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Old 01-29-2013, 05:33 PM   #76
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I undersatnd it's QUITE a big deal for families ! Guessing not for you though.


I don't mind paying for quality HP ?? Why expand until you need to?
I'm a family, and we were at FLE last month. And I assure you it was definitely NOT "quite the big deal". In fact, it was rather lame.

Dumbo, check.

BOG, check.

A couple of gift shops, check.

Stand in line 45 minutes for a lame dark ride, check.

A couple more gift shops, check, done, and moving on.

Yeah, it was lame.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #77
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I'm a family, and we were at FLE last month. And I assure you it was definitely NOT "quite the big deal". In fact, it was rather lame.

Dumbo, check.

BOG, check.

A couple of gift shops, check.

Stand in line 45 minutes for a lame dark ride, check.

A couple more gift shops, check, done, and moving on.

Yeah, it was lame.
Off to Universal for you then !! I've heard much differently from the families I know that have gone. "One of the best additions ever" said one friend. I personally can't wait to see it !!!!
Curious what would you have done with the expansion ??
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #78
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The motel we stay at in Myrtle Beach has gone up just as much as DW, and how about gas, doubled in the last 4 years, I can't think of anything that has gone up like crazy.............except my take home pay
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:47 PM   #80
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Off to Universal for you then !!
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:00 PM   #81
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You might be on to something...........

For two adults, one child, late April:

3 nights/4 days at Universal Loews Royal Pacific with 3 day park tickets, universal express unlimited ride access.......$1,185 (includes $50 gift card)

3 nights/4 days at WDW Beach Club Resort with 3 day park tickets, standard fast pass and long lines......$2,168

That's quite a difference.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:18 PM   #82
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I'm a Disney stockholder (as I'm sure many folks here are) and I got the Annual Meeting notice today with some very interesting info. First of all, Disney has been increasing revenue steadily since 2009. Second, there is a proposal to increase Iger's compensation due to his excellent performance, as well as increasing other executive compensation to account for performance. All this tells me, Disney is quite happy with the increased prices. As a tourist, I obviously don't like it and I'm always wishing for a "good" pin. But, as a stockholder, well, it's hard to argue against it. Now, the parks and resorts component of the Disney Company is a small portion of the whole pie. But, it's still a portion and it contributes. Prices for Disney entrance fees, hotel rates, etc., have increased, at rate that is much higher than inflation. The Company is making a lot more money. Disney prices are very high, but consumers are willing to pay them, so why discount them? Why charge $200 if people are willing to pay $300?
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I'm a Disney stockholder (as I'm sure many folks here are) and I got the Annual Meeting notice today with some very interesting info. First of all, Disney has been increasing revenue steadily since 2009. Second, there is a proposal to increase Iger's compensation due to his excellent performance, as well as increasing other executive compensation to account for performance. All this tells me, Disney is quite happy with the increased prices. As a tourist, I obviously don't like it and I'm always wishing for a "good" pin. But, as a stockholder, well, it's hard to argue against it. Now, the parks and resorts component of the Disney Company is a small portion of the whole pie. But, it's still a portion and it contributes. Prices for Disney entrance fees, hotel rates, etc., have increased, at rate that is much higher than inflation. The Company is making a lot more money. Disney prices are very high, but consumers are willing to pay them, so why discount them? Why charge $200 if people are willing to pay $300?
You betcha
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You might be on to something...........

For two adults, one child, late April:

3 nights/4 days at Universal Loews Royal Pacific with 3 day park tickets, universal express unlimited ride access.......$1,185 (includes $50 gift card)

3 nights/4 days at WDW Beach Club Resort with 3 day park tickets, standard fast pass and long lines......$2,168

That's quite a difference.
You get what you pay for
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We have gone to Universal and stayed there for 3 day trips a couple of time. It is an absolute blast, and we got what we payed for. For us, that meant we had a trip every bit as great as a Disney trip. It is really possible to like both places equally, and a bonus that one costs less than the other. My "kids" who are all grown now haven't been interested in the Disney characters meet n' greets, since the lines started forming and autograph books came out. However, they LOVED having their picture taken with the Marvel characters a couple of years ago. These are both wonderful places for a vacation.

And yes, the Disney resorts are charming and we love them too.
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I suppose that if the discounts are unavailable and I can't afford the hotel again, I could always go back to tent camping. That worked out well for me in 1988...still got the free transportation and extra entertainment.
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[QUOTE=WILDERNESS FAN 55;47348790]I wasn't meaning to put anyone down but I just can't see comparing Universal (or Gatorland lol) to Disney. NOT even close to the same experience.
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You are correct. Universal is a much better experience for my family...more thrill rides, FOTL pass for staying onsite, less strollers, and HP. If I had a choice between Disney and Universal I would pick Universal.
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You get what you pay for
You also pay for what you get. You seem pretty confident in your sense of value and bang for the buck at WDW, and from your signature it looks like the last time you stayed on site was at WL in 2011. So at what point would even you start to question the cost of a night at WL?

$300 a night? $500 a night? $1500 a night?
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I find Disney no more expensive then some other vacation spots.

Maybe because I'm in New York and used to "expensive" hotels.
$300 a night for a run down cabin in Lake George, $200 for a hotel in Cortland, NY is common.

So the budgets at $100 and mods at $175 in Disney seem good to me.
Noone sqays people have to stay deluxe.


It's the airfare that I dislike the most.
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Have done both Universal and Disney, Universal was much much cheaper, Disney was worth far far more !!! Simply the best days of my life, can't wait to head back. My wife and I even talk about heading to Universal again, but its just not as appealing as Disney.

To each their own when it comes to the "value" of something, but quantitatively there is not question that you do get "more" for your dollar at Disney, they only debate can be whether you get enough more to justify the increased price.
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