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Old 08-25-2012, 04:02 AM   #16
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We are looking at other vacation options (ie Hawaii)
Like others, we want to do 7 park days to really make the flight worth it...
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #17
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I'm going to be honest...for our family 4 days was plenty of time in the parks. However, this was before Cars Land opened, and since I only have a boy we skip a lot of princess related things. We spent 8 days and did 4 days in the parks then did a whirlwind SoCal tour. San Diego is beautiful, especially Coronado Island beaches, the zoo and Wild Animal Park (or whatever its called now) were great. We loved doing the tourist-y stuff in Hollywood too..Kodak theater tour, Hollywood Hills tour, movie at the El Capitan. There are so many other things to do.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #18
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We are Cedar Fair passholders, so we usually hit up Knott's at least once during our week. In past years, we might duck back into Disneyland if it is open late enough after a day at KBF, but now we won't.
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You might also check out the Ronald Reagan museum and see if they are still hosting the Disney display.http://www.reaganfoundation.org/

We have not been there yest but know others that have and they say it is wonderful.. and personally, after my kids annual passes are up this year.. we are done with Disney. I can not afford the prices anymore....

There are so many things to do in Southern California... Disney might be finding that they cut off their nose to spite their face as my Mom use to say...
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:58 AM   #20
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We are staying for 8 nights/7days in Dec 2013. Normally I would not buy an AP but since I am also coming in Oct the following year and the AP will still be good and it cuts my costs for the two trips, I will be buying an AP. Otherwise, I would only being staying 6 nights/5 says for our dec trip.

I really hope that Disney will care enough to realize that there are people who would love to stay and play at DLR and spend $$ there and not at other places. But that if given the choice of not being able to go or just spending fewer days there, we may someday chose fewer days or not go there at all.

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:22 PM   #21
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I have family in Orlando, so more than likely we will not be returning to Disneyland after this trip. We visit my family at least once a year, now it will be cheaper to add our family vacation on to that trip and take it all at once. I am thinking we will probably either go to Universal Orlando and WDW, or to the beaches in FL.

I was able to get our 6 day PH this time through the Gay Days site at the price we paid last year, but with the price hike of $100 over last year, it is just not feasible after this trip. Also, with the prices of hotels rising as well, we can get more bang for our buck renting DVC points in FL than paying for a hotel room in DL.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:41 PM   #22
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We were not happy about the change. The upgrade to deluxe annual pass also didn't work because of all the block out dates, and weren't about to pay the premium. So we bought our park hoppers as our only option
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:05 PM   #23
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We usually don't do more than five days at the parks. We did add one more day this past summer for like $5 person and we just wanted it to see the 4th of July fireworks one night. When we stay onsite I like to take one day to just "hang out" around the pools and maybe hit the ocean one day. I have to admit though that since we're so far away we usually tie Disneyland into another part of our vacation like Yosemite, San Diego, or somewhere else.

I'm a little late to reading all of this news. Why are they limiting it to five days? Seems strange that they don't want more money? Doesn't sound like good business sense. Don't they want more money to be spent in their hotels, restaurants, etc.?
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:06 PM   #24
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I mentioned your thread in post #178 of this thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2980067 (This thread is to raise awareness to let Disney know, by emailing, phoning, etc., how dissatisfied each of us personally is with their new 'maximum on 5-days' Park Hopper Pass policy.)

Thanks for creating this thread, it is helpful for Disney to understand that we have no plans to spend more days in the Parks past the 5-day Park Hopper, nor have any DISboard members planned on upgrading to an AP.
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:27 PM   #25
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You might also check out the Ronald Reagan museum and see if they are still hosting the Disney display.http://www.reaganfoundation.org/

We have not been there yest but know others that have and they say it is wonderful.. and personally, after my kids annual passes are up this year.. we are done with Disney. I can not afford the prices anymore....

There are so many things to do in Southern California... Disney might be finding that they cut off their nose to spite their face as my Mom use to say...
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:41 PM   #26
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We have DAPs. We bought the vouchers in June 2011, just before the June 2011 price increase; and we activated them in Nov 2011. So they're valid for our upcoming trip this October.

We were somewhat unhappy with the June 2011 price increase, and very unhappy with the May/June 2012 price increase. I had already determined that we're not renewing the APs. DGD is 9 now, and will be 10 by the time we'd consider another trip next year. We had already determined that she's old enough to do some other vacations with her. We'd like to take her to Washington DC and other historical sites on the east coast. And when she's a little older, say 12 or so, we'll probably take her to Europe. That's not to say that we're never taking her back to DLR; but Disney's policies are moving another DLR trip way down in priority relative to other places we may go.

I'm glad that DLR was a viable place to take her when she was small. I empathize with those of you who still have small kids and want to take them to the Disney magic. Recent turns of events are a real downer.

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Old 08-25-2012, 04:52 PM   #27
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We would absolutely not buy an extra ticket just to stay for more than 5 days. Which means we wouldn't go at all, because 5 days isn't really enough time anymore to make a trip to DLR worth it to us. The parks keep getting more crowded, and add to that extra attractions to see in CarsLand (and whatever comes next)....we would need more time to do the things we wanted to do while there.

We bought AP's this year, as well (first time we'd bought them in 9 years - we'd had them before when we lived very close to DLR). And although we *might* try to squeeze one more visit into the parks out of them before they expire (we haven't seen CarsLand yet), we are done with Disney after that for probably a long time. Maybe for good.

We had considered renewing our AP's, but after the last crazy price increase coupled with the overall change in what our DLR experience is now compared to say, a decade ago...for us, that experience isn't worth that much money. If we could still have the kind of DLR experience we used to have, then I would perhaps renew. But every time we go now it just feels more and more crowded with each consecutive visit...guest behavior is nuts at times, which definitely takes away from the "magic" (and my biggest issue with that is that it appears to go largely unchecked by CM's...)...so, when all is said and done, it's just not the experience we're looking for anymore.

Which makes me sad. But I'll get over it. We're going to switch out our DLR trips for different, non-Disney, vacations. We already bought six flags AP's and have been using those....and we're now planning various trips to other parts of the country (many of which have a six flags that we can visit during our travel), and will likely start hitting Universal, as well, when the HP addition comes to CA. My kids have also been asking to go to KBF.

We miss the way DLR used to be....but the changes in the past five or six years have turned it into a destination that doesn't really appeal to us anymore (which is a bummer because we wanted to be lifers, lol!)

I'm still not even sure we're going to go through the trouble and cost to use these AP's again before they expire.....I keep checking the boards for some incentive to go, lol. We'll see.

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Old 08-25-2012, 09:25 PM   #28
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We will suck it up and buy 2 extra days....we are traveling from NC and will probably go to DL once every 5 years or so - we go to WDW much more often. I'm not happy about having to add the extra days (why can't it just be for CA residents or something? why punish all of us?) but we will do it grudgingly and not without a few choice words to the CM regarding this policy.
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we'll also go elsewhere instead of buying additional tickets for our extra day while in Anaheim. this is also our last trip for a very long time since DL is more than twice as much as other destinations for us.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #30
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We love Disneyland, It's our favorite Disney park. But.... I think that we would spend our extra days at the beach or another theme park. The kids love Disney so we normally don't leave property. Looks like we might visit US or Knotts for our extra days on our trip this June.

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