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Old 01-19-2010, 02:15 PM   #46
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So I'm over guest comfort, huh? Well, here are a few things I would change...

1) Gourmet coffee set up in the parks for my Starbucks lovin' friends. Coffee shops now on Mainstreet and in Liberty Square, in The Land Pavillion, at Starring Rolls and in Streets of America, and on Discovery Island.

2) Free WiFi in Deluxe and Moderate Resorts.

3) Fantasmic! now has ticket machines located down the Fantasmic! main entrance road. In order to attend the first showing of Fantasmic!, guests must have a ticket - these are free and are received the same way you receive a Fastpass. Guests with a Fantasmic! Fastpass may enter the stadium up to an hour early... additionally there are benches and chairs installed throughout the entrance area. An area in the very center and bottom is reserved for Fantasmic! Dinner Package guests.

4) D23 Member Sections are now available so that D23 guests can have private meet 'n' greets with select characters. These would be open in The Adventureland Terrace, Odyssey Restaurant, current Narnia location, and Camp Mickey Minnie.

5) I'm in charge, so I'm building another track for the Monorail that connects DHS with Epcot. The line also connects with the Swan and Dolphin, Boardwalk, Yacht Club, and Beach Club. Why does this help with guest comfort? I can now use more busses for moving people waiting for non-monorail resorts, which can have huge queues at park closings (this is because I need less for the Epcot Resorts).

6) In addition to a Park Map and Showtimes flyer, parks now have a Quick Service Menu Flyer so that guests can look through the Quick Service restaurants and decide which one would be best for their meal(s).

There's my "comfort" ideas.

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Old 01-19-2010, 02:26 PM   #47
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Great ideas but perhaps just one stop near the Boardwalk on that new monorail run. The resorts are so close together that multiple stops wouldn't have any benefit.

Would be nice for an Express Boat between Epcot and DHS, too.
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #48
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I agree - one stop would do.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:13 PM   #49
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[QUOTE=BlueLightning;35073570]So I'm over guest comfort, huh? Well, here are a few things I would change...



5) I'm in charge, so I'm building another track for the Monorail that connects DHS with Epcot. The line also connects with the Swan and Dolphin, Boardwalk, Yacht Club, and Beach Club. Why does this help with guest comfort? I can now use more busses for moving people waiting for non-monorail resorts, which can have huge queues at park closings (this is because I need less for the Epcot Resorts).

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AWESOME IDEA! I would like to expand on your thoughts, how bout expanding the monorail to the Wilderness Lodge resort. And make the busses electric instead of using all that gas which is not cost effective and it's a pollutant.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:41 PM   #50
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1)A service which would allow you to rent Disney movies in the room, either a RedBox type machine in the resort lobbies, recyclable DVDs that erase after so many hours or a PPV type service on the resort TVs. Sometimes after a full day in the parks all I want to do is curl up and catch a Disney flick before bed.

That would be great! Maybe even the ability to rent video games and game players, my kids would love that for during some down time.



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2) A more flexible option on the dining plan. I love that some of the more popular TS restaurants are doing a " Chef's Favorite" type menu so people can try the apps, BUT I would love to be able to exchange my dessert for a side salad, or to order two sides, or an app ala carte, and not have to pay extra
( This is the main reason I am ditching the dining plan on my next trip) I realize this defeats the central purpose of the dining plan, but, a girl can dream
That would be wonderful! I'd love to have the option to choose an appetizer OR dessert for my table service meal. So many times I'd rather have an app. than dessert.

An option for two quick service meals and one table service meal per night would be nice too- one sit down meal a day really works for us but sometimes we want a quick service meal for breakfast and lunch. Right now we just pay out of pocket for the extra which is no big deal, but a big part of why we like the dining plan is having everything prepaid before we get there.


I'll agree with everyone who said upgraded bed linens would be a nice touch, at least at the deluxes.


I wish that internet service was included, but at the very least they could offer a better deal on it- either a length of stay package or at a package where you can buy a set number of hours to be used at your discretion- an hour here, an hour there, etc... I wouldn't mind poking around online a bit after the kids have gone to sleep but before DH and I do but don't want to spend $10/day to do so.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:55 PM   #51
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I also wish for either free WiFi or a length-of-stay deal. It doesn't matter that Disney's competition doesn't offer it - Disney has always been known for being innovative, and that's something that would make tons of people extremely happy. Especially people like me and SO. Some of us have to work on our doctorates while we're on vacation, alas.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:26 AM   #52
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First of all, I would upgrade all resorts to have what the cheapest off-property hotels have:

* Free internet in all resorts.
* Free refrigerators in all resorts (I remember when you had to pay for them at all resorts, not just the values!).
* Free coffee makers in all resorts.

General improvements include:
* Bottom sheets that are fitted.
* Pillow "menu" at Deluxe resorts like at other higher-end hotels.
* Shaded waiting areas for all buses and attractions.

DVC improvements:
* Add a sleeper chair to all 1 and 2 bedrooms and increase occupancy accordingly.
* Change Ethernet to WiFi. I hate having to bring a router.
* ADD A COFFEE TABLE TO THE BOARDWALK VILLAS STUDIOS!!!!
* Add a counter service restaurant to Kidani Village.

Restaurant improvements:
* Add another more affordable adult-only restaurant other than V&A's ... something equivalent to the the current 2 TS "Signature" restaurants.
* Add "Junior" pricing to restaurant menus or at least the buffets. $35 is too much to pay for a 10-year old to eat chicken fingers.
* Replace Atlantic Dance on the Boardwalk with a restaurant venue with counter service options.
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Free WiFi and refrigerators in all resorts would be where I would start, regardless of the class of resort. There is no reason this couldn't be available to everyone.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:59 AM   #54
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I would probably suggest having some sort of frequent visitor program, and I'm not talking about D23. I think there should be some sort of special discounts or incentives for frequent visitors.

I also would suggest more restaurants. With the addition of the Disney Dining program I think there needs to be more sit down restaurant options.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:47 AM   #55
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I would show classic Disney Movies at one theater in DTD, so kids can get the experience of classics like Beauty and the Beast in full size movie theater beauty!!
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I would probably suggest having some sort of frequent visitor program, and I'm not talking about D23. I think there should be some sort of special discounts or incentives for frequent visitors.
Like the discounts/benefits of, oh, Annual Passes?


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Totally agree here!
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:55 AM   #57
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Free mini fridges and microwaves in all rooms. A lot of budget motels have them and are cheaper than the values. Of course, they aren't located in Disney. Just the same, I don't consider mini fridges and microwaves a high end luxury.

Redbox or some kind of in room movie rental service.

Frozen Coke machines in all resorts. We really missed them on our last stay at Pop.
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I love this idea!
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First of all, I would upgrade all resorts to have what the cheapest off-property hotels have:

* Free internet in all resorts.
* Free refrigerators in all resorts (I remember when you had to pay for them at all resorts, not just the values!).
* Free coffee makers in all resorts.

General improvements include:
* Bottom sheets that are fitted.
* Pillow "menu" at Deluxe resorts like at other higher-end hotels.
* Shaded waiting areas for all buses and attractions.

I have some questions about your improvements. If you added fridges and coffee makers to all resorts, would you then increase the cost of those resorts to pay for them? Ditto with the shaded waiting areas for all busses. If you have those things, you are pretty much making the Value resorts over into Moderate resorts. Would you just do away with the Value class of resort, or what kind of resort would you have for those who do not feel the need to pay for extras life a fridge or shaded bus stop?

It is great to say those things would be nice in a resort, but not everyone wants them, or wants to pay for them. You can't really compare an off-site hotel to a Disney hotel, because a lot of what you pay for at a Disney resort is being on Disney property. I don't think an off-site hotel compares with a Disney one, even if ithe off-site resort comes with a coffee pot and refrigerator.
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I have some questions about your improvements. If you added fridges and coffee makers to all resorts, would you then increase the cost of those resorts to pay for them? Ditto with the shaded waiting areas for all busses. If you have those things, you are pretty much making the Value resorts over into Moderate resorts. Would you just do away with the Value class of resort, or what kind of resort would you have for those who do not feel the need to pay for extras life a fridge or shaded bus stop?

It is great to say those things would be nice in a resort, but not everyone wants them, or wants to pay for them. You can't really compare an off-site hotel to a Disney hotel, because a lot of what you pay for at a Disney resort is being on Disney property. I don't think an off-site hotel compares with a Disney one, even if ithe off-site resort comes with a coffee pot and refrigerator.
I disagree with the comparison of off-site to value. You are paying extra for the proximity and transportation but otherwise the two are very similar. Disney would not need to increase the price in order to provide a fridge in all rooms.
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