To me, the reason that WDW will continue to outdraw U and SW perpetually is the target audience- small children. Disney's main park, MK, and a large portion of the entertainment in the other parks is based upon children's animated films. Children are engrossed by animated films because of the bright colors, the music, and the playful characters. Children want to be a part of the world of the characters. Parents want to make their children happy and see them smile. Where do a majority of FL-vacationing parents take their children to accomplish this? WDW. My mom was a Mousketeer. She took a trip to Disneyland when she and my father were first married. They took us to WDW when my brother and I were young. My wife and I went twice before we had kids (she went countless other times growing up). We took our son last year and are now 2 months away from taking him back along with his 1.5 year old sister, my brother, my nephew, and my mother-in-law. Why? Because we were all hooked as kids and our kids will now be hooked. It's a perpetual cycle that Disney continuously feeds with new animated films.
Does WDW have correctable issues? Sure...and I agree that the announced Fantasyland expansion plans and Star Tours refurb are steps in the right direction. I just don't think that Harry Potter is going to be the panacea that Universal thinks it will be.
I can also understand the economics of going to U and SW instead of WDW. But that begs the question- why are the costs of admission so much less? To keep the business afloat and profit margins where they should be, expenses would have to be proportionately lower. Expenses that are tied to rides, attractions, and employees. I think the extra cost of WDW is the amount that does toward creating the "magic".
I'm sure as my kids get a little older, we'll probably head to U and SW just for variety, but I can't see us making it a point to go there over WDW.
For the record, I'm not a U and SW hater, I just didn't enjoy them as much as I do WDW. Also, I love the Harry Potter books and movies and do want to see HP world at some point. I'm just not counting down the days until it opens so that I can make a bee-line to the gates.
I guess I misused the term Mousketeer. I meant she was part of the "Club" that watched the Mousketeers on TV when she was a small child, not an actual child/actor that appeared on the show.
I'm not saying Universal or Sea World are bad experiences, they just reminded me too much of standing in long lines at Kings Island with nothing in the queue to keep your mind occupied.
ya, im excited ahah. extremely excited. so is my entire family.
1995-june;polynesian 5 days
'96-june;dixie landing 4 days
'97-june;dixie landing 4 days
'98-june;wilderness lodge 7 days
'99-june;dixie landing 5 days
'00-june;wilderness 8 days
'01-june;wilderness 8 days-/christmas; polynesian 7 days
'02-june; polynesian 6 days-/november; polynesian 4 days,
'03-june;Yahct Club 9 days
'04-june;Beach Club 9 days
'05-june;Yacht Club 9 days
'06-june;Yacht Club 9 days
'07-june;off site 2 days
'08-june;wilderness campground 9 days
'09-june;wilderness campground 9days
'10-january;off site 4 days--(for 5k Race)
'11-Sept 8-13 w/ boyfriend
Looks sooo awesome
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