Do You think DISNEY has gone down hlll the last few years?

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  1. ols386

    ols386 I want to live at Disney World!!

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    I've always thought Disney resort prices were extremely high, even with a discount, I still think they are high.

    IMO, the quality of food has diminished. In general, I don't think their food is as good as it once was, and prices are higher now.

    Even though some things Disney have slacked a bit, the people still keep coming.
     
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  3. disneychic

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    Actually, I don't think Disney has gone down hill at all. I can only speak for myself/my family. But, every single vacation has been magical. We count down the days to our next trip with just as much excitment as we did ten years ago.
     
  4. LuluLovesDisney

    LuluLovesDisney <font color=red>If you're not outraged, you're not

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    ITA! Has anyone ever voiced a complaint like this to WDW and what has been the response?
     
  5. lilosurf11

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    I LOVE going to WDW and my problem is with Pleasure Island's West Side. I get that Disney is family oriented and that's fine and dandy. However, I hate what they have done to PI West Side. Growing up, I couldn't wait for the day I turned 21 so I could go bar hopping and clubbing at PI. I'm SO disappointed that they are gone.
    Sometimes adults just need an escape and I thought PI West Side was the perfect place for that.
    I actually don't know why they wanted to make PI WS more family-oriented but if anyone knows, please let me know!

    I also miss the attractions that were in the parks when I was a kid (Food rocks, anyone?) Disney has gone "downhill" for me in that sense.
     
  6. 4HppyCamprs

    4HppyCamprs DIS Veteran

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    Last year was our first trip but there were a couple of things that were disappointing to me. 1. Mousekeeping totally skipped cleaning our room one day and didnt leave a single towel (clean or dirty!) but made sure to take their tip and then I got attitude from the desk when I called to request towels.

    2. The CM's seemed to stand around and complain about their jobs quite frequently. This is not what I want to hear when I am on vacation. I have a job too and I dont always enjoy it but when I am near customers or with customers or at work for that matter I do not stand in groups of 3 or more and complain about my job. Needless to say their were providing NO service while complaining to each other.

    3. Food- I understand that people think free dining is evil but really when you get free dining you give up all other discounts so if people where not using free dining they would be requesting some other discount..Umm 40% pin anyone?? I do not mind paying for food. I do not like paying premium prices though for subpar food and that is how I felt. It was hit or miss with service and the food was hit or miss with quality. I can pay 26.00 for a steak alacart down town chicago but I will get good steak every time I go and I have had servers that WANT my business and go out of their way to service my family. I have never been anywhere besides Disney where i have been told not only once but more than once during a converstion on how I could handle tipping.


    So would I cancel Disney no. Would I dine at the restuarants without free dining no. Not because of the price but because the quality and service is so inconsistant that I would not risk it.
     
  7. flicx

    flicx Please stand clear of the doors!

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    Well put!:thumbsup2
     
  8. ZeroMyHero

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    My visits have been few and far between, but I think that while there are things that I really miss (River Country comes to mind), there are plenty of things that are better than before. I think it's easy to say "things were better in the old days" because in the old days there weren't 6 parks and 24 hotels to manage, staff, and maintain. To expect yesteryear quality today is unrealistic and, IMO, unfair. WDW is a *huge* place, over 30,000 acres, and it must be the biggest logistical nightmare of all time trying to keep it clean and in working order 100% of the time.

    As for less-than-stellar CMs, I'm sure there are a few in the army of employees Disney has. I'm not excusing bad service but according to a lot of what I've read on these boards, these people are supposed to do their jobs perfectly every single time, remember to acknowledge each and every guest's special event/need/whim no matter how small, dispense endless amounts of goodies freely and equally, and never show any emotion other than absolute elation, because after all, they work for Disney, so that apparently makes them immune from bad days, grumpy moods, real-life problems, and mistakes. I worked in the service industry for years, but never in a place with standards as high as Disney's, and thank goodness for that. The pressure on Disney employees must be immense, especially since it seems more and more visitors to the parks feel that because they paid good money to visit, they should be allowed to behave in any uncivilized way they choose if the slightest thing isn't to their liking. JMHO.
     
  9. rie'smom

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    The changes for the worse started in the early 2000-maybe 2003. The food quality started suffering not long after the DDP started. At first, everything was fine but w/in the first year, there were cutbacks and the food became more uniform throughout the parks. I'd prefer no DDP and better food.

    I don't expect CMs to cater to my every whim but I do expect not to hear disagreements and I do expect a concierge to put down the book and help their guests. And no, I don't think guests "should be allowed to behave in any uncivilized way they choose if the slightest thing isn't to their liking."

    As I posted earlier, we love WDW but that doesn't mean Disney should be given a pass on their lowered standards.

    ETA I reads an article stating that Disney would be upping their standards. I wish that i still had the article but I lost it when my computer crashed. There was a big shakeup at DLR in the executive dept and supposedly it was supposed to happen at WDW too. We'll see.
     
  10. Pirates4me

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    I'm of the opiion to do away with the DDP or at least stop offering it for free.
     
  11. Disney1976

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    I agree with this! Free dining has really caused a decline in food, perhaps even more than the DDP. If they need to draw in guests in the slower months, perhaps resort deals and discounts should be extended or offered.

    Also, I think if they do get rid of the DDP, they should open up TIW to the masses. They'll still make money on the card and on the food and beverages anyway, and it may even encourage more people to do TS restaurants.
     
  12. disneynutz

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    The problem with Disney is that it is currently being run by finance people and not Imagineers. Greed is in the air and I don't see it going away anytime soon. Disney makes millions in profit and continues to make cut backs.

    They are outsourcing more every day and act like they can't control what the contractor charges or the quality of service that they provide.

    Some of the cut backs and cost saving measures have resulted in accidents and injuries.

    Some of the magic lost by the CM's are a result of their current working conditions and pay rate. I was talking to a Front Desk CM last trip and due to staff cut backs and replacing full time employees with part timers, he was scheduled to work at 4 different resorts that week.

    There's nothing wrong with making a profit, but they need to keep a balance between profit and the Disney magic that makes Disney so special.

    :earsboy: Bill
     
  13. Pirates4me

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    We do the TIW because we are annual passholders. Only problem with TIW is that they automatically add a 18% tip. I think that it opens up the chance to have shoddy service.
     
  14. Pirates4me

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    I think this is the biggest cause of decline
     
  15. ZeroMyHero

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    I guess I just don't put that much emphasis on food when I'm travelling. I've had good food at WDW and I've had lackluster food there, too, but I've been lucky enough not to have anything really terrible. Since I know where I am, I expect to pay out the nose for a meal. Maybe I'm just used to the price gouging; I can get a great meal at a decent price in my hometown at a satellite location for a Chicago restaurant, but if I eat that same meal at the same restaurant in the city, the price is jacked way up, simply to remind me I'm in the Windy City.

    Like meals, I've never encountered a really nasty CM. I've had a grumpy bus driver or two, and a gate CM who was less than nice because I forgot to unzip an inner pocket of my bag, but if I had to check bags for hours and hours on end I might not be the most pleasant person sometimes. Should those employees have been complaining in front of you? No, that was bad form on their part. But unless it happened over and over and over again all day every day, did it really detract much from your vacation? I'm not trying to be snide, so please don't take it that way. I just think that a lot of people expect WDW to be the end-all be-all vacation and they overhype it to themselves, so when something less than magical happens, it colors their opinion more than it should sometimes, that's all.
     
  16. Don Disney

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    I,madame,am inclined to agree with you!:goodvibes People ARE really expecting too much sometimes;things are the way they are-some good,some bad,and ocassionally some really great;BUT,all in all,Disney still does many things better than most,and for our family,we still feel like it is a great place to vacation,and spend time with each other away from the"Rat Race"!;)
     
  17. LuluLovesDisney

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    I agree with you in part. A grumpy CM or bad meal doesn't ruin my vacation. For me, the visible decline in maintenance was the hard part. Burnt out light bulbs, hairs in the resort room, chipping paint, broken ride elements, tons more graffiti than I've ever seen before in line queues, litter that wasn't picked up within a 40 minute time period (during a lunch break). I do my part and let CM's know about spills or other hazards and I've even picked up other people's trash (it irritates my husband) just because I am a former CM and I want to make it better, but I want to bring my future children (if I have any) to the same quality place I love and if it keeps going downhill, that will be impossible. It is a scary thought to me and I wonder if we make our voices heard if we can stop the greed-takeover enough to at least have them fix up the paint and pick up the trash before they price gouge us! I would rather spend more money and have the park look the way it "should".
     
  18. picantel

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    My family moved about 35 minutes north of disney in 2006 because we loved it so much and I can say without a doubt the quality and overall experience of disney has gone down the tubes. We went to Le cellier a couple weeks ago for the first time in a year and just walked up and got the reservations and I could not believe what they had done. First of all the entire lunch and dinner menu was on one page. I ordered my usual french dip but for the 4th time they had shrunk the size of the item and no longer even give the juice to dip the sandwich in which made it dry and frankly really bad. I could go on and on about the quality and quanity of the food in all the restaurants but that would take days. Suffice it to say as someone who lives in the arena it is not even close to what it used to be.

    The prices of the rooms are often twice as much as we used to pay and the ticket prices just keep going up while everything else goes down. Now in 2 days disney is going to raise ticket prices again which is ridiculous. What I have noticed is that reservations are easier to get now and hotels are not being filled hence the extra free dining period so disney is pricing its guests out and it has started to catch up to them.
     
  19. BLTLDZ

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    I could not agree MORE With this statement...everytime we go, I am more and more amazed at the way some people behave. :eek:

    On th eflip side of that, FH & I always meet really wonderful people as well. :cool2:
     
  20. GadgetRick

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    Hmm, a couple of things I'm noticing here...

    First, those of us saying there has been a decline are not saying Disney sucks, so don't worry. I still go more than once a year even though I've been very vocal about many things. It's not a question of whether Disney is enjoyable, rather, whether it could be more enjoyable if certain things hadn't changed the way they did.

    Secondly, and more importantly, I guess I really don't understand (and never will) the mentality of it is the way it is. Just deal with it and enjoy it. I'm paraphrasing here but many people have posted this sort of opinion. Honestly, that attitude is exactly why things are the way they are in many aspects of life--not just Disney. If you see something wrong, you should tell them about it. If you see something right, you should tell them about it. If you have ideas for changes, you should let them know as well. If we all had the, "it is the way it is," mentality, everything would get as boring as the food in Disney...
     
  21. mrsswat

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    I whole heartedly agree with this. The outsourcing that is.
     
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