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    Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

    I don't even know what to think anymore, and I suppose I am the point where I don't care. I feel like the program is straight forward, but at the same time I can't shake the feeling that it is not as simple as Disney makes it out to be. There are so many legitimate questions that I think Disney...
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    150 Point Minimum Requirement for Membership

    I think the volume issue, coupled with the price and direct expiration date is why OKW recorded their largest point sales according to dvcnews.com.
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    150 Point Minimum Requirement for Membership

    FWIW I agree that those prices are inflated. I just think that for OKWe direct the difference may not be as big as some think when comparing prices. Of course this only applies if you want OKWe as the other resorts tend to have a much larger % difference based on the direct purchase price. In...
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    150 Point Minimum Requirement for Membership

    I recently (last 30 days) purchased direct at OKW for $159/pp (It is now $170/pp). With a December Use Year I received a fully loaded contract with a 2057 expiration date. According to DVC resale market estimate a 150 point contract fully loaded expiring in 2057 is $138/pp. A difference of $21...
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    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    I tend to agree. I think their decision to delay construction on the park was shortsighted. The original opening date was 2023. If we include typical delays then maybe it would have opened in 2024. Now we will be lucky to see the park in the next 5-7 years. This is just pure speculation on...
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    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    Possibly, but they sure are doing everything they can NOT to encourage people to return.
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    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    Totally legitimate rationale, observation , and concern. The issue is that don't I think Disney cares that you go from 3 trips to 1 trip. They have plenty of people to replace you and your family with, and by reducing the amount of times you go, they may reduce the complaints. From what I...
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    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    I empathize with those who believe this is a big blow for all the various reasons stated in the past 36 pages. I have only taken DME once (1/2020) and I thought it was a great option. I totally could see why folks like the service. However, I am not sure why folks always get bent out of shape...
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    News Walt Disney World theme parks increase capacity but see longer waits and less physical distancing

    I'm not surprised. It was like this in August. Everyone was saying how great it was to go to WDW after the reopening and we showed up mid-August to ridiculous crowds to the point where I was questioning the lack of fastpass. It was clear to me then that it was only going to get worse.
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    Politics 28000 Layoffs coming to Disney's domestic theme parks - statement from Josh D'Amaro

    I know these layoffs are employees that are not necessary due to lack of demand/work outside of the resorts themselves, but I wonder if this is a foreshadowing on significant increases in dues. Outside of higher cleaning costs, there is also decrease in rentals, and I believe additional costs...
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    News VISIT FLORIDA Research report highlights dramatic reduction in visitors to Florida

    There is a function in the touring plans app where it allows you to rate how the parks "feel." I also will note that all of the days are rated as a "1" for my trip which ends this Saturday. IMO there seems to be a disconnect from what is clearly a massive decline in visitors, and the real...
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    News VISIT FLORIDA Research report highlights dramatic reduction in visitors to Florida

    lol. I feel like this is the beginning of a bad lifetime movie, where this post gets used against you after your Sister-in-law mysteriously disappears!
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    News VISIT FLORIDA Research report highlights dramatic reduction in visitors to Florida

    I want to be clear that the crowds are not what they were pre-pandemic. I am only making an observation from my time at DHS, DAK, and MK in the past five days, that the theme (parks are empty) is not true. Rides can or cannot be walk-ons. Times vary from 5 minutes to 60 minutes. I know I waited...
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    News VISIT FLORIDA Research report highlights dramatic reduction in visitors to Florida

    I think it is hit or miss. From what I have read on here and other forums/news sites I think your experience is probably more typical, but the "youtuber/vlogger" empty park theme is misleading. Yesterday, I was watching the local Florida news and they repeated the same theme (that the parks...
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    News VISIT FLORIDA Research report highlights dramatic reduction in visitors to Florida

    BWI and DCA have both lowered the parking rates as they have closed economy parking. At BWI you can park in the closest parking lot for $12/day, and I parked in the covered daily parking lot for $8/day which is a quick shuttle bus ride. There really are some plusses if you are willing to travel.
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