1. Disney priced vacations in that time frame so that guests would spend their FL vacation entirely at WDW, as opposed to going to Universal, Busch Gardens, Cape Canaveral, and most especially so they wouldn't eat offsite. Just for a start: that was the era of aggressive DDP pricing.
2. Did you read my post? Because you appear to have missed about 3/4 of what I said, including the part where I said, "it IS possible to spend more money" going to a place other than WDW.
3. Personally, I'll take farm fresh broccoli over a rotten apple any day, but that also has nothing to do with my post. I've visited quite a few amazing destinations that cost - me personally - less than I spend on week at WDW. Please don't blame me if you haven't taken the time to look for better options. I don't even know you.
Im not talking about the DDP plan. I am talking about where free dining and the aggressive pricing during the recession and why it occurred. Just in the first year of the recession, Disney's profits tanked 26%. Pricing stayed stable while aggressive discounts were offered. In fact, pricing stayed stagnant during the recession. You fail to understand the economy and what it does with pricing. Nothing got more expensive during the recession because no one had spare money to spend. Disney is a luxury expense and people were too worried about their excessively high interest rates on their house and cars and also mass amounts of people being laid off their work. We are in the best economy in years. That means more people have disposable income and luxury purchases are being more common. Their is a reason Disney is building mass amounts of hotels. Because the economy supports it. Pricing is going up because their are no "slow" times anymore and because Disney can raise prices without any push back.
Also, again, you fail to understand. I dont care if you have fun in the middle of Montana staying at a cabin for 150 a night. That wasnt my point. I enjoy going to Tennessee. Nothing but woods up in the mountains and hiking in national parks there. Its a cheap vacation but I absolutely love it. My point was, you need to compare with other highly sought after vacation spots if you want to compare cost. Trust me , Disney isnt all that expensive when you compare it to other vacations around the country. Food pricing is on point with those other locations. In fact, the signature restaurants are on average, the same cost as a higher end restaurant anywhere else (Ignore Hawaii,and Alaska).