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2019-03-13 12:26:06 PM  
As a parent of three kids under the age of 12, living within a day's drive to Orlando, I'm left to ask: why should I care?
 
2019-03-13 12:30:57 PM  
i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.
 
2019-03-13 12:53:44 PM  
went to DisneyWorld a few years ago with the kids.  Won't be going back.  It wasn't anything special and I guess the problem was that we are not a huge Disney family so we didn't get much out of it.  Need to try Universal Studios next time.
 
2019-03-13 12:55:28 PM  
When the resort opened in 1971, a single-day ticket only cost $3.50.

This always gets mentioned, but it's not an apples to apples comparison.  In 1971, $3.50 got you in the door.  Rides cost extra.
 
2019-03-13 12:59:48 PM  

Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole: went to DisneyWorld a few years ago with the kids.  Won't be going back.  It wasn't anything special and I guess the problem was that we are not a huge Disney family so we didn't get much out of it.  Need to try Universal Studios next time.


When we went years ago, we got a package that was a pass to various parks, Universal being one. It was our favorite! The nice thing about the Universal rides as they all mimick movies and the number of people that enter a theater. So, they hold a lot more people than the other style and the lines move really fast. Disney was fun but very crowded and slow.
 
2019-03-13 01:02:17 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.


A douche with poor taste at that.  Disneyland is far better than the Magic Kingdom, but the Walt Disney World Resort (4 parks and 2 water parks) is far better than the Disneyland Resort (2 parks).
 
2019-03-13 01:02:43 PM  

Rapmaster2000: When the resort opened in 1971, a single-day ticket only cost $3.50.

This always gets mentioned, but it's not an apples to apples comparison.  In 1971, $3.50 got you in the door.  Rides cost extra.


Yeah, and they would stick you with the ticket books and you would use up all of the D and E tickets and never use all of the A, B, and C tickets.
 
2019-03-13 01:05:08 PM  
The tickets are pretty much the cheapest part of the experience, and the experience in general is terrible if you are trying to do it on the cheap. Monorail, Magic Hours, and Meal Plans are well worth it if you have the money. I know people who try to do it on the cheap so they can go every year, and all I ever hear out of them are complaints about transit, food tantrums, and crowds.

We went during one of the lowest attendance weeks of the year and the crowd was unmanageable within 3 hours of the park opening. I can't imagine what its like at peak season. Maybe they are trying to increase revenue, maybe they are trying to get crowd sizes down. In any case, I can't fault them for jacking up the price. Our Disney trip is about the only thing our four year old remembers about being 3.
 
2019-03-13 01:05:54 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.


she sounds terrible.
Also, the Magic Kingdom and Disney World aren't interchangeable terms at all.
 
2019-03-13 01:06:26 PM  

Mulchpuppy: rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.

A douche with poor taste at that.  Disneyland is far better than the Magic Kingdom, but the Walt Disney World Resort (4 parks and 2 water parks) is far better than the Disneyland Resort (2 parks).


Yeah, I find Magic Kingdom to be crowded and claustrophobic.  Every other park is nicer from a crowd situation.
 
2019-03-13 01:11:39 PM  
salvador.hardin:
We went during one of the lowest attendance weeks of the year and the crowd was unmanageable within 3 hours of the park opening. I can't imagine what its like at peak season. Maybe they are trying to increase revenue, maybe they are trying to get crowd sizes down. In any case, I can't fault them for jacking up the price. Our Disney trip is about the only thing our four year old remembers about being 3.

Yeah pretty much this. People complain about the prices, but also the crowds. Lowering/stabilizing the prices isn't going to help the crowd situation, and they aren't going to do anything drastic like lower the cut-off for attendance
 
2019-03-13 01:12:04 PM  
so not having been there since my grandparents took me in the 70s (epcot was being built), how much of this ticket price is "standing in line forever" equity?
 
2019-03-13 01:13:02 PM  

Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole: went to DisneyWorld a few years ago with the kids.  Won't be going back.  It wasn't anything special and I guess the problem was that we are not a huge Disney family so we didn't get much out of it.  Need to try Universal Studios next time.


For sure, Universal is probably the superior park in a lot of ways if you're not into Disney in general.
 
2019-03-13 01:17:26 PM  
Is there a Miramax theme park?
 
2019-03-13 01:19:36 PM  

lefthanded bastard: she sounds terrible.
Also, the Magic Kingdom and Disney World aren't interchangeable terms at all.


i didn't press her on it because frankly, i don't give a shiat but it just seemed so pretentiously douchey.

that said i've only been to Disneyland once, as an adult.  last last fall.  it was so much farking fun.  we went during Halloween, so they did that thing where they close the park unless you have the special halloween ticket.  so many people were in costume and it was just a blast.  we did 2 days Disneyland, one day Cali Adventure, and our second and third days we opened and closed the park.  kids were exhausted but we had so much farking fun.
 
2019-03-13 01:24:13 PM  

TDWCom29: For sure, Universal is probably the superior park in a lot of ways if you're not into Disney in general.


we've never been, but over the past 1-2 years sicne we did Disneyland, the kids have gotten WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY into Harry Potter, so it's a foregone conclusion our next trip to LA will include a trip to Universal for their HP stuff.
 
2019-03-13 01:24:33 PM  
CSB: I went to WDW when I was 11. Since my stepfather was paying, I got to hold the shiat he bought for my stepbrother while they rode the rides. We get to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and my stepfather doesn't want to ride it, so he lets me get in line to ride. While in line, my stepbrother does his best Dudley impression, "accidentally" spilling his drink on me and taking my favorite hat and throwing it over the barrier where I can't get it. So, we get to the head of the line, and I've got soda all over me and my hair is all messed up and the guy working the line says, in his cheerful excited Disney voice, "looks like somebody's already been on a wild ride."

So yeah, fark Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

/I actually got to ride PotC, too, on my stepbrother's third or fourth time through, and that was the best ride I'd ever been on
 
2019-03-13 01:31:11 PM  

factoryconnection: As a parent of three kids under the age of 12, living within a day's drive to Orlando, I'm left to ask: why should I care?


I had a house for a while that was close enough to see the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from the front yard every night at 10:00.  We knew the places to park for free, never went in the summer.  Had evening passes (after 4:00) to Epcot.  We always had fun at Epcot.  My kids did Universal (worked there too).  Their HS (on the left) was right across the street from the back area of Universal.

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2019-03-13 01:34:13 PM  
It's a cult. So people will pay.
 
2019-03-13 01:36:51 PM  

rickythepenguin: TDWCom29: For sure, Universal is probably the superior park in a lot of ways if you're not into Disney in general.

we've never been, but over the past 1-2 years sicne we did Disneyland, the kids have gotten WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY into Harry Potter, so it's a foregone conclusion our next trip to LA will include a trip to Universal for their HP stuff.


Universal Hollywood is interesting for the studio tour, but it's a mediocre theme park, poorly laid out thanks to poor choice of terrain, and feels unkempt and dated. Orlando is the better park, and the HP area is better, including the HP ride. Orlando's also got Islands of Adventure for more rides, the Hogwarts Express between the two parks, and a water park. If you've got Amex points, Universal Orlando usually offers a pretty good value for them if you stay on-property.
 
2019-03-13 01:49:44 PM  

Jclark666: So yeah, fark Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.


I will forever love that ride because when i was on it in 71 or 72 my Grandmother just couldn't stop laughing.  She was two cars behind me and i could hear her cackling the whole time.

Come to think of it, that's about the only thing I really remember from it.
 
2019-03-13 01:57:04 PM  
Still cheaper than Hamilton and the Superbowl.
 
2019-03-13 01:58:23 PM  
I don't get the complaints about long lines and crowds. What were you expecting?

BTW, if anyone here has autistic kids, and is hesitating over a trip to Disney World, don't. We checked in at Guest Services off of Main Street, they registered my youngest, and from then on, we could get check-in times for every ride. It's basically a permanent Fast Pass. The longest we had to wait in line was about 20 minutes. Any of the employees are happy to help with meltdowns, too.

Turns out the kid is a roller coaster freak. I guess the extreme stimulation overpowered his usual brain distractions. We rode every one at least twice. Expedition Everest is our favorite.
 
2019-03-13 01:59:59 PM  

quantum_csc: Rapmaster2000: When the resort opened in 1971, a single-day ticket only cost $3.50.

This always gets mentioned, but it's not an apples to apples comparison.  In 1971, $3.50 got you in the door.  Rides cost extra.

Yeah, and they would stick you with the ticket books and you would use up all of the D and E tickets and never use all of the A, B, and C tickets.


CSB: First time I went was early 70's, pre-EPCOT. At the end of the day we were on the bus taking us back to our hotel and my dad stood up in the aisle and said, "Folks, I'm hoping you can help me out. We're heading back to the park tomorrow and I'm wondering if anybody here has any leftover ride tickets? My kids would appreciate it." With that people started handing him their ticket books which included lots of D and E tickets. We hit Space Mountain about 3 times and Mister Toad a few times as well.

One of the few memories I have of my dad actually being parental and kind to both me and my sister instead of just to her. Then again, it might have all been for her and I was incidental but still it is a fond memory.
 
2019-03-13 02:01:19 PM  
Not sure why anyone should be upset over this? If it is too expensive then don't go. Lot's of other great vacation destinations out there.
 
2019-03-13 02:02:33 PM  
Who the fark wants to spend ten consecutive days at goddamn Disney world?

In some areas that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
 
2019-03-13 02:03:11 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.


Having visited both, I enjoyed Disneyland much more.

/not a Disney person, I swear.
//though there are some Disney crazies in the family.
 
2019-03-13 02:04:43 PM  

AnotherBluesStringer: It's a cult. So people will pay.


I'm a two trip a year family.  We are DVC members and use Annual Passes that covers 2 or 3 trips at a clip.  
Yeah, its not cheap i guess. We've been there so many times most of are trips are actually relaxing since we dont need to do every single thing every trip like people that only visit once.  Fastpass gets us the tough rides, we have a car so a stop at walmart the first day for cereal, milk, booze, etc means we pay minimum for breakfasts. (no the booze isnt for breakfast, tho i'm not opposed).  I wouldnt call us a cult, just always enjoyed going to disney.  I wouldnt defend the company or get mad if you dont like the place...  its not for everyone.

Due to complaints in crowds, they were trying to adjust ticket prices to find a balance.  Turns out no matter the price people still buy them, so can you blame them?
 
2019-03-13 02:06:29 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: /not a Disney person, I swear.
//though there are some Disney crazies in the family.


none in the family but some of my wife's coworkers (and a neighbor or two) are certified Disney dorks.  some neighbors down the street go 4-5x a year (annual pass).  and another pal of my wife's goes probably more often than that.  it is "only"  a, depending on traffic, about 6 hour drive but....godamn.  i mean, it doesn't change all that much.  but to each their own.
 
2019-03-13 02:06:32 PM  
I grew up in Florida and have visited all the Disney parks more than once.  My last trip there was 2009.  Not interested in going back, since they don't seem to care about Walt's vision anymore.  Everything now is tied to movies.

I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Heck, I miss River Country.
 
2019-03-13 02:12:56 PM  

Murflette: Who the fark wants to spend ten consecutive days at goddamn Disney world?

In some areas that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment


Our trips are always 10 or 11 days..  Still dont get to do everything we wanted.   A long trip at Disney World doesnt mean you have to run commando all day every day and wear yourself out...  more days means we get to do the off the beaten path type things...  spend a couple 1/2 days at the pool..   play a round of mini-golf..   Hit the boardwalk at night and check out the magicians/jugglers..  
If a park is too crowded (usually MK), we do our fast passes and then just go somewhere else.   maybe hit the monorail and visit the hotels on the loop..

The two times a year we go are during the flower and garden fest and the food and wine fest.  so we tend to spend a lot of time at epcot, my favorite park.  never that crowded, plenty of room, and love the food booths.  

Again, its not for everyone, but we like it.
 
2019-03-13 02:14:14 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.


I hope that person's Land Rover gets bumped hard from behind and they spill a Starbucks Mocha Frappaucino all over their shirt.
 
2019-03-13 02:15:32 PM  

salvador.hardin: The tickets are pretty much the cheapest part of the experience, and the experience in general is terrible if you are trying to do it on the cheap. Monorail, Magic Hours, and Meal Plans are well worth it if you have the money. I know people who try to do it on the cheap so they can go every year, and all I ever hear out of them are complaints about transit, food tantrums, and crowds.

We went during one of the lowest attendance weeks of the year and the crowd was unmanageable within 3 hours of the park opening. I can't imagine what its like at peak season. Maybe they are trying to increase revenue, maybe they are trying to get crowd sizes down. In any case, I can't fault them for jacking up the price. Our Disney trip is about the only thing our four year old remembers about being 3.


We had the complete opposite experience a few years back.  We went in late August and it was all locals and old folks.  We used fast passes for the craziest rides, but lines were about 10 minutes long for older / less popular rides like The Haunted Mansion and Pirates.  My only complaint was how dirty the bathrooms were.  We stayed off property and carried in our lunches.  Well worth the price we paid.
 
2019-03-13 02:16:18 PM  

rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.

Slap this person hard. The Magic Kingdom is not the end-all-be-all of Walt Disney World (I personally prefer Epcot).
As for the ticket prices, part of it may well be crowd control if the new Star Wars park is as popular as everyone's expecting.
 
2019-03-13 02:18:15 PM  

Famishus: Any of the employees are happy to help with meltdowns, too.


The Cast Members are the best.
The first time we went was early '90's. I was a bit of a gym rat then and the SO was a fresh off the boat Marine. So, we're checking in and the guy looks at us looks at the reservation and then goes
"Oh...(head shake)...I see they have you two guys in a King room...will that be two Queens then?"
and I say in my best deepest 'Bama accent. "Yeah...but we still want the King bed"
He falls all over himself apologizes and says "I'll be right back"...and comes back with a upgrade to a
12 floor Magic Kingdom view concierge room.
 
2019-03-13 02:19:03 PM  

Derek Force: Murflette: Who the fark wants to spend ten consecutive days at goddamn Disney world?

In some areas that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment

Our trips are always 10 or 11 days..  Still dont get to do everything we wanted.   A long trip at Disney World doesnt mean you have to run commando all day every day and wear yourself out...  more days means we get to do the off the beaten path type things...  spend a couple 1/2 days at the pool..   play a round of mini-golf..   Hit the boardwalk at night and check out the magicians/jugglers..  
If a park is too crowded (usually MK), we do our fast passes and then just go somewhere else.   maybe hit the monorail and visit the hotels on the loop..

The two times a year we go are during the flower and garden fest and the food and wine fest.  so we tend to spend a lot of time at epcot, my favorite park.  never that crowded, plenty of room, and love the food booths.  

Again, its not for everyone, but we like it.


Seems like a waste of money just to chill around.  Tickets are expensive and just to walk around and lay in a pool can be done much cheaper somewhere else.  But again that's personal preference.
 
2019-03-13 02:21:30 PM  
I love Disney World.  Shocked that I do.  Took the kid there in 2004, when he was 4, and we've been back a ton since then.  That being said, they've finally hit the point where they are forcing me to be financially rational.  We used to get Annual Passes and then do two trips within a calendar year, which made the per day ticket price extremely reasonable.  The real benefit of doing two long trips like that ?  You don't feel like you have to do something on any given day.  If the weather or crowds are miserable on any given day, just do something else.  I would hate going for 5 days and thinking I had to do everything in a park in a single day - it would just be maddening.

In 2008 the annual pass was about $320.  In 2018, it was close to $1000 all in.  Couple that with the REAL screwjob (the cost of food, drink, and souvenirs) and the ever increasing ruination of any semblance of fun thanks to the unrelenting crowds and upsells, and we're done for a while.
 
2019-03-13 02:22:00 PM  
If you don't enjoy a week as WDW you either didn't plan at all or you have no soul.

Can't tell you the number of people I've tried to help plan trips and they refuse to do any planning, then complain about lines or not being able to get into a restaurant.

Like you could go to NY NY and just walk into a Broadway play or restaurant, or hotel for that matter without planning.

WDW gives you the ability to book dinning, rides, shows, all in advance.
 
2019-03-13 02:22:43 PM  

Mulchpuppy: rickythepenguin: i was just talking to some people who have the wherewithal to go to Disneyland and Disney World regularly.  (nice life).  anyways, when they were asked, "do you like Disneyland or Disneyworld better?"  their response was, "oh, MK, definitely.  Also, once you've been to MK, you don't call it 'Disney World'.  The MK is the MK."

it was never overtly stated but i quickly figured out she meant "Magic Kingdom".  i thought, what a douche.

A douche with poor taste at that.  Disneyland is far better than the Magic Kingdom, but the Walt Disney World Resort (4 parks and 2 water parks) is far better than the Disneyland Resort (2 parks).


I just visited Disneyland for the first time last month, after living in Florida all my life and going to the WDW Resort countless times. The Disneyland Resort does a number of things better than WDW as a whole, if only because their square footage is smaller and thus easier to maintain/give attention to quality. Plus, I walked between those two parks like 8 times that day, they're that close. But WDW tops it in a number of aspects: the "cast members" actually appear happy to be there; the varieties in activities, entertainment, and foods; and WDW events (particularly EPCOT's "Food and Wine Festival" and "Flower Festival") are peerless. (It's worth noting that I always go alone now, which means I am never compromising on what to do and when, and gives me advantage on some rides.)

That said, those EPCOT events feel like the last vestiges of Walt's presence and intent at WDW. All that exists at the other parks feel like others' interpretations and corporate synergy.
 
2019-03-13 02:27:19 PM  

Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole: Seems like a waste of money just to chill around.  Tickets are expensive and just to walk around and lay in a pool can be done much cheaper somewhere else.  But again that's personal preference.


You only need a ticket to go in one of the 4 parks (I think there's a different ticket for water parks).  You don't use a ticket to sit at your hotel pool or to hang around the arcade at Contemporary (a favorite part of my 80s trips to Disney).
 
2019-03-13 02:28:01 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: I grew up in Florida and have visited all the Disney parks more than once.  My last trip there was 2009.  Not interested in going back, since they don't seem to care about Walt's vision anymore.  Everything now is tied to movies.

I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Heck, I miss River Country.


Umm....
 
2019-03-13 02:30:29 PM  

rickythepenguin: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: /not a Disney person, I swear.
//though there are some Disney crazies in the family.

none in the family but some of my wife's coworkers (and a neighbor or two) are certified Disney dorks.  some neighbors down the street go 4-5x a year (annual pass).  and another pal of my wife's goes probably more often than that.  it is "only"  a, depending on traffic, about 6 hour drive but....godamn.  i mean, it doesn't change all that much.  but to each their own.


my sister and BIL are Disney vacation club members, but they're strating to tire of it.  However on the other side of the family I have a BIL who, along with the wife and kids, are Disney certified insane.  His wife had so much knowledge of the parks that she ended up parlaying it into a Disney travel agency, which has done really well.  So much that she's now travelling to the various parks and resorts on Disney's dime to keep up to date on everything.  My introduction to this side of the family was at their wedding rehearsal dinner where we had to dress up as a Disney character.  My wife's lucky I didn't bail on our relationship at the time.
 
2019-03-13 02:32:24 PM  

Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole: Seems like a waste of money just to chill around. Tickets are expensive and just to walk around and lay in a pool can be done much cheaper somewhere else. But again that's personal preference.


The tickets are all built into the cost associated with the vacation club.  It's not like they're buying tickets for admission to the park and then just choosing to just chill by the pool instead.
 
2019-03-13 02:39:28 PM  
Also, about the whole "not Walt's vision" thing. Almost nothing at Disney World aside from the MK is "Walt's Vision" per-say. EPCOT wasn't "Walt's vision" of EPCOT when it opened. Every Disney theme park is one big, entertaining cash grab, and it has been since at least the 80s. The important thing is a) this money better be going to increasing Cast member pay and b) the service/entertainment better keep up with the price increases
 
2019-03-13 02:50:49 PM  

fngoofy: If you don't enjoy a week as WDW you either didn't plan at all or you have no soul.

Can't tell you the number of people I've tried to help plan trips and they refuse to do any planning, then complain about lines or not being able to get into a restaurant.

Like you could go to NY NY and just walk into a Broadway play or restaurant, or hotel for that matter without planning.

WDW gives you the ability to book dinning, rides, shows, all in advance.


I get this, I really do - but I also miss the spontaneity of being able to decide what attraction I'm in the mood for TODAY, not having to make reservations six months in advance. They've removed all of the 'going with the flow' or 'following your desire' or whatever you want to call it (spontaneity).

"I'm not really feeling Splash right now, it's a little cooler than usual and misty, so I'm already cold and wet..."
"Too bad, we booked these fast passes for THIS day at THIS time way back in September, get up in there!!"
"Howdy, Folks!"
 
2019-03-13 02:53:56 PM  
Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole:

Seems like a waste of money just to chill around.  Tickets are expensive and just to walk around and lay in a pool can be done much cheaper somewhere else.  But again that's personal preference.

Agreed, but we still do all the disney things also.  I love the atmosphere, the music, the attention to details.  My kid loves it..  
We vacation at other places too.  I live in NJ so we do a lot of beach trips to different parts of the coast.  Vegas every other year (without kid), and various other spots.

I guess I am a Disney geek, just not a nut case.  we know disney and know how to do it right (for us).
 
2019-03-13 02:55:28 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: My introduction to this side of the family was at their wedding rehearsal dinner where we had to dress up as a Disney character.  My wife's lucky I didn't bail on our relationship at the time.


Technically, anyone in a Touchstone film is a Disney character.  You could have gone as Paul Newman in Color of Money.

I would have gone as Kurt Russel in Captain Ron.  Whenever you can be Kurt Russel, you should be Kurt Russel.
 
2019-03-13 03:11:19 PM  
My parents are planning an enormous family trip to WDW for themselves, me, and my brother and his family in honor of their 50th anniversary next year.  Normally I'd be delighted to have someone else pick up my Disney tab but they want to go over spring break so my brother's kids can come.  It's going to be a madhouse.  My only hope is that everyone will be at the new Star Wars attraction so maybe the Magic Kingdom and Epcot won't be so busy.
 
2019-03-13 03:13:45 PM  

fngoofy: WDW gives you the ability to book dinning, rides, shows, all in advance.


The problem is you have to plan those months in advance.  I don't mind planning ahead a little, but when your entire schedule is pretty much planned out to the minute it takes some of the fun and virtually all of the spontaneity out of it.

Rapmaster2000: Technically, anyone in a Touchstone film is a Disney character. You could have gone as Paul Newman in Color of Money.


I'd probably have gone with Vincent in that film.  Though looking at the Touchstone catalog Bill Murray's "What About Bob" character would have been simple and funny.  I went as Mr. Incredible.
 
2019-03-13 03:13:58 PM  

6nome: Is there a Miramax theme park?


Or a Vixen theme park?
 
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