I’ve often found that whenever I find myself deep in thought, sitting down to write them out often helps me focus. So, I apologize in advance if this seems to be incoherent rambling, but with so much emerging in the past few days about Walt Disney World, I felt there was no better place to write than on a blog.
I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few days reading posts and comments from fellow DVC Fan’s. My heart truly aches for those that have spent so much time planning an amazing trip for family and friends only to see it ripped apart due to our current pandemic.
That being said, I feel it is worth remembering the situation our country and our world is facing and how difficult some of these decisions are for even a company as large as Disney.
Even I will admit my heart sank when it was announced that Walt Disney World would not be opening until July 11th. What I have realized since though is that this is bigger than just me. This is bigger than a single vacation. This magical place holds true to its core a key value of safety to its cast members and guests, which will be the pillar on which any reopening is built.
Shortly after the announcement, my wife, Amy, spent a good part of the day “reinventing” our Summer vacation plans to Walt Disney World. New dates, new resorts, new dining reservations, new Fastpass+ reservations, new everything. Those were then upended by the new policies that will be implemented for the foreseeable future.
Do I want to be angry and upset? Sure, I do. But then I refocus on the fact that this is all bigger than my single trip.
The decision to cancel Fastpass+ reservations was something I felt was coming and truthfully am not overly upset about. Despite the concerns many have, I feel we will walk into the parks and be shocked at how low some wait times now are as a result of this system being removed. In all honesty, I hope they take this opportunity to re-evaluate Fastpass+ and perhaps make changes that allow it to function in a manner that emulates MaxPass at the Disneyland Resort.
I would have to agree with many who have found the compensation given due to the cancellation of the Free Disney Dining Plan offer too low. Regarding the cancellation of dining plans in general, however, I believe it was the right decision at this time. The bottom line is Disney can’t promise you a restaurant, they can’t promise you a reservation, and even if you get a reservation, they can’t promise you’ll get into the park or dining area to get to the reservation. When you take this into account, I think this was the only option they really had.
Many will disagree with me, maybe even say I don’t understand because I’m not affected enough. To that, I agree… but I would go back to what I said above that this is bigger than any single vacation.
In trying to bring this all home today, I was reading through Disney quotes and stumbled upon this:
“Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows.” – Walt Disney
We are in one of those shadows right now. But there is a light… and it will be here soon.
If you are like me and just want to vent some thoughts and help calm your mind, feel free to share your story in the comments below or join us over on the DVC Fan Facebook Group for more discussion.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings!