I am becoming increasingly frustrated/disappointed with the way WDW is being run. First of all, things are increasingly being monetized. I understand that this is a business, blah-blah-blah, but I see this more often creating a tiered experience that benefits those can pay more at the expense of others:
- FPs used to be available to all – anyone in a park had an equal opportunity to get them. With the advent of FPPs, on-side guests were given a decided advantage. Then Club Level guests could purchase three additional FPPs per day.
- Prime parade/fireworks viewing locations that were at one time open to all were roped off and turned into paid “dessert parties".
- MNSSHP and MVMCP dates keep increasing, cutting into regular operating hours for MK (come on – Halloween in August? Really?) Frankly, I would not be surprised to see Mickey’s Family Friendly Mardi Gras coming soon. Hmm, gotta get a copyright on that one…
- In addition to dessert and seasonal parties, the number of other paid for experiences keeps increasing – EMM, DAH, VIP tours, the list goes on and on.
- DVC point costs are being reallocated at a previously unheard of degree, much to the detriment of those with smaller points contracts
In addition to this I am seeing a disappointing trend in the direction of the parks themselves:
- EPCOT Future World is a shabby shadow of its former self, with maintenance on the remaining attractions slowly done or long overdue. Think how long it took them to replace the worn-out film in Soarin’ - digital projection systems are not that expensive, and they already had a digital print in use at DCA.
- EPCOT World Showcase has seen a steady decrease in the number of location-specific entertainers, and the big “update” was to replace a country-themed attraction with one based on fictional Disney IP.
- The whole HS concept has been destroyed – when are they going to rename it Disney IP-Land?
- AK added a land based on an alien-themed movie. Granted, Pandora looks cool (and would be really cool to tour if it weren’t for the hordes of people clamoring for a measly two attractions), but WTF does it have to do with the rest of the park?
- Imma give MK a pass, but I’m still not happy about the removal of Snow White to enable more princess meet-and-greets…
I’m usually not one to invoke Walt-Jesus, but surely his cryogenically-frozen body must be spinning like a top in the secret bunker below Cinderella Castle. However, WDW probably sees this as a big bonus and has hooked him up to a dynamo to power Tomorrowland.
Am I alone in wondering where the Magic has gone?