I work as a private tutor. I charge by the hour. In the last two years I have increased my rates by around 6% each year. Why? Because I can. Demand exceeds supply. Why wouldn’t I? I’m not a charity. I’d rather work fewer hours for the same money, so I increased my rates.
Writ large, this appears to be what Disney is doing. They’re not a charity, either.
They are kings of upselling. And I’m a sucker for it. I love the dessert parties and DAH — they make planning easier, and the trips less stressful. In the grand scheme of things — I speak as a solo traveller — they’re not that expensive.
I feel it’s still possible to have a WDW vacation at relatively low cost. If you stay in value hotels, eat at QS restaurants, and have the cheapest park tickets, it’s really not crazy expensive. You still get three FPPs like everyone else. (Well, except the Club Level people who can pay $50 a day for an extra three.) You still get to see the same fireworks and parades.
I’m relatively new to Disney, so I don’t know how much “better” things were in the past. All I know is that the two WDW vacations I have had so far have been the best vacations of my life. And I can’t wait for the next two. I’m hooked. And I have no complaints.