I'm Done!!! Too Many Changes We Don't Like

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by bdklein, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. robpa

    robpa Mouseketeer

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    Ok, I guess I should have chosen my words more carefully. The poster chose two options which I assumed(maybe wrongly) were a general ticket that can be purchased beforehand(not at gate) One was for a resort guest and the other for a non resort guest. He had no difference in price. I would think they would charge less to a resort guest but make up that difference somewhere else in the price of the room or the pkg. So I meant that Disney may not charge extra up front for this type of ticket but they are making up the difference by charging you more somewhere else, to give the illusion of a discount.
     
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  3. robpa

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    Fine, then its not fair to charge the same price for less benefit.
     
  4. pinkerbell

    pinkerbell FREE DDP 06, 07, 08, 09 & 10!!

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    Sad, that so many say people are over discussing this topic. Many on here cannot check daily, weekly or even monthly. This gives everyone an opportunity for discussion and to express different points of view. I personally have learned a lot and thank those who welcome the discussion :) :goodvibes:

    Oh yea, it gives people a chance to vent too!!! :)

    and as for the topic, "I'm done" me too, sort of, just booked the last part of our spring trip for Universal! Very excited to see for myself what others have been raving about at a lesser cost and less advance planning and what seems to be better perks. We will still do some disney time, but it's always good to compare your options and choose what's right for you :)
     
  5. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    In my experience it is not a new state of affairs.:sad1: About 5 years ago I booked a moderate resort, just because my 9 year old niece wanted a pool with a slide. Guess what? The slide was closed for "maintenance" our whole stay. And they didn't even put a note in the room, or even put a sign up by the pool. Guests were telling other guests as they showed up at the pool. Maybe it wasn't what most would consider a significant amenity, but for that trip it sure was!

    What really upset me was that if I had known in advance about the slide being out of order, I would have switched resorts. I went up to talk to the resort manager, and he couldn't have been more rude about it. He informed me that Disney could close anything, even the food court for example, and they did not have to give guests any advance notice.:sad2: And I told him that is all I would have wanted, to be told ahead of time so I could choose to stay or switch resorts.
     
  6. loris10

    loris10 Earning My Ears

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    Just back from a 9-day trip to WDW with Magic Bands and not sure when we will go back.. We got married at Disney, I vacationed there as a kid & DH visited there multiple times before me while living in England. The first few years, we had AP's, but dropped those a few years back, simply because there is alot to the world I want to see that isn't WDW and each visit it seemed more frustrating and less 'magical'.. DH still drinks the Kool-Aid though so we go every other year now and it has worked for us, until this last trip.. First off, Magic Bands suck! Simple as that.. We got locked out of our room 4 times on this trip because our Magic Bands didn't work and eventually (why they didn't do this the first time, I have no clue)they had to hard code to get them to work for the remainder of the trip.. And yes, we could have carried our Keys to the World, but since the idiot employee at check-in refused to let us not attach a credit card to them, we destroyed them as soon as they were given to us, as we didn't want someone else to end up with them. The magic bands invitation were sent to my Disney account several weeks before our trip.. I knew I didn't want them, but since it is DH's trip, I let him pick and we picked our colors(I totally agree they should have purple, that's just stupid to not) and had them personalized and they were shipped to us at least a month before our trip.. We linked our tickets to them and planned out all of our FP+'s... 2 days before we left (4 days before our arrival), DH got an invite to his My Disney account saying that we had the generic grey bands waiting on us at check in.. Ok, stupid much?? Same ressie for 2 people and they issued double bands for it?? The day before we moved to SSR, we wanted to switch a FP+, which we couldn't do, but in trying to do that, we noticed that DH's band no longer had a ticket attached to it so that all of his FP+'s had been erased.. Attempting to straighten those 2 things out added a good 30 minutes to the check in process..

    If you aren't willing to plan your trip at least several weeks BEFORE you go and vacation accordingly, then FP+ will not work for you. They say that you can adjust them from day to day, but that was not the case. Forever gone is the idea of waking up one day and deciding which park you want to go to, can't do that with FP+'s, you have to have decided weeks before if you want to ride the popular rides. We arrived on a Friday and our stay at SSR started on Sunday, and we tried to rearrange our FP+'s on Sunday for Thursday and Friday, but there was no availability for the more popular attractions. On the last few days, we got the ridiculousness of the STUPID having to pick between Soarin and TT at Epcot.. The only thing I can figure out about the FP+'s is that Disney wants to discourage park hopping since you can only choose them at one park a day.. For us, there isn't one park that has 3 attractions that we need FP+'s for, not 1, so each day we wasted at least 1 and at every park, but Epcot, we wasted 2... We choose to go during the Fall because we enjoy F&W, but on the weekends, it was too nuts to be able to enjoy it. You might can get 3 countries done because the lines are 45 minutes for most of them.. Crazy.. For me, I gave up the Disney kool-aid awhile back due to the transportation issues, crazy ADR call waits, refusal to have an 800 # and the constant rude employees that we dealt with on each trip, I'd never go back and be fine. But, I feel bad for DH & anyone else who truly loves it & wants to go because Disney doesn't care anything about them.. THey don't care and everyone of the changes they make cause it to be less and less magical.

    And I know I will get slammed on here because you aren't allowed to speak bad of the cult of Disney around here, but thought I would give an honest account of our experience with Magic Bands..... Good luck if you have kids or you really love it and want to go.. Our next trip would be in 2015, but if there aren't alot of changes with the stupid Bands from Hell, as we took to calling them, we will be going to somewhere else....
     
  7. jcyoung

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    I'm new to this thread, and I did not take the time to read all of the pages...just the first few and last few, so if this is redundant, I apologize!

    That said, I wanted to give another point of view on the Magicbands and FP+.

    Simply put...I loved them. There wasn't a thing about our trip in October that wasn't magical and MUCH easier because of the Magicbands. We carried our Key to the World cards around also, but I only ever had to pull them out to get some Legacy FP's. I loved the fact that no matter what, there was an hour of time where we could go ride Toy Story Midway Mania or Soarin' without waiting in a crazy line...and I knew it before we even left home. I didn't have to run to get a FP, I already had it.

    And, even better, if we couldn't make it to Jungle Cruise because we were in the middle of something magical, we could skip it and adjust the time later. No problem.

    I know that everyone has their personal preferences, but I just wanted to put this out there. For us, the whole thing was wonderful and magical! We can't wait to go back!!
     
  8. Sammie

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    Our experience was similar. All Disney has to do is have enough people who are satisfied versus those that are not for it to be successful.
     
  9. fla4fun

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    I see your point, and that is another avenue Disney may explore. There are just too many question marks right know to know what they are planning to do when everything is done and they go live for off property as well. Personally, I think the FP+ would end up being a "perk" of the room reservation, not necessarily a perk attached to an admission ticket based on where you are staying. I think it would be easier from Disney's point of view to handle it that way.
     
  10. Granny square

    Granny square Always planning a trip!

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    It seems to me it would be easy to be satisfied when you are done dipping. That won't be the case and many don't have that option currently thus the irritation.
     
  11. larryz

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    Look at it this way: Imagine Disney charged more for admission to one theme park over other theme parks.

    Oh, wait...
     
  12. robpa

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    Yes, I think so but in a different configuration than what is currently out there. I think more than 3 for resort guests 3 for off site guest with the ability to purchase additional.
     
  13. beaprn

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    The new ADR policy is because apparently enough people thought it was a great idea to make several ADRs a day and then decide the day/evening of the ADR to decide which one they were going to use. Enough inconsiderate people ruined the old policy. Which is why now the best idea outside of making a ADR 3mons ahead , you call the day before- check for cancellations at your favorite restaurant and maybe get lucky. I am glad they now have some monetary initiative to give up multiple ADRs. :goodvibes, The attractions fastpass + is an optional plan now that can be changed as needed and they are still working it out. At this time you can still get fastpasses at the park, at least as of last month,so you can still make your plans this way.
     
  14. DisneyChristmas

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    Of course it's very dependent of when you're there. We stayed at CR with older Park Hoppers joined to our MBs during the week of December 9. Parks attendance was low. We didn't do our FP+ picks until the 8th and occasionally changed our choices mid-day when some FP+ choices were walk-ons. ADRs worked beautifully. We always just book what we're going to use for sure. The MBs worked perfectly for room access, charging, meals, etc.
     

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