My first trip back to Disney since the pandemic, and it feels like I'm back in the year 2000, Michael Eisner is cheapskating the parks, and a visit to Disney World just isn't much fun.
I guess the days of FastPass+ when a value-filled, leisurely, and enjoyable visit to Disney World was possible are long gone, thanks in part to those of you who hated the fact that you couldn't game it like the old paper ticket Fastpasses and complained about it incessantly and thanks largely to the gross avarice of Disney.
Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane are, quite frankly, a poor and expensive substitute for FastPass+. Genie is for the most part useless. Genie+ plus is an upcharge that delivers little in value, and have fun trying to add it to your admission ticket through the app. It is a completely non-intuitive process. And on a day when attendance is supposed to be about a level 4 on a scale of 10, at 9 AM the next Lightning Lane time for 7 Dwarfs Mine Train was at 4 PM. Imagine what it will be like in high season.
So once again, Disney is driving me back to Universal where enjoyable theme park vacations are still possible. 2025 can't come soon enough, and in the next few years, I'll visit Universal and try to get to some of the regional parks that I haven't been to recently, but Disney World is completely out of my vacation plans until they figure out a way to bring the value back into a Disney vacation.Tweet
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