Disney Ticket Prices, Old and New

old vintage disney world ticket book

Old Magic Key Book, Cost – $8.75

I moved to Florida in 1979. My first trip to Disney World was before that. My father was living in Florida and I visited him and he took my son and I to Disney. We rode the boat from the parking lot to the main theme park area. Back then there were choices as to how you wanted to travel after parking. I think it was between the monorail and the boat. The boat took a lot longer and I think that’s why it didn’t last. People are in a hurry.

Also back then the tickets were sold as A through E tickets. Each one was good for certain rides only.  Or we could buy the Adventure Ticket Book, which held Magic Key Coupons (seen here in my photos – yes, I still have this coupon book).  Each coupon was good for one adult admission to any “A” thru “E” attraction.

magic key coupon booklet Disney vintage tickets

Like the good old days of narrow back roads running across the peaceful Florida landscape, a fun-old fashioned – and affordable – day at Disney is no more.  As you can see, the $8.41 plus tax price tag didn’t last long.   When I lived in Florida each year we saw the news that the ticket prices to visit Disney had gone up. I just read an article at Frommers about how the price has now jumped to over $100 for a single ticket.   The article asks the question, “Are Disney vacations only for the rich?” At those prices, I definitely say, YES.

Besides paying to park, buying food and drink all day long, and paying $100 per person to spend a day dealing with crowds in the hot Florida sun, Disney is looking very unattractive to me.  I say let the wealthy tourists keep it going. Prices will not get better, only worse.  It makes me feel sad for the many families who will never have the chance to show their kids Disney World.

So is the high price of tickets a good way to weed out the poor? To make sure that your Disney trip is spent rubbing elbows with the affluent? Or is it necessary to keep visitor count down? I dislike all of this. It’s why my favorite Florida spot is the beach, or better yet, my backyard pool.  I remember the days of the old rides, like the Gondola ride that carried guests across the park high above the crowds.  The claustrophobic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was quite unique, and not all that impressive as I recall, except for the concept.  And Discovery Island that was too much like the Zoo to fit in with the excitement of a day at Disney.

I have an idea for those who can’t stomach the idea of spending hundreds of dollars to run around a theme park or two. Take a more affordable, and less stressful, vacation and see the real Florida.  Stay in historic St. Augustine, or rent a house on the beach.  Visit the Keys and go snorkeling.  Those are the types of vacations I like to write about here on my blog.

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A Pretty Little Seashell

seashell bufonaria perelegans

Bufonaria perelegans

I found the picture of this pretty, little seashell on the free photo sharing site Pixabay. Fortunately the author included the scientific name of the shell so I could search for information on the Bufonaria perelegans.

First I looked in both of my seashell identification books and only found shells that resemble it. It is NOT a Florida shell. This mollusk lives in the Pacific waters near the Philippines and Indonesia. I believe it grows to 3 inches in size.

All the little bumps make this shell interesting. It has a golden caramel yellow color with some white inside. And the fact that it has little spikes assures us it’s not a common nutmeg.

The Frog shell (Bursa rhodostoma) is similar and can be found in Florida. They are of the “family” Bursidae, and if you’d like an idea of how many varieties of shell there can be in this one family, please look at this page at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. It’s why I can’t respond to readers who say things like, “I have a little yellow shell, do you know what it’s called?” I’m no expert, and I can only suggest getting yourself a good reference book with nice photos. Even then, you may not be able to exactly identify the shell you find.

See more info about this pretty little seashell at Wikipedia.

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Better Than a Postcard, Photo Template Greeting

Multi photo vacation cards

Send 6 Pictures to Family and Friends

Family photo cards are very popular, as everyone loves to share pictures! This fun greeting is printed on quality invitation paper and has six photo templates to customize. It’s so much better than sending a postcard. Say hello with pictures taken on your summer beach vacation.

Of course sharing by e-mail and smart phone and online photo sharing sites is one way to do so, but a card is much more personal. It means you went to a bit of trouble in order to create the correspondence. And a card can be posted to the fridge. It can become a keepsake for grandparents, relatives and friends. Whereas online photos are quickly replaced with new activities, actual photos can be added to photo albums, and won’t disappear when the computer crashes.

This card is easy to create.  Click on the card and you’ll see the templates (photo holders) where you can exchange each sample picture for one of your own.  Also customize the text in the center with a family name and date, or any text.  Once it all looks good, order it! Continue reading

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Create a Beautiful Pendant From Seashells or Sea Glass

I’m sure as a seashell collector you’ve seen the typical crafts being made with collected shells.  Frame a mirror, or make a wind chime, or cover a little trinket box.  But if you find something really special on your beach-combing ventures, why not wear it around your neck so it gets some nice visibility?  A pretty, or rare, seashell or piece of beach glass would make a lovely and unique pendant.  Something like that needs to be used in a special and creative way.

I know that jewelry making is popular, and I’ve never made any type of jewelry myself, but it’s something most people can easily learn to do.  Buy some wire, in silver, bronze or copper, and watch the Youtube video below – it moves right along, and has pop up text with useful information as you watch the woman create her sea glass pendant.  I think you’ll agree that any of us could handle making something like this.  You’ll need pliers, quality wire, and wire cutters, and of course the special item to be wrapped.

Often we are told to drill shells with a hole to create jewelry, which seems much more difficult.  This wire wrapping video is done with a piece of green beach glass, but it could also be used as an example of how to wrap a pretty seashell.  A small, spotted junonia hanging around your neck would be such a conversation piece!  If you do it, please let me show off a picture of your handiwork here to inspire other readers.  Have fun!

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