I took a Disney survey after booking my room with the Sun and Fun package. It asked a question like this and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
How would you spend extra money in your budget?
More table service or character meals?
An extra day at the hotel and parks?
An extra day at just the hotel?
Save it for the next vacation?
I’d save it, though that’s not the answer Disney wants! From the UK we get memory maker and park hopper included, our tickets are a standard length so you can’t add a day, we get free dining most of the year rather than room discounts. And I won’t pay for extras. It makes me mad that they are reducing the experience for people who have paid a small fortune for tickets so that they can sell EMM and DAH. I would do a Christmas party though if I was there to be honest. No interest in Halloween.
When I have a little extra splurge money, what I’ve done so far are EMM and Dessert Parties (most often), the occasional cabana at the pool and twice Wild Africa Trek. The most worthwhile of those was Wild Africa Trek, but that was also the most costly.
EMM or DAH. The Christmas and Halloween parties. Dining packages with reserved seating for shows. HEA dessert party. We do a lot of these extras, they just make our trips more enjoyable now. Life is short, so we pay to do the things we will enjoy with no regrets. MM is included with my AP, but I don’t pay for it if I don’t have an AP.
Most the time we prebook way before discounts are released then see what discounts release and compare. Last time we stayed same length and resort but spent the discount savings on a room celebration since it was DDs 1st visit. This time we upgraded to Poly since it fell within our budget.
Why would they ask that question? It sounds like “How can I squeeze more money out of you?” If you said you’d pay for FPs, they might go, hmm there’s a market for that.
The most I would answer to them is “deposit for next trip if discount was included”, much like the “placeholder” you can buy on DCL.
Otherwise, my answer to them would be that I don’t “do” WDW until I can afford the things I want.
Now, my answer to you all would still be the bounceback/placeholder, but also, if I had the extra days, I might like to do extra things, like mini-golf or a water park. We’re usually too exhausted to look at those things.
I agree they are reducing the experience. But I would be guilty of allowing them to continue this nonsense by purchasing DAH for fewer crowds. As a matter of fact if it is available in October, I will scoop it up!