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What would you change?

If you could change just one thing about the Disney Park experience, what would it be?

How would you create a plan to put those changes into action?

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Would it be wrong to say have an adults only day Wink

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RobynPrincess wrote:
Would it be wrong to say have an adults only day Wink

It hurts whan I see netting around tree of Life and Splash Mountain and animatronics not working and things like that, so I would say increase the maintenance and upkeep budgets. (This could start a debate).

I was going to say a payment plan for annual passes, but that's not part of the parks experience.

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I think RobynPrincess' idea for an Adult Only day is a great one! If not a whole day for adults, maybe special evening events (like the Christmas party and Halloween event) in the parks that would be adult-only. It wouldn't have to be every park, so the kiddos can still have their run of the three other ones, and it would be great for a "date night" for mom and dad. Plus, there could be adult-friendly snacks and entertainment, too!

Other than that, in dream anything-can-happen world, I'd build monorails connecting all of the resorts to at least one park. Of course, that's sort of impossible so I don't really have a plan for implementing it, but a girl can dream! wink

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Colonel -
They do have a payment plan for the annual pass. You pay a down-payment which is the price of a day ticket, then the balance is broken down monthly. We're on our second year of doing it and love it!

I like the idea of connecting the resorts with monorail, and how bout connecting the parks too. AK and AKL seem so remote and disconnected from the other parks.

I'd like to see either more restaurants, or limit adr s a little so that there is room left for walk ins. With all the locals and ap holders, it's frustrating to not be able to eat at any table service places because you came for the day. Rarely do we get to eat there because unlike all of you, we don't plan ahead. Once in a while during the down time we can get lucky and get in somewhere, but 95% of the time there is no chance for us to eat anywhere nice. Even if we decide to go a week out, we usually can't get an adr, and usually we go spontaneously anyway. Ap holders and locals are a BIG part of their business and it's something I see lacking. WE can't afford to eat there often, but it sucks for all pass holders.

Mike thinks Disney is a victim of it's own success. We were at the very beginning of the line for the processional at Christmas. We waited in line close to 4 hours and were excited to be able to get better seats. First they let the dinner package people in and they filled up 3/4 of the theater! then they let the "stand by" (us, after waiting for so long) in and we were towards the back. I know if we really want good seats then we have to do the dinner package, but we are on a tight budget and can't afford to spend over $100 on dinner for us at Christmas time. We've had passes for a long time - since before the dinner packages - and it has gotten worse every year. It just sucks for us. I'd like to see some kind of perks for ap holders who are local and again don't plan ahead so far. The dinner packages are hard to get unless you call as soon as they are available.

Sorry, don't mean to gripe, I know we are lucky to be local and have ap s. Our observations and complaints may be a little different than the typical vacationer.

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First, I have to agree with Robyn Princess...an adult day or even a week end shows up on just about every forum sight I've been on. That's not to say SOME adults are better behaved that younger people...but it sure would cut down on the general idiots in the crowd.

I said this on another forum a few years ago when we got back from our Honeymoon. I think it would be a wonderful idea if there was a bike path that connected the parks and resorts. We would certainly bring our two wheelers. Isn't Disney concerned about greenhouse gases, yada yada yada? I am not a tree hugger, but I do believe we need to do more for our environment.

It certainly isn't like there isn't room to add bike paths.

How would I put it into action? Probably start a petition to present to Disney somehow.

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Hey Julie- there is only a payment program for Florida residents. Everybody else has to shell all out in advance.

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J and I have said it for a while. We have even spoke to other people at Disney and people agree they would love a kid free week. I think they would sell out.
The other idea which may not be a popular idea with some, but there should be a special bus or shuttle for the ECV's.Have one assigned to each hotel or one for two hotels. Maybe a bus that can fit 3 or 4 ECV's and their families.

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Mike&Donna wrote:
First, I have to agree with Robyn Princess...an adult day or even a week end shows up on just about every forum sight I've been on.

Yes, it does. But it's not going to happen, because Disney is not about to alienate it's main market segment. The very creation of Disney Parks rests with adults and children having someplace to go together. Disney *is* a business with a commitment to it's shareholders to make money. I love Kat's idea about an adults only tour or special events. I think it has some strategic hurdles.

With such a limited client base given at one one time using these ideas, how would you make that make money? What would you do?

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It hurts when I see netting around tree of Life and Splash Mountain and animatronics not working and things like that, so I would say increase the maintenance and upkeep budgets.

This is more what I was looking for. I agree that the maintenance is becoming an issue. When I was a girl, there was no shrouding buildings with giant portraits. It got done overnight, out of guest view. Period, end of discussion. It was not acceptable for any reason that a guest would see or even have the impression, that there was any peeling paint or maintenance going on. I feel like there are some real issues here that aren't living up to the Disney standard. I have to wonder if it's a budget issue, or if the parks have gotten unmanageable from a maintenance standpoint of "old school" Disney values.

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Julie I like you're thinking! THE ADR's do suck up all the dinner reservations! We don't plan our trips down to the hour, sometimes we just "go" and would love to eat in some of the places that we can never seem to touch. We are about 2.5 hours away so sometimes we decide to go maybe a week ahead. Not sure what park we're going to let alone where to eat or when we'll eat!

We also have done the AP over the year makes it much easier to buy! That stinks about the Candle Light Processional, 4 hours waiting and stuck in the back.

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Sorry Colonel, I didn't realize that it was only FL resident AP that had the monthly payments. I agree that you should be able to have it too. Wonder why they only offer it for FL residents.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Mike&Donna wrote:
First, I have to agree with Robyn Princess...an adult day or even a week end shows up on just about every forum sight I've been on.

Yes, it does. But it's not going to happen, because Disney is not about to alienate it's main market segment. The very creation of Disney Parks rests with adults and children having someplace to go together. Disney *is* a business with a commitment to it's shareholders to make money. I love Kat's idea about an adults only tour or special events. I think it has some strategic hurdles.

With such a limited client base given at one one time using these ideas, how would you make that make money? What would you do?

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It hurts when I see netting around tree of Life and Splash Mountain and animatronics not working and things like that, so I would say increase the maintenance and upkeep budgets.

This is more what I was looking for. I agree that the maintenance is becoming an issue. When I was a girl, there was no shrouding buildings with giant portraits. It got done overnight, out of guest view. Period, end of discussion. It was not acceptable for any reason that a guest would see or even have the impression, that there was any peeling paint or maintenance going on. I feel like there are some real issues here that aren't living up to the Disney standard. I have to wonder if it's a budget issue, or if the parks have gotten unmanageable from a maintenance standpoint of "old school" Disney values.

I know a lot of people don't want to hear it, but Disney is willing to shell out megabucks for Fantasy Land Expansion and Avatarland and buying Marvel and Lucas, but not cleaning and maintaining the parks. Why, because they can make a big splash on Wall St with these capital expenditures that are assets, while just maintaining the parks in only an operating expense that comes off the bottom line. Not as sexy to the fund managers that Disney execs answer to. Disney's financial statements look better if they neglect a ride till it needs a complete refurbishment.

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Julie wrote:
Sorry Colonel, I didn't realize that it was only FL resident AP that had the monthly payments. I agree that you should be able to have it too. Wonder why they only offer it for FL residents.

No problem Julie. You got me excited for a minute and i went straight to the AP website to make sure I didn't miss something.

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I would say add more table service restaurants to Magic Kingdom. It seems that park lacks in that area and I honestly cannot remember the last time we actually ate at a table service restaurant there.

Well, I truly miss River County. I know they can't bring it back due to laws and restrictions, but dang that place was so much fun!

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RobynPrincess wrote:
Would it be wrong to say have an adults only day Wink

No! Although I'd be willing to settle for occasional "adults only" evenings in lieu of full days. I'd even settle for never having the Magic Kingdom on the "adults only" rotation, since it would be almost criminal to have some family come down for just one day at MK and discover THAT day is adults only.

But yes, having a few hours kid-free at Epcot or DHS would be wonderful.

And of course it will NEVER happen.

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angels444 wrote:
J and I have said it for a while. We have even spoke to other people at Disney and people agree they would love a kid free week. I think they would sell out.
The other idea which may not be a popular idea with some, but there should be a special bus or shuttle for the ECV's.Have one assigned to each hotel or one for two hotels. Maybe a bus that can fit 3 or 4 ECV's and their families.

I love this idea....And if you do the nighttime hours at Epcot in the evening there aren't a whole lot of kids around...at least back in the world showcase which is usually where we stay then.

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