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Everything posted by DaveInTN

  1. I was curious about something regarding these AP prices, so I dug back into the DIT Vaults to see how much AP prices have increased during the last Decade of a Million Schemes. The last time I purchased AP's was in 2009, exactly 10 years ago. I paid $469 per AP that year. Taking that $469 and running it through the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator, results in an Inflation-Adjusted price of $557. The equivalent non-FL Resident AP today, the Platinum Pass, is $1,119. So, even accounting for inflation, the price of a WDW Annual Pass has more than doubled in the last 10 years. When I planned my family's last trip to the Fort late last year, I began really thinking about the ever increasing prices. I thought about it when I priced out 1 day MK tickets that cost more than an entire season pass at other theme parks. I certainly thought about it when I booked the Hoop De Doo and paid more on one meal than some families spend on a month of groceries. Don't misread me...I'm not an anti-capitalist. Disney is free to charge what the market will bear, and I support that. But I have stopped viewing the world through Mickey shaped glasses. For me, I'm out. Even the thought of booking a Disney vacation right now makes me a bit queasy, like I'm willingly letting someone take advantage of me. I guess our last trip to the Fort, was our last trip to the Fort.
  2. When tennis season is over on Long Island and hot yoga has become boring, what else are the Super Mommies to do but plan their next Disney trip?
  3. Would it make him feel better if you told him that Dolly increased the cost of annual passes as well? They jumped $15, from $114 to $129.
  4. Hey, you just reminded me that I was supposed to announce an upcoming event at Mickey's Backyard Massage Parlor and Casino....Throwback Thursdays! Wear your corsets and bring your buggy whips for no cover charge at the door, and half off well drinks.
  5. I love how the Mouse is able to create demand, thereby justifying higher pricing, simply by giving something a different name. They could probably create a new category for the 2000 loop called "Cultural Exchange and Excessive Refreshment Campsites" and charge 25% more.
  6. C'mon, what else is there to do but laugh....
  7. Yes, buy that $1200 annual pass to get the opportunity to TRY to get into one of the limited capacity Galaxy's Edge previews. What a steal!
  8. This seems consistent with the rumors about the Meadows area becoming the primary focus and central "heart" of the Fort, and the Settlement shifting focus toward the new resort. And being Disney, you gotta pay for that proximity. No different than 100 and 200 being considered preferred solely due to proximity to the Settlement, even though they are actually tight, cramped loops. I wonder if additional amenities are coming to the Meadows, or if this is just a case of marketing. Tell the folks this is where they want to be, and they'll come.
  9. I also agree that what they did at the Lodge is, overall, nicely done, and I've somewhat defended Disney in that regard earlier in this thread. I'm sure what they do with Reflections will be beautiful. But based on the plans we've seen over the past month, in particular the eastern most group of cabins, I think an accurate comparison would be to imagine they had built Lodge cabins across the area where the geyser sits, from the boat dock to the Geyser Point bar, blocking the unimpeded view from the pool and lobby. That I think would approximate the impact we'll see to the Settlement.
  10. Has anyone at the Fort noticed any changes up in the Overflow lot? https://wdwnt.com/2019/05/new-parking-restrictions-now-in-place-at-disneys-fort-wilderness-resort-campground/
  11. Did you at least sign the title over? Or does NH not title trailers?
  12. All of the Friendly's in Buffalo recently closed too. Sad. Since my wife and I grew up with Friendly's, we took our girls to one 10 years ago while staying at Normandy Farms. I remember they had a kid's sundae that looked like a Clown Head...here's a picture I took of the menu when we went. Well, I offered it to my 3 year old (now 13 y/o), and she started screaming "NOOO!!!! Not the clown head! I don't want the clown head!!!" We almost had to leave the restaurant she was causing such a scene. I got her to calm down finally and just got her a plain sundae. I guess that kid doesn't like clowns.
  13. My sources tell me they are replacing all of the existing fencing with chain link, as a means of testing the waters and conditioning Fort guests to accept this type of fencing. Eventually, they will circle the Fort with chain link fencing, with barbed wire on top, as a deterrent to keep campers from entering the grounds of Reflections as well as the Four Seasons. Although a memo to be delivered to Guests upon checkin will note that the fencing is designed to keep gators out of the camping loops.
  14. 90% of them will become expensive pencil holders. The other 10% will be broken by wives throwing them at their husbands after they ride on those non-air conditioned body odor absorbing human sweat boxes in August.
  15. I'm no expert but I believe you can call to book up to 499 days out. Online is different and seems to open up by calendar year sometime over the summer, so 2020 should open up this summer. Hopefully someone who knows better will come along to confirm or correct me.
  16. When we traded in our last trailer on our mh 5 years ago, the owner of the dealership personally inspected our trailer. He was up on a ladder checking all the seams for leaks, and checking for delamination....the sorts of things that destroy an RV. Maybe he got burned once, but either way it actually gave me some peace of mind that they might not peddle junk to unsuspecting customers.
  17. I like Whirlpool because it's so quiet but I think I heard they are going to pass only, where you'd need Nexus to use it? Don't remember where I heard that or if it's true.
  18. Ok....I have a few thoughts but you were a posting machine today so let's see if I can remember them. First, that All American sundae looks delicious. I wish I had one right now. Also well done on the praline sauce. What's up with those butchered trees in the MK? I didn't see where you explained that pic. Did you cross at the Peace Bridge or Lewiston Queenston? That's all I can remember.
  19. Sorry for your troubles. And as a 35 year former resident of the great State of New York....don't get me started.
  20. I tweaked your post in an effort to be completely factual.
  21. No, but they are offering commemorative splinters for $69.95.
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