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Old 02-24-2013, 06:20 AM
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Well I am here at Disney, not impressed with this place at all! This is the money grubbist place I have ever travelled. Spent $6.00 in tolls yesterday just because we drove 10 miles up the road. We gave up and turned around amd we to Went to Disney downtown befote we got deeper in tolls. Pretty sights but all geared up to make one unload money & Lots of it. My grandkids enjoyed the lego store and the T rex, each bought a trinket with their own money and then asked to come back to the motel to swim. Grandson loved the leggo store and we stayed in there quiet a while. He was looking the product over then he said was going to comparison shop. Funny, he did ask for a large bag and all of the leggo designers gathered and took a picture with him. He said he is going to frame his picture with the bag.

Out if all of our family vacations, most memorable was camping at stone mountain, ga seeing the lazer show & fireworks at night and that was free. We really enjoyed the cherokee resovation & Washgton, DC. Im enduring another day today but dont anticipate wanting to come back. I guess my family just does not buy into fantasy spending.

Just my opinion, if you disagree well we can agree that we disagree but Ill find other places to visit in the future

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I'm 2 hours from Orlando and haven't been to Disney in prob 10 years.

Some people I know love going there and go, often. Even ones without little kids.

I think it's a huge rip-off.

One of the nicer times I had there, we spent the day along the strip, and went to many of the smaller attractions like the Hard Rock, Ripley's and Wonder World.

2 friends with kids said the ticket prices for Lego Land are ridiculous. That the park is worth $30-40 not the, IIRC, $70-80 that they paid.
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I never understood the fascination with Disney.

And in Seinfeld, they covered that when George's dad said "You can drop a grand in Disney just like that".

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I never understood the fascination with Disney.

And in Seinfeld, they covered that when George's dad said "You can drop a grand in Disney just like that".
I don't understand it either.

And a tourism report came out last week that said there was a record number of visitors to Florida for 2012. Almost 90 million people came here for vacation. If half of them went to Disney...OMG the money they spent.
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It is very expensive I do try to Tavel there once ever 2 years well to universal but the same rip off prices. I just try not to get any food or drinks inside the parks unless its free tap water.

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We always get a disney package deal with the hotel, tickets and the dining plan when we go. We spend the same amount of money to go to Cape Cod or the Jersey shore for a week and stay at a hotel on the beach so in comparison to that it is a good deal. I think when you don't do a package deal, buying things individually is very pricey.
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There was one good thing to the trip: weather was beautiful with one small shower, and the longest wait was 10 minutes tops. If I were to give anyone a piece of advice is to go the end of Feb and miss the crowds. My grandkids make good grades and the teachers were on board with them missing 2 days of school. They will make their work up and they have both only missed one day all year. We were able to do so much more by going on off season and on a Sunday & Monday. They received 3 day tickets for the same price as 2. Motel was much also less busy and we had special attention everywhere we went because the characters did not have so many people waiting on them.

We enjoyed Universal so much more than Disney. Guess that would fall under to each his own.

Another is: don't take your kids until they are older-say 9-10 first trip. The babies were not enjoying theirselves moms and dads were exhausted handing them back and forth. 9-10 can ride most everything (at least ours did). We got to the park at 9:00 am and closed the park each night. No nap needed. They can keep up and you don't have to keep lugging them around or waiting behind. They also understand the principal of marketing strategys because each ride ends off at a gift shop. In my opinion, just not enough sugar for that dime to drag a baby, toddler or preschool child along.

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I think almost any vacation trip is expensive, but a good way to reward ourselves with our saving coupon savvy. Plus, family memories and all. My trip advice to theme parks would be not to take too many people along. I went to Disneyland as a teenager and 13 relatives went. Everyone was torn which ride to ride, etc. and they lived nearby. I've never been back, so I feel like I missed some things I would have enjoyed.

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it is hard on the little kids- i never understand why parents bring young kids! * they won't even remember* and i would be tired of changing diapers and carrying them around- and having to take turns with a parent to ride! That's not a relaxing vacation! lol..
we went this year- first time with our kids - Hubby and i had been 3 times before when we were first married.
The kids loved it- and we thought it was great too- yes, pricey- worth the $$?? i don't think so, but it is fun to experience once.... We are beach people and My kids have not asked to go back to Disney yet- so that's a good sign! I know people that go all the time- I think it's ok to go siome- but i sure would not want to go every year! However, with that said- i know i am in the minority, because look at all the people that go.....

I'll take my beach, margarita, and a good book anyday!
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Oh. I sooooo dislike disney! Walk 45 min past giftshop after giftshop, ride *a* ride. Walk another 15 min past giftshops. Srand in line for a pic w a character. Walk 20 min. Ride *a* ride..... And everywhere you turn, it's money grubbing!

We've done disney fairly inexpensively....we went w another family, in the off season, and got a rental house for the week for $600, and we brought food for bfast, lunch, and dinner for about $400, and that fed 9 people. The house had its own pool. And we trinket shopped at a disney outlet. Tickets on that trip were free, from friends of the family.

Two times we stayed at a friend's time share. $149/week! Bought/brought our groceries, ate lunch out.

But the general atmosphere of the place is spend, spend, spend...and it is overwhelming! I much prefer a place where the kids can climb and roam and see things, and learn about things! Than a contrived "fun".
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