Beauty influencer Chloe Morello slams Disneyland ticket costs and wait times
Australian beauty influencer Chloe Morello has gone on a rampage over “the happiest place in the world,” calling the Disneyland theme park a “rort” on a recent visit.
Australian beauty influencer Chloe Morello, who has over 1.1 million followers on Instagram. unleashed himself on the happiest place on earth in a series of posts.
Ms Morello, who visited Disneyland in California with her husband Sebastian, their son and their extended family as an early Christmas present to the couple’s nieces.
Paying $ 170 per ticket, the beauty influencer was less than impressed with her experience at the famous theme park – calling the 45-minute lines for food and rides “rort.”
Speaking to Instagram, the 29-year-old said she was furious at the number of people allowed in the theme park, given the country still grapples with tens of thousands of daily Covid-19 cases. .
“It’s actually a rort,” Ms. Morello said of the ticket prices compared to the experience received at the gates of the park.
“The ticket costs $ 170 and there are so many people here that you have to register and wait 45 minutes to order food.
“And then I thought I was going to get my food within 45 minutes but no, after 45 minutes I can just push a button to tell them I’m there and then they can start preparing my food.”
Ms Morello’s biggest rage was over how many people were allowed into the park, given the ongoing global pandemic. Overnight, the United States recorded nearly 115,000 new cases of Covid-19 across the country.
“It’s so busy it’s like sardines here,” she raged.
“How can they get away with charging all the money and there aren’t even that many rides or anything.” I’m not happy Jan… I’m so bored that Disney is making so much money.
Ms Morello said she couldn’t believe that in addition to waiting for food, theme park guests also had to wait 45 minutes for a ride while being ‘shoulder to shoulder in a line during Covid’.
“They should surely have put a maximum of people authorized to enter,” she added.
Disneyland announced last month that ticket prices at various theme parks would go up again.
Beginning in March 2022, Disneyland’s six-tier ticketing system will award individual prizes based on park requests for set dates.
The price hikes come less than two years after Disney previously raised the price of its Disneyland tickets. These hikes hit just before the pandemic in February 2020, when park tickets topped $ 200 for the first time.
Disneyland said in a statement that the price hike reflected “pent-up demand after a 14-month shutdown” due to the pandemic.
Some visitors have already wondered if the latest price hikes would make visiting Disneyland nearly impossible.
“When they make it impossible for the average family of four to go to Disneyland for a day… that’s when I stop thinking about going back to Disneyland. Never, ”one person tweeted.
Another added: “It’s not about the experience anymore. It’s a matter of merchandising.
According to Fortune, in 2020, Disney parks lost $ 6.9 billion ($ 9.5 billion) due to the pandemic.
American columnist Rod Benson recently wrote about his recent experience at Disneyland, agreeing that the magic had been removed from “the happiest place on the planet.”
“The first time I went to Disneyland I was 6,” Mr. Benson wrote for SFGATE.com.
“We paid $ 29 per person for the privilege… I don’t remember the whole trip, but I do remember it was like a place I wanted to be all the time.
“Over the next decade, I would visit Disneyland several times with my family. I continued to visit Disneyland into adulthood because it was always a random good time, even though the “magic” of it had long since worn off.
“Despite the rising prices and the size of the crowd, I kept coming back to Disney – there was no such thing.”
Mr Benson said once the pandemic struck and the park was forced to close, the reopening changed the park for good, making it more of a ‘price hike’ than an ‘experience magical “.
“When Disneyland finally reopened, there were what appeared to be strict health and safety rules, including limits on who could attend regionally,” he wrote.
“It seemed like a good time to go, not only because it would be safe, but it would be less crowded, which is always my goal at Disneyland.
“Once we entered, I was immediately confused. There were people everywhere. Seriously, I haven’t been to Disneyland with so many people since 2002! What was even the point of reserving a place? It all seemed like a ruse.
“Maybe the park was not at its absolute maximum capacity, but there were enough people that it didn’t seem to matter.
“When we got out of the merry-go-round, we were faced with the fact that no merry-go-round had less than an hour’s wait, on a weekday, during the school year, with attendance by reservation only.
“On the way back, I did the math. We spent about $ 450 for a day at the park for two people.
“No California adventure. No line break. Just sitting around waiting for the privilege of giving Walt more money. For the first time in my life, Disneyland felt more like a price hike than a magical experience. .