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  1. ParentsOf4

    Grading Walt Disney World Throughout the Decades

    Now that I've had a chance to experience Toy Story Land, it's time to update my "Walt Disney World Historical Grade" chart for 2018. Using a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 meaning "absolutely fabulous" and 0 meaning "it's a dump and should be closed", I graded Walt Disney World (WDW) for each year...
  2. ParentsOf4

    Walt Disney's hundred-acre masterpiece

    By Jim Denney Published July 15, 2017 Monday, July 17, marks the 62nd birthday of Disneyland, the world’s first theme park. More than an amusement park, Disneyland is a work of art — Walt’s hundred-acre masterpiece. Walt Disney was an unpretentious everyman, a farm boy from Missouri who...
  3. ParentsOf4

    Grading Walt Disney World Throughout the Decades

    I have a well-earned reputation for charts and decided it was time to create one with my own made-up metric; what I call the "Walt Disney World Historical Grade" chart. :) Using a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 meaning "absolutely fabulous" and 0 meaning "it's a dump and should be closed", I...
  4. ParentsOf4

    Walt Disney World’s Biggest Investment since 1998

    With the fiscal year complete, it’s time to comment on the financial performance of Disney’s Parks & Resorts (P&R). (Disney’s fiscal year runs from October to September.) Disney’s P&R segment is divided into two unequal parts. Domestic P&R includes Walt Disney World (WDW), Disneyland Resort...
  5. ParentsOf4

    Why Ticket Prices Are Increasing

    Disney theme park annual passholders have seen two prices increases this year, with corporate Disney strongly hinting that additional increases will be forthcoming for all ticket purchasers. Disney Parks & Resorts (P&R) Chairman Bob Chapek's statement that: We have to look at ways to spread...
  6. ParentsOf4

    Why Walt Disney World Needs a 5th Theme Park By 2025

    Please note this is not a rumor that Disney is building another theme park, only an analysis of Disney’s Parks & Resorts (P&R) financial data, suggesting that Disney needs to construct another Walt Disney World (WDW) theme park by the mid-2020s in order to maintain healthy growth within P&R...
  7. ParentsOf4

    DVC Maintenance Fees for 2015

    Disney has started to notify Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members of annual Maintenance Fee (MF) increases for 2015. Fees for 2015 are as follows: - Bay Lake Towers (BLT): $5.0504/point, up 5.6% - Villas at the Grand Californian (VGC): $5.1483/point, up 4.3% - Saratoga Springs Resort (SSR)...
  8. ParentsOf4

    Villas at the Grand Floridian price increase

    I received an interesting email earlier today: You can save $1,700 or more when you Add On at least 100 Vacation Points at Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i by June 24, 2014*. Plus, you can lock in current pricing if you Add On by June 24, 2014, before the price per...
  9. ParentsOf4

    Longer Wait Times at POTC and HM

    Beginning on January 14, the Magic Kingdom (MK) eliminated FASTPASS (FP) and switching over to FastPass+ (FP+) only". Using data from touringplans.com to compare the first 2 weeks of "FP+ only" operation for similar weeks from 2013 with 2014: Excluding Haunted Mansion (MH) and Pirates of the...
  10. ParentsOf4

    Out of control WDW ticket prices

    The below chart compares the price of a 1-day WDW ticket with the opening day ticket price adjusted per the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Other WDW ticket types show similar price trends. (Note that prior to 1982, theme park admission and attractions were sold separately. Ticket prices before...
  11. ParentsOf4

    FastPass+ Impact on Standby Lines at DAK

    As part of the final rollout of FastPass+ (FP+), Disney permitted offsite guests to use FP+ for the first time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK) beginning on December 18, 2013. Unlike onsite guests who could make their FP+ selections prior to arrival, offsite guests were required to use one of...
  12. ParentsOf4

    Changing FastPass+ Selections for Popular Attractions

    One of the alleged positive benefits of FastPass+ is the ability to change FP+ selections. However, what I've encountered this Thanksgiving week is exactly what I expected: for popular attractions, it is impossible to change FP+ selections. Whether it's Peter Pan, Toy Story Mania, Expedition...
  13. ParentsOf4

    This is what a FastPass+ line looks like

    We were at the Magic Kingdom today, the day before Thanksgiving. As expected, holiday crowds were in full swing. I was a bit stunned to see the below FP+ line at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at about 2:10 PM. Mind you, this was the line outside the FP+ entry, which continued all the way up...
  14. ParentsOf4

    Disney executives worried about VGF sales?

    dvcnews.com had a fascinating article suggesting that sales at WDW's latest DVC, The Villas at the Grand Floridian (VGF) are lagging far behind expectations: http://dvcnews.com/index.php/dvc-program/financial/2434-disney-concerned-about-recent-grand-floridian-sales Not surprisingly, buyers are...
  15. ParentsOf4

    FastPass+ Winners and Losers

    WDW’s fundamental weakness is that 3 of its 4 theme parks don’t have enough desirable attractions to keep guests visiting WDW for longer stays. Rather than solve that problem by adding attractions, corporate Disney has decided to use FastPass+ (FP+) to reallocate existing resources to...
  16. ParentsOf4

    DVC Direct Sale Interest Rates

    For those of you thinking about purchasing points in the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) directly from Disney and were planning to finance, Disney just announced new (mostly higher) interest rates: "Premium" credit with 20% down: 9.99% (was 9.0%) "Premium" credit with 10% down: 12.0% (was 11.5%)...
  17. ParentsOf4

    Favorite Magic Kingdom Land

    Simple question: What's your favorite land at the Magic Kingdom? When I was young many decades ago, the answer was easy: Tomorrowland. Although the Apollo missions were winding down, space was still very much on a lot of brains. Tomorrowland won by theme alone. Got a bit older and it became...
  18. ParentsOf4

    Your Top 10

    Every once in a while, someone starts a thread about their favorite attractions. It's been a while since I've seen one so I thought I'd post my current list of favorite Orlando attractions. They are at WDW or Universal. (Sorry SeaWorld.) My Top 10 (in no particular order) are: Haunted Mansion...
  19. ParentsOf4

    Another DDP price increase for 2013?

    The Disney Food Blog is reporting a Disney Dining Plan (DDP) price increase for 2013: http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2013/06/21/news-disney-dining-plan-price-increase/ This is on top of an earlier 12.5% price increase for 2013. Prices reported by the Disney Food Blog are as follows...
  20. ParentsOf4

    Are WDW Ticket Price Increases Coming Soon?

    It’s time to discuss that annual event we all know and love, WDW ticket price increases! In its May newsletter, Mousesavers notes that WDW tickets last increased on June 2, 2012 and warns another ticket price might happen at any time. Mousesavers additionally notes Disney usually announces the...
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