I’ve been processing for some time the threads on leading/overlapping reservations, and the ongoing inquiries to continue to find whatever loophole might still remain even as Disney starts to crack down.
I’ve read and re-read some of the feedback I received for making a comment about how this practice can be summarized as: someone getting something of value that he/she didn’t pay for. Responses came in like: hey, don’t judge…1) they are trying to get a higher ROI on their vacation, 2) they are just taking advantage of any hack available, 3) my family can’t afford a longer vacation and any rides my kids miss is a major dissappointment so I’ll use whatever means is at my disposal, and 4) Disney plays games so we they have every right to play games back, etc.
I’m offering up an alternate perspective for consideration:
This practice doesn’t seem to me to be taking something from Disney corporation itself… isn’teally taking directly from other guests, and actually increasing their costs? As an example: my last visit was 4 years ago and we stayed off property. I decided then that when I came back, I would stay on property, and for a longer stay, mostly b/c of my experience Rope Dropping 7DMT, where a FP of course is never available at the 30 day offsite FP window. Now I’m planning an 8 night trip on property. Yet, there’s much chatter that at 60-3, FOP is tricky and at 60-4 and 5, SDD is still tricky. Gosh knows what Star Wars will eventually look like! I even caught myself thinking about paying for a campground or value resort for a day or two before arrival to improve my odds. (I do NOT want to do that, but it seriously crossed my mind especially from a Stars Wars perspective). As I started to wrap my arms around this leading res concept (which I had not even heard of before my last trip) it dawned on me that one of the reasons for the lack of FP availablity even very far out has to be that we are competing with all the paying customers who have longer trips than the average visitor (i.e. 10, 12, 14 days +) and also an unknown number of phantom, non paying 10, 12, 14 day trip customers too. There is a cost to move from offsite to on property, there is a cost to plan a longer trip, there are costs to create a schedule where some of the harder to get FP rides are planned for later in the stay. Of course, there would also be a direct incremental cost to pay for 2 or more advance nights at a campsite or priceline onsite hotel deal to make our 60-4 day, 60-6 instead.
Going to great lengths to get something that is expensive/costs money (that others pay for) and that one has no intention of paying for seems bigger than just saying it’s a legitimate exploitation of a loophole.
I really value this forum, both for the wonderful trip it gave my family to WDW in 2015, and then to DLR in 2017, and now again for a trip next year. Res finder, FP4Me, buying tickets from Undercover Tourist, etc.
As such, I value the thoughts and perspectives of folks, maybe helping me looki at this through another lens?