And I'm surprised.
February is the time of year when I usually go to the park. Considering it's a 4 hour plane ride, plus immigration, hotel, park hoppers, etc. it's a major expense for me. But I do it gladly, since DL is sort of like Paradise for my entire family.
BT is down, Splash is down, Small World is down, Subs are down... plus it seems there are many little issues popping here and there too much of the time.
Crowds are apparently insane. 1 hour wait for Pirates? That's what I used to see on vacation days!
Prices are, well, up.
And DL hasn't done a single worthy thing in close to 20 years (sure, there's Cars Land. But that's not inside the Park I love).
So, I talked to my wife. We LOVE going to the park, it's the most romantic and magical place we know. But we decided we can live without it, for the time being.
We'll be going places. Beaches, historical towns, archeological ruins, etc. So much cheaper than DL... but that's not the main thing.
The WDC is losing (has lost us?) as captive clients. We used not to consider going anywhere else. Now, DL is an option, not a given.
I wonder how much $$$ they'll have to spend to bring us back (speaking metaphorically, obviously).
I'm, frankly, sick of the AP crowds. I have nothing against AP'ers, and I'd definitely be one if I lived close enough. But the concept kills our enjoyment of the parks. We are decidedly not locals, and know that our fun will be over when people leave their work. We know the park will become so crowded we'll want to leave. We can't understand the sense of entitlement some people think they have over the park, as if it was theirs - chanting the entire attraction spiels, cutting in line, and generally misbehaving.
We can't understand why there aren't new attractions built. All we see are new stores everywhere and overpriced restaurants. We love Indy, but that was far too long ago. And we know the old attractions by heart. There's only so many times one can ride Space Mountain or Star Tours until one thinks "OK, that was cool, when's the next big thing?" We are paying big dollars (at least those without an AP); where are the new attractions?
So, all in all - nice going, WDC. The Park is still the Happiest Place on Earth - but your business practices have made it a 2nd tier option for us at the moment. Here's hope things will change soon. Meanwhile, see you in Acapulco, Teotihuacán, Chichén Itzá, New York...