Last updated: 01:30 PM ET, Tue April 28 2015

Want To Do Disney at Half the Price of Orlando? Here's the Ticket

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | April 28, 2015

Want To Do Disney at Half the Price of Orlando? Here's the Ticket

PHOTO: Tokyo Disney is the new option for bargain shopping amusement goers. (courtesy Disney Resorts) 

Many travelers automatically think of Walt Disney World and Disneyland when talking about the best amusement parks in the world, but the cheapest facility under the company’s umbrella is actually Japan’s Tokyo Disney.

According to Eleanor Warnock of the Wall Street Journal, the biggest contributing factor in the price drop is the struggling yen in Japan. While guests were once forced to pay around $92 to visit either Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea, the price is set at a much more moderate $58 (¥6,900) now.

The same ticket would cost travelers $105 at Walt Disney World in Florida, $99 at Disneyland in California and $75 at Disneyland Paris in France.

While the weakened yen is a major source of concern for the nation, Japan has seen a boom in tourism thanks to lower prices. In 2014, Japan hosted a record-breaking 13.4 million tourists, according to Eric Pfanner of the Wall Street Journal, and it will be looking to do the same again this year.

When asked about the economic impact of the cheaper prices, head of the economic research department at NLI Research Institute, Junichi Miyagaki, told Warnock:

“Now that Japan has cost competitiveness, it’s more likely foreign people will pay attention. If those foreigners learn once about the high quality of Japanese goods and services, they will likely keep buying those goods or using those services even if the yen strengthens a bit again.”

The numbers should indicate a strong upswing in international visitors to the amusement parks, but Oriental Land Co. is reporting to the Wall Street Journal that only 3.9 of all visitors were not domestic last year.

Tokyo Disney is still thriving, though, as it greeted a record 31.4 million people this year through March 31, the most since the park opened in 1983. If international travelers are looking to experience Disney and looking for a favorable deal, taking a vacation in Japan is a viable option.

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