My daughter is at DHS today (January 15) - crowds are relatively light.
My sister encountered heavy crowds at MK on Monday, January 4, and at DHS on Tuesday, January 5. She then stayed another 9 days, visiting one theme park each day except Saturday. Weekday crowds for the last 2 weeks have...
I fully realize it's not the same but what was once called "battle fatigue" (i.e. posttraumatic stress disorder) in very much a real thing. During wars, even those on the home front sometimes suffered from battle fatigue.
Quoting from WebMD:
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called...
Prior to 2020, I doubt the number of people using DME had dropped. It's free transportation to and from the airport, with Disney taking care of your luggage for you.
Let's consider Disney's statement, particularly the part that was bolded (and got this particular conversation started)...
On December 28, I posted a table from the CDC showing that California had the highest infection rate in the country.
Politics - Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion | Page 2476 | WDWMAGIC - Unofficial Walt Disney World discussion forums
2 weeks later and California's infection...
If there's an outcry now, if 2022 bookings are soft, Disney can quickly bring back DME without severe financial impact.
Frankly, it puts Disney in a stronger negotiating position with Mears. "Well... We're thinking of maybe bringing back DME but you're asking too much money..."
To be clear, Disney's data from their quarterly and annual reports strongly suggests that the introduction of DME in 2005 was a cost-effective investment that helped WDW recover from the post-9/11 doldrums.
DME worked in 2005. However, corporate Disney is now questioning DME's effectiveness in...
At this point, I don't think anyone really knows what's going to happen post-COVID.
Business predictions are based on data and models. There are no (meaningful) data that can be used to model what's going to happen after COVID-19.
You might hear all sorts of business experts make predictions...
Corporate Disney is banking on hotel occupancy not dropping significantly with the discontinuation of DME.
Per the following chart, there is some risk to this. Hotel occupancy has remained consistently high ever since DME was introduced in 2005.
Still, Disney can backtrack and reinstate...
I don't disagree with anything you wrote but it still doesn't explain why Vermont, which is mostly "rural upstate types", has consistently reported the best COVID numbers in the 48 states.
Conversely, it doesn't explain why tiny Rhode Island, which is essentially city or suburb, has been...
Pointing to upper New York staters being "rural upstate types" doesn't explain what's happening in other states such as California (which has had a stay at home order since December 1), Rhode Island (which has been bad for months), New Jersey (which had a recent spike), or Connecticut (which has...
My sister was at Raglan Road on Saturday (January 9) at 5 pm. She thought Raglan Road was the worst she's seen at WDW to date.
The inside of the restaurant was crowded, with throngs outside as well.
After her experience, she warned us not to go to Raglan Road. She has not said about any...
Just an update from my sister, who returned to the Magic Kingdom today (January 8), after encountering very heavy crowds on Monday (January 4).
Crowds were much lighter on January 8.
Some images from today's visit.
The historically inflated Standby times have much to do with Guest satisfaction, an important metric for corporate Disney. After all, a happy customer tends to spend more. :)
Essentially, a Guest is more happy if they wait in line for less than the posted Standby time; more unhappy if they...
My sister visited WDW in November for 2 weeks and is there now.
She reported that it definitely feels more crowded than November.
Here's a link to what I posted 2 days ago:
Report of Heavy Crowds at Magic Kingdom (January 4) | WDWMAGIC - Unofficial Walt Disney World discussion forums
My point is that I've had 3 onsite stays since theme park capacity was set to whatever 35% is. My sister spent 2 weeks at WDW in November when capacity was set at 35%.
We both were there on days when there was no remaining Park Passes for all 3 categories.
We both have pretty good...