Then I got the e-mail that I would need to write my full story by today. Throw in a little car trouble, a headache and late-night Olympics viewing, and well, you can figure out why I'm running a couple of days behind.
So here's the full story.
Short form: One-day adult ticket prices are up 70 percent since 2000, and children's tickets are up 80 percent for the same period. But there are plenty of ways to cut costs for your theme park holiday. And here they are.
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PHOTO: Sisters Sabrina Morris, 22, and Gretchen Morris, 27, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., ride Toy Story Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios in August, 2008. The two signed up for the Disney Meal Deal to save money on their recent five-day vacation celebrating Sabrina's college g raduation