Please, I am getting tired of reading that a WDW vacation was ever affordable for the middle class.
Well your disagreement doesn't change reality.
Middle class saved up for Disney and did things like stay offsite... It's why Orlando is full of low to mid-class attractions and hotels. If only the rich went to Disney, you wouldn't have this whole eco-system of budget stuff around Disney. Florida vacations were Disney was PART of a trip - not THE trip. Road Trips to FL were common. The advent of cheaper air travel after deregulation EXPANDED the customer base of Central Florida.. but the affordable summer road trip was still very much a thing for most families.
It's only a recent change that Disney is so focused on the 'onsite' guests. Prior, it was mainly the upper class and better off who stayed at the Poly, the Contemp, etc. "rich" people weren't staying at Ft Wilderness... and the bulk of people were staying OFFSITE at much more affordable accomodations.. and doing alot more things than just Disney.
It's why Disney started building the values and moderates and introduced programs like MYW ticketing/pricing... to change the visitor patterns into what people have now. The Disney vacation people think of today... is not the DIsney vacation that existed in the 70s and 80s... and evolved in the 90s.
And even if you reject all that reality... it doesn't change the fact that even the rich today feel FLEECED at Disney prices... regardless of if lower income people can afford it at all.