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  • Will guests avoid WDW after the 50th because it's becoming increasingly expensive?

    Below I linked an article that states that many are avoiding Disney World because it's become too expensive.

    I'd bet that Disney will be as packed as the law & a litigation / bad press-fearing Disney will allow this summer and during its 50th Anniversary year, but then fall off.

    The following paragraph is just another Chapek-blaming rant, so you might want to skip it & go right to the article under it.
    I'd bet that Chapek thinks that Disneyland enjoyed increased attendance during and after its 50th in 2005 just because it was the 50th, and won't appreciate that many of us frequented the park in 2005 & in the following years because Disneyland President Matt Ouimet dramatically improved the quality of the parks. (He even brought back the outstanding Golden Horseshoe Revue for a limited time -- it should've kept running.)
    I predict that slow Bob Chapek will cheap out when contrasted with Disneyland 2005, so that while there will be a 50th bump, attendance will fall off dramatically when the 50th ends. (BTW, they should probably celebrate the 50th through the fall of 2023.) The current Disney leaders
    who made cuts to Galaxy's Edge & just opened Spiderman Midway Mania instead of trying to surpass Universal's 1999 (& nicely updated) Islands of Adventure Spiderman attraction are more into short-term quarterly & fiscal year profits than the longer-term thinking of visionaries like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and the Oriental Land Company. And Chapek will not invest in his employees the way smarter companies like Costco, Trader Joe's, In 'n' Out, & Starbucks do; so Disney employees will not be better than Universal Orlando's. Yes, you know someone who worked at one of these 4 companies & didn't like it, but that's anecdotal. All four have in recent years been known for treating & compensating their workers better than their competitors have.

    https://www.cinemablend.com/news/256...ou-might-think
    Last edited by jcruise86; 06-06-2021, 09:28 PM.

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    Here's another related article:

    https://www.insider.com/middle-class...y-parks-2021-6

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    • #3
      Fantastic commentary once again. I agree that the 50th anniversary should go until 2023, especially since "Tron Lightcycle" and "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind", two of the draws for the 50th anniversary, have been delayed. It will probably feel strange to be celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2023, but there's precedent to doing it (Didn't the "Year of a Million Dreams" end up going on for several years?).

      Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
      I'd bet that Chapek thinks that Disneyland enjoyed increased attendance during and after its 50th in 2005 just because it was the 50th, and he'll underestimate that many of us frequented the park in 2005 & in the following years because Disneyland President Matt Ouimet dramatically improved the quality of the parks. (He even brought back the outstanding Golden Horseshoe Revue for a limited time -- it should've kept running.)
      Absolutely. I don't want the big semicentennial event to just be merchandise with 50th anniversary slapped on it (that's probably what we'll get though). Along the lines of bringing the Golden Horseshoe Revue back, I think it would be great to bring Country Bear Christmas and Vacation Hoedown back for the 50th anniversary. It would play into Walt Disney World nostalgia for big Disney fans, and it seems like it could be done on a reasonable budget for this kind of an event.
      Brian the Pooh

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      • #4
        I think that as people 'modify' (shorter stays, cheaper lodgings) the way they do WDW for personal budgetary reasons, there will be other people who will 'fill in the gaps'. And some people will happily go into debt for their Disney fix by using credit cards unwisely.

        I'd love to see them stretch the 50th to 2023. We just got back and won't be going again until then.
        "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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        • #5
          There has been an update to the 50th anniversary. It looks like Disney is committed to bringing some new entertainment for the semicentennial celebration.

          A new fireworks show at Magic Kingdom isn't much of a surprise given Disney likes to rotate fireworks shows every few years. Personally, I'd like the new fireworks show to focus on the history of Walt Disney World and feature music from the classic attractions. That would make me really ecstatic for the 50th anniversary. I'm still skeptical about Harmonious at Epcot; the use of songs from Disney movies seems like a bad choice for Epcot, especially compared to the elegant and subtle Illuminations that preceded it. I do like that they're getting musicians from around the world to perform new arrangements of the music though. That at least tells me Disney isn't going for a total World of Color replica and is conscious of how the show will fit into World Showcase.

          The Animal Kingdom kite show is particularly intriguing to me. The concept art looks beautiful and it is the kind of addition I was hoping Disney would invest in for the 50th.
          Brian the Pooh

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