You know i was hopeful disney was going into a better direction. As much as I hate to say it Disney customer service has gone down hill. Its still pretty good but NOTHING like it used to be. This is another classic example of getting less and less for your money. The wait staff are getting the shaft while disney customers are still expected to pay the same amount of money. The dining plan was great as it was. And you can't tell me Disney was losing money on it. And now will their profits soarin into over a billion dollars this year, and ticket pirces going up they are just getting plain gready. I personally loved the luxury of being able to go into any of the parks with just my ticket and being able to apply all charges to my credit card or being able to get all my meals without having to worry about carrying cash. Now this is hardly an option.
This is contributing to what is slowly becoming a less magical disney as much as it pains me to say it.
What have customers honeslty gotten for their continued years of patronage when costs have just kept climbing? DVC resorts out the wazzoo and a half finished value resort.
Lackluster new attractions and cop outs, and tons of scale backs.
Ugh sorry for being a kill joy.
But I think now is not the time for disney to be concerned with raising more money. For the first time in a long time I think Disney is going to have SERIOUS competition from Universal once Harry Potter comes to town. with over 325Million books sold in that series my guess is that Harry Potter is to children of today what classic disney animation was to children of my generation. If you ask any ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen year old who they would rather meet..."Mickey, or Harry Potter...", or "would you rather ride another toy story based ride where your car spins around and you shoot targets or would you like to explore Hogwarts castle? what do you think they will say?
I would say Disney needs to start thinking a little more competativley and needs to start by offering more top quality imagineering and needs to start remembering that disney magic should not cost as much as a college education
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