Not to beat a dead horse with this, as I was gonna bring this up before Kevin Yee's article today. But it just make me want to ask the question more: WDW is still one of the biggest vacation destinations in the world but it seems to be falling slowly apart with too many budget problems in comparison to Disneyland Resort. If people are still going to WDW then what's happening to all the money that the resort is making and why doesn't it seem to go back into the parks and hotels that desperately need the funding for upkeep? Why do parks like DHS and DAK remain completely underbuilt? What's happened to the budget?
My guess (and it's a wild one) is that there seems to be too much investment in the whole DVC venture. I've seen more far more additions and updates to the hotels (mainly through additional DVC rooms) in the past decade than to the parks themselves. I say that once Art of Animation Resort is completed, Disney should pull back on the DVC craze a bit and put some of that money back into the parks. The "tourist trap" concept can only work for Disney for so long and with overcrowded buses and higher rates stocking up on the hotels ($345 for a family VALUE suite is pretty damn insane), this could bite Disney sooner than we think. Or they could just continue to be in denial for all we know.
And yes I'm aware of the Fantasyland Expansion but that can only help so much. The other option here could be to lose the dining plan. I mean, the resort is full of tourists so it's not like they have quick access to options outside of eating in the park anyway like they do in Disneyland.