So, this thread is a tricky one. Because you know, nobody ever expresses anything but facts on these forums, and we all stay on topic. Ahem. Right. Carrying on.
Anyhow, I thought it might be fun and interesting, however, to have a crystal ball thread. But let me be clear. This isn’t about stating what you HOPE or WISH would happen, nor is it about making wild, crazy guesses. However, it also isn’t about just stating what is known. So, not so much rumor as it is conjecture based on what we we are seeing and knowing now.
So, this thread is about expressing your personal thoughts on what the future of WDW holds, for good or for bad.
And I’ll start with something that’s been on the back of my mind lately. Given the recent changes/announcements that seem to be making on-site stays less desireable, and considering what resorts have been open and are scheduled to be open, it has got me wondering if Disney actually intends NOT to open back up some of the resorts that were shut down for the pandemic…at least for the foreseeable future. In particular, I’m thinking about Port Orleans.
If Disney is making changes that would invariably make staying on-property less attractive, maybe they are also planning on some corresponding cost-saving measures. DVC resorts aren’t an issue. They are DVC. And I think in order to attract a lot of people who are flying in, the values need to be open (Pop, for example). But the moderates? Does it make sense to tie up resources into re-opening Port Orleans? Even as crowds return, they weren’t filling up the rooms on Disney property. Moderates cut into people staying at the more expensive places. With Port Orleans being off the beaten path, it kind of makes sense to just leave this resort shuttered indefinitely and only consider re-opening it if/when Disney is back to filling up most of their existing operating resorts.
I have other thoughts, but I’ll leave it to that one for now.