3. How Many Tickets Would It Take To Visit Every Attraction In 1955?
We have established that there were 38 rides at Disneyland the year it opened. We also know the prices for both the 8-ticket book and the individual A-C tickets themselves.
Now we’ll look at how much it would cost to buy that all-attraction, all-inclusive vacation we enjoy today, but back in 1955.
Using Individual A-C Tickets
First, we’ll take a look at what it would cost if we paid the full price for admission and only bought individual attraction tickets.
|Ticket-Level||# Of Attractions||Cost in 1955||Total Cost|
|$.50 Special Ticket||1||$.50||$.50|
As you can see in the table below, to buy separate tickets for everything and pay for admission, the cost would come to $7.60.
|Item||Cost in 1955|
|Cost For All-Attraction, All-Day 1955 Disneyland Vacation||$7.60|
Combining The 8-Ticket Book With Attraction Tickets
Thanks to our friends at the Disney History Institute, we know that the original 8-ticket book from October 1955 sold for $2.50, saving you $.10 on admission when compared with paying for everything separately like we did above.
If we bought the 8-ticket book, here’s what our costs would be for an all-attraction day at Disneyland:
|Ticket-Level||# Of Attractions||Tickets From Book||Cost For Extra Tickets|
|$.50 Special Ticket||1||–||$.50|
As the table below shows:
Towards the latter half of 1955 it would cost $7.50 to experience an all-attraction Disneyland vacation like we have today.
This would save us $.10 over paying for everything separately and this is the number we’ll use to compare against the current price.
|Item||Cost in 1955|
|8-Ticket Book (Including Admission)||$2.50|
|Cost For All-Attraction, All-Day 1955 Disneyland Vacation||$7.50|
4. How Does A 1955 All-Attraction Disneyland Vacation Compare To Today?
|Cost in 1955||Cost in 2020||Cost Of 2020 DL Tier 1 Single-Park Ticket|
|Cost For An All-Attraction, All-Day Disneyland Vacation||$7.50||$72.66||$104|
When adjusted to 2020 dollars, the cost to do everything at Disneyland in 1955 was $72.66, or about $31 cheaper than it is today. We now have a baseline ticket cost with which to compare all future price changes.
So why does it cost more today? Here are a few quick answers I can think of:
A. There Are More People On The Planet
There are about 190% more people on the planet than in 1955. And the area of Disneyland has only increased by 14 acres in recent years.
More people in essentially the same space = Overcrowding