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    Default DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges

    Over the years the Disney theme parks have introduced a variety of high-end experiences like dessert parties, VIP tours, cabana rentals, wine tastings and other small-group workshops. While most of these options do not have mass appeal, many guests may be willing to splurge on one or two fun alternatives during their stay. Though some argue that resources directed toward these paid add-ons represent a loss to everyday guests.



    Are these elite, add-on services good or bad for the Disney theme parks?

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    While not all of these appeal to me I like the fact that they are starting to offer some options for non park items. We go a few extra days to enjoy the resorts and non theme park things and these add-ons are a great alternative. It helps me discover some things that i may not normally try at the hotels and such that I might not normally.

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    I have had this discussion with many Disney friends. We just don't understand why people get upset over these experiences. They take nothing away from Disney (other than some park hours for MNSSHP and MVMCP). If someone is willing to pay more for upgraded experience, then so be it. How is it any different than someone choosing dinner at the Cali Grill instead of Columbia House. Disney is still a place for everyone, but it does not need to be (and will never be) the "same" for everyone.

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    Default Disney's Extras make our vacations amazing!

    My family and I truly love the add on items at Disney. We began taking our kids to Disney in 2014, joined DVC in 2016. We have been 5 times so far with another trip next week. Every trip I choose at least one add on item, usually 2 or 3. When I ask my kids what their favorite memories from Disney are, they always talk about the "extra" things we did. Sometimes they are pretty expensive, sometimes not too bad at all but every time we have loved doing unique things and do not mind paying extra for them. When you go to Disney often, it's nice to have special things you can do out of the normal park days. It keeps the vacations fresh, plus having low crowds or small groups is very appealing to us. I hope Disney keeps the extras coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyadic View Post
    I have had this discussion with many Disney friends. We just don't understand why people get upset over these experiences. They take nothing away from Disney (other than some park hours for MNSSHP and MVMCP). If someone is willing to pay more for upgraded experience, then so be it. How is it any different than someone choosing dinner at the Cali Grill instead of Columbia House. Disney is still a place for everyone, but it does not need to be (and will never be) the "same" for everyone.
    Years ago, to view Illuminations, the entire WS was available for viewing. Today, all the best locations are taken for pay events. Same thing is happening at MK.

    Fantasmic used to be first come, first served. Now the best seats are on the dining packages. Same thing for Eat to the Beat, Flower Power and Candle Light Processionals.

    Even when it comes to MNSSHP and MVMCP, for almost the last four months of the year MK closes early more often than stays open late for these pay events. What's the downside: Nobody will burn a pass on a day it closes at 6:00 PM so the days it's open late, the park is packed beyond being fun.

    I've always said I don't care what Disney offers for whatever price they can get as long as it doesn't have a negative affect on my vacation. Well, I'm sorry to say they do it everyday and it will only get worse. Soon they'll be selling FP to the highest bidders.

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    I can see why people are upset that they have to pay for a full price ticket at Magic Kingdom on party nights since they lose 5-6 hours of the day. It is especially hard on those that enjoy the evening hours at a park. But then IMO I like going to the park for the morning and after for MNSSHP or MVMCP because it is less crowded. Of course now that the MNSSHP and MVMCP are allowed in the park at 2:00 PM, I'll have to make sure I leave by then. And since I am an AP holder it doesn't cost extra to go to the park for a short period.

    As to the other items, if you enjoy the events, it's your money. I just wish at the parks they didn't rope off prime viewing for the fireworks for these paid attendance. Everything else is fine.
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    It doesnt bother us that they offer extra events at a price. If people want to pay for extras then that is their choice. They only continue to exist because they are profitable; they are only profitable because people go; people only go (mostly) because they enjoy the event.

    Prior to paying for premium seating people were allowed to sit and hold seating for prime viewing areas. Id see people saving spots hours before the parade. To me there is no difference between investing your time vs investing your money into something you want to do. If a good viewing spot is worth 3 to 4 hrs of MK time then why is that ok vs someone who would rather invest their money for the same.
    The halloween/christmas parties seem to be getting more popular but i agree that there are too many. Halloween in august seems silly but i also understand that not everyone can go in the fall.
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    It doesn't bother me that Disney offers these "pay to play" add-ons. If I want to partake, I'll pay; and if I don't want to, I won't.

    I'm not of the opinion that "nobody will burn a pass" on the day a Park closes early. I think there are a number of Park guests that get to a Park early, spend 8 or 9 hours in the Park, and then are ready to leave the Park at 4:00 or 5:00 PM. It makes no difference to them if the Park closes at 6:00 PM or midnight.






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    Quote Originally Posted by wdrl View Post

    I'm not of the opinion that "nobody will burn a pass" on the day a Park closes early. I think there are a number of Park guests that get to a Park early, spend 8 or 9 hours in the Park, and then are ready to leave the Park at 4:00 or 5:00 PM. It makes no difference to them if the Park closes at 6:00 PM or midnight.
    I agree. I also believe that people are over exaggerating the increase in volume with the dvc perk of getting in at 2pm on event days. Only a limited amount of event tickets are sold. Of that a smaller number are dvc members. Of those, an even smaller number that didnt have an annual pass and would likely already be there. And within those numbers an even smaller number that want to head to the park mid afternoon or stay for the full 10hrs they are allotted.
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    I just look at a lot of these things as a way for Disney to maintain their appeal to people that might wind up feeling like they've "been there and done that" when it comes to Disney. We go 3 times a year and people are always asking me how I never get tired of it and I just always tell them that there is ALWAYS something new to experience on every single trip and ALWAYS something new to look forward to. It's not like other parks where all you do is basically go there and ride the rides and that's basically it. I honestly don't even know how long it would take to do literally EVERYthing that Disney has to offer at Disneyworld but I can tell you that it for SURE couldn't be done in one trip or even 2. There's honestly no telling how long that would take. I'm sure there's someone that has done it but very few people.

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