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Old 02-19-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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$25.49 for a Monte Cristo sandwich at the Blue Bayou

Walt would not approve.

I love going to Disney Theme Parks and did so many times growing up. This May I will get to see Disneyland though the eyes of my 4 year old DD. We better enjoy it because every year it seems prices are increasing so much higher than my salary can keep up. Walt wanted a place that people could take their families and I'm sure many already have been priced out. Yes I understand that certain places naturally are priced higher (movie theaters, ball parks, theme parks) but $25.49 for a sandwich I can get at my local brew pub for $10.95 ?
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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We don't go to the Blue Bayou because it's too expensive. There are other more reasonably priced options. The Carnation Cafe is a nice replacement for a sit down restaurant inside Disneyland.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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I agree. The ticket prices are exorbitant then te food and so forth. There are so many people who will not be able to go because of the ticket prices. Although you do get an experience. It cost 80 bucks to get into legoland and it definitely was not eighty bucks worth!
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:05 PM   #4
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I know what you are saying, but there are many other places to eat....but they are not the Blue Bayou, maybe a once in a lifetime experience


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Old 02-19-2013, 09:47 PM   #5
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I know what you are saying, but there are many other places to eat....but they are not the Blue Bayou, maybe a once in a lifetime experience


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That's why they charge what they charge...people will pay it.

At Disneyland you can walk out the gate, walk a block to a restaurant and buy a similar sandwich for less than half the price, plus a drink. But it won't be at Blue Bayou.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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Even 10 years ago I could only afford to make Blue Bayou a once-per trip visit, and it was about a third cheaper then. Still, I've *never* found a similar or similarly good Monte Cristo anywhere else, and it really is shareable. DBF is getting his birthday cake foisted upon him at BB while we're there, and we'll probably share a Monte Cristo. It really is a lot of food, so you don't have to feel like you have to pay $25 per person. And if it's only the sandwich you're after, as others have said, you can get it at Cafe Orleans for a third cheaper.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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I so agree about Legoland. We paid for 1 day a couple of years ago and they had a promotion where you could go for 5 days...so not worth it with the slow pace of rides. They have signs that say Parents wait and Kids play. So true. If I am paying that much, I want to play too.

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Old 02-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #8
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I agree. The ticket prices are exorbitant then te food and so forth. There are so many people who will not be able to go because of the ticket prices. Although you do get an experience. It cost 80 bucks to get into legoland and it definitely was not eighty bucks worth!
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I so agree about Legoland. We paid for 1 day a couple of years ago and they had a promotion where you could go for 5 days...so not worth it with the slow pace of rides. They have signs that say Parents wait and Kids play. So true. If I am paying that much, I want to play too.
I also agree that Legoland is far more expensive than it's worth, BUT, some people probably find it to be a fair price. That's how I feel about Disneyland. Some people think it's obscenely expensive, but when you compare it to like attractions or forms of entertainment, you get a LOT of bang for your buck!

For example, one thing I love doing is going to shows in Vegas. For my husband and I to enjoy O by Cirque de Soleil in the very cheapest seats is nearly $400 for about 90 minutes of show. That makes Disneyland look like a bargain, doesn't it? BUT, there are plenty of people, myself included, that will pay that amount to see O (as is evidenced by the fact that shows frequently sell out), so clearly many people do see the value in that price. As a competing example, many people pay $200 to swim with dolphins for 25 minutes. I personally find that to be too expensive and wouldn't pay it, but many people do it and enjoy it. That is one example where I have made a decision that the payoff is not worth it for ME, so I choose not to pay for it.

There's no federal obligation to visit Disneyland, or a Vegas show, or to swim with dolphins. The people grumbling about how much it costs are not being forced to go. It's not like gas prices raising when we need to drive to get to work. If you want a luxury item, you have to pay for it, and so long as there are still MANY people willing to pay, ECON 101 says they can continue to increase their price. People are free to spend their money in any way they like to get the best return *for them* on their investment.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:02 PM   #9
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Hmmm... the menu I found online doesn't show either as an option (I'm looking at allears). Is there a better online menu?
Which restaurant menu are you looking at? Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans? After I re-read the PP's post about the sides, I noticed that the restaurant she orders the gumbo and salad at are Cafe Orleans (the "CO" in her post that I've quoted & bolded below). I'd initially thought she was talking about BB - was easy to miss the "CO" in her post - one of the downfalls of acronyms (which I'm generally a fan of). And I did see the gumbo & salad listed on the menu at allears.

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We like to eat at both places, when we go to BB we all get a meal, when we go to CO I get the Gumbo and usually a small salad, DBF gets the MC, we share without asking for a split plate.
Hope that helps clear up some confusion.
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Hope that helps clear up some confusion.
It does -- thanks so much!
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Walt would not approve.
Walt was always more concerned about the entertainment experience so I doubt he would have said anything. Roy would have approved.
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At the Blue Bayou, you are definitely paying for the experience.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:23 PM   #14
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I say raise the prices! I'd rather pay more and have fewer people in my way. Let's start by weeding out the SoCal AP!

Also, I don't think you're really paying 25 bucks for "a sandwich". If a sandwich is all you need, go to Subway.

That said, we're not planning to take our nieces to BB because there are plenty of other places they'll enjoy more (character meals).
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I say raise the prices! I'd rather pay more and have fewer people in my way. Let's start by weeding out the SoCal AP!

Also, I don't think you're really paying 25 bucks for "a sandwich". If a sandwich is all you need, go to Subway.

That said, we're not planning to take our nieces to BB because there are plenty of other places they'll enjoy more (character meals).
I completely agree on getting rid of the SoCal AP, or possibly removing the payment plan option.

25 dollars is pricey for the sandwich but it is worth the experience of BB. If you are looking for a tasty sandwich though Earl do Sandwich is a good alternative. I also found dining at Steakhouse 55 or Napa Rose is very fair. You get fine dining at a very competitive price.
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