OMG, the paper straws!!! And they won't even give you a straw for the cold Butterbeer (which my dumb wife thinks is better than frozen). We took a ton from Pei Wei, but then ultimately didn't need them. The paper straw crusade is beyond stupid.I really noticed food prices at universal this trip. Seemed like they were higher than last year (maybe I am misremembering?) and the quality was lower.
Except for the shakes at Mel’s. $6 shake, tasted like it was priced right. Those were very good.
Everything, everywhere else in the park, felt wicked expensive. We ate there less and less and became much more choosy, lots of sharing.
As an aside- paper straws? Way to ruin a $8 butterbeer, guys. Sheesh. We just grabbed a bunch of plastic straws first chance we got and brought those in with us. I love that they eliminate plastic straws, but still serve everything in plastic cups. Total lack of pragmatic awareness...While completely ignoring the absolutely gigantic carbon footprint of a theme park.
But hey, let’s get those straws out of there! Changing the world, one ruined beverage at a time!
They never gave straws with cold butterbeer.OMG, the paper straws!!! And they won't even give you a straw for the cold Butterbeer (which my dumb wife thinks is better than frozen). We took a ton from Pei Wei, but then ultimately didn't need them. The paper straw crusade is beyond stupid.
Only .20-.30 cent increases, but it's still ridiculous with how expensive everything already is.
I don’t think I’ll ever have a sit down meal in a WDW park again. The quality is no where near the price tag and I’ll be lucky to have one quick service meal a trip. I didn’t buy a single snack in DL last week or month or however long ago it was now, feels like forever ago.Only .20-.30 cent increases, but it's still ridiculous with how expensive everything already is.
I've gotten to the point though where I cap my F&B per visit at a pretty low amount and I normally make sure that I bring multiple bottles of water into the park to stay hydrated and grab something to eat before coming to the park. They can keep raising the prices all they want but they won't be getting more money from me. The only thing I buy semi-regularly that's obviously and obscenely overpriced is alcohol at Epcot, but that's mostly just when i'm having a fun time with friends.
I was actually able to have a pretty solid meal at Nine Dragons yesterday before IllumiNations and after discount it only cost $23 for my meal. Sure, expensive for Chinese Food, but it was good, we walked right it and were seated immediately (no reservation) and the service was great as well as the quality being well above a quick serve despite the price being similar.I don’t think I’ll ever have a sit down meal in a WDW park again. The quality is no where near the price tag and I’ll be lucky to have one quick service meal a trip. I didn’t buy a single snack in DL last week or month or however long ago it was now, feels like forever ago.
I tried drinking around the world at Food and Wine last year and couldn’t get drunk with the small sizes of drink and finally resorted back to the standard size which felt like a bargain.
I wonder if this will make ‘free’ dining feel like a better value.
I would Bet that definitely is happening.My boyfriend and I are lucky that we're 23 and have been working since we were 17/18 full time, so we are able to afford value resorts and cheap flights at this point so we can enjoy Orlando vacations. My single mother, who I would say is middle to upper middle class, is finding prices absurd this vacation. Due to her health issues and no budget for me we haven't been to WDW or Orlando in 5-6 years together. We're planning this trip together, and she's flat out said she simply can't afford Disney anymore, at least to go frequently.
I just wonder if this is the main issue. People are still going to go WDW, but instead of every year, its more like every 4-5 years. Not as good for their longterm business prospects, but we shall see. Should be interesting to follow this winter and spring once Rise opens.
While my mom is a major Disney/Disney parks fan, she's not like some people who go every single year at least once. I know a few families like that, I truly am curious how much they're willing to spend for their yearly vacations.I would Bet that definitely is happening.