Continue Boarding Groups
We were thankful that we were able to ride Rise of the Resistance with little to no issues back in December. Other than the 3 AM wake-up call, the experience was quick and painless and led to some unexpected fun (while waiting for our boarding group to be called, we were able to ride Star Tours, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, as well as Tower of Terror and Smuggler’s Run!). The whole experience got us thinking that Disney should continue to operate new rides using a boarding group system — with the 50th anniversary just around the corner and new rides opening (Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and TRON Lightcycle Run) – this could be a great way to allow adoring fans and crowds to enjoy the new attractions, while also being respectful to guest’s time and allow them to enjoy other areas of the park as opposed to waiting in a 5+ hour line.
It seems that every time we purchase park tickets, renew our annual pass, or go to book a resort, the price of each has increased (not to mention the cost of things inside the park — over $5 for a soda‽). Again, we are cognizant of the fact that Disney is a business, they have a right to turn a profit, as well as the fiduciary duty that they owe to shareholders, but the increases seem both too often and too steep. And the cost of these price increases at this point is paid no with the wallets of guests, but their goodwill.
For example, this writer has made a concerted effort to not buy soda on property any more given the cost — I’l bring a water bottle and refill that at drinking fountains or restaurants and will bring a 12-pack of soda with me to my resort or leave in a cooler in the car. If costs had remained at a reasonable level (say $3), I’d probably still grab a soda or two while walking around World Showcase or waiting for my safari in Animal Kingdom. Disney has to know that these price increases has modified the way guests vacation — impacting what we buy, when we buy it, and when we decide to come to the parks.