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Just got back from my 11 day stay. We had a blast but feel extorted by Mickey Mouse.

Ricky Spanish

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So you’re saying original poster should learn to except less for more. Don’t get me wrong, those are great tips for economizing. But It probably won’t change the way the original poster feels. Do you feel like you got a good value or you don’t.
Accept?
 

Pooh.sHoneyHuntTDL

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Comfort Inn often runs under $100/night, sometimes as low as $60. You can book Holiday Inn right now for $58/night, and that's in August not long after DHS SWL opens. Especially if you book well in advance, there are definitely cheap options. But if you look at the list of Good Neighbors and immediately zero in on Embassy Suites, yeah, it's gonna cost you. There's generally something for everyone price-wise IMO.
Yes but the ones with Extra Magic Hours cost a lot. And there are only 9 of them.

Sometimes you can get lucky and get the double tree for $89 but then you have to add resort fee. Usually though even the double tree is much more expensive than value
 

drizgirl

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Sorry, but I'm of the age when spellcheck meant looking a word up in a dictionary.
And my teachers would make me write the word correctly 100x.
I guess it stuck.
I'm of an age that I actually packed a heavy dictionary and thesaurus when I left for college. None of that helps (spellcheck included) when you use voice recognition and neglect proofreading before hitting "post reply".
 

donnylambb

Premium Member
Original Poster
At least half the things you've mentioned have made my time at the parks 1000 times more pleasant, the first and second especially though not sure what either has to do with pricing increases. Like others have said, free water is available to you at all times, and you can bring your own water into the park. The last point is just baffling to me.

Anyway, as someone who comes from a pretty broke family & only had the opportunity to visit WDW twice before working there, there are ways to cut costs if you're willing. WDW has extended many of the Disney resort perks (EMH primarily) to Good Neighbor hotels, which cost significantly less per night than the Value resorts, often with better accommodations. Most will offer free shuttle service to the Disney parks, Universal and other tourist-typical locations. Air B&B is also a fantastic, affordable option. Not every single meal has to be eaten in the parks, and there are plenty of 'snack' options within the Disney dining plan substantial enough to substitute for small meals. These are workarounds people on the lower end of the income spectrum have been using for decades & will continue to use...as the lower middle class begins to get priced out w/ the new increases, they'll have to either follow suit or stop going.

Obviously if you can afford it, that's a different story & more power to you.
Even can affording it my two sons really are getting into their teens and like the thrill rides better. So I guess we will wait a few years for Tron and GOTG.
 

donnylambb

Premium Member
Original Poster
We had a blast but we noticed everything from my sons goofy sours, beer , water etc getting really expensive for what your getting. The money is not the issue I can stay a month its in 5years a beer will be 12.00 water 7.50 goofy candy-12.00 and even that I can afford it I probably wont go every year no more and do something else. Its not the money its the principal.
 

donnylambb

Premium Member
Original Poster
11 day trip!? Well, yea, that is going to cost ya! :p

Most families in the U.S. can afford it, depending on priorities and frequency. [Everything that follows assumes no medical issues. Those can throw a wrench in any well thought out plan]

Just an example here.... take a family of 4 where both adults smoke 1 pack a day. Quit smoking (+$4000)and you can afford an annual 5 day visit in a music resort (you'd have to drive there to make that price-point). Remove from your budget movies, eating out, alcohol, and other vacations and you can really upgrade your trip. Go every 3 years and you are now talking luxury resorts.

I know, I know, there are exceptions. Single parent/income families come to mind. Families where there are truly no luxuries what-so-ever. But the average family, depending on priorities, can afford it. ...supported by ---> U.S. Income

Digressing for a minute.. I have a friend who is super broke. Cannot afford anything. Certainly cannot afford a WDW trip. Which is true, but the reason he cannot afford it, is he bought a $350,000 house with pool!! :rolleyes: Monthly house payments are almost the price of a cheap trip. Almost. ....Needless to say my sympathy levels are minimal.
its not the money its the principal is I guess what I wanted to say.
 

Ricky Spanish

Well-Known Member
its not the money its the principal is I guess what I wanted to say.
We had a blast but we noticed everything from my sons goofy sours, beer , water etc getting really expensive for what your getting. The money is not the issue I can stay a month its in 5years a beer will be 12.00 water 7.50 goofy candy-12.00 and even that I can afford it I probably wont go every year no more and do something else. Its not the money its the principal.
Principle?
 

Amidala

Well-Known Member
Yes but the ones with Extra Magic Hours cost a lot. And there are only 9 of them.

Sometimes you can get lucky and get the double tree for $89 but then you have to add resort fee. Usually though even the double tree is much more expensive than value
That's fair, I've stayed at Good Neighbors before but honestly...I don't really prioritize EMH, so I didn't pay much attention to whether or not we had access to it. That being said, I still think it's worth sacrificing an hour or two per day of EMH in exchange for saving hundreds. If you can't afford a Disney resort and the alternative to a Good Neighbor is not going at all, this seems like a no-brainer to me.

Things like changing the "we wants the red head" auction scene in pirates for example.
I would like to see myself in a beloved ride as something other than a victim of implied assault or a stereotypical housewife...just saying. Thought we'd all moved on from this months ago & still not sure how it's relevant to rising prices.
 

erasure fan1

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I would like to see myself in a beloved ride as something other than a victim of implied assault or a stereotypical housewife...just saying. Thought we'd all moved on from this months ago & still not sure how it's relevant to rising prices.
It's relevant because someone ASKED why someone said "rampant political correctness" and that is an example of that. If someone believes that PCing the parks is a downgrade, that is every bit as relevant to being upset about price increases as anything else.
 

Pooh.sHoneyHuntTDL

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That's fair, I've stayed at Good Neighbors before but honestly...I don't really prioritize EMH, so I didn't pay much attention to whether or not we had access to it. That being said, I still think it's worth sacrificing an hour or two per day of EMH in exchange for saving hundreds. If you can't afford a Disney resort and the alternative to a Good Neighbor is not going at all, this seems like a no-brainer to me.



I would like to see myself in a beloved ride as something other than a victim of implied assault or a stereotypical housewife...just saying. Thought we'd all moved on from this months ago & still not sure how it's relevant to rising prices.
You don't have to do Good Neighbor. Those are more expensive than the normal offsite hotels and for me don't add value since they dont' have EMH. There are plenty of non Good Neighbor hotels that are cheap.
 

Amidala

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You don't have to do Good Neighbor. Those are more expensive than the normal offsite hotels and for me don't add value since they dont' have EMH. There are plenty of non Good Neighbor hotels that are cheap.
True! Like I said earlier, I've found some (like Comfort & Holiday Inn) to be pretty cheap w/ better value than lower tier hotels, but I'll gladly stay anywhere...Air B&B, motels, etc. it doesn't matter at all to me personally. Others may feel differently.
 

Mainahman

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you know its funny, as i just started pricing a trip for 6 or 7 people. My sister inlaw has 4 children. there no way in the world she would ever be able to financially afford to take 1 kid, let alone all 4. We on the other hand, are blessed a bit more. To me, the price is worth it to see your happy place through the eyes of a child that has never been, and may be the only chance they ever have at experiencing it all.
 

Dave Ber

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My only complaint on the water is I don't think you can find water from a fountain that tastes as nasty as the stuff in WDW. It is almost as if they add disgusting flavoring to the water just to push you to buy the bottled stuff.... And I've traveled all over the country and have never tasted water that is consistently as bad as Disney fountain water.
Bu you can get free water at any restaurant all day long, with ice
 
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