We love Disney. To that end, when we plan a Disney trip it is “all-in” on Disney, no Universal, no Sea-World, the initial base tickets are VERY expensive everywhere. Disney wants people who stay and play. If you stay with Disney you get favorable everything! early access to Fast Pass reservations, early and late daily access to parks. Tickets discount the longer you stay.
Disney has a great product, I have seen it grow over 4 decades with my own eyes. It is important to realize you just can’t go there on a whim and expect to ride everything, its not possible, you must plan or you will be disappointed. Read books, there are people who write about planning Disney vacations. Even if you do a day trip, it is possible to make that experience better with planning.
Ticket prices will continue to rise and generations that grew up with Disney now bring their families. Disney continues to build attractions that excite and that will never end.
About tickets, in 1998 I bought a bunch of non-expiring 5 day park hoppers. I recently used a couple of days off it, when I brought it to the ticket window to use it, the clerk said, “Do you know how much you paid for this?” She said $199. $40/day with no expiration…Wow.