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    Is it still Walt Disney World?

    My first trip to WDW was in 1988. There were only two theme parks a little water park and a smattering of a few hotels. My most recent trip was in 2006. And there were a few trips in between. Obviously, the resort had grown a lot in that time. But in all those trips, even though the place has grown, it's always "felt" like Walt Disney World. It had the same magical feel that it's always had since my first trip there.
    Well, people are talking about many changes since 2006. Most notably the Fastpass Plus. I've heard a lot of good and bad opinions about it.
    My question is this: Even with all the changes, is it still Walt Disney World? Does it still have the same magical feeling?
    Please share thoughts on this.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Some of the magic wore off for me when I was there in 2009, causing me to take a few years off until my return last year. Perhaps the magic was there, but I couldn't see it due to the fact that I spent too much time chasing the people I was with. I'm not saying that I didn't have a good time, on my two previous trips, but things were definitely different. Maybe because my grandson had gotten older, and really could care less about being there. I seemed to be the only one, willing to slow down, and soak up the atmosphere.

    I am returning in just two days, by myself, and I'm ready to rediscover the Disney World that I first stepped into way back in 1997. Not talking about a replication of physical things, but rather of the feeling of escape. I plan to immerse myself in my surroundings as much as I can. I need this vacation. I love my family, but I need to get away from them. I told my husband he's lucky if I even text him, once a day, while I am there. If it wasn't for this entire My Magic stuff, I'd ditch the phone entirely.

    So is the magic still there? Ask me again in about 9/10 days, when I have returned.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    I did not participate in the FastPass+ or Magic Band when visited in November 2013 (didn't need them in case of fastpasses and opted for a old-fashioned, standard WDW 'key to the world' card as admission/room key media by request) - but yes, the magic was there for me, in terms of the small 'intangibles' of the experience: a nice walk to and from the bus at Port Orleans Riverside, nighttime at World Showcase, a lot to do and see and enjoy, being able to still go up first thing in the morning to restaurants we wanted to (SciFi Dine In) and get a reservation/table for the same day despite dire warnings from some online that such never happened.

    Your mileage may vary if tightly 'planned' in terms of fastpass times for rides and shows and things do not go smoothly, but when our party basically discarded/ignored that system (save for some dining reservations) and waited for things in a decently busy but not insane month, we had a fine time and got to experience all the attractions we wished to.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Yes.

    Walt Disney World is still the most magical place on Earth.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Honestly, I don't really feel the magic in WDW as much as Disneyland.
    Mostly due to the poor attitudes of the CM working at WDW, the never refurb broken rides, and the poor attitude tourists


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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    I refuse to let the people around me spoil my vacation. Even my own family members who want to do things differently than I do. I soon learned that rather than having to settle for someone else's agenda, I rather do Disney World Alone. It's not like I never "hang with friends", because I do. However, considering the cost of my Disney Vacations, I have my own "set of rules" for myself.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Quote Originally Posted by yoshikitty View Post
    Honestly, I don't really feel the magic in WDW as much as Disneyland.
    Mostly due to the poor attitudes of the CM working at WDW, the never refurb broken rides, and the poor attitude tourists
    Personally, I never experienced a CM with poor attitude during the 8-day long visit - all outgoing, friendly, and helpful. Doesn't mean some can't have off days or occasional bad attitude - but it is far from 'normal' or widespread.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Friend,

    There's always magic, well, pretty much anywhere. I've been going on weekly, there, for the past four years. I still feel the magic because I want to. I still get giddy when I hear the overtures of music in the TTC or walking into the Plaza. But that's because I know I want to have the magic exist to me. Now that you're asking meaning that the things have changed for you in some manner. You're arriving with listening to faceless names on a computer screen who had one bad hiccup, ussing that to form your opinion, even listening to people you'd not accept candy from.

    My recommendation? Throw that care to the wind. Just go. Enjoy. Watch the skies. Eat ice cream. Dance in the streets. You'll be fine.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Thanks, Roo. I very much plan on having a great time. A magical time. As much as it would pain my daughter for me to say this, I'm the biggest Disney fan in the family, and I'm already excited for this trip in about 22 months. (once I figure out how to do it, I'll get the count down working in my signature.)

    I, too, look for - and get magic in many unlikely places. In my 2006 trip, one of the most magical times was simply pushing my daughter's stroller around the lake at our hotel. Even the walk to and from the bus to the hotel was special, as RegionsBeyond mentioned. Sometimes it is a little discouraging to read a lot of negativity, and when something means so much to you as this does to me, it can get you nervous about it.
    I learned a couple of trips ago that the joy in WDW is not "collecting" as many attractions as possible, but slowing down and just soaking it all in. (Of course, I do have a few must-do's on my list, too.)
    As much as there is a part of me that will always miss the original Journey Into Imagination, World of Motion, and of course my beloved Horizons, I do believe it's as I read a wise woman say before: "If you don't have fun it's your own fault."

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    By the way, let's keep talking about this. It's fun.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    I am a day and a few hours away from taking off for my trip to Disney World. Even though, I believe that Disneyland is the Happiest place on earth, it was actually Disney World that I first visited back in 1997 with my four year old grandson and my husband. We splurged, and stayed at the Polynesian. My husband is not a Disney fan, but he had a great time, because his grandson was "So Happy, and in his element". I actually celebrated my 50th birthday at Disney World on that trip. It took me that long to finally get to a themepark. It took us that long to be able to afford a trip like that. I never have to actually work at having fun, I think my mind goes into happy mode the minute I leave my house, and my every day routine. It is so great to get away. As a kid, that didn't happen too often. Maybe a day trip once in a while, but never a full blown vacation.

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Stepping onto the monorail, or rounding the bend on the ferry to catch that first site of the Magic Kingdom ALWAYS takes me to my happy place. We went last October and have our next trip planed for December this year. We have tried to go every other year or so since my boys were 8 and 6. This year they will STILL be coming with us and they are 28 and 26

    It is my most favorite place to be anyday. I have never had an issue with bus times, CM's or rude vacationers. Maybe once there I block all that out and and can't be unhappy. I was sick as a dog one trip and had to spend the day at the resort, it was still a great time.

    Yes, for me the magic is still there!

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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Always. It will keep changing and changing, adding and removing things. But it will never remove it's magic. I love every visit I take, though all of them have flaws. I just love being there and absorbing the magic. So, yes. Always.
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    Re: Is it still Walt Disney World?

    Great to hear! I can't believe I still have nearly two years to go!

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