So many kids dream of going to Disneyland, but the trip can be pricey for parents. With a regular one-day ticket now costing $105, the vacation certainly isn't cheap.
That's why a recent Reddit post caught our eye. A user posted a photo about Disney tickets and wrote, “My girlfriend found a book about Disneyland from 1958...”
As one Redditor pointed out, if you adjust the price for inflation, the ticket would be $19.07 today. “I think that's what a bottle of water cost when we went last year,” another user joked in response.
What’s even more surprising is that the first ever Disneyland ticket from 1955 cost just $1.
Today, the price of admission still includes rides, but not parking, food and souvenirs like it did in 1958. Despite Disneyland’s ever-increasing prices, theme park attendance has not wavered, reports TIME.
This year, Disneyland introduced new seasonal pricing for one-day tickets. Prices will be more expensive on peak days, such as during summer holidays, and cheaper on days when attendance is expected to be low.
“The demand for Disney Parks continues to grow, particularly during peak periods,” the company said. “At the same time, we have an unwavering commitment to exceeding the expectations of all our guests.”
When California's Disneyland Park originally opened in 1955, it had five themed "lands" and 18 attractions. Today, the park has grown to include eight lands and 58 attractions, however, some are expected to close to make way for "Star Wars" land, the park's latest addition.
On Reddit, one user pointed out that “Walt Disney's intention for Disneyland was to create a place where anybody that could afford to travel to California could afford a ticket to the park.”
Blog editor Robert Niles, of Theme Park Insider, agrees. In an interview with the Washington Post, Niles said “When Walt created Disneyland, this was a middle-class country. But Disney now… [has] made a strategic decision that they’re not going to discount to hold onto people at the middle part of the economy.”
In response to Disney fare hikes in 2015, Niles told Time: "Yes, fans are complaining. Some might end up switching their pass levels. Others might have to make cuts elsewhere to support their Disneyland habit. A few might even stop going to the park. But in the end, Disneyland attendance won’t suffer from these increases, as it has not suffered from increases in years past.”
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