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  • [Question] Absents of the parks...makes the love stronger or makes the heart wonder?

    I am wondering as I am noticing that not everyone is missing the park like they thought they might. Even in my household one of my twins has been more than ok not going as she was feeling burned out before the parks closed. I am curious to see how others feel this year away has increased or decreased their desire to go to the park? I know some only go every couple of years so this may not have effected them as much as AP'ers who often go tens of times per year but still curious.
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    TAKE ALL MY MONEY AND LET ME IN NOW (please)!!!
    6.98%
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    I want to go back now more than ever!
    20.93%
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    I have about the same desire to return as I did before the closure.
    46.51%
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    I actually am finding my desire to return has dwindle a bit.
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    I haven't gone in a years and wasn't planning on going for many more.
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    I only go to the parks once a year as it is. I had a cancelled trip for last summer, so it will be 2+ years in between visits for me.

    I think about Disney some every day. I was off MiceChat for a while, but I think I'm more interested in parks content now than I probably was even in 2019 before the closures. I even miss being able to scope out wait times on the app.

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    • #3
      I miss the parks somewhat but 2020 changed a lot of things for me. I voted that my desire to return has dwindled.
      "I wish they all could be California Bears!"

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      • #4
        Finding my desire to return has dwindle a bit.......I can wait longer.......
        Disney is a want -not a need !
        IMO
        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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        • #5
          The absenCE of Disneyland has not made my heart wAnder.

          I do think people will appreciate Disneyland much more if they visit each park once a year instead of 10 times a year while trying to get their money's worth out of their APs. When I was a kid in WI in the 70s, I looked forward to our one day (after a 1,400 mile drive) at Florida's Magic Kingdom more than Christmas or my birthday. We combined it with a week or so at a beach. We went the first summer WDW was open in 1972 (after the Oct. of '71 opening) when I was 7 & visited every summer through 1982. (In '83 I worked at Disneyland while attending college.)

          Toddler exception: I first first took my daughter to D.land when she was 14 months old, and up till her third birthday we never got tired of visiting. It felt like we knew the entertainers around the park. When she was three, visits started to get more mundane and when she was four she entered a year-long scaredy cat phase.



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          • #6
            I feel the more I talk to people one on one that the majority are finding they miss Disneyland a lot less than they thought. I am curious to see once more people vote if that trend appears here. I think for many Disneyland had can a bit of speed and the enchantment/spell is starting to break for many.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Starcade View Post
              I feel the more I talk to people one on one that the majority are finding they miss Disneyland a lot less than they thought. I am curious to see once more people vote if that trend appears here. I think for many Disneyland had can a bit of speed and the enchantment/spell is starting to break for many.
              I would like to see the votes compared against how often people were going before the closure. When I lived in LA I had an AP for one year. It was a fun year, but I was ready for a break when it was over.

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              • #8
                This like Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos had snapped the park out of existence. Some of us have moved on, but others are sitting in a support group with Captain America.
                Last edited by Co Foo; 03-15-2021, 06:56 PM.

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                • #9
                  Its about the same

                  Sure I want to do more things...but Universal is now my park. Its closer, doesn't have the big lines, easier to enter and cheaper AP.

                  I do want to go to the new Star Wars land...but I can wait and for sure can wait for DCA until Spiderman opens...not paying 150 bucks until i get to ride that
                  Happy Halloween!!!

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                  • #10
                    Desire to visit has dwindled, as has my enthusiasm for the company as a whole. Plan to further emotionally disconnect before Chapek fully sinks his teeth in and we get even worse reskins of beloved rides and lands, crasser commercialism and chopped entertainment.
                    Last edited by J. Thaddeus Toad; 03-16-2021, 01:34 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Desire to go has increased, but will take time as will need to wait for the border to open and will be waiting for the initial rush to die down and for the full experience to come back before going.

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                      • #12
                        I voted on dwindled. I became a Flex AP in October of 2019 after having not religiously visited the park since the 50th anniversary. I had only visited once out of the blue between all those years. I went twice a month in an effort to use the value of the pass that I purchased, and I'll say.... even with such a small amount of visits, I can see how people can get hooked on that D-land drug.

                        There are many aspects of Disneyland that I enjoy as an adult; however, the closure has allowed me to re-assess how I should be spending my spare time and money (taking art classes, more interactions with friends, therapy).

                        Not to say that I won't go back to Disneyland! Maybe once or twice once the frenzy dies down, and shows come back, but I don't think I'll opt into an AP program of any kind, or jump at the first chance to go.

                        I will say... I miss the high of getting dropped on GOTG. That was always a good wake-me-up on a Saturday morning.

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                        • #13
                          I'll go back when I don't have to wear a mask. The constant price increase decreases my desire.
                          My wife is the rebel spy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Captain Andy View Post
                            I voted on dwindled. I became a Flex AP in October of 2019 after having not religiously visited the park since the 50th anniversary. I had only visited once out of the blue between all those years. I went twice a month in an effort to use the value of the pass that I purchased, and I'll say.... even with such a small amount of visits, I can see how people can get hooked on that D-land drug.

                            There are many aspects of Disneyland that I enjoy as an adult; however, the closure has allowed me to re-assess how I should be spending my spare time and money (taking art classes, more interactions with friends, therapy).

                            Not to say that I won't go back to Disneyland! Maybe once or twice once the frenzy dies down, and shows come back, but I don't think I'll opt into an AP program of any kind, or jump at the first chance to go.

                            I will say... I miss the high of getting dropped on GOTG. That was always a good wake-me-up on a Saturday morning.
                            That is exactly what I miss too! The rest? Eh, it's not Disneyland itself that's the problem. It's the company. This past year has opened my eyes a bit and made me rethink how I spend my time and my money. But I do miss Guardians.
                            "I wish they all could be California Bears!"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Darth Scottie View Post
                              The constant price increase decreases my desire.
                              We have a couple of different families we know that have expressed to us this same sentiment. They feel the absents from the parks really showed them just how much they were spending and for them it was eye opening the amount they saved simply not having the AP payment and the expense of food etc. over the course of the year.


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                              • #16
                                It’s the same for me. However I am wondering if I should have picked dwindled since I wouldn’t pay a crazy price for single day (not at 300, but that is just what some are guessing).

                                ​​​​​​I am willing to go without an AP and pay “full price”for limited attractions, but I too have my limits. I would go to the parks just to eat an overpriced meal at Carthay. You would think that the touch event would have appealed to me but no. I can be patient and wait because eventually the AP in some form will return.

                                If I really want my fix, then there is always WDW, which isn’t charging crazy prices that people are expecting in CA. Right now, it’s really a wait and see what they come up with. However my interest is definitely there.

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                                • #17
                                  We go once a year i missed getting to go this year for our planned Thanksgiving trip. I will be getting my Disney fix in this summer with a trip to Disney World.
                                  BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                                  • #18
                                    I had always carefully considered my spending and other life factors before visiting the parks. I bought a Flex AP in November 2019 for the first time in seven years and it had been 2 years since my last visit before that. I got my money's worth with a few visits, but this has been a hard year. And despite all the changes, I do consider myself deserving of the small joys the park would nevertheless bring me. Still, I might wait until the AP program comes back in some form because I would like to get more than one visit for my money's worth.

                                    Originally posted by Co Foo View Post
                                    I only go to the parks once a year as it is. I had a cancelled trip for last summer, so it will be 2+ years in between visits for me.

                                    I think about Disney some every day. I was off MiceChat for a while, but I think I'm more interested in parks content now than I probably was even in 2019 before the closures. I even miss being able to scope out wait times on the app.
                                    I took a break from Micechat too. I think 2020 was such a bummer just because I was mentally prepared to visit the parks more with my Flex AP. It's like I saved up enough energy for visits in the years leading up to it, and then couldn't put them to use when the time finally came. Now I've got that itch yet again.

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                                    • #19
                                      The further away from Walt's vibe and vision, the less I am interested.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                        The absenCE of Disneyland has not made my heart wAnder.

                                        I do think people will appreciate Disneyland much more if they visit each park once a year instead of 10 times a year while trying to get their money's worth out of their APs. When I was a kid in WI in the 70s, I looked forward to our one day (after a 1,400 mile drive) at Florida's Magic Kingdom more than Christmas or my birthday. We combined it with a week or so at a beach. We went the first summer WDW was open in 1972 (after the Oct. of '71 opening) when I was 7 & visited every summer through 1982. (In '83 I worked at Disneyland while attending college.)

                                        Toddler exception: I first first took my daughter to D.land when she was 14 months old, and up till her third birthday we never got tired of visiting. It felt like we knew the entertainers around the park. When she was three, visits started to get more mundane and when she was four she entered a year-long scaredy cat phase.


                                        I’m glad you didn’t get tired of visiting up UNtil your daughter’s 3rd birthday.

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