I just wanted to let everyone know my recent experience with Florida's Walt Disney World vacation. In 2006, we had our first family vacation at Disney world so we decided to go to the ALL-STAR resort and choose the dining plan for each day we where at the parks. Back then, it was a pretty good deal but didn't think it was the happiest place on earth nor did I like the rip-off prices they had of merchandise.
We its 2008 and we went to Disney again for our family vacation and I'm pissed to the point I may never go back. It started off that they skimped us on the dining plan now so instead of counting how many days you stay at the parks to get your dining plan "five park days= Five days worth of dinners, now they count the night you stay at their hotels so we where 1 days short on food. Note, the overall package cost us more now than in 2006. The second thing that ticked us off is that if you have 6 or more people sitting at the table with you, you have to pay 18% gratuity on the already overpriced ticket. We only had 4 adults and 2 infants (9 months old and a 2 1/2 year old). Even though they did not eat the food there of where waited on, they still count it as six people they served. The lady told u, even if you where the only adult at the table and have 5 - 1week old babies, you have to pay the ridiculously high gratuity tab. Basically on one sit-down dinner, it was about $25 for 4 people and we only saw the lady once to sit us and once to refill our cokes. Wasn't even great service at any of the restaurants. The food was OK though. The staff on the most part where rude and heard you like cattle and talk to you like you're an idiot.
The prices of everything were wayyyy inflated. To give you an idea, a bottle of Vitamin Water was $4.00 where you can buy it at many stores outside Disney for $1. Our average food tab was about $25 per person. Their water tasted horrible and they have the nerve to use that same nasty well water in their soft drinks and you still can taste that awful mineral taste. I wonder if they make the water taste that was to try to make you buy something instead. I know I wasn't the only one complaining bout that taste because I heard someone behind me mentioning that same thing too.
We where unluckily stuck in the rain and went out to buy some ponchos. First off, these where the cheapest quality plastic ponchos I have ever seen and at $8, they where such a rip-off. They rip very easily and ended up causing my camera to get wet and quit working. Basically, the $8 I spent on each poncho did us no good. We still got wet. We ended going to Wal-Mart and bought some .87c ponchos and they lasted us the rest of the trip. They actually held up to the elements.
A few other quickies where that there was nothing cheap "Nothing". Most of what they sell is cheap MADE IN CHINA crap that you can buy somewhere else for next to nothing. People where not all that nice. Its actually a very stressful place to be. Want "all" your money Have to pay $10 a day for internet and isnt even WIFI. Hotel room floors are dirty. They could at least shampoo the carpets evry once in a while. Huge crowds and long-long waiting lines for something thats only 2 minutes long. Oh did i mentions "Want "all" your money. I'm more wondering if this isn't more than a ploy soley to take every penny you have. Not to make or keep you happy. Its almost depressing on how evpensive even the smallest things are. A lady besides my said she paid $45 for 5 small mickey mouse ice creams. Can I hear (ripoff)
This is just a few of the many other issues I had with them this time but just wanted to point this out.
This is my rant and hope this gives you a good idea what you are up to when you get there.
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