I don't want to sound a wimp but i have been reading about all the recent crime at wdw and i have to be honest, it has put me off going.
Me and my mum and dad were planning to go for 2 weeks in december, we have been before but the last time was 8 years ago.
From what i have read lately, it sounds like it has got a lot worse regarding crime since we last went. The story about the tourists that were robbed at downtown disney really worried me as we were planning on staying at Port Orleans French Quarter which is in the downtown disney area, we chose to stay on site for many reasons and one of the main reasons was that we would feel safer and this would be the first time we have stayed at POFQ.
We have stayed off site before, the first time was way back in 1992 and we always felt a bit uneasy walking back to our room at night with it being so dark and quiet and being right on the side of a main highway where anyone can just pull in off the road and could get to your room. A lot of the time we would be the only ones getting off the shuttle for that hotel and there would be no other guests around at all. When we have stayed on site it was a different feeling altogether, there were many other guests about when we went back to the room at night and most if not all of them on the shuttle buses would be getting of at your hotel and i feel much safer in a crowd. Having read what i have i have lost a lot of the trust i had in disney but if i do decide to still go it will definetly be on site.
I know that sometimes you have to take a chance with things otherwise you would not do anything but i don't want to go and feel uneasy the whole time i am there. We have saved a long time for this holiday and we want to be able to relax and enjoy it and most importantly, feel safe.
I suffer with anxiety which does not help the situation, am i blowing this out of proportion or do i have reason to worry?.
If i do decide to still go is there any areas that i should avoid safety wise?. Apart from the disney parks we would be going to Sea World, Universal Studios, Discovery Cove, various shopping malls and a couple of dinner shows, we never have a car, we always use taxi's outside disney.
I would really appreciate your views as i live in england so i don't get all the latest news and information on wdw like you all do. At the moment nothing is booked but we were on the verge of booking our flight, hotel, etc, now i don't know what to do.