I know some of you will understand. Others of you will want to revoke my Liner card. But I can’t explain this to any of my non-Disney friends.
I really, REALLY miss the Disney World of long ago (pre-Iger). It seems to me like everything today is an extra fee, and the rides and attractions are seen by most guests today as an aside to the “theming” and “entertainment” available in the parks.
Bear with me…if you wish.
Disney has (instead of building more rides) made queues with “themes”. So now a waiting pen is an experience. Disney has (instead of maintaining/improving/retooling the internal transportation system) purchased “Money Vans”. So now getting from one place to another is an “event”. Disney has usurped all the desirable sitting/standing space for nighttime entertainment (which actually can be considered an “attraction”) and ransomed it out for those willing to fork out mo’ money for cookies and punch! “Dollah billz, y’all!”
They’ve made restaurants (Skipper’s, BOG) with “themes”. So now they can charge extra money so you eat in an “attraction”. They’ve added “exclusive pins” and “limited release t-shirts”. So now “merch” is an “attraction”. Enter early, stay late, they’re all not included in the thousands of dollars you paid to come here in the first place?! They’ve even built an entire mall, and labeled the whole blinking thing as an “attraction”. The only attraction there is the magnetic pull of our dollars out of our wallets on overpriced meals, sunglasses, Legos, and Disney MERCH!
If you think it’s going to get better, I offer exhibit B…Toy Story land has TWO low-capacity, slow-loading rides, themed sidewalks, themed dining, and all the merch they can shove into a toy box. Also, by all current accounts, exhibit C - $tar War$ Black $pire Out-cost, I mean Outpost - will be no better. Two rides, outdoor theming to distract you from the lack of attractions, money meals, and OMG (Outrageous Merch Galore). Only the new theme hotel ($$$$$$$$$ per night) will provide any inkling of a real experience for its guests.
I don’t blame Disney, or its shareholders. Yup, business, what the market will bear, speaking with our wallets, I know. I blame the park guests who just close their eyes and open their pocketbooks. Again, and again, and again. Why do first-time Disney guests just blindly stumble around in UnderArmour stores and say “OOH, I can get this sports bra at Disney Springs, rather than at home for 20% less, and have a Money Van drive me there and back for $50, and then go bowling and eat sushi for $100+. Yup, way better at Disney!”
Now we have $1M homesteads, but the Yeti is still broken. $50K private clubs, but the monorail doors won’t close. And it’s easier to get into Cinderella’s Royal Table than to get into Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Thanks for listening. I thank you for not hating me, and invite you to return to your regular Disney enjoyment. Someday when I find my pot o’gold (Darby O’Gill am I), I will do likewise!