hour. Jack that up 1,200% and you have $12 hr, the current minimum wage in the area.
    Summary:
    Tickets increased by 1,225%.
    Wages increased by 1,200%.
    Both are almost the same.
    You could buy a whole house back then for $35,000. Now they are $650,000 which is a 1,850% increase. Gas and bread also cost more now, also by the same or similar percentage increase.
    Remember when VCRs came out and they were $1,000? You can get one for $30 now, but with inflation, they would be equal to $3,108 now.
    Here is a fun fact. In 1956, a minimum wage employee would have to work 8.5 hours to save up and spend a day in Disneyland and be able to go on all the rides. In 2019, a minimum wage employee has to work 8.6 hours to save up to spend a day in Disneyland.

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    Kevin H Jones

    It’s not necessarily bad journalism but bad math. Not figuring for inflation. In 1969, my dad bought a new Camaro for $3600.00. Houses could be bought for 10’s of thousands, not 100’s of thousands. Interesting to see the ticket prices from each year though.

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