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This is EXACTLY the type of problem a market economy is designed to solve - distribution of a scarce resource.

You solve it by setting the price of attendance such that the correct number of people choose to go.




Well, in Disney's case, you want to maximize profits, not optimize attendance rates. So you set the price such that it maximizes total returns, and whatever attendance rate that is, is the "correct one"


> So you set the price such that it maximizes total returns, and whatever attendance rate that is, is the "correct one"

I don't think it's that simple—they're not trying to maximize total returns on a single day, but total returns overall. How many people are in the park determines the kind of experience you have, which then determines if you're likely to come back. Plus all sorts of associated halo effects—if you enjoy your time at the park, then after you leave you're more likely to purchase Disney branded merchandise, watch Disney movies, and subscribe to their upcoming Disney+ streaming service.




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