Skip to comments.Is Disney’s $15 Minimum Wage Hike a Help or a Hoax?
Posted on 12/18/2018 11:32:53 AM PST by Kaslin
Did you know that the average family income for a minimum-wage worker is over $50K a year? How about that the vast majority of minimum wage workers are second, third and fourth earners in their families and not the primary earners as leftists often claim? In other words, a spouse or child is simply supplementing the income of the primary earner in most cases. Furthermore, did you know that two-thirds of minimum wage jobs are occupied by workers between 16 and 24 years of age who are first time inexperienced and unskilled labor? Additionally, has anyone ever told you that workers who begin a job at minimum wage will normally see a pay increase within their first 90 days to a year of employment?
Minimum wage has always been the starting line not the finish tape of our workforce. The aforementioned information is important to know before you read on.
Disney recently agreed to arbitrarily raise their starting minimum wage to $15 per hour for their employees. This may have appeased social justice warriors and their union members, but long term, this is a larger win for the big mouse than it is for their employees, despite the hype. Dont get me wrong. Disney has every right to increase their minimum wage as a private employer, but should they?
Ultimately, someone is going to have to pay for Disneys hourly wage hike to their workers. The question is, who? Well, it will be park-goers, other local businesses and Disneys hourly workers themselves that will be hurt by the new contract that was approved in September of this year.
Due to Floridas great weather and its parks, Orlando attracts more tourists than any other destination site in the United States. So, you can imagine how competitive the search for tourism workers are here. If tourism workers quit their current employer to seek an opportunity at Disney for higher pay, only to find the pay isnt what theyd hoped, not only does their prior employer lose their worker, but Disney will become even more of a local monopoly than they already are.
Why is this dangerous? Because Disney executives will have no incentive to keep their prices affordable for average park-goers, and other local businesses will not have the capability or incentive to compete. Ultimately, Orlando will have fewer jobs available for tourism workers, and all related industries will pay the price for it.
Lastly, customers will be hurt by the minimum wage hike. If youve never been to Disney World, theres nothing like it. Everything from their parks, to their resorts, down to their employees, make you feel amazing! I wish everyone could afford to experience it. However, their prices have skyrocketed to a point that the average Joe can no longer afford to visit their parks without overspending or going in to debt. I dont believe thats what Walt Disney had in mind. Higher wages will all but guarantee fewer consumers will be able to experience Disneys magic.
Just like federal minimum wage hikes, arbitrary minimum wage hikes, albeit private, never benefit the people intended. Just something to think about.
Actually - Disneys parks arent that amazing anymore.
Seen one...seen them all!
Oh come on. Wages are so beat down this will not even make a difference in the cost of admission.
Went 15 years ago. It was way overpriced then. They charged for almost everything. I was thankful the air was free.
Don’t plan on ever going back again. I can obtain more value for my entertainment dollar a bunch of other places.
Just curious...what did they charge for that other places don't?
Im super cereal - Ive only been going about 5 years regularly but in just that short amount of time its amazing what theyve cut back on while simultaneously increasing prices and have outright killed the magic in the parks. Thats just the parks - resort costs have quadrupled to the point where a nights stay in a parking lot view is equivalent to a penthouse suite in Vegas!
And even that wasnt enough money so they instituted nightly parking fees!
And people are still paying it!
I could almost understand if they were still offering a premium level of service - but theyre not.
Just curious...what did they charge for that other places don’t?
I worked at WDW 40 years ago,,, I’m unhappy with how unkempt it is.. parks require constant maintenance.. I don’t go often but when I’m escorting visitors I see mismatched paint , too many closed rides, good rides replaced with junky “quick fix” replacements just to have something new , lines take up more than 50% of your visit on a good day, there are new procedures in place to minimize waits but it’s too complicated for most people to understand or use it to optimize their visit , parking fees are astronomical (parking is generally free in Orlando) ,, The incompetence that lead to that child being eaten by an aligator last year cost WDW’s insurer $50MM but is indicative of the lack of thought towards the paying customers.
Disagree. They are still quintessentially extremely efficient.
Hell, they didn’t even use ANY of those “green” paper-towel dispensers in the 2 parks we went to. Why? Because they know it’s a huge time-waster in a hugely crowded place. They move them in and out very fast.
disney has had three prices increases the last 2 years. People keep, coming. For many this is once in lifetime for themselves and kids. They save for years and pay the price whatever it is.
13 refers to D-Land Anaheim
Just curious...what did they charge for that other places don’t?
I remember the kids wanted cereal for breakfast and being charged for the cereal and the milk for the cereal. The high cost of everything made an impression on my kids as neither has any interest in ever going back. Near the end I gave them choices about taking the money or playing a simple game and they chose the money.
About three years later a guy I worked with had a wedding there and he felt the same way. Would not go back.
Last theme park I went to was white water and they had a special deal that allowed one to go to head of line if you pay quite a bit more. Would not go back either.
I don’t know that they charge for anything that other places don’t - but they charge a hell of a lot for everything. In my experience they are way pricier than other similar parks. And the other parks are expensive to begin with.
Are they also raising the wages of their current employees a corresponding amount? If not the not so happiest place on Earth is going to be pretty rough for new hires.
Considering the state of our society lately, the employees probably deserve $15/hour.
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YOU WILL SEE the Truth when you SEE them lying.
“Leftists Lie As Easily As They Breath”
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Never been to one and don’t feel an empty spot for it....of course, I hate crowds and I hate lines....missing the worst of both of them by not going to a Disney site.
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