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Disney Raises Prices of Park Tickets

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Consistent with past years, Walt Disney Company announced on Sunday that admission prices will be going up at both Disneyland and Disney World.  Yearly increases are part of an effort to reduce crowd sizes at parks and help shorten wait times for rides.

We will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives them a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit.” – Kim Prunty (spokeswoman for Disney)

Here is the breakdown of this price raise:

Disneyland (California)

  • Value ticket – From $97 (did not change)
  • Regular ticket – From $117 ($7 increase)
  • Peak ticket – From $135 ($11 increase)

Disney World (Florida)

  • Value ticket – From $109 for adults, $103 for children ($2 increase)
  • Regular ticket – From $119 for adults, $113 for children ($4 increase)
  • Peak ticket – From $129 for adults, $123 for children ($5 increase)

What do you think about the price increases?

L.L. Bean Dropping Unlimited Returns Policy

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L.L. Bean has recently announced that it will no longer be offering its generous 100% satisfaction guarantee return policy.

Returns will now only be accepted for one year and with proof of purchase.  It will, however, continue to replace products for manufacturing defects.  The company will also now require a $50 minimum purchase for free shipping.

This is due to growing abuse and fraud of the policy.

The numbers are staggering,” CEO Steve Smith told The Associated Press. “It’s not sustainable from a business perspective. It’s not reasonable. And it’s not fair to our customers.”

Best Buy To Stop Selling CDs

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Billboard has recently reported that Best Buy plans to stop selling CDs in their stores by July 1st.  Target could be next in line to do so.

[Read more at Billboard.com]

Do you still purchase CDs? Comment below

Mom Charges Her 5-Year-Old “Rent”

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What do you think?  Smart or over the top?

Syracuse Restaurants Coming Soon in 2018

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Restaurants Coming To Syracuse, NY in 2018

List Courtesy of Syracuse.com

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Blaze Pizza

Location: Near Syracuse University (The Marshall apartment complex)

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Chick Fil A

Location: 7932 Brewerton Road, Cicero
When: February 2018

Citronelle

Location: Walton Street, Armory Square

Danzer’s (reopening)

Location: 153 Ainsley Drive 

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DeFi Cuisine

Location: Amos Building at 208 W. Water St., Syracuse

Eden

Location: Hanover Square, 118 E. Genesee St.

PressRoom Pub

Location: ground floor of Herald Commons, a building at 220 Herald Place in downtown

Water Street Bagel Co.

Location: 239 E. Water Street

The Ice Cream Stand

Location: Amos Building in downtown Syracuse, 208 West Water St.

Netflix Raising Prices of Standard and Premium Plans

Netflix announced yesterday that, for the first time in a couple years, they will be raising plan prices:

⇒ The cost of the “standard” plan will increase from $9.99/month to $10.99/month

⇒ The cost of the “premium” plan will increase from $11.99/month to $13.99/month

⇒ The cost of the “basic” plan will stay the same at $7.99/month

As of yesterday, new members signing up for plans will pay the above revised prices.  Current Netflix subscribers will be notified about the price hikes later in October.

The price increases are due to the increased costs of Netflix’s original programming shows.

Kohl’s to Accept Amazon.com Returns at 82 Select Stores

Kohl’s announced today that it will begin accepting Amazon.com returns at 82 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago.  For no cost, Kohl’s will conveniently pack and ship eligible items back to an Amazon fulfillment center for you.  It is not yet known when this service will expand to other markets.

For more information from Kohl’s, head over here.

DineEquity to Close 160 Applebee’s and IHOP Locations

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DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, has recently announced plans to close up to 160 restaurant locations before the end of 2017. This is due to poor second quarter sales in 2017, along with the continued decrease in popularity of casual-dining restaurants.

USA Today notes that Applebee’s will close 105 to 136 restaurants, while IHOP is expected to close up to 25 locations.

The exact locations that will be closing and closing dates have not yet been released.  According to NBC, franchisee profitability, operational results and brand quality standards will be taken into consideration.

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