A much-loved regular poster recently sent me a PM asking if I was OK. They were concerned as they hadn’t seen me on these forums in a while. Well, I’m fine. Thank you for asking.
The reason I haven’t been around is that I feel like I’ve lost my love for all things Disney. I’m wondering if I’ve fallen out of love with WDW. (You might even ask if I’ve been “cured” of my “addiction” to the place.)
I have a trip booked for April. I’m genuinely not remotely excited about it. I’m only keeping the trip because my flights are not changeable. If they were, or if they could be cancelled and refunded, I wouldn’t be making the trip. It’s a long way for only six nights. And for what?
I’m not complaining about or even questioning the decisions that Disney has taken. But yesterday’s announcements were something of a body blow to an already severely compromised mouse. The magic is draining away.
I continue to read the occasional trip report and watch DFB videos. It all looks and sounds awful. Long lines, people wearing masks (I’m not suggesting they shouldn’t be, but I don’t have to like the fact that they should), almost all non-ride entertainment gone.
I went to DLP during the summer and had a good time. But it wasn’t magical. I’m booked to go again in July. I’m a little excited about it.
I’m more excited about going to UOR in April, actually. I have a strong emotional resonance with WWOHP and that is still there and still awesome. From what I can tell. I’m very likely to cancel my Pop reservations and switch to Sapphire Falls — it’s a much nicer resort, with walking access to both UOR parks and City Walk. And it’s cheaper. And guests are guaranteed entry to the parks, even if they reach capacity. And they’re still doing early morning access. And I can still buy Express Passes. What is Disney offering on-site guests? Other than a big bill.
I know that the rides are all mostly running. And the physicality of the place is still there. And I’m sure I’ll be much more excited when I’m actually there. Though I am wary of returning to somewhere I’ve had such great experiences and seeing it as just a husk, a shadow of its former self.