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Old 10-15-2019, 09:18 PM   #71
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Without Disney, Orlando remains an agricultural backwater of orange groves and a huge navy base. No Universal, no mco, no sea world, no auto train.
Gatorland would still be there.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:15 PM   #72
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Gatorland would still be there.
Let's not forget Cypress Gardens!!!
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:47 AM   #73
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I actually didn't mean parks quite so singularly. I'd believe that all the stuff you mention wouldn't existing if the parks weren't there. But still, do you really think that DVC would have hit your radar if you weren't otherwise a Disney fan? If you didn't like to at least visit the parks now and then?
It is true the parks are what caught our attention.

It is the 'bubble' that caused us to join DVC. I don't think the 'bubble' can be oversold as we've looked and cannot find another area that has successfully created the amount of offerings and services encompassed in WDW - varied themed hotels, resort public areas, themed lounges/restaurants, water parks, shopping, mini-golf and varied transportation, which include destination walking pathways.
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:39 PM   #74
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It is true the parks are what caught our attention.

It is the 'bubble' that caused us to join DVC. I don't think the 'bubble' can be oversold as we've looked and cannot find another area that has successfully created the amount of offerings and services encompassed in WDW - varied themed hotels, resort public areas, themed lounges/restaurants, water parks, shopping, mini-golf and varied transportation, which include destination walking pathways.
We go to WDW probably three times a year. Lately, we are not spending very much time in the parks. The hassles of going there including MDE have made the planning unpleasant. The crowds, the heat, the prices, etc. etc.

We tend to be in and out of the parks pretty quickly. This is in stark contrast to the multi-hour days we used to spend there.

I have noticed that we are using upcharge events more and more. On our last trip in Sept, we did the Illuminations dinner and it was excellent. We also did an Eat to the Beat package. We have the Candlelight Processional for Dec and we are looking at animal related tours for our AKV trip in Feb, Cirque tickets for next May.

We are spending more time at the resorts and at DS. We like that each resort is different and creates a different vacation experience. Our trips are never the same, twice. WDW is familiar to us. Yet every trip we experience something new.

Yes, it was taking our daughter to the parks that initiated our first trip. Those early trips were priceless. Now, though, we have evolved. Still, WDW has every amenity to ensure that we continue to have a good time.

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Old 10-16-2019, 01:07 PM   #75
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We are spending more time at the resorts and at DS. We like that each resort is different and creates a different vacation experience. Our trips are never the same, twice. WDW is familiar to us. Yet every trip we experience something new.

Yes, it was taking our daughter to the parks that initiated our first trip. Those early trips were priceless. Now, though, we have evolved. Still, WDW has every amenity to ensure that we continue to have a good time.
I was thinking about this post and the resale restrictions at RR. If we were restricted, like that, with our resale points, we would probably not be as satisfied with DVC.

This year is unusual for us because we had a lot of banked points. However, in the 2019 UY, we will stay at OKW, AKV, CCV, and HHI. Four mostly different vacation experiences! If all our experiences were the same, we probably would be tired of the same old, same old.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:12 PM   #76
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Without Disney, Orlando remains an agricultural backwater of orange groves and a huge navy base. No Universal, no mco, no sea world, no auto train.
The financial genius that Walt was! Cheap swamp land and lots of it in a great climate year round.
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The financial genius that Walt was! Cheap swamp land and lots of it in a great climate year round.

His brother was important, too.
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