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  1. ParentsOf4

    Understanding Why Disney's Magical Express Is Ending

    Throughout the first 30 years of Walt Disney World's (WDW) existence, WDW Guests paid for their own transportation from Orlando International Airport to WDW. This model worked for decades. Hotel occupancy remained high and corporate Disney built more hotels to meet ever increasing demand...
  2. ParentsOf4

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

    My sister spent today at the Magic Kingdom and reported very heavy crowds, much heavier than the crowds we saw when we were there together in November. (Which were about the same crowd levels that I experienced when I was there during a separate trip in mid December.) For example, she said the...
  3. ParentsOf4

    Trip Report The "Once More Unto The Breach" Trip Report

    We decided to take a last-minute trip: three nights at the Boardwalk Villas (BWV). We jokingly said it was to pick up Giordano’s pizzas to take home for the kids but really we both were looking forward to some Christmas spirit at WDW! This was our 4th trip to WDW since they reopened. Trip...
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    DVC point reallocation in 2022

    Disney is reallocating DVC points in 2022, making the fall more expensive than prior years, and making the summer less expensive than in prior years. Detailed point chart are available on the DVC website. The following is quoted from the DVC website: After a thorough analysis of Member travel...
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    Trip Report The “Is it safe?” Trip Report

    Some of you might recognize the quote from the 1976 film, “Marathon Man”. It occurs during a scene considered by some film critics to be one of the most terrifying in movie history. In this "Age of COVID-19", I thought the quote appropriate. After all, if you are reading this trip report, the...
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    Walt Disney World Hotel Rates - Christmas 2021

    In June, Disney released rates for 2021. I haven't analyzed these in three years and was in for a bit of a shock when I looked at rates for Christmas 2021, Disney's most expensive season. Nightly rates (tax included) for the least expensive (i.e. Standard) rooms at Value and Moderate Resorts...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  13. 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)...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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