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  1. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    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...
  2. ParentsOf4

    Politics Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    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...
  3. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    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)...
  4. ParentsOf4

    Politics Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    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...
  5. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    Years ago, this was the case. Nowadays, Guests book WDW far less in advance than they once did.
  6. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    Trial balloon. 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..."
  7. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    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...
  8. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    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...
  9. ParentsOf4

    News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

    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...
  10. ParentsOf4

    Politics Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    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...
  11. ParentsOf4

    Politics Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    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...
  12. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    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...
  13. ParentsOf4

    Magic Kingdom: Heavy Crowds on Jan 4, Light Crowds on Jan 8

    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.
  14. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    Or the line stops when the person in front of you stops to send a long text message. 😁
  15. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    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...
  16. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    Yesterday (January 4) at Disney's Hollywood Studios was its usual crowded self, but even more so. Based on other recent trips, the increase from 35% to 40% is believable.
  17. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    Epcot appears to be much less crowded today (January 5) than it was during our November and December trips. The below photos are from my sister, who is at Epcot today.
  18. ParentsOf4

    Magic Kingdom: Heavy Crowds on Jan 4, Light Crowds on Jan 8

    Per @TheVisionarySoul, it now is at 40%. Rumor - 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There | WDWMAGIC - Unofficial Walt Disney World discussion forums
  19. ParentsOf4

    Rumor 40% Capacity Soon? What if I Told You That We’re Already There

    Thanks! 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
  20. ParentsOf4

    Magic Kingdom: Heavy Crowds on Jan 4, Light Crowds on Jan 8

    Thanks. 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...
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