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This has made us sour about Disney as well. Being DVC owners we feel the same way and are already changing our habits. We usually do 2 trips a year but we already did one and after being there and having all these thoughts in my head while there about fleecing we decided, although these things really don't affect us cause we don't need to participate, that we are no longer doing Disney world for a while. We actually had plans of moving to Orlando like many of you for the love of Disney, just last month I had a job interview but have since changed how I feel about moving down there and decided we will stay here in New England.
We are just going to use our points on the cruise line for a few years. At least, for now, the cruise line isn't doing this fleecing and they still have the service that once resided in wdw, service that is far beyond what you get at Disney world. I thought we would be vacationing in Disney twice a year forever but enough is enough of the fleecing, its more of a poor taste thing. And don't go on and on about how Disney is a business, I get that, but they are also a company that is no longer customer service focused, that's what bothers me, period. Their only customer service is on the cruise line and we will see them twice a year now.
That day is going to come where EMH are a thing of the past because yes, people will pay for this and it will sell out leaving Disney no other option but to claim it such a success and how guests are demanding it.
I've been thinking the same. One of the main reasons I bought DVC was for the future: daughter getting married, grandchildren a few years after that, possible relocation outside of Florida and I'm getting older and want more of the comforts of home if I'm going to be staying in a hotel for more than 5 days (like a kitchen). And I thought being DVC added some cache to my visits to WDW - nicer resorts, more amenities, exclusive benefits that I couldn't get as an AP. But I paid Disney some serious money to have an ownership interest in one or more of their resorts. I'm hoping that DVC will be excluded from the rumored $15/night resort fee; if we are not, we ALL (at least those of us that can take the time to travel) need to show up at the next condo association meeting(s) to voice our displeasure. If I had gotten wind of this the night I did the 25th anniversary party at MK, I would have found Ken Potrock and given him my thoughts.
Totally agree about DCL. You get all of the charm and customer service we have come to expect from Disney. Plus some pretty cool places to visit. I've only done two cruises so far, but I plan on doing at least one each year. I'm excited about the two new ships and hope that one of them will be earmarked for cruises to Hawaii - and not just Oahu, but all the islands. Plus, Disney needs to add to its presence in Europe. Really wanted to take the transatlantic crossing and then cruise around Great Britain and Ireland, but I'd either have to fly back (yuck) or take another cruise ship back to the states since the Magic won't return to the U.S. until Fall when it repositions.