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Disney World is proof the middle class is booming
New York Post, by Kyle Smith

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/19/2018 4:27:50 AM

Opening the menu at the California Grill at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort overlooking the Magic Kingdom, I expected to giggle at the affordability of everything. I’m a New Yorker. Nothing out here in the sticks costs as much as it does back home, right? Instead, I found $19 glasses of wine and a $75 rib-eye. If you’re a person of average means, a trip to Disney World could leave you bippity-boppity broke. Disney World, that enchanted land of middle class dreams, isn’t so middle-class anymore. So why is it more popular than ever? Fort Mickey is exhibit A for why

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muguy, 3/19/2018 8:04:13 AM     (No. 11576292)

I try to avoid the "culture of Disney" as much as possible, but it is hard to do it.

There was a time when they made movies, had a one-hour show on network TV, and were more family friendly.

The huge network of influence today makes it difficult to see how it is wholesome anymore. The toy tie ins make them a fortune and family cannot afford going to the parks without an investment of several thousand dollars.

It is amazing how much they do to market and get your money. They are ever helpful to get that last dollar from you...

The children´s programming gets them early into a mindset to accept their own fleecing..

Paying astronomical prices to stand in line makes those parks not so much fun....I´ll stick with the movies I want to see.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: qwerty, 3/19/2018 8:33:35 AM     (No. 11576317)

The House of the Mouse is NOT your friend.
Their ads make it seem as though "the mouse" will be your savior.
I studied marketing in college. One of our professors (must have been a true conservative, but then this was in 1981) had the class do a case study on them.
We were all somewhat surprised at what we discovered. Down and dirty money grubbing penny scratchers, is the best term I can use and still be allowed to post.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/19/2018 8:58:17 AM     (No. 11576348)

Mrs. Lakerman introduced me to Disney World, bought our tickets for Epcot, and wisely did not tell me the cost. "You would have spoiled the experience by complaining about the price,"
she wisely said.
But the killer was the jungle restaurant we ate at. When I looked at the bill for our meal, the tip was included (15-20%) and in addition, there was space to put a tip, and to top everything off, the waitress smiled and said, "Do you want your change back?"
We have gone back several times since, with our children,and I found the best way to survive it is to suspend one´s belief.
(which I suspect was Walt Disney´s aim)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 3/19/2018 11:19:59 AM     (No. 11576486)

Disney thinks its too big to fail. Bubble will be burst some day because the mice are coming home to roost. After reading about what Disney did to Wrinkle In Time and Star Wars, and how they let obnoxious and rancid Leftists run those beloved ventures to ruin, Im not giving any more to Disney than is absolutely forced from me. We never did make a trip to Disney and for what I saw when I did make a casual trip down to Orlando one time, I was glad I didnt sell my soul to spend a modicum of time there. I was more fortunate to have the chance to be VIP at the NASA launch of OSIRIS REx. THAT was worth my time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 3/19/2018 12:13:07 PM     (No. 11576572)

No, they´re putting it all on credit card. Mortgaging their future to entertain their kids the way their parents did for them, except that their parents saved up first then spent it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Smart11344, 3/19/2018 12:32:08 PM     (No. 11576598)

I went to Disneyland in the late 60´s. To Disney World in the mid-70´s. Once to each was enough for me. Disney´s dreams have turned into a nightmare.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 3/19/2018 1:29:30 PM     (No. 11576682)

We enjoyed Disney World in 1976 when it first opened. We went again in the late 90s, or early 2000s, I forget exactly. The second visit was really disappointing. Same old stuff, and the "advanced technology and computers" stuff was old, seriously outdated and vaguely ridiculous to anyone in the business of cutting edge computation like I was.

The most fun was the big water rides in River Country, which closed just after we visited. Most of the rest of it is way too fake, way too plastic, way too stupid.

The wife and I have actually climbed mountains, actually hunted in Africa, been snorkeling on Caribbean reefs, rafted class 5 rivers, crossed glaciers with crampons and ice axe, SCUBA diving in Florida cave springs, hiked the tundra in Alaska, followed tigers in India from elephant back, visited back country geysers in Yellowstone, visited grizzlies and mtn sheep in McKinley Park, and more.....phoney, cheesy, canned approximations of adventures with fiberglass animals, and pretend mountains for the children and great city-born-and-bred "never have" adults is pretty thin stuff.

We are not going back. I am sure that the video game generation, used to fake "adventures" and apparently too timid to embark on the real thing, must find it "thrilling".

The blue pill.

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