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Old 04-07-2014, 07:56 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Interesting points of view on this. The peer pressure argument is interesting. Do those of you who have kids feel like there is pressure to take your kids to Disney parks?
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:29 PM
 
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Went to Land a lot growing up, back with the E tickets and all. Grad night was there too, and friends worked there. A few visits with the girls, and several trips to California Adventure when youngest danced in the parade. That said, I can't see going back unless (possibly future) g-kids want a one-time trip -- and we live near World now. Crowds/cost/lines/general cheesiness not really in our wheelhouse. Downtown Disney is more our speed.
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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I like Disney World (haven't been to Disneyland) but I'm curious what the rest of you think.
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all these reasons are valid, but my main reason for not wanting to go to disney, is the fear of seeing miley cyrus twerking on goofy and donald duck in the teacup ride
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:41 AM
 
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The funny thing is, I find those Disney collectibles for a song at yard sales.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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This list seems like someone just wanted to complain about Disney World because it's the cool thing to do and they wanted to fit in. Number 1 is because you hate Disney? Then why the heck are you even going? The Mickey ears and other hats are embarrassing? Don't buy them! The rest of the list basically just means you need to save up and actually prepare for a trip to Disney World rather than do it spur of the moment.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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all these reasons are valid, but my main reason for not wanting to go to disney, is the fear of seeing miley cyrus twerking on goofy and donald duck in the teacup ride

LOL! I think Miley and Disney have definitely gone their separate ways.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:23 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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So basically 2-3 reasons (price, crowds, simply no desire to go), but re-worded multiple times. Okay - fine, then don't go. I can also say don't go to the beach because its crowded, hot, and beach front hotels are ridiculous ($400/night at the Courtyard by Marriott). All are also true, but many people will also disagree. The point here is that Disney isn't forcing their vacation down anyone's throat.

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I just went their recently and pretty much hated it, although not for the reasons listed. It's just that the whole thing has gotten so complicated that you have to spend months planning a week long vacation (like, 6 months, because you have to make dining reservations months ahead of time or you won't get a table), and so much of it is over-rated. The rides are just not that great, and a lot of Disneyworld is just a lot of themed store-fronts with nothing but the same old Disney souvenir junk inside. We went during a slow time - the slowest, really - so didn't have to deal with crowds or long lines if we planned carefully (it took about three days to figure out how to "work" Disney, though, and in the meantime we were either rushing frantically to something or waiting for something). It wasn't at all relaxing - it was like a full-time job for a week. However, my kid loved it and wants to go back. I think the second time around it would be better, but still something you do for the kids and not something fun for yourself.
Mnseca - I had the exact feeling going into such a vacation when we went in 2011. The wife spent almost as long planning the trip as we did our wedding. That being said, I was actually very surprised at how much I enjoyed the trip. It was certainly expensive, but DSY did things right in terms of transportation, service, and accommodations. In the end, I think the value was fair. We did not have to spend an extra penny if we didn't want to. Most places will still nickel/dime you here and there.

From the minute we landed in MCO, everything was pretty much taken care of. Got on the bus, checked in at our hotel, and was able to head right out to the park. The bags were in our room that evening. Buses were plenty every day to each park. The meal packages were great. And again, you can check-in your flight at the hotel and didn't have to deal with your bags until the baggage claim at the home airport. I think its these little things that made life much easier for a family. We were able to enjoy our times together without having the worry too much about logistics (other than making the dinner/show reservations).

In terms of rides, it's never going to be Cedar Point. But that's not what they'er going after. My biggest grips were with the patrons. Constant flash photography in the dark rides (i.e. haunted Mansion) when signs are everywhere telling you not to. And I wish they create a lane for scooters and don't allow them to mix with those that are walking. I saw multiple occasions where these folks almost ran some kids over. But I don't think these issues are unique to Disney.

But bottom line - they obviously are doing things right given their success. The first thing I did when I got back - bought myself a bunch of DSY stock.

And your last sentence says it all - its really for the kids...
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Given an hour, I could think of 14 reasons why not to go to any of the places I've enjoyed visiting. If the writer is so fortunate, I'll enjoy their eventual review of Heaven. Or....you know....
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I live in Fl and the only theme parks that I believe are worth their hasle/admission price are Bush Gardens, and Islands of Adventure. Islands has something for everyone and water rides. Bush Gardens has everything, amazing rides, water rides, an awesome zoo, a train if your tired, and good food. The rest are tourist traps that arent really that impressive. Sea World has let me down lately as the fish have started to look sickly.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: England
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So basically 2-3 reasons (price, crowds, simply no desire to go), but re-worded multiple times. Okay - fine, then don't go. I can also say don't go to the beach because its crowded, hot, and beach front hotels are ridiculous ($400/night at the Courtyard by Marriott). All are also true, but many people will also disagree. The point here is that Disney isn't forcing their vacation down anyone's throat.


And your last sentence says it all - its really for the kids...
No they aren't forcing us. But it isn't the expense that is the issue, it is the value in my opinion. Many holiday spots are expensive, but for what you get, Disney Paris is literally shocking! The food is bad!
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