I agree with what you've said, for the most part. I think people continue to return to WDW, perhaps even after the threshold of $ pain has been crossed, for nostalgia reasons. They went as kids and hope to have their own kids experience it as well... or they're still kids at heart and hope to recapture the magic. The cold reality of higher prices and larger crowds throws a wet blanket on that, so they have to now trade off the value of the trip vs. the 'feelings' of the trip, and that's a tough thing for people to do, so they complain.
That's presuming a lot. Yes, I do take my kids and want them to experience the same thing I do. And you know what? They do. And we do. I've experienced many great family vacations in WDW - when I was a kid, just my wife and myself when we first got married and rediscovered WDW 15 years ago, and now with my two boys. And I feel that I get value for my money. Sure, I roll my eyes at the prices sometimes. And some things I don't do or buy because I don't think the value is there. But overall Disney vacations for me and my family are magical. Sure, I'll armchair imagineer and nitpick theming and other stuff like most others here. But when I'm there, I hardly think about any of that. Because as someone who isn't an AP holder and only typically goes once a year at best (and often less frequently), I just let go and enjoy my time with my family in a place we all really enjoy. And so yes, it's worth the money to me.
I was in Disney over President's Day. TouringPlans listed it as 9/10 and 10/10 crowd level days all week. First time I've been to the parks when it's been that busy - and I was a bit nervous about that before the trip. Didn't matter. Had a blast. And I do t see that changing anytime soon.
And no, I don't go into credit card debt when I go to Disney.
Disney prices...? As I've said before.....I'll work all the overtime in the world....cause nothing will keep us from it!!
Good excuse to log a few more hours now and then.....
That's an awesome attitude.