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Joshua_me
06-15-2011, 07:53 PM
Foolish me.

I actually thought with the extensive work going on in FantasyLand, Main Street USA, and the partially burned Tiki Room, (that last one admittedly not their fault) that there might not be a rate increase this year.

Yes. I understand the need to change and grow and expand, but if this was the Summer of my families' "trip of a lifetime", I'd be more than a little PO'd when I discovered all the rehabs that are going on currently.

(Goodness knows Disney doesn't mention any of this, save for a small sign by the turnstiles...)

One would think that perhaps the yearly increase would have been suspended for one year. Especially considering the state of the economy at the moment and the state of disrepair that a large portion of the MK is currently in...

I guess I'm living in Fantasyland permanently. :tilt:

Thoughts ?

WaltD4Me
06-16-2011, 01:10 AM
One would think that perhaps the yearly increase would have been suspended for one year. Especially considering the state of the economy at the moment and the state of disrepair that a large portion of the MK is currently in...

:rotfl2:

I love your posts, I almost always get a good giggle. :)

At first I was surprised they raised ticket prices 2 months early...nevermind suspending the increase for a year...but not alot they do surprises me anymore.

ADP
06-16-2011, 09:13 AM
Nice post.... I never blame Disney for ticket price increases...I just disagree at which the rate of increases occur....Too much too fast. Is there a tipping point? You bet, and unfortunately it will come sooner than later.

Cherinva
06-16-2011, 09:40 AM
I'm disappointed in the price increase (especially coming early), but I agree with Pete.....it's not going to stop me from buying the tickets and going. I don't live close enough to visit often, so an annual pass is not right for me...it is what it is....so I too, will shut up about it.

lugnut33
06-16-2011, 10:13 AM
If you look at other entertainment options out there WDW is not outrageously priced.

Single day admission to Lollapalooza is $90.
Katy Perry concert $40-$70
Chicago Opera $40-$120
Daytona 500 $55-$200
One day tix. to Six Flags Chicago - $36, but they also ding you $20 for parking and front of the line $35.

ct_chris
06-16-2011, 10:44 AM
If you look at other entertainment options out there WDW is not outrageously priced.

Single day admission to Lollapalooza is $90.
Katy Perry concert $40-$70
Chicago Opera $40-$120
Daytona 500 $55-$200
One day tix. to Six Flags Chicago - $36, but they also ding you $20 for parking and front of the line $35.

I have to agree 100% with both lugnut33 and what Peter said on the Podcast. The current ticket prices just reflect the cost of services around the country. When people stop buying the tickets to WDW and Disneyland then Disney will cut back. In the meantime I would expect at minimum of 3-5% increase/year in ticket prices.

An additional example of the same ticket price increases where everyone complains year after year but keep buying is MLB baseball tickets. Teams like the Yankees, Phillies, and Red Sox have been increasing their yearly ticket prices by >5% each each of the last five years and all three teams keep filling their ballpark game after game. Additionally, teams like the Yankees have premium tickets that run $250-$3000/game and they still get people to buy them at that price. Until people stop purchasing the ticket then these businesses will keep increasing prices based on supply and demand.

I also have to mention that WDW did add the "The Magic Memories and You" show this year and opened a new refurbished attraction in Star Tours at HS. So it is not like people are lacking for things to do at WDW. I still think the cost of WDW is a great value when you look at other entertainment options as pointed out above and thus I will continue to bring my family down year after year.

mainegal
06-16-2011, 11:33 AM
The ten day ticket went up $20. I am a little bothered about the 11% increase. Maybe they realized it was "wrong" to pay so little to add the last few days to the ten day ticket?
Even so, $2.00 more per day. It's not that bad.

I am not going back until December 2012 for the podcast cruise. Still do not know for certain that I will be able to take off more time before the cruise, so I have not bought tickets yet.

dansyr2514
06-16-2011, 12:40 PM
It's not just the price of tickets. The resort rack rates are crazy and the dining plan is also going up. Unfortunately, the only thing not going up is my salary. We usually make a yearly trip but at this point I think it may have to become every other yr or stay offsite and eat offsite.

sjsjbrook
06-16-2011, 06:51 PM
When I told my DH about the price increases and discussed buying our passes for our trip in the fall of 2012 now, he asked how much is it really going up. In his mind it will be les than $50 increase in the end for our family and in the whole scheme of things it really doesn't increase our vacation that much.

Sigh he is right, but I still don't like it and would rather buy them now. Plus the amount they have increased since our first trip to now is huge and if we would have bought tickets then..... SIGH

So I see how Disney gets away with raising the prices. With the cost of the flight rooms, food and tickets........

YukiPhnx
06-16-2011, 07:53 PM
I'm going in 2013 with 7 other people with the waterpark add-on. So we bought all the tickets before the price increase. I expect waterpark add-on to increase as well.

PeterPan09
06-16-2011, 08:27 PM
I'm going in 2013 with 7 other people with the waterpark add-on. So we bought all the tickets before the price increase. I expect waterpark add-on to increase as well.

It did. Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More went from $54 to $55.

I was surprised that it happened so soon, and a little surprised that the multi-day ticket prices increased at the percentage they did. The past couple of years the highest percentage increase was in the shorter duration.

I'm sure Universal will be right behind with their yearly increase.

pittsburghmarc
06-16-2011, 10:17 PM
I may be wrong but, the Disney theme parks have the following revenue centers.

Food and beverage
Merchandise
Park operations

F & B is responsible for their own expenses and profits, same with merchandise. So when you think of a ticket increase don't think about food or souvenirs. That's a separate world all together.

So what would justify a ticket increase yearly? Well, salaries of the staff. We all know about the union negotiations right. We have to pay for that, not Disney.

Next, custodial services (janitors). Just like we see in the grocery store, the price of cleaning chemicals and plastic especially (like trash can liners) has taken a big increase in the past 18 months. Is Disney going to absorb those increases...no, we are.

And how about the big one? Pharmaceutical companies call it Research & Development or R&D. Disney calls it Imagineering. These talented people's salary goes up every year. And they bill Disney for it. And Disney bill's us. Did you know Disney has a research lab at Carnegie Mellon University? The leading university in the US for robotics and computer science? http://www.cmu.edu/corporate/partnerships/disney_lab.shtml We go to Disney parks because they are the best in the industry (heck, they invented it!) I'm happy to pay for this. I don't want Disney talent to work somewhere else!

Well, I'm just scratching the surface. I'm sure there's more. Has anyone noticed how fast health care costs are rising? Over 10% yearly!

Oh, and those surveys that Disney takes everywhere, they are tracking the guest's sense of value. I attended a Disney Institute seminar and learned something very interesting. Disney sends surveys/questionnaires to guest's homes 5 weeks after their vacation to determine their perceived value of their vacation. Why? Well you've received your credit card statement by then! :scared1: And it seems people still say it's a good value (I agree).

Just like your family's expenses increase yearly...so does the Disney theme parks. Shareholders expect to make more yearly. So additional operating expenses will be passed on to the guest.

jlindemer
06-16-2011, 10:41 PM
Great response!

As far as the room rates go--I am the GM of a hotel. Cotton prices are up! A dozen top sheets...$170! A dozen towels...$63! Many guests ruin the towels when they use them. They do not take off their make-up, use them to clean up spills, etc.

Things add up, and just like the ticket prices, hotel prices have to increase to keep up the same amount of profits.

dansyr2514
06-16-2011, 10:56 PM
I understand that to a degree, but for example.
Bonnet Creek resort I can get a room 150-200 a night. Basically on Disney property, in some cases better amenities and honestly, nicer rooms. Now, I'm not talking Disney magic, and extra magic hours and such. I'm just comparing resort to resort.
I recently priced one night rack rate at GF. It was approx $585 dollars, outer building. So I'm not sure the increase on room rates at Disney is exactly valid.

lugnut33
06-16-2011, 11:31 PM
Glad I own me some DVC. Of course, if linens and such go up, they just raise out dues.

dallastxcpa
06-17-2011, 12:35 AM
We own DVC but the prices of the tickets have gotten to the point that our family will probably not go back to WDW until 2014. :sad2: I will simply trade out my DVC points through RCI or go to Hilton Head, or Hawaii.

PeterPan09
06-17-2011, 07:29 AM
I may be wrong but, the Disney theme parks have the following revenue centers.

Food and beverage
Merchandise
Park operations

F & B is responsible for their own expenses and profits, same with merchandise. So when you think of a ticket increase don't think about food or souvenirs. That's a separate world all together.

So what would justify a ticket increase yearly? Well, salaries of the staff. We all know about the union negotiations right. We have to pay for that, not Disney.

Next, custodial services (janitors). Just like we see in the grocery store, the price of cleaning chemicals and plastic especially (like trash can liners) has taken a big increase in the past 18 months. Is Disney going to absorb those increases...no, we are.

And how about the big one? Pharmaceutical companies call it Research & Development or R&D. Disney calls it Imagineering. These talented people's salary goes up every year. And they bill Disney for it. And Disney bill's us. Did you know Disney has a research lab at Carnegie Mellon University? The leading university in the US for robotics and computer science? http://www.cmu.edu/corporate/partnerships/disney_lab.shtml We go to Disney parks because they are the best in the industry (heck, they invented it!) I'm happy to pay for this. I don't want Disney talent to work somewhere else!

Well, I'm just scratching the surface. I'm sure there's more. Has anyone noticed how fast health care costs are rising? Over 10% yearly!

Oh, and those surveys that Disney takes everywhere, they are tracking the guest's sense of value. I attended a Disney Institute seminar and learned something very interesting. Disney sends surveys/questionnaires to guest's homes 5 weeks after their vacation to determine their perceived value of their vacation. Why? Well you've received your credit card statement by then! :scared1: And it seems people still say it's a good value (I agree).

Just like your family's expenses increase yearly...so does the Disney theme parks. Shareholders expect to make more yearly. So additional operating expenses will be passed on to the guest.

The Union got 3% raises. Bob Iger got 28%.

pittsburghmarc
06-17-2011, 07:59 AM
The Union got 3% raises. Bob Iger got 28%.

1 raise or 10's of thousands. And Iger gets paid from all divisions. Not just theme parks.

PeterPan09
06-17-2011, 11:25 AM
1 raise or 10's of thousands. And Iger gets paid from all divisions. Not just theme parks.

If we're going to blame salary increases for the ticket price increases, let's not only look at the union. Let's look at ALL the salary increases and the impact. I know union bashing is what all the hip kids are doing these days, but there are a lot of people on Disney's payroll that are non-union employees and they all got larger raises than the union folks did.

jpeka65844
06-17-2011, 12:09 PM
Foolish me.

I actually thought with the extensive work going on in FantasyLand, Main Street USA, and the partially burned Tiki Room, (that last one admiddetedly not their fault) that there might not be a rate increase this year.



I would think this is EXACTLY why Disney raised their prices early. Perhaps it's all running a little over budget......:confused3

darrengs
06-17-2011, 12:12 PM
If we're going to blame salary increases for the ticket price increases, let's not only look at the union. Let's look at ALL the salary increases and the impact. I know union bashing is what all the hip kids are doing these days, but there are a lot of people on Disney's payroll that are non-union employees and they all got larger raises than the union folks did.

I don't think anyone was "blaming" the unions:confused3

In fact the PP pointed out several things that would cause an increase in operating costs.

GAN
06-17-2011, 02:16 PM
I am Non-Union, but I love it when people complain about Unions in general -it's funny that I never hear the same people complain about Executive increases like PP09 pointed out. Wake up Middle America.

lugnut33
06-17-2011, 03:08 PM
I am Non-Union, but I love it when people complain about Unions in general -it's funny that I never hear the same people complain about Executive increases like PP09 pointed out. Wake up Middle America.

But, havn't you ever met those union thug teachers!! One of those thugs cried on the last day of school as he was saying goodbye to the kids for the year. Good thing we are cutting back his takehome pay and benefits!! <obvious sarcasm is obvious>

I'm on a school board here in WI and it was horrible having to negotiate the new contract knowing we were taking away about 10% of the take home pay of people making 35K-65K per year because of cuts in education. A lot of tears were shed the last few months.

Allison
06-17-2011, 03:12 PM
I may be wrong but, the Disney theme parks have the following revenue centers.

Food and beverage
Merchandise
Park operations

F & B is responsible for their own expenses and profits, same with merchandise. So when you think of a ticket increase don't think about food or souvenirs. That's a separate world all together.

So what would justify a ticket increase yearly? Well, salaries of the staff. We all know about the union negotiations right. We have to pay for that, not Disney.

Next, custodial services (janitors). Just like we see in the grocery store, the price of cleaning chemicals and plastic especially (like trash can liners) has taken a big increase in the past 18 months. Is Disney going to absorb those increases...no, we are.

And how about the big one? Pharmaceutical companies call it Research & Development or R&D. Disney calls it Imagineering. These talented people's salary goes up every year. And they bill Disney for it. And Disney bill's us. Did you know Disney has a research lab at Carnegie Mellon University? The leading university in the US for robotics and computer science? http://www.cmu.edu/corporate/partnerships/disney_lab.shtml We go to Disney parks because they are the best in the industry (heck, they invented it!) I'm happy to pay for this. I don't want Disney talent to work somewhere else!

Well, I'm just scratching the surface. I'm sure there's more. Has anyone noticed how fast health care costs are rising? Over 10% yearly!

Oh, and those surveys that Disney takes everywhere, they are tracking the guest's sense of value. I attended a Disney Institute seminar and learned something very interesting. Disney sends surveys/questionnaires to guest's homes 5 weeks after their vacation to determine their perceived value of their vacation. Why? Well you've received your credit card statement by then! :scared1: And it seems people still say it's a good value (I agree).

Just like your family's expenses increase yearly...so does the Disney theme parks. Shareholders expect to make more yearly. So additional operating expenses will be passed on to the guest.
I completely agree with your post.

*NikkiBell*
06-17-2011, 03:16 PM
If we're going to blame salary increases for the ticket price increases, let's not only look at the union. Let's look at ALL the salary increases and the impact. I know union bashing is what all the hip kids are doing these days, but there are a lot of people on Disney's payroll that are non-union employees and they all got larger raises than the union folks did.

I agree 100%. :thumbsup2

Cheshire Figment
06-17-2011, 05:02 PM
If we're going to blame salary increases for the ticket price increases, let's not only look at the union. Let's look at ALL the salary increases and the impact. I know union bashing is what all the hip kids are doing these days, but there are a lot of people on Disney's payroll that are non-union employees and they all got larger raises than the union folks did.
This is not accurate.

At least for the hourly workers, which is definitely the largest portion, whether you are Union or not the pay raise is the same.

Paul in CT
06-17-2011, 09:07 PM
I have to agree 100% with both lugnut33 and what Peter said on the Podcast. The current ticket prices just reflect the cost of services around the country. When people stop buying the tickets to WDW and Disneyland then Disney will cut back. In the meantime I would expect at minimum of 3-5% increase/year in ticket prices.

An additional example of the same ticket price increases where everyone complains year after year but keep buying is MLB baseball tickets. Teams like the Yankees, Phillies, and Red Sox have been increasing their yearly ticket prices by >5% each each of the last five years and all three teams keep filling their ballpark game after game. Additionally, teams like the Yankees have premium tickets that run $250-$3000/game and they still get people to buy them at that price. Until people stop purchasing the ticket then these businesses will keep increasing prices based on supply and demand.

I also have to mention that WDW did add the "The Magic Memories and You" show this year and opened a new refurbished attraction in Star Tours at HS. So it is not like people are lacking for things to do at WDW. I still think the cost of WDW is a great value when you look at other entertainment options as pointed out above and thus I will continue to bring my family down year after year.

I am less concerned about the ticket price increases because of the entertainment value when compared to prices for other shows and/or sporting events. IMHO, it is the dining price increases that seem exorbitant and all too frequent, but, as you say, it is all based on supply and demand. We continue to dine at the signature restaurants thanks to the TIW card, but perhaps less often.

Paul in CT
06-17-2011, 09:18 PM
The Union got 3% raises. Bob Iger got 28%.

That's probably because Bob Iger has a lot more responsibility for profits and he has turned things around for the company and for stockholders since he replaced Eisner.

If there were no union, the higher performers would probably do much better than 3%. The union executives probably do much better than 3%. ;)

pittsburghmarc
06-17-2011, 09:59 PM
I am less concerned about the ticket price increases because of the entertainment value when compared to prices for other shows and/or sporting events. IMHO, it is the dining price increases that seem exorbitant and all too frequent, but, as you say, it is all based on supply and demand. We continue to dine at the signature restaurants thanks to the TIW card, but perhaps less often.

Menu increases are tough to swallow sometimes. Pun intended...:rotfl2: But here is what people need to understand:

1. A year ago corn was selling for about $3.50 a bushel. Last Wednesday's price was $7.60 per bushel. That doesn't mean corn on the cob we eat will be more expensive, but about eighty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is consumed by domestic and overseas livestock, poultry, and fish production. That means things such as beef and pork are going to cost more.

2. Hog prices are about 50% higher than they were two years ago.

3. Soybean prices are about 40% higher than they were last year. Soybeans are used to create a variety of food products. Primarily vegetable oil. Which is used to deep fry most everything, salad dressings, processed foods, etc.

4. Wheat - If you don't live in the South or Midwest, you may not be thinking about the flooding along the Mississippi River or the Delta flooding and wet conditions in the Ohio Valley and the drought in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Well guess what...those conditions have caused wheat prices to increase about 20%. Bread, pizza, etc. You get the idea.

I could go on about beef, gasoline (the food has to get to the kitchen somehow) and plastic (restaurants use a lot of Saran Wrap), but you get the picture. Disney is not operating in a vacuum. You see it at the grocery store and when you go out to eat. Notice fast food restaurants don't have as many items on their $1 menu?

To make matters worse, countries such as China are willing to pay more for our agricultural products and livestock than we do. So our producers are selling overseas to make more money thus driving up our prices even more.

Sorry to be such a downer. :headache: Again, Disney is not going to absorb these increases. They get passed on to us. When Applebee's or Olive Garden raise their prices annually, nobody discusses it on a podcast. :lmao:

Cheshire Figment
06-17-2011, 10:07 PM
Minor Points Of Order.

There has been no change in the pricing of Water Park or Disney Quest Annual Passes for at least the last three years.

And the price of a hopper add-on to a one-day ticket has decreased from $54 to $35.

Paul in CT
06-17-2011, 10:11 PM
Menu increases are tough to swallow sometimes. Pun intended...:rotfl2: But here is what people need to understand:

1. A year ago corn was selling for about $3.50 a bushel. Last Wednesday's price was $7.60 per bushel. That doesn't mean corn on the cob we eat will be more expensive, but about eighty percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is consumed by domestic and overseas livestock, poultry, and fish production. That means things such as beef and pork are going to cost more.

2. Hog prices are about 50% higher than they were two years ago.

3. Soybean prices are about 40% higher than they were last year. Soybeans are used to create a variety of food products. Primarily vegetable oil. Which is used to deep fry most everything, salad dressings, processed foods, etc.

4. Wheat - If you don't live in the South or Midwest, you may not be thinking about the flooding along the Mississippi River or the Delta flooding and wet conditions in the Ohio Valley and the drought in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Well guess what...those conditions have caused wheat prices to increase about 20%. Bread, pizza, etc. You get the idea.

I could go on about beef, gasoline (the food has to get to the kitchen somehow) and plastic (restaurants use a lot of Saran Wrap), but you get the picture. Disney is not operating in a vacuum. You see it at the grocery store and when you go out to eat. Notice fast food restaurants don't have as many items on their $1 menu?

To make matters worse, countries such as China are willing to pay more for our agricultural products and livestock than we do. So our producers are selling overseas to make more money thus driving up our prices even more.

Sorry to be such a downer. :headache: Again, Disney is not going to absorb these increases. They get passed on to us. When Applebee's or Olive Garden raise their prices annually, nobody discusses it on a podcast. :lmao:


I don't disagree that these are factors affecting price increases now. However, the large increases at the signature restaurants became noticeable to me 3-4 years ago.

NancyIL
06-17-2011, 10:42 PM
Actually - the 10-day ticket went up $30, and annual passes went up $20...go figure! I am the only one in my family who goes to WDW on a regular basis, so an increase of $20 + tax for an AP isn't much. I will get a new annual pass in October, after upgrading an 8-day park hopper I bought in 2009. I will probably get 4 trips out of my AP, and I feel that I get a lot of value out of that ticket.

Where I don't see good value is in the area of food. I enjoy an occasional table service meal, especially if I'm sharing it with a friend. I'd love to eat at Cinderella's Castle again, but I'm not too keen about paying for a photo package, in addition to the meal. (Same reason I don't eat at Akershus.) Other character meals have also increased a lot of price. I love the Food & Wine Festival, but I pass over their pricey "dining experiences."

Not only has WDW raised resort prices (expected), but they have been shrinking the value season at their resorts. From the end of Thanksgiving weekend until a few days before Christmas used to be value season, but not in 2011! That's now fall season, and the only value season is January through mid-February, and late August through September.

PeterPan09
06-18-2011, 08:55 AM
This is not accurate.

At least for the hourly workers, which is definitely the largest portion, whether you are Union or not the pay raise is the same.

actually...it is. The pay raises were not identical across the board at WDW. Some salaried workers got more than others, some hourly workers got more than others. Within specific lines of business raises were the same across the board-however all individual workers did not receive the same. I worked directly with people who got zero raise this last April because they already were "topped out". Custodial people did not get the same as bus drivers who did not get the same as housekeeping.

I don't want to burst people's pixie dust here, but Disney is not known for paying it's people well. The reason there are unions at Disney in the first place is because they were not interested in paying their people well. At one time Disney paid their employees more than other companies, but that is no longer the case. I'm certainly not going to say that the unions are blameless and innocent of causing any problems-but I'm not ready to call them useless and the cause of all that's wrong in the world just yet.

You don't go to work at Disney for the money-you go to work there and you stay there because you love what you do. You love the guests and you love making their visit special. Bob Iger would not have been able to have a 28% increase if his employees were not doing their jobs as well as they are doing them. Like many other large corporations, those at the top tend to forget how dependent they are on the performance of those low wage people at the bottom when it's time for salary increases.

As has been explained really well in this thread, salary increases are only part of a factor when prices increase. Energy costs, food prices..there are many factors that enter into it. However, the first blame always goes on the workers who dared to ask for a raise to help them cope with rising prices in their own homes.

PeterPan09
06-18-2011, 08:59 AM
I don't disagree that these are factors affecting price increases now. However, the large increases at the signature restaurants became noticeable to me 3-4 years ago.

When did Disney start offering the dining plans? (I really don't remember) I've thought food quality has diminished for quite a while and I've been blaming the dining plans.

We went to Cali Grill 10 years ago and LOVED it. We went 2 years ago and did not think it was worth the money we paid. It wasn't horrible, it was good-but just "good" is not worth the price.

cyberbox2
06-18-2011, 09:41 AM
Well, like Pete said, if I'm gonna keep buying the tickets then I should not complain. I agree but in my opinion, when Disney does this, they are simply taking money out of one of their pockets and putting it in another. What I mean is if I had that extra money I didn't have to spend on a ticket increase, I might have bought that one extra meal or that cool Disney souvenir I wanted, but could not because that money was already spent at the gate. So I won't be spending any more money, I'll just be spending it differently.

SnackyStacky
06-19-2011, 10:26 AM
When did Disney start offering the dining plans? (I really don't remember) I've thought food quality has diminished for quite a while and I've been blaming the dining plans.

We went to Cali Grill 10 years ago and LOVED it. We went 2 years ago and did not think it was worth the money we paid. It wasn't horrible, it was good-but just "good" is not worth the price.

The dining plan was initially offered in January of 2005. At that time, there was (so far as I can remember) only ONE dining plan. It included 1 table service meal, 1 counter service meal, and 1 snack per guest, per night. It was about $30 per adult - I'm not recalling the child's price.

The table service meal included an appetizer, an entree, a dessert AND the gratuity.

While I get that there was no way that pricing structure could last - $53 per adult for an entree and dessert on that table service meal? While choices and quality have been dumbed down?

There's a lot of talk about inflation and such - but really - if you have to offer promotions for 50 weeks out of the year to fill your rooms, I think it's time to take a long, hard look at your pricing structure.

dansyr2514
06-19-2011, 12:32 PM
I don't think the dining plans have necessarily affected the food quality. Previous to the current dining plans we used to purchase the gold plan which is similar to the premium plan now that includes recreation. The food quality was great and this was back in early 2000. I think free dining has affected the food quality.
However there is a trade off. We paid for the dining plan and the price of rooms were more reasonable. Now with free dining, the rack rates of the rooms are skyrocketing.
I think if they'd make the room rates more reasonable, people would purchase the dining plan and everyone would be happy. Well, maybe not everyone but sure would.