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New speciality cruise takes guests around World Showcase Lagoon

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by wdwmagic, May 18, 2017.

  1. WildernessLodge

    WildernessLodge Well-Known Member

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    This is a dumb money sucking idea. Who would do this? When I read the title I thought it might stop at each country for a snack or drink.
     
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  2. ABQ

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    I agree with you to a point. Not sure the noise thing is a big deal, but it's been mentioned by a few folks now. I mean, I hear drums from Japan while standing in Mexico or I hear (or heard) bagpipes from Canada while standing in Germany. I mean, noise pollution is all over the World Showcase. But I agree about the pontoon boat usage being out of place, in the daytime especially. They already use them for fireworks cruises but don't really go beyond the English Channel .
     
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  3. Nj4mwc

    Nj4mwc Active Member

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    If this is true, I'm okay with them paying to be away from me and the rest of the unwashed. It's hopefully 10 less people standing in line in front of me.
     
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  4. 21stamps

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    A pontoon boat is much smaller than a friendship boat. Just pretend that you're on the coast in any of these countries.. you'd see watercraft there as well :)

    I won't be taking advantage of this, but I could see the appeal for a family of 4 or a group of friends, even a couple.

    When you rent a pontoon boat you can't stop, the driver can't move, and you can't eat or drink, and you have a camera pointed right at your face. I have to stress that again. At least this way you can all enjoy the ride together, and eat. And drink. And move around. Lol

    Oh-- and here's a big one- you also aren't allowed to use your camera while driving a personal rental. (I break this rule-oops)... but with this new offering you can use a camera.
     
  5. Nj4mwc

    Nj4mwc Active Member

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    I hate the upcharge that lessens the overall experience. Specialty fireworks viewing areas that was once accessible without an upcharge. But this doesn't take anything away from non participating guests
     
  6. natatomic

    natatomic Well-Known Member

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    I tend to agree with this. The fishing pontoons get to fish in the World Showcase Lagoon, but only until 11am. After 11am, they have to stay out of the lagoon for both the Show and also for staying out of the Friendship boats' way. Same with the Pirate boat thing with the kids. I'm kind of surprised they're suddenly changing that rule.
    However, I will say with the number of pontoon rentals I see on Crescent Lake, I've never heard any being loud or distracting. I don't think anyone is really going to be able to hear any of the guests from the shore. Heck, the pontoon that swaps out captains on the friendship boats usually has the radio playing, but guests never hear it.
     
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  7. Much-Pixie-Dust

    Much-Pixie-Dust Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about these daytime cruise offerings, but you can't bring any food or beverage of your own onto Ilyuminations cruises. It must be pruschases through Disney catering. The snacks and sodas come with the rental but things like alcohol, cheese & fruit trays, cakes, etc have to be purchased through them so no BYOB.
     
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  8. Biff215

    Biff215 Well-Known Member

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    So maybe it's a reading issue then, the post here on WDWMAGIC clearly states up to 10 guests. Either way, it's $149 per boat, not $10-15/person. If that helps you justify it then fine, but that's not how it actually works.
     
  9. Otterhead

    Otterhead Well-Known Member

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    I've also heard up to 15. But, okay -- $15 a person for an hour-long guided boat tour with snacks and drinks. Not bad at all and much cheaper than other special offerings.
     
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  10. Otterhead

    Otterhead Well-Known Member

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    I'm not trying to change your opinion.
    I'm trying to convey that while you might think this is dumb, other people might really enjoy a relaxing boat ride.
    Different people enjoy different things. Crazy idea, I know!
     
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  11. rael ramone

    rael ramone Well-Known Member

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    My issues with this are the aspects that may (if not will) detract from show...

    My thoughts on the actual cost of this are.....meh.... I don't personally think it's worth it, but I can see this as something more subjective.

    If one does truly have a party of 10, it's cheaper then taking the Behind the Seeds Tour, which from a 'goodies' perspective it only comes with water from a cooler & cucumber samples (then again, it also delivers a genuine educational experience that doesn't detract from show for other guests)...
     
  12. drizgirl

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    So wait. If just 2 of us plan to be on the boat, I can have 9 or 14 bags of chips to myself?

    Either way......... SCORE!!!!! :rolleyes:

    But yeah, I read it wrong too. $149 per boat isn't terrible if you happen to have a large group. That will never be us though.
     
  13. Much-Pixie-Dust

    Much-Pixie-Dust Well-Known Member

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    They will bag up all the extra snacks and drinks for you to take with you. Came in handy for the rest of the vacation as there was just three of us on our boat. There were so many snacks my kiddo packed them and used them in her lunch when we can came from spring break.
     
  14. drizgirl

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    I was kidding. I don't want to carry the leftovers through the parks with me the rest of the day. I'll just pick some up at Wal-mart when I get home.
     
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  15. Flynnwriter

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    Someone at Disney World needs to recognize that monitizing every possible square inch is going to eventually create a monumental and damaging relationship with the consumer.
     
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  16. DManRightHere

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    This is a heck of a deal if you have a group of folks that just want to see the world showcase. Think how much tickets for 10 would be.
     
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    rael ramone Well-Known Member

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    A much cheaper (though not as close) option is to ride the monorail....
     
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  18. 21stamps

    21stamps Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you like boating very much. ;)
     
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  19. TyrantBossMedia

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    Oh I'm well aware that some people will like this. Sadly that will be the case. And that will only further embolden Disney to continue their trend of making more boring rides.
     
  20. rael ramone

    rael ramone Well-Known Member

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    Gotta pay for ESPN losing subs and reducing margins.....

    When the MAGIC finally wears off on many of the masses, many of the decision makers will have retired....

    When it reaches the point where the 'base' experience (despite a higher price) delivers a significantly reduced experience, and to have an experience that resembles more closely what they are used to is only available via multiple high priced upcharges, the pain threshhold will have been reached by a number of guests that may surprise $DIS....
     

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