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  • Do you think WDW is too big?

    Hey guys, take a vote and tell me if you think WDW is to big for it's own good? Did it just grow up to fast, before they had a chance to improve the parks already there? Comment below!
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    Yes
    15.79%
    9
    No
    63.16%
    36
    Sort Of
    19.30%
    11
    Other (please specify)
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  • #2
    From an outsider's perspective, I don't think it's too big. I do think there's one or two more hotels than there really should be for the total size of parks, but that's just me, I understand why they do it.

    The only complaints of excessive construction that I have are building those sports stadiums (Why?!) and Downtown Disney, although I hate that more as a concept.

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    • #3
      I don't think it's too big, each park has grown since it opened, I remember MGM opening and how much has changed since then, the parks mature over time. Yes there are more hotels than one can imagine, but also not everyone goes there for the parks just either, some never set foot in the parks I'm sure and go there to golf and shop. Golf is a huge tourist draw for some, especially in the northern states during the winter. I do think the baseball complex and race track are a bit much like MickeyMania said above. Otherwise I think everything else is a mixture of what some people look for in a resort. We don't all want to go golfing, or dancing in pleasure island, but there is just about something for everyone there and in no way is everyone expected to experience everything on one vacation.

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      • #4
        It's not a problem of being too big--although that's how it may feel to some people. The layout to poor and the content mix could be better. If they had built EPCOT as an experimental city and laid out everything accoring to a master plan the way Walt wanted, it would actually be bigger, but it wouldn't feel bigger. That plan used the land the best possible way. Right now some of the land use seems random and odd.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MickeyMania

          The only complaints of excessive construction that I have are building those sports stadiums (Why?!) and Downtown Disney, although I hate that more as a concept.
          I use to think the same thing about World Wide of Sports, However, then I started to work at WDW and realized my mistake. The sports complex brings in big crowds too WDW. There are always different school competitions going on that bring in large amounts of kids on trips. When these large groups of kids come in they don't come alone. They bring with them friends and family to watch them compete. It has become very big source of revenue for Disney even indirectly. As far as Downtown Disney I never really understood the big complaint about it. I definitly do not think Disney World is to big. In my opinion that is what makes it better then Disneyland. When I go to Disney World I will go for a week and never leave property. You really do feel as if you are in a different world.

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          • #6
            WDW is too big and the size situation has caused management to cut back in maintenance among other things. They are no longer able to sustain the high level of quality that WDW was known for in the earlier years and as recently as the early 90s. In this case, bigger is most definitely NOT better. I would be against WDW growing any more at this point in time. It's a bit too much and this market is saturated in Central Florida. We don't need more hotels or theme parks right now. We have to deal with road improvements and infrastructure in order to deal with the booming growth Orlando is seeing.

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            • #7
              I don't think Disney Worlld is too big. It's a "Destination Resort" Many people come and never leave the property. They like the idea of not having to see their cars again for a week or two. As far as resorts go, I think there are way too many DVC resorts. Unfortunately, were only going to see more of that since they sell so well.

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              • #8
                I said Sort Of because it is so overwhelming to me. I say that probably because I haven't spent a lot of time there compared to at Disneyland and DCA. But ask me again in a couple of months and I might change my mind.

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                • #9
                  On a steamy day in June, it is too big. It's smaller in the winter.

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                  • #10
                    Walt Disney world is a Vacation district... It is Designed to be used from 1-10 days...

                    People can choose what they like and go there... and thanks to Michel Eisner barely have to leave property... (Busch Gardens Tampa is good... choose it over AK..... hehe) for anything..... Ther are room for more parks.. but it is the right size for now...
                    and has the right amount of Hotel rooms...

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                    • #11
                      I don't think it is too big for the vacationer. If you take your time, it is an all around vacation resort. There is enough to do without feeling bored. A little for everybody's likes. I think it is too big for the staff, though. They keep expanding property development without equally expanding help...
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                      • #12
                        I don't think that WDW could ever be big enough. I really enjoy spending my vacations there, and I think that the bigger it gets, the better it will be!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BigDaddyKyle
                          I don't think that WDW could ever be big enough. I really enjoy spending my vacations there, and I think that the bigger it gets, the better it will be!
                          This is why I like you So optimistic about Disney World, rather than picking it apart. I totally agree with you in every way!

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                          • #14
                            Well I went there in October... the whole place doesn't seem too bad. But walking around Epcots lagoon with high humidity is MURDER X_x

                            The only thing we didn't like about size was how far away Down Town Disney was from everything


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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rosso11
                              I use to think the same thing about World Wide of Sports, However, then I started to work at WDW and realized my mistake. The sports complex brings in big crowds too WDW. There are always different school competitions going on that bring in large amounts of kids on trips. When these large groups of kids come in they don't come alone. They bring with them friends and family to watch them compete. It has become very big source of revenue for Disney even indirectly. As far as Downtown Disney I never really understood the big complaint about it. I definitly do not think Disney World is to big. In my opinion that is what makes it better then Disneyland. When I go to Disney World I will go for a week and never leave property. You really do feel as if you are in a different world.
                              As a visitor, I was rather underwhelmed by the Wide World of Sports. First, we had to wait for a connection for a pretty long time at MGM. Then when we arrived, we had no clue as to what we should do. When we finally found the participation area, it was run down and had no directed activities. My kids were looking forward to the day, but quickly became bored and pushed for a return to the parks. We did eat at the All Star cafe and really liked that.

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                              • #16
                                Okay, i don't know if we're talking about the property itsself or how many parks/other things to do... okay i do know we're talking about parks and stuff but i'm going to feign ignorance and talk about the property size. You know what i really like about the size of the property? While dirving in between the parks, whether it be by bus, car, or monorail, there's really nothing to see except really tall trees and miles of swamp. I always think "THIS is Disney World?" I start looking for signs that a park is near, and then suddenly BAM! The park is right in front of you and you're totally immersed in awe! Anyone else ever feel this way? I love it!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by BigDaddyKyle
                                  I don't think that WDW could ever be big enough. I really enjoy spending my vacations there, and I think that the bigger it gets, the better it will be!
                                  Well said.

                                  WDW is an ideal size and we're lucky to have it!

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                                  • #18
                                    less is bad, too much is never enough

                                    anywho

                                    I'd say that while WDW is just the right size for a family on vacation to spend a full week doing whatever they want (and this even accounts for peoples varied tastes I think you can seriously find more then enough to do)

                                    that said I can't help but think that for Disney the COMPANY they may have built WDW a bit too big then what they're willing to commit too

                                    at AK we have the problem of a park that is too small and guests don't have enough to do, this wouldn't be a problem but all the money that's going into AK is seriously messing up what should be happening, AK was built while Epcot was needing to undergo a major recreation of about half the park and I'd still say that while MGM has grown alot it's still not were it should be (they have what? three Eticket style ride rides and a tram tour? the rest is basicaly a nice suppliment of shows *I do enjoy Muppetvision and the Honey I shrunk the Kids playground*)

                                    right now it seems that Disney has three parks that need alot of work to bring up while their ever present anchor park that holds the other three together is dealing with maintenance issues

                                    it would have seemed wiser to me to finish the Epcot fix and then add a couple more rides to MGM keeping up maintenance on all of them before adding another park

                                    I dunno it seems unwise that Disney is creating more then what they're willing to spend on keeping up, small additions arn't going to do much and it is going to take a ton of them, I'd rather have seen Epcot or MGM maxed out more

                                    honestly if WDW wants to keep growing it needs to start formulating a plan that makes it so not all vacations go through the Magic Kingdom so that way they can take pressure off of it enough to keep the maintenance up and guests happy even if everything isn't open all the time

                                    they need another anchor I think
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Jspider
                                      less is bad, too much is never enough

                                      anywho

                                      I'd say that while WDW is just the right size for a family on vacation to spend a full week doing whatever they want (and this even accounts for peoples varied tastes I think you can seriously find more then enough to do)

                                      that said I can't help but think that for Disney the COMPANY they may have built WDW a bit too big then what they're willing to commit too

                                      at AK we have the problem of a park that is too small and guests don't have enough to do, this wouldn't be a problem but all the money that's going into AK is seriously messing up what should be happening, AK was built while Epcot was needing to undergo a major recreation of about half the park and I'd still say that while MGM has grown alot it's still not were it should be (they have what? three Eticket style ride rides and a tram tour? the rest is basicaly a nice suppliment of shows *I do enjoy Muppetvision and the Honey I shrunk the Kids playground*)

                                      right now it seems that Disney has three parks that need alot of work to bring up while their ever present anchor park that holds the other three together is dealing with maintenance issues

                                      it would have seemed wiser to me to finish the Epcot fix and then add a couple more rides to MGM keeping up maintenance on all of them before adding another park

                                      I dunno it seems unwise that Disney is creating more then what they're willing to spend on keeping up, small additions arn't going to do much and it is going to take a ton of them, I'd rather have seen Epcot or MGM maxed out more

                                      honestly if WDW wants to keep growing it needs to start formulating a plan that makes it so not all vacations go through the Magic Kingdom so that way they can take pressure off of it enough to keep the maintenance up and guests happy even if everything isn't open all the time

                                      they need another anchor I think
                                      You know what's ironic? You're right about Animal Kingdom being too small and not enough to do, hence the reason it closes early. Yet at the same time, Animal Kingdom is the largest park property size-wise. It makes me laugh maniacally!

                                      Anyway, though i don't think they shuold not have built Animal Kingdom (for it is a great park) i strongly agree that they need to build up/fix up the other three. It still bugs me that at the studios, the two most popular ride are side by side and the crowd just lingers there all day, while the main attraction in the middle of the park gets blocked by a giant sorcerer's hat and is left to slowly die. (Though i really do think the hat looks cool, it would just be better somewhere else in the park.)

                                      And juts oout of question, what would you propose as another anchor? Your idea here intrigued me.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Pizzapants
                                        You know what's ironic? You're right about Animal Kingdom being too small and not enough to do, hence the reason it closes early. Yet at the same time, Animal Kingdom is the largest park property size-wise. It makes me laugh maniacally!

                                        Anyway, though i don't think they shuold not have built Animal Kingdom (for it is a great park) i strongly agree that they need to build up/fix up the other three. It still bugs me that at the studios, the two most popular ride are side by side and the crowd just lingers there all day, while the main attraction in the middle of the park gets blocked by a giant sorcerer's hat and is left to slowly die. (Though i really do think the hat looks cool, it would just be better somewhere else in the park.)

                                        And juts oout of question, what would you propose as another anchor? Your idea here intrigued me.

                                        Reason for that.... they built a substation there near TOT due to if TOT and RNRC went at same time.. MGM would pull an epcot and loose all the power... so it needed their own substation..... otherwise you would ahev high transmission lines running to where RNRC would be...

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