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A 30 year veteran of world travel (but knows nil about Orlando-area attractions), Will Allen III writes about his weekly odysseys by air on business and how the airlines rob him--and you--of time, the most precious commodity on earth. Time: It's all we have, and the airlines routinely take it from us. This blog challenges the airlines to keep their basic promises.

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Born 1948 in Kinston, NC and raised there in beautiful eastern North Carolina, I now live in Raleigh and commute around the country and the world.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Walt Disney World Redux

Even as the memory of our family trip to WDW over Christmas recedes into the foggy past, readers continue to comment. I appreciate the constructive criticism and advice on how we might have managed things better. I've published all such comments, and you can read them if you go back to the original posts in late December and early January. Thank you all for taking the time to write.

However, some comments have not been published. Many of those were disdainful of our choice to go to Disney World over Christmas, ignoring the hard fact that we had no choice since our children are out of school then and not in, say, late January.

To those critics, I will just say that I agree with the following summation by a very well-known and respected travel journalist regarding my blog entries of our dismal Disney experience:

"You judge a [travel] company [like Disney] on its WORST days, not its best days, is where this lies. Anyone who says stuff like 'You should know not to go to X [during a busy time like Christmas],' well, they are fools. ... And if you DO choose to acknowledge them, then hit them with the $64 answer: 'Sorry, an experience is only as good as it is on its worst day.' That ends all discussion in my mind.

"Only in travel do people expect you to get the least when you've paid the most!"

Enough said on that subject, I guess.

For veterans and newbies alike to WDW, I recommend The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World by Len Testa and Bob Sehlinger. It is quantitative analysis: a wholly fact-based, thoroughly researched, and frequently updated look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of WDW. If we ever do go back, we will have it with us, well-thumbed and dog-eared.


Blogger BonzoGal said...

Amen to that! If "everyone" knows not to go to Disneyworld at Xmas, then "everyone" at Disney must know this as well, and should plan accordingly. Restaurants know to put on extra staff when they're going to be slammed, and wouldn't excuse a bad dining experience by telling a patron, "Well, you should have KNOWN not to come here on a Saturday night!"

2/28/2007 5:36 PM  

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