Are Family Outings No Longer Affordable?

Having fun has never been more expensive.

A new study revealed that classic family outings – baseball games, movies, and theme parks – have become insurmountable costs.

These pastimes passed on from generation to generation might have to stay in the past if people can no longer afford to participate in activities that simply cost too much.

Dreams of catching a foul ball or visiting Cinderella's castle are common aspirations in young families.

It's part of a tradition that has remained relatively unchanged since Walt Disney opened his first theme park.

Priced Out of Priceless Memories

Summer vacation is often when a family takes trips, whether splurging on Disney or going to the movies. What's changed is that now everything is expensive, and pocketbooks are hurting with these rising costs.

“I had to explain to the kids that Mickey was out of Daddy's budget,” says Steven Martinez, who had promised his kids a trip to the House of Mouse.

Disney offers many categories of places to stay, ranging from deluxe resort hotels to so-called value resort hotels and even their own timeshares.

Still, even those accommodations that are supposed to be budget-friendly are often out of reach for young families.