DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges

DVCNews DebatesOver 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?

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges -- fireshot25
2018 Aug 06 09:17:39 AM
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.
Re: DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges -- disneyadic
2018 Aug 06 10:08:37 AM
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.
Disney's Extras make our vacations amazing! -- KarenB
2018 Aug 06 11:32:40 AM
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!
Re: DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2018 Aug 06 12:34:40 PM
disneyadic wrote:
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.
Re: DVCNews Debates: Disney Upcharges -- denlo
2018 Aug 06 12:38:47 PM
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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