In a stark revelation of the exorbitant costs associated with a Disney World vacation, a Detroit-based businessman recently expressed his shock over the staggering $12,000 price tag for a family trip. JT Singh, an accountant, investment banker, and franchise owner, took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to voice his frustration, questioning whether Disney’s prices were a scam.

“Wife is planning a Disney trip for the fam,” Singh wrote on his X account, revealing that a travel agent had quoted them over $12,000 for two rooms at the Polynesian Village Resort. The cost, which includes around $600 per night per room depending on availability, left Singh wondering if he was being “scammed” or if Disney vacations were genuinely this expensive.

Singh’s post quickly went viral, amassing over 4,100 responses and sparking a flurry of critical comments about Disney’s pricing. “Wait till you see the food bill staying at a Disney hotel…” one user replied, to which Singh humorously responded, “Might as well hand them the login to my bank accounts.”

Critics on X echoed Singh’s sentiments, labeling Disney as a “legit scam” and lamenting the high cost of standing in line for most of the day. Others pointed out that the Polynesian Village Resort is one of Disney’s more expensive options, with prices ranging from $691 to $5,825 per night, according to Comparable high-priced options include the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Bay Lake Tower.

The financial burden of a Disney World vacation has become increasingly unmanageable for many Americans, especially in the face of recent inflation and price hikes. A Bloomberg News analysis last fall highlighted the escalating costs, noting that a family of four could spend between $4,280 on the low end to an astonishing $42,460 for a week-long trip, depending on hotel and experience choices.

Entry tickets to the Magic Kingdom alone can cost up to $189 per person, and visitors willing to pay more can access all four Orlando-area parks in a single day for as much as $252 per person. Additionally, Disney’s new line-skipping system charges extra for quicker access to rides on busy days.

The financial strain is not limited to accommodation and tickets. Food prices at Disney World have surged by an average of 61% over the past decade, nearly double the rate of inflation, according to FinanceBuzz. Viral social media posts have highlighted the outrageous costs, with some influencers reporting paying as much as $70 for a bowl of Frosted Flakes at a Disney restaurant. On Reddit, frustrated visitors shared experiences of spending $500 on food and drinks in just three days across Disney’s parks.

The rising costs have had tangible effects on Disney’s attendance. Last year, visits to Disney theme parks fell after a robust 2022, potentially driven by the unsustainable pricing. A LendingTree survey found that 45% of parents with children incurred debt from their recent Disney trips, with the average debt amount being $1,983.

As families grapple with these inflated prices, some are turning to smaller regional amusement parks like Great Wolf Lodge, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. This trend highlights a growing discontent with Disney’s pricing strategy and a shift towards more affordable alternatives.

In an era where inflation and economic pressures are already straining household budgets, Disney’s sky-high prices are pushing the magical experience out of reach for many families. It’s time for lawmakers and Disney executives to reconsider these pricing strategies before the dream vacation becomes a financial nightmare for more American families.