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    I think Disney are now very clear in their aim to only have the type of guest who will spend in their parks. They don't want people who are travelling on a budget in there cluttering the place up and not spending $$$ every day. If all us poor people could just keep out of the way of the rich they would be much happier.
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    We haven't been in a Disney Park for our last 6 trips, just so much more to do and see in Florida. The more Disney complicate the visit and create a two tier experience I can't see that changing.
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    There are so many things I love about the Disney parks that I can't imagine never going again, but I do feel sad about some of the rather obvious pricing strategies.

    We had a wonderful day at Epcot yesterday for the media preview of Festival of the Arts (watch for our blog soon), and while the "living paintings" part of the show is free if you use your own camera, it's very obviously a Photopass selling point. Still, those sorts of things really make the day for us now; a fun, somewhat spontaneous thing you can do with your family that, for the moment, CAN be free (with park admission).









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    Our first 2 trips where very much dine on a tight budget especially the first one we stayed offsite pretty much self catered I believe we only ate out twice we came back exhausted as we fitted so much in and in a lot ways they where our best trips . Dont get me wrong we stopover the magic of the parks but they have evolved and continue to evolve and there is a huge price tag to all these changes and it must be out of price point for a lot of visitors. I did a quick price check for 2019 and with no free Dining available at the moment the prices where ridiculous
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    I've been musing this latest decision by Disney and the words from Tom Petty's song The Last DJ kept coming to mind.

    All the boys upstairs want to see
    How much you'll pay for what you used to get for free

    I know that running/developing a theme park is expensive, but equally I imagine it is quite profitable (especially when you consider the opportunities to sell merchandise) but there has been a move over the last 5-10 years to increase prices especially for things that were free or low cost. Parking charge goes up almost annually (and as we discussed several years ago must bring in $Ms a week), 'prime' fastpass limited to onsite guests, now the 'opportunity' to pay for extra fastpasses if you are in the elite etc.

    It makes you wonder how long it will be before there is a charge for parking at Disney Springs and the Disney roads become tolled.
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    Sadly, I don't think those are unfair comments, TF.









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    To be fair, I don't think Disney looks towards the guests that stay for 2, 3 and even 4 weeks, as even though we think we make a huge slice of the market, we don't.
    If you examine the patterns, which Disney obviously do, these patterns must indicate that those guests coming for 3 or 4 nights spend the most per head, so it makes perfect sense to target this area of the market.

    But to throw another spin on it, I dip in and out of various facebook pages and one in particular asked the question "Is Disney outpricing itself and if yes, would you still go to Florida and look to visit other attractions in Orlando or further afield?"
    The results were interesting, with a lot saying they have either cut Disney out, or they may just visit one Disney park and there are more and more people asking for advice on other things to do within Florida.

    Personally, we have never spent mega money in within the parks and tbh I hate how crowded and busy the parks are becoming and trying to exit MK when the park closes with the fireworks is becoming a real safety issue.
    I also think Disney keep the queue levels up as we have been in a comfortably busy park, only to encounter longish queues, but you then discover that they aren't running all the ride cars or all the tracks.




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    Quote Originally Posted by *** kitten View Post
    To throw another spin on it, I dip in and out of various facebook pages and one in particular asked the question "Is Disney outpricing itself and if yes, would you still go to Florida and look to visit other attractions in Orlando or further afield?"
    The results were interesting, with a lot saying they have either cut Disney out, or they may just visit one Disney park and there are more and more people asking for advice on other things to do within Florida.
    That's a really good point, SK, and very interesting to hear. We have long been proponents of getting out beyond Orlando to see what else Florida has to offer (because it's a LOT!), and that's one of the reasons why we added the Off The Beaten Track chapter to the Brit Guide in the first place, as well as the Twin Centre chapter. It's definitely a growing trend that we see, so it's good to hear it's occurring to others as well.

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    As I've said before I believe we had the "best" of Disney in the 90's. Nowadays we don't visit many parks at all preferring to do other things in Florida and Orlando. In fact on our next holiday I think we will only be visiting Epcot maybe one other park but we shall see. In some ways it makes me sad though.

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