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News Disney's Magical Express to end after 2021

nickys

Premium Member
Disney has been allowing all guests to enter their parks up to an hour lately for several months.

Guessing this perk is simply disabling access for non-resort guests. It doesn't seem like an added benefit, but assuming they enforce it - it will be a nice add.
It doesn’t seem like a perk, until you look at the flip side.

By doing this, Disney have removed any rope drop advantage for offsite guests. That is actually quite detrimental for non Disney resort guests who are used to rope dropping, as the lines for the big “E-ticket rides” could instantly be about 60 minutes at the official park opening.
 
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Seriously, though, what works for some doesn't necessarily work for others. I'm 100% with you on the need for extra clothes at WDW - and when the kids were little, it would have been difficult without the bus from the airport. I trust some option will fill the void, but it probably won't work as well as DME.
Delurking to kvetch... as a mom (or dad) you just can’t win on this one. You are supposed to be prepared for any situation under the sun and yet you are supposed to go all Marie Kondo and “keep it simple!” so that you can hop on a plane with a light, breezy, carefree attitude with your child in one hand and a carryon in the other that somehow contains clothing, shoes, medicine for any conceivable ailment, a stash of homemade organic snacks, wipes, toys, blankies, sippy cups, toiletries, swimwear, first aid, water bottles, tissues, the requisite 20 bottles of sunscreen, and possibly a small house should your flight be delayed overnight.

More on topic... I just don’t understand what’s going on with ME. My hope at this point is that if Disney lovers ride it out, there will be an uptick in perks similar to what was seen post 2001 to get travel back up. I don’t think Disney will lose attendance, necessarily, but I think they will lose per guest spending as people have fewer incentives to stay in “the bubble”, and when they realize these changes are finally impacting their bottom line, they will shift into “wooing people back” mode.
 

larryz

I Laugh to Love
Premium Member
Delurking to kvetch... as a mom (or dad) you just can’t win on this one. You are supposed to be prepared for any situation under the sun and yet you are supposed to go all Marie Kondo and “keep it simple!” so that you can hop on a plane with a light, breezy, carefree attitude with your child in one hand and a carryon in the other that somehow contains clothing, shoes, medicine for any conceivable ailment, a stash of homemade organic snacks, wipes, toys, blankies, sippy cups, toiletries, swimwear, first aid, water bottles, tissues, the requisite 20 bottles of sunscreen, and possibly a small house should your flight be delayed overnight.
Think you might be exaggerating just a bit?
 
Think you might be exaggerating just a bit?
Obviously not a literal house, no, but there is a darned if you do darned if you don't dynamic to being a mom. If you're out with your toddler or small child and you are The Mom Who Doesn't Have Hand Sanitizer, you feel judged as disorganized and unprepared (and someone will suggest a blog, app, planner, general organization guru, etc., to help you do better) but then, if you travel with a small rucksack for all the gear you're supposed to have, you're tsk tsked for being a 'helicopter parent'. I've read that "Intensive Parenting" is the style that is expected of parents in 2021, and I definitely see it.
 

dreday3

Well-Known Member
I'm pretty sure the whole luggage conversation started when someone asked why women feel the need to pack so much. I don't think it had anything to do with kids?

I answered, then I started talking about shoes, then I started daydreaming about shoes, then my laptop was open to Nordstrom.com and my credit card felt warm to the touch? 🤔 🤣
 
Your going to Florida, not to Antarctica. LOL Just have the extra stuff delivered when you get there or stop at the store if you have a car. No need to complicate things. ;)

I get that approach, but to me, so long as transportation is available, dumping everything in a suitcase is easier than going shopping once on vacation - a reason I'm bummed about the ME. I understand that possibly this was a necessity as the parks are bleeding money, but I do think it had a lot of value for families especially.
 

Chi84

Premium Member
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I get that approach, but to me, so long as transportation is available, dumping everything in a suitcase is easier than going shopping once on vacation - a reason I'm bummed about the ME. I understand that possibly this was a necessity as the parks are bleeding money, but I do think it had a lot of value for families especially.
Now they want you to do laundry AND go shopping for necessities? I’d rather be at the pool. Just kidding. I’m not looking for advice on how to vacation.
 

MrHappy

Well-Known Member
How is the DME these days? Same operationally as always? Is the service is limited (do they wait and fill 1 bus fully to service any resort that any guest may be staying at? Or do they have dedicated buses for a resort or 2 or 3?
I know it's typically based on advanced scheduling and they'd run a bus for a certain resort/resort area even if the bus was less than half full. Just wondering - I'm trying to weigh car service vs MDE for family of 5 at the end of April.
Thanks!
 

Nunu

Wanderluster
Premium Member
How is the DME these days? Same operationally as always? Is the service is limited (do they wait and fill 1 bus fully to service any resort that any guest may be staying at? Or do they have dedicated buses for a resort or 2 or 3?
I know it's typically based on advanced scheduling and they'd run a bus for a certain resort/resort area even if the bus was less than half full. Just wondering - I'm trying to weigh car service vs MDE for family of 5 at the end of April.
Thanks!
Used DME yesterday, waited about 20mins for it to depart. Bus was at 40% capacity (aprox.), and it serviced 3 resorts.
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
There are non-free alternatives in place already. And Mears or other companies have 11 months to figure out what services they want to provide for those who want a MDE type experience (for a fee).
I think you keep missing the point here. People aren't complaining because they literally can't get to WDW without DME, it's that Disney keeps stripping away perks from their very expensive hotels. This was a key perk for many guests.
 

seabreezept813

Well-Known Member
Obviously not a literal house, no, but there is a darned if you do darned if you don't dynamic to being a mom. If you're out with your toddler or small child and you are The Mom Who Doesn't Have Hand Sanitizer, you feel judged as disorganized and unprepared (and someone will suggest a blog, app, planner, general organization guru, etc., to help you do better) but then, if you travel with a small rucksack for all the gear you're supposed to have, you're tsk tsked for being a 'helicopter parent'. I've read that "Intensive Parenting" is the style that is expected of parents in 2021, and I definitely see it.
This reminds me of the first time I brought my daughter to the doctor’d office and didn’t have any formula. I learned real quick how shameful it feels not to be prepared for every last incident. Like come on new baby, you couldn’t go 1.5 hours without a drink ;)
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
I think you keep missing the point here. People aren't complaining because they literally can't get to WDW without DME, it's that Disney keeps stripping away perks from their very expensive hotels. This was a key perk for many guests.
You don't get that I was replying to this:

Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea.

It would be kinda nice if people read what I was responding to for proper context.

Or, just blindly go about having the argument you want to have devoid of context.
 

Shouldigo12

Well-Known Member
You don't get that I was replying to this:

Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea.

It would be kinda nice if people read what I was responding to for proper context.

Or, just blindly go about having the argument you want to have devoid of context.
Without an alternative from Disney. Not without an alternative period.
 

Sir_Cliff

Well-Known Member
You don't get that I was replying to this:

Retiring Disney's Magical Express without an alternative in place is a very short-sighted, cost-cutting idea.

It would be kinda nice if people read what I was responding to for proper context.

Or, just blindly go about having the argument you want to have devoid of context.
No, I did read that. At least what I understood the poster to mean was that Disney was eliminating DME without replacing it with an alternative, not that there was literally no alternative way of getting to WDW.

Edit: The poster above beat me and was more succinct!
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Without an alternative from Disney. Not without an alternative period.

No, I did read that. At least what I understood the poster to mean was that Disney was eliminating DME without replacing it with an alternative, not that there was literally no alternative way of getting to WDW.

Edit: The poster above beat me and was more succinct!
And what alternative would that be other than a free bus?
 

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