Re: Epcot: Red-headed step-child?
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First I believe that due to all the discounts more people that normally would not come to Disney are going and they are not as responsible.
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Wow, I did not realize that I was not responsible. We are a military family living on a TSgt's salary. If you have ever looked that up, your would realize that we are fairly close to the poverty line and in fact were below the poverty line for most of our 15 year marriage, until they started giving better pay raises.
We have to scrimp and save for every trip we make to Disneyland and to our last trip to WDW. In fact, if it was not for the military promotion at WDW, we would never have been able to go this year or next year, probably not until he retires in 06 and gets a much better paying job.
All that being said, we have NEVER thrown litter on the ground, nor dirtied up a bathroom w/papertowels, etc. We are clean and neat and dont litter. We were polite to all we met, didnt steal anything and even tidied up our beds at CBR every morning AND took our garbage out, so mousekeeping had an easier time. Our children are polite and well manered and never ran wild running through flowerbeds, etc.
On the flip side, i did see several families that seemed very well off(clothing, rocks on fingers, etc) who were total slobs and obnixious and rude. I would not however lump everyone w/money into that catagory.
Im sure you didnt mean it the way you stated it. I just wanted to make sure I let you know the view of a "poor" person.
I also agree that service and quality has gone WAY down in both WDW and Disneyland. I grew up near Disneyland and have been well over a hundred times over the last 33 years and its nothing like it was 15 years ago, or even 10 years ago. This was our first trip to WDW, and while I was impressed overall w/the quality and cm's, there were definately areas that were NOT up to Disney standards.
We did spend a day in Epcot and I didnt really notice any problems, other than a septic tank being pumped right in front of the fish and chips shop in teh UK, which produced a terrible smell and made us hurry through Jolly old England. Other than that I never really noticed anything that raised my eyebrows, but I also wasnt paying very good attention.
Have a wonderful Day all!