The Growing Impracticality of Disneyland for Post-Grad Life

The vicious cycle of repetitive entertainment-based consumerism [i.e. Disneyland], will keep people down, slowly but surely. We can’t continue spending so much in the name of fun and good company while we are barely getting by in the rest of our lives. If the goal is to support ourselves, we shouldn’t keep with these habits as they become increasingly expensive… unless our income is increasing as well. Don’t get me wrong–I am a slave to consumerism. But there comes a point when I need sacrifice my “Carpe Diem” tendencies to make room for something greater. Or at least different.

One More Disney Day | February 29th, 2012

I am spoiled in that I am able to go to Disneyland anytime I want. I’ve had a Premium pass for the last two years, but as ticket prices steadily increase, it’s easy to question the value of it all. A single-day ticket could reach $100 in the next two years, which has great emotional effect. By reaching 3-digit prices, it seems more and more unrealistic to spend for such an experience.

At the end of the year, the merchandise discount associated with annual passes will expire. Premium passes now cost $650. I paid $500 for my first one about a year an a half ago. -_- I’ll be able to experience Cars Land and all of the new CA Adventure attractions opening.

But alas, I have decided not to renew next February and put my money toward museum memberships where I can continue learning and experiencing new things at a more affordable price. If all goes well with my career path, I’ll be able to afford both… but potentially working 12-hour days on the West Side leaves little time to make it to Anaheim regularly. Saving that $650 could go a long way as I’m trying to become financially stable. I need to start forging practical spending habits now so that I can keep my eyes on those big ticket purchases after all the moves are made and bills are paid. I get annoyed when people tell me they wish they could travel… the same people who have Disneyland passes, smoke weed, go out for drinks on a regular basis. Sure, that fulfills their enjoyment and they don’t know what it’s like to really quench their wanderlust. That’s not me. I’d easily give up Disneyland for a year to attend exhibition openings, go on a couple of getaways, and experience more of SoCal in general. I made it to Chicago on a $100 roundtrip ticket. I can do all that for $650 + gas from LA to Anaheim + food&merch purchases. It’s not that I don’t love The Happiest Place on Earth and it’s rides, attractions, and delicious food. If I’m gonna be committing to West LA for the next few years, I need to constantly invigorate myself with all that SoCal has to offer.

George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits | May 23, 2012

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