This is the answer for anyone not wanting to pay premium and extra charges for a WDW vacation: Stay off site. Huge numbers do anyway.
People with more... disposable... income will pay to enjoy being in the bubble, which is more of a feeling than an advantage (except with regard to transportation, but, if you're staying off site, then you have a car for at-will transportation).
One would have thought with yearly double digit inflation of costs and years of reduced perks WDW would have found that point that numbers went down for more than one year in a significant way... but they haven't.I'm fine with increasing prices as a form of crowd control. I'd rather pay an extra $300 for my ticket and get severely reduced crowd levels than the reverse.
But as you said, they're not only increasing prices, but cutting/decreasing almost everything else along with it. That's where I have a serious problem. When the whole experience is lesser than it was 20 years ago, but the cost is much higher, it's hard to justify going at all.
While that operates as crowd control too, it will eventually reach a point where it's unsustainable.
While I'm not saying they didn't care about the quality of what you got back then, all the extra perks were to drive up numbers attending. They don't need to do that anymore.I miss the days of Disney in the mid-to-late 2000’s when the company actually cared about giving their guests a quality experience.
One would have thought with yearly double digit inflation of costs and years of reduced perks WDW would have found that point that numbers went down for more than one year in a significant way... but they haven't.
I never used morning hours or magical express and I bought designer MBs. The only perks I ever used as a resort guest was evening extended hours and transportation and 60 day window for FP+s. So... until they price me out of the resorts (and they're close to doing so with Pop's prices exploding and the Swolphin now charging deluxe rates), I'll probably still go with a Disney resort.
Based on the comments they are allowing, pretty good sign the PR department wasn't a fan of the move either."Early Theme Park Entry: We know how much guests enjoy extra park time, so coming later this year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Disney Resort hotel guests and guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to ANY theme park, EVERY day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day! As a reminder, the Extra Magic Hours benefit was suspended when Walt Disney World Resort reopened last summer, and as we continue to manage attendance with health and safety top of mind, Extra Magic Hours will not return. The new early theme park entry benefit helps us better spread visitation across all four theme parks, while providing added flexibility by giving guests extra early park time on each day of their vacation and in the park of their choosing. Please note that guests need valid admission and a park reservation made via the Disney Park Pass system to enter a theme park."
For nearly 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has continued to evolve the guest experience to best suit the changing times. As we plan for the future, we are looking at how needs and preferences are changing across the travel industry, particularlydisneyparks.disney.go.com
I agree. The perception of having an hour extra vs a half hour extra is a big change. A half hour is nothing. It's the same amount of time some of us spend wrangling toddlers to get dressed every day.I would understand some people liking it better if it was an hour early at all four parks. Would still be worthless to me, but I could see the benefit for some. 30 minutes is such a small window (as I've said above) I just don't think it's going to be very beneficial to anyone.
Time to check out what's going at Universal.
Honestly, which perks actually remain for resort guests other than actually staying in the Disney bubble? No more Magical Express after this year. No EMH. No fast passes. No dining plan (that’s one I won’t miss, but many do). No fireworks or nighttime shows. Limited dining options. No housekeeping at hotels. And the list goes on. Obviously some will be brought back gradually, but the question remains, what’s the advantage for guests to stay on property?While I'm not saying they didn't care about the quality of what you got back then, all the extra perks were to drive up numbers attending. They don't need to do that anymore.
As a service industry, anything Disney does should be at high quality. Doesn't mean they have to heap on lots of free high-quality perks. The few perks that remain should be high quality.
Is there evidence that this might cause the crowds to even out a bit amongst the Parks?
Like the last five years?
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