I could have written this myself. DH and I used to go multiple times a year and at one point owned 2 DVC contracts. Fast-forward a few years and 2 sold contracts, and we will be finally visiting in January after a 4 year hiatus. The main reason to go to the parks in January is due to the Disney Cruise we have planned and to finally clear out our Owners Lockers. I miss our "happy place" but prices, crowds and MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE have driven us away. I miss the days of going for a last-minute long weekend or getting away to enjoy the warm weather in Florida. But the reduced offerings (ie Osborne Lights, live entertainment) plus added people and the kicker of ridiculous planning through MDE have left a bad taste in our mouths. What's sad is we now have a 2 year old who will never experience these things with us because how much has changed. We've even side-lined Disneyland due to crowds and prices. We were even some of the crazy people at the last 24 hour event there with multiple show openings. We've since developed a love of traveling the ACTUAL world so we will put our money to that use. When I start pricing Disney vacations and think to myself "I could go to Europe for this amount" - I save for that instead. I think there will always be other people to replace the old Disney fans. All I see now are people who are planning once in a lifetime trips, Disney bloodsucks them for every dime they can get (Dessert parties, after hour events, dining plans, before park events, and so on and so on). At some point another recession will hit and Disney will have to find a way to get us Disney lovers back because we kept the lights on for many years.