Those Express passes surely inflated the day's cost. Universal has gotten more expensive, primarily due to higher hotel costs that may not carry over a year from now, but this looks more like a poorly planned vacation than anything else.
Not much of a 'marketing expert' with that plan . I guess money is not an issue for this family.
Completely agree. We stayed at Royal Pacific to not have to buy Express and saved money for just the two of us. Staying at WDW and going to IoA/UNI with their Uni Express and two park tickets made my credit card smoke for a little while. Didn't have to purchase Express or the "park hopper" but CHOSE to. This is one thing that bugs me on various levels. We all make choices and the costs come with it. If I choose to stay at a WDW moderate or deluxe hotel, there is a cost associated versus staying offsite. I don't go griping, though. It is my choice and may not be the best choice but it's mine.
Going to WDW or Universal is going to be an expensive trip in many ways. The tickets, even base tickets, are expensive. Far more expensive than touring the Smithsonian or visiting a national park (both of which I fully enjoy). It will ultimately come down to when I decide that going isn't worth the expense.