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Old 01-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #91
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They are affordable to many; hence the near record crowds this year.
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Disney needs to earn my business with a fair price. It's not about what we can afford. We have taken 4 Orlando vacations in the last 5 years that cost around $10k each. Just because I can afford to be gouged doesn't mean I will allow that to happen. There are lots of great places to vacation with family that have fair prices. Right now Disney is attempting to raise their already to high rack rate and offer less of a discount which is a double whammy. The cost of our 14 day December vacation would go up $2k from last year with this pricing. This will cost Disney my business. It's way over market value. I will spend my $10k somewhere else if they don't come to the party.
Of course there are many other places to vacation. At this point, my family chooses to give Disney our business for the bulk of our vacation expense. If you feel that Disney is way over market value, then you shouldn't give them your business. Until Disney parks and resort attendance is affected, Disney will continue to charge the prices they do. But as the previous poster stated, Disney was at near record crowds so the pricing is what people are willing to pay. Which is where my family falls in and any discount is just a bonus.

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Discounts just add to a better customer experience. If I get one, all the better. I do not feel I am entitled to any discount and since our family vacations have had to be around Easter the past few years, we accept the pricing and the fact that we don't get the great discount someone going in September gets. A Disney experience is one I am willing to pay for.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:01 PM   #92
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Wellbased on that statement I guess they don't need to offer FD this year to fill their rooms. Will it piss some people off-yes. But like I've said time to wean some of these people off of this promotion.Will some go elsewhere this year -maybe. Most will just complain and end up at the Happiest Place on Earth I for one appreciate evrything they do.Discounts are a bonus not a right.
You are correct if they can fill enough rooms at that price, I doubt they can. This "I appreciate everything they do" stuff makes you sound very brainwashed and almost cult like.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:07 PM   #93
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While I won't necessarily disagree about weaning back on the discounts they are giving, they are starting to price a lot of families about being able to go. It seems that they have started to get a little carried away with price increases on hotel rooms and dining. When the moderate hotels are over $200 a night for a room no better than a Holiday Inn, people start to ask "What am I really getting?"

They are a business and need to make money, but they also need to be careful not to start pushing certain families to stay outside of their resorts and spending more time at other parks.

As a business it is a fine balancing act that you have to play when pricing your services.
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This is just how "I" look at Disney vacation. When my family plans a trip, I book for what my budget allows, which typically includes ordering from Garden Grocer all breakfasts and lunches. But, my point is IF Disney comes out with a discount, AWESOME! If not, then I am not out anything. Disney prices based on what people will pay. I look at the vacation as time with family and I budget my vacation not worrying or needing the discount, BUT they sure are nice to get.
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Of course there are many other places to vacation. At this point, my family chooses to give Disney our business for the bulk of our vacation expense. If you feel that Disney is way over market value, then you shouldn't give them your business. Until Disney parks and resort attendance is affected, Disney will continue to charge the prices they do. But as the previous poster stated, Disney was at near record crowds so the pricing is what people are willing to pay. Which is where my family falls in and any discount is just a bonus.



Discounts just add to a better customer experience. If I get one, all the better. I do not feel I am entitled to any discount and since our family vacations have had to be around Easter the past few years, we accept the pricing and the fact that we don't get the great discount someone going in September gets. A Disney experience is one I am willing to pay for.
I haven't seen any numbers to indicate record crowds. But if that it true it is because they did offer strong promos in 2012. I have no issue with the 2012 cost of a WDW vacation. They are attempting to significantly increase that cost for 2013. I'm merely stating I don't think that attempt will,work for them and I won't pay the prices that are being tossed around for 2013.

For comparison, we just spent 10 nights at Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando. We stayed club level, bought AP's, and ate like kings. Booked with their stay more save more promo. The cost of the trip was way less then any of our WDW stays, Royal Pacific is as nice or nicer than a Disney deluxe for the price of a Mod, food prices are significantly cheaper than Disney for the same or better quality of food. Disney TS food prices are actually the most overpriced thing at WDW, hence the impact of FD on their business. Overall I like WDW better, but I have no problem going to Universal again if the value is better.
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While I won't necessarily disagree about weaning back on the discounts they are giving, they are starting to price a lot of families about being able to go. It seems that they have started to get a little carried away with price increases on hotel rooms and dining. When the moderate hotels are over $200 a night for a room no better than a Holiday Inn, people start to ask "What am I really getting?"

They are a business and need to make money, but they also need to be careful not to start pushing certain families to stay outside of their resorts and spending more time at other parks.

As a business it is a fine balancing act that you have to play when pricing your services.
Yes there is that risk of course.And again they have been doing this balancing act in FL for 41 years now. If many 1st time families go in the off seasons it is IMO very affordable. Heavy discounts still on hotels (even value) Eat smart and lay off too many souvenirs and have fun. Tickets are usually the thing that people look at as being expensive.
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I haven't seen any numbers to indicate record crowds. But if that it true it is because they did offer strong promos in 2012. I have no issue with the 2012 cost of a WDW vacation. They are attempting to significantly increase that cost for 2013. I'm merely stating I don't think that attempt will,work for them and I won't pay the prices that are being tossed around for 2013.

For comparison, we just spent 10 nights at Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando. We stayed club level, bought AP's, and ate like kings. Booked with their stay more save more promo. The cost of the trip was way less then any of our WDW stays, Royal Pacific is as nice or nicer than a Disney deluxe for the price of a Mod, food prices are significantly cheaper than Disney for the same or better quality of food. Disney TS food prices are actually the most overpriced thing at WDW, hence the impact of FD on their business. Overall I like WDW better, but I have no problem going to Universal again if the value is better.
I agree, if you find a better value somewhere else and your family enjoys, then by all means, go there. But we are on a Disney forum talking about Disney vacations and thanks to danny25, getting some inside scoop on upcoming discounts (Thanks danny25 for all the advanced information you provide . It helps me budget my vacations). I have family that just returned from Disney over Christmas and said it was packed (this is not in reference to the other posters comments about near record crowds) and Easter is always packed. Those weeks are the highest priced resort rates with typically no discount. People do pay the price. Until Disney attendance at resorts or parks is affected, they will continue to charge the way they do. I can either accept it and go, or not accept it and not go. If by you not going and others not going, forces Disney to change it's pricing, then I owe you a thank you. But, for now, the pricing is what is .
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You are correct if they can fill enough rooms at that price, I doubt they can. This "I appreciate everything they do" stuff makes you sound very brainwashed and almost cult like.
HaHa no Disney cult at this time (Is there one?) I have been vacationing for half a century and Disney is the only one that gets my $ continuously. They take my $ and build new things with it constantly which I love. Been to Hawaii 4 times. California a few (Disneyland of course) East coast-Niagara Falls and yes Canada a couple times. All are nice but they don't give you what a WDW trip gives you. If it's not right for you anymore than so be it.
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Yes there is that risk of course.And again they have been doing this balancing act in FL for 41 years now. If many 1st time families go in the off seasons it is IMO very affordable. Heavy discounts still on hotels (even value) Eat smart and lay off too many souvenirs and have fun. Tickets are usually the thing that people look at as being expensive.
Your comments just reminded of those episodes with Samantha Brown, "Disney on a Dime". Maybe they should start airing them again . I loved watching them.
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Your comments just reminded of those episodes with Samantha Brown, "Disney on a Dime". Maybe they should start airing them again . I loved watching them.
Love watching her also. 2 trips ago (2010) we saw her filming in Animal Kingdom! Kinda cool seeing her up close
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I haven't seen any numbers to indicate record crowds. But if that it true it is because they did offer strong promos in 2012. I have no issue with the 2012 cost of a WDW vacation. They are attempting to significantly increase that cost for 2013. I'm merely stating I don't think that attempt will,work for them and I won't pay the prices that are being tossed around for 2013.

For comparison, we just spent 10 nights at Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando. We stayed club level, bought AP's, and ate like kings. Booked with their stay more save more promo. The cost of the trip was way less then any of our WDW stays, Royal Pacific is as nice or nicer than a Disney deluxe for the price of a Mod, food prices are significantly cheaper than Disney for the same or better quality of food. Disney TS food prices are actually the most overpriced thing at WDW, hence the impact of FD on their business. Overall I like WDW better, but I have no problem going to Universal again if the value is better.
But it's NOT Disney.......every time we have gone in the past we had free dining, and the last trip actually paid to upgrade to deluxe dining and still saved money over what we would have paid out of pocket BUT I have 3 pre-teen/teen boys who eat like it's their job. It's the best discount for us. I will be booking to return in May with the promo coming out Jan 3. I would not pay to upgrade to deluxe dining again because it's way overpriced now so I'll take whatever I can get. Im hoping a dining discount is released before then that will save us more money, but if not, we will pay oop and just not eat as well as we did last time. I will take whatever discount I can get because it's DISNEY I want. For us it's just a special vacation every couple years that no other place can match. .
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The only way Disney will get the message is to stop making reservations in hope if a discount later. I think we are all shooting ourselves in the foot when we give Disney the message we will go no matter what. The changes to the dining plan next year are disappointing as well. My kids love the pre fix meals. I won't pay extra for them though!
I think your right. We don't book anymore without a discount. Because there is no advantage. Just because you have a room booked at rack rate, doesn't automatically guarantee you will get that room at a discount. You still have to call first thing when promo comes out to check availability. And if your chosen resort or room category is included in the promo.
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Am I the only one that thinks that is AWFUL of Disney to offer NOTHING for the Values?!? Especially when I would be paying over $300 per night for. Suite at AoA( at least that WAS the plan)?!?! Time to start looking off site....
we have found it better for us, a family of 6, to get 2 rooms(connecting) kids dont always like the pull out/down beds now that they are gettting bigger and it was cheaper for us to do 2 rooms than the suite! they do however get us a bit, we tend to only go around xmas season now. this year we checked in on the last day to get FD.
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There's almost always a room available. Disney does not need to fill rooms to 100% cap!Would be nice but not needed in their bottom line. They have been there since 1971 running their parks and hotels and restaurants. Giving discounts when it is wise for them not for when a family of 4 is spending money elsewhere and then complaining that they got free dining last time and won't go again unless they get it again. Ridiculous. People should be appreciative of what they got in the past instead of what they are not getting now. And yes I only get to go once a year at best.
I am really happy with my discount. Got to upgrade from value to moderate for about 100 bucks more.

Ill just look at it as any extra money I had to spend because of some discount I didn't get I'm just paying for lower crowd levels. Ha!
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HaHa no Disney cult at this time (Is there one?) I have been vacationing for half a century and Disney is the only one that gets my $ continuously. They take my $ and build new things with it constantly which I love. Been to Hawaii 4 times. California a few (Disneyland of course) East coast-Niagara Falls and yes Canada a couple times. All are nice but they don't give you what a WDW trip gives you. If it's not right for you anymore than so be it.
Maybe Hockey will b e back soon and we can "discuss" that
When you state it like that than I agree and understand. The be thankful and appreciate all Disney has done for me stuff is a little over the top.

And I think we will be able to talk about hockey very soon!
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