Iâ€™ve read the articles, and given that I have gone to Disney parks fairly regularly since 1978, I can understand where theyâ€™re coming from; Iâ€™ve seen the experience degrade over the years. From a guests point of view the greatest negative, besides the astronomically rising expense - well in excess of the cost-of-living, has been the DVC. The DVC is Disneyâ€™s concerted effort to stuff more warm-bodies into the parks at all costs, sacrificing the guest experience for all; general and DVC'er alike. However, from a business perspective, the DVC has been a spectacular success.
The lure of the DVC being a potential 60% room-rate saving over the rack-rate: See sample calculation http://www.tikimanpa...an-dvc-for-sale.
The hook in the lure is that once you pay your $35,000 up front, you virtually become indentured to Disney, motivated to return year after year to amortize your 35K investment. Keeping in mind that the DVC only discounts accommodations; you still pay for the ever increasing cost of admission, food and various other extras.
With the DVC increasing the park crowds, even Fast-Pass lines are 45-60mins (assuming youâ€™re lucky enough to get a FP). You generally end-up settling for the least popular attractions, or wandering from shop to shop convincing yourself you're having a great vacation just because you're having a Disney experience; no matter how degraded.
While my views are probably not going to be received well by some, they are my observations and based on personal experience.