Orlandic Economics

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Disney this past week. I was thinking about the exorbitant prices that they charge for admission to theme parks, merchandise, food, etc. and feeling somewhat bitter.

Then it occurred to me that they bring a great deal of joy and imagination into the lives of children.

And then I felt cynical again and thought to myself, "Yeah, they bring joy and imagination to the kids who can afford 60 bucks for joy and imagination." And, I thought about the kids that would love to go…but never will.

And then my inner optimist told my inner cynic to be quiet and not be so pessimistic.

What do you think…Disney…good, bad, or ugly. Today I’m going…

Good…very good…despite the fact of the theme park admission prices, nearly all children have access at some point to dolls, videos, toys, etc. that bring great joy and imagination into their lives. I don’t believe that anyone who provides a service or product of any kind is obligated to give it away free…or to provide it to all or else be risked being called names by a preacher on his blog.

Nevertheless…there’s something about it that still lingers with me.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Funny thing is, Walt wanted it to be affordable. As thrill parks started popping up, a price war started. Whoever was the most expensive obviously had to be the best quality. In fact the new Disneyland in Hong Kong has really been suffering on visitor count and they started running discounts on the tickets to help attendance. But, they stopped it after a while, because they feared it would ruin people’s perception of Disney quality over there.
    Here’s a little research for you Spivey. Walt Disney originally wanted EPCOT to be a real city that people lived in. It was supposed to be a utopian city. He had tried to create a utopian community in his studio – lost that. He tried to do it with Disneyland – got closer. But, he died before his EPCOT could really be developed. The Magic Kingdom would bring in the money to help the city operate. Instead, we got another theme park.

  2. Like you, I can’t blame them for making a buck, enough to keep all those technological things running and running safely. If people can afford it, more power to them. But some of my families’ best times have been the cheap trips, to the lake, to visit family, to the Tulsa Workshop, etc. Time together, no matter where, is good time. And the cheaper the trip, the less I have to worry about paying for it.
    Less stress = good time

  3. We love Disney! But, I know what you mean about being cynical though. By the time we got home many years ago from Disney, Chris was so beaten down with Disney he said he would never go back. We stayed in the park at one of the resorts with no rental car for 10 days! The last 3 days we were there, we finally found a McDonald’s in Downtown Disney and had never been so excited to eat at McDonald’s in our life. We’ve been burning our videos to DVD lately so we’ve watched some of our video from our Disney trips. I wouldn’t trade one minute of it for anything. Those are some of the best memories, for us and the kids. And even though our kids are pretty much grown, we still all want to go back. Even Chris 🙂