PODCAST: Weighing the rising cost of Disney vacation vs. guest experience (Ep. 132)

As the cost of a trip to Disney World continues to rise, many fans question if the current guest experience is worth the hefty price. “A lot of people say Disney is family friendly — and it is — but more than family friendly it is investor friendly and they are trying to squeeze every dime they can get,” Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell shares his take with tourism reporter Katie Rice. The two discuss Disney’s strategy to maximize profit while not increasing capacity at their theme parks. This ultimately neglects longterm fans and passholders in favor of people that are going to stay longer and spend more. “They have done their research and have found what people are wiling to pay,” Scott says. “And as long as people are willing pay — whether it’s $6,000 for a couple of nights or $15 to skip a line —  Disney is going to keep charging.” Listen to this episode of Theme Park Rangers using the player below or download anywhere you get podcasts.