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  1. Tom P.

    News Disney updates its legendary Four Keys model to include a fifth key

    Turn this around. What if I said "I love watching a bunch of 30 year old black women arguing about something that has zero effect on them"? Would you call me out as racist? If so, then take a look at what you wrote and think about it again.
  2. Tom P.

    Reservation system here to stay? Update from Josh D'Amaro

    They are currently selling Park Hopper tickets for 2021. And for any tickets that begin after March 7th, when the first water park is scheduled to re-open, you can purchase the Park Hopper Plus that includes the water parks. I think, at least for the moment, that Disney is expecting park hopping...
  3. Tom P.

    Kermit has been working with Bob Weis, hmmmm? (EDIT: AND JOE RHODE?!?!)

    Everyone is different. I'm sure you don't hear things the same as me. But I grew up on Jim Henson's Kermit and my favorite era of the Muppets is still The Muppet Show. And I can hear none of Jim Henson's Kermit in Matt Vogel's performance.
  4. Tom P.

    POP prices in March - whew!

    I don't care if Mickey himself drives you to the Magic Kingdom in your own private limo on Christmas, there is no way that a standard room at a value resort is ever worth $265 a night.
  5. Tom P.

    Kermit has been working with Bob Weis, hmmmm? (EDIT: AND JOE RHODE?!?!)

    I'm sorry, I'm just not going to be able to adjust to Kermit's new voice. It totally takes me out of the show or video. It just isn't Kermit.
  6. Tom P.

    News Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon to remain closed until March 2021

    Is there some significance to March 7th? Why that specific date for re-opening a water park? I really do not understand the logic of keeping the water parks closed, and haven't from the beginning, unless it is strictly a cost cutting measure. I would think the water parks would be the safest of...
  7. Tom P.

    When are all these cutbacks not about COVID anymore?

    Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore is most definitely a special event, one that is ticketed separately from daytime admission. And Christmas at Biltmore is AMAZING. Well worth the price of admission, IMHO.
  8. Tom P.

    News Holidays 2020 at Walt Disney World

    1-2 hours is being generous, unless Disney does not continue the reduced hours into November. Even during the "shortest" days of the year, the earliest it is dark is 5:30 p.m. and right now Disney is closing up the Magic Kingdom at 6 p.m. each day. Now, I hope that since they are planning...
  9. Tom P.

    When are all these cutbacks not about COVID anymore?

    Chicken and egg, though. Attendance and guest spending would likely be higher if Disney was offering more for guests to do. I just cannot fathom going when the park closes at 6 p.m. each day, for example. I would imagine the Christmas party would have brought a lot of people in.
  10. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    "The States" is a place, though. I'm talking about how to refer to the people. Americans is a widely used, widely understood description for people who live in the United States. I can't think of an equally succinct and easily understood word that would include people from the United States but...
  11. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    I have always wondered about using the term "Americans" to denote people in the United States, when there are numerous other countries in the Americas. But it is commonly accepted usage. And what is the alternative? Saying "people in the United States" is a bit more cumbersome. United Statesians?
  12. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Football vs. soccer is a much simpler conversation. Americans are right. Europeans are wrong. That's just fact. 😁
  13. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Worry and fear, especially to excessive levels, does nothing to help anyone. A healthy dose of concern that prompts one to take reasonable precautions is good. But there is only so much we can do. You can't live your life in a bubble, totally isolated from the outside world. Even Dr. Fauci said...
  14. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Of course. There will always be dishonest people who take advantage of any attempt to do good. My point, though, was that you can't help renters who are in trouble by shifting the burden to the landlords. All you are doing is breaking the financial backs of the landlords instead of the renters...
  15. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    Eviction bans are not a solution. As a very shot-term stopgap, perhaps, but it is not sustainable over any period of time. You simply cannot expect landlords to carry tenants for months and months with no rent. Without that income, many landlords would not even be able to pay the mortgage...
  16. Tom P.

    News Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    The history lesson happens to be correct.
  17. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    It is. Because we discarded what the Constitution actually says early on, circa the John Marshall court, and instead substituted case law and court precedent as our holy grail. But that's not how the Constitution was actually written to work. But, as I say, that ship has sailed.
  18. Tom P.

    On layoffs, very bad attendance, and Iger's legacy being one of disgrace

    If we followed the actual text of the Constitution, about 85% of what the federal government does, including many things we like, is unconstitutional. That ship sailed a long time ago.
  19. Tom P.

    Daily housekeeping?

    I understand that, but that just does not match our style of vacationing. We have literally never once done a rope drop in all our visits. Not once. We have no interest in being up early on vacation. It would be rare for us to arrive at a park before noon. So not having the evening hours...
  20. Tom P.

    Daily housekeeping?

    The deal-breaker for me is the park hours. I can't imagine ever going to Walt Disney World with parks closing at 6 p.m. each day. That just would not be worth it for me.
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