Goofy, I Really Miss Those Dancing Lights.

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I like Disney himself believe in this family park where parents and children can have fun together. When Florida’s Magic Kingdom opened 40 years ago its attraction ticketing was not strictly all-inclusive.  General Admission ticketing was an option. Expansion and new dark rides bring in crowds initially. BUT it’s the magical entertainment and special events moments that make visitors return again and again.

Since 1985 our family has made at least one pilgrimage to WDW yearly. We watched the place expand from just the Magic Kingdom to Epcot to Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Animal Kingdom, and the Wide World of Sports. We also regretfully watched the abandonment of River Country, Discovery Island and club closures on Pleasure Island. Stellar Old Fantasyland favorites like Mickey Mouse Review and Snow White’s Scary Adventure are gone and moved elsewhere. FutureWorld Energy has been closed; Hollywood Studios’ Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure; The Great Movie Ride; even  the Osborne Lights Festival, all have been permanently yanked.

Disney World Christmas decorations  seem  later and later and fewer and fewer. Its restaurant gingerbread houses each year seem fewer and fewer.  The WDW Christmas parade unlike its Disneyland counterpart except on Christmas Day requires the purchase of a park entry ticket with shortened  hours as well as a special attraction one extending the time to near regular closing.

Park hoppers pay a lot for their theme park hop, hop, hopping (now more time-consuming as its special bus option is discontinued).  If onlyDisney would bring back the after 4  Epcot annual pass and make it available to both Florida and non-Florida residents alike!  Who doesn’t  enjoy dining in Epcot?  Who doesn’t  enjoy dining well?   Too good–a leisurely well-served gourmet meal, well worth its menu price.  Too bad– formal dining  replaced by fast foods and quick service.

Employees, foreign travelers, state residents get perks.   How about considering senior citizens in the deal?   I bet most grammies and grammies would   take every cent they saved with those discounts and more  and spend, spend, spend it all on  souvenirs, clothes, food and beverages.

 

 

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