OK Disney - soon a mass email revolt? Changes...

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Sandy321, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. Sandy321

    Sandy321 <font color=darkorchid>Crazy enough to want to do

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    Honestly we need to write a revolt email en masse to Disney Guest relations - what? NO FUNNEL CAKES on the DDP - ok I can live with that - but bumping up the price to over $4 - THAT is ridiculous!

    (and I read somewhere on the Dis that it can be a snack credit, but no fruit toppings - then it wasnt allowed for another poster, then another poster said she got it last week as a snack credit - no fruit!!)

    First the French Toast Loaf, then the Pretzel (et el) at Goofy, now the Funnel cakes - what's next Disney? The Dole Whip FLoats? That at least will get the emails going from the Dis I'd think!

    Oh, sorry for my vent... I guess I'm not very good with changes!!

    I'm not going to go to DTD - what's the point - Mickey's Got My Money (and DTD is just more ways to spend my money!) I used to go for the charming pretzel rod candy making experience - something different..

    and I'm still shaking my head over the replacement of the Buffet Prime Rib for the Roast Beef (tougher, drier cut)

    I'm sure it is an attempt to recoup the loss/strain of Free Dining - all the food is becoming generic -

    Changes....
     
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  3. Karlzmom

    Karlzmom DIS Veteran

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    I feel your frustration. The DDP credit changes don't affect me, as we don't DDP....but the menu changes certainly do. If Disney wants to "cheap out" for free dining, or even just to make the DDP a better $ maker, then for an OOP guest the value has really gone down. I don't mind paying for things, but when they remove items entirely makes it kinda hard. KWIM?
     
  4. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    I was allowed to get funnel cake for a snack credit on my last trip. :confused3
     
  5. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper You can observe a lot by watching.

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    Would you like some cheese to go with the whine?
     
  6. disneygirlinnj

    disneygirlinnj DIS Veteran

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    I agree it should be a snack credit but $4 for a funnel cake is NOT that bad! If you go to any fair or carnival around me and try getting a funnel cake? $6 for just powdered sugar. Extra if you want the fruit topping, etc. :(
     
  7. disneyfav4ever

    disneyfav4ever No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep

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    I agree. Considering it's Disney, their price for funnel cake is extremely reasonable.
     
  8. southern_belle21

    southern_belle21 Always dreaming of Disney

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    So what is now the "official" price of a plain funnel cake w/powdered sugar only?
     
  9. Allison

    Allison DIS Veteran

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    The way to revolt is to not purchase the dining plan if you aren't happy with it. It's a completely optional offer.
     
  10. Colleen27

    Colleen27 DIS Veteran

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    I agree with the previous poster - the best way to express displeasure is to skip the DDP next time. If it makes you feel better, you could even drop Disney a note explaining that you used to use it, but feel it no longer has the value/inclusions to make it worth the price.

    Personally, I'm suspending judgement about the changes at Goofy's until after free dining. I think the rice crispy treat is gone for good from the snack credit choices, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the restrictions on the pretzels relax as demand eases up. We've never actually gotten a MYO treat because both times we stopped at Goofys were during free dining and both times we had people in front of us using up all their unused snack credits on MYOs. I wasn't about to wait through several people using 5-10-15 credits each, and after that happening twice, we don't bother making the trip to Goofy's any more. I can't blame Disney for wanting to make that a less attractive, less time consuming choice, especially during the peak demand of free dining. I wouldn't have been surprised if they excluded the make-your-owns entirely, just to keep customer traffic flowing better at Goofy's.

    Maybe it is because our first dining plan trip was when it was new and the snack credits weren't much more than the few things listed in the brochure, or maybe it is because I'm just not a sweets person, but I'm still quite happy with the options for using a snack credit. I hope we don't start seeing sweeping cuts as more and more items cross that unofficial $4 threshold, since so many things are right on the cusp at 3.99, but a few minor changes here and there are to be expected.
     
  11. Teddys~Mom

    Teddys~Mom Those that matter never mind, those that mind neve

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    What's the point, at this rate they'll be calling velveeta, land o lakes american and cheez whiz a cheese plate to go with your glass of box-o-wine...

    I see the OP's point, I miss some of the great things that are at least seemingly a victim of either the DDP or cost cutting in general. I don't mind cost cutting when prices stay the same or are less, I mind cost cutting when everything is more expensive.
     
  12. Sandy321

    Sandy321 <font color=darkorchid>Crazy enough to want to do

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    :rotfl2:
    (and I agree with the PP about the velveeta! make mine camembert or manchego - something different...

    I understand - but then the other vent was how it seems as if the food is becoming more homogenized - or identical - whereas some venues have variety - it seems more and more as a cost cutting - all the same desserts are appearing on buffets...

    someone else posted about wondering if it was the result of the dining plan - and it does come up from time to time - the Timing of the MYO Rice Krispy treats being withdrawn from snack list -as well as the price increase...

    same with the funnel cake - and fwiw the EPCOT funnel cake was never on the ddp snack list -

    so I'm just a-whining! ;)
     
  13. bartleby1

    bartleby1 DIS Veteran

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    Well, if they continue to raise their prices like they are, there won't be much left under the unofficial $4 price anyway! Mickey bars were $2.50 last summer, they were $2.75 when we arrived this summer (August 17), and by the end of our trip they had gone up to $3.25. Some other cart ice cream bars were even more $$. Kaki Goris were up almost $1 from last summer and the dining plan symbol had been removed. They did allow us to use a snack credit, but others have reported that they were not allowed to. Some of our TS meals had gone up $2 per person from the prices I had researched before our trip (Garden Grill and Biergarten were two that I noticed had increased to $30.99). CS meals were raised also.
     
  14. Haley

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    At my local Six Flags a plain funnel cake is $8 :scared1:
     
  15. choirchic

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    We can vent all we want on here...yet we all keep going back, so it must not be too bad. :confused3

    Personally, it's a Theme Park. I expect things to be over-priced. And I would definitely pay $4 for a funnel cake. They were $7.50 with fruit at a recent country fair where I live! :scared1:
     
  16. Condorman

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    You are aware that the only official DDP snack items are what's mentioned in the annual brochure, i.e. bottles of soda, small popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, etc.?

    Yes, there are hundreds of additional items available as snacks, but those are not officially listed and thus Disney has no obligation to keep them on or let them go. The fact that we've been able to get funnel cakes, or Figaro fries (in the past, now gone), or egg rolls is no guarantee that you will be able to get them in the future, and no reason to complain if they do go away.

    I look at all the extra things I can get with a snack credit as an "insider's thank-you" from Disney that Disboard followers et al. know about that most ordinary visitors do not. It's not written in our bill of dining plan rights, nor should it be an expectation.

    Be grateful you have all those wonderful options at all. :)
     
  17. itchin2go

    itchin2go Next trip: March 2016

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    Agreed. The DDP has caused a lot of whining. The plan was certainly more generous in years past, but hello? We all know why it changed. People found 1001 ways to abuse the system. As the loopholes were shut down, the whining increased. Do you remember all the whining when people could no longer get the whole box of Entenmann's donuts anymore? A box of donuts is not a snack, people.

    Disney's DDP = Disney's rules. If the plan doesn't appeal to someone, then they shouldn't purchase it. If you purchase the plan anyway, you're just sending Disney the message that you like the plan the way it is.
     
  18. Colleen27

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    I know it isn't a guarantee, but it is definitely an expectation for me. One can only consume so many Mickey bars and bottled sodas, especially going during the winter, and if that's all that snack credits could be used for a large chunk of the 80 snack credits we'll have available (5 people, 8 nights, DxDDP) would be useless to us. That takes a bite out of both the value and more importantly the convenience of a plan that is attractive to us mainly for its all-inclusive nature.

    However, I think that's pretty much a moot point, because I don't see Disney cutting back that drastically. I expect we'll continue to see some of the more spectacular values cut, like the funnel cake (which we paid $7.50 for at the State Fair this year!) and the meal-substitutes like the ham & cheese croissant that was recently cut, but I don't think we'll see it go back to the very small number of options that are listed in the brochure.
     
  19. onejellyshelly

    onejellyshelly Mouseketeer

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    Just one small question. In the orginal post the pretzel rods were mentioned at Goofy's are they just not a snack credit or do they no longer serve them????
     
  20. ktlm

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    We had a funnel cake today at a little local arts festival. It was $5.
     
  21. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper You can observe a lot by watching.

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    1) People have just gotten a sense of entitlement.
    2) Folks just haven't realized that there is nothing for free.
    3) And, if you pay for DDP, you still can't get everything.
    4) If in doubt, scan the postings and see all the questioned menu items.
    5) Why should every food item at WDW be covered by DDP ??????
     

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