We've had some pretty awesome moments at Disney, as I have three daughters who have always been Disney geeks whether it's princesses, Marvel, or Star Wars. So we're all in, but our last visit was the worst of the three we've taken there as a family. Way too crowded. It peaked during a Haunted celebration evening where you pay extra to stick around after park hours and all this additional stuff goes on for "a really limited number of people". (We got the tickets free via a travel agent.) Well guess what? The park was way, way, way oversold. We actually talked to an employee who revealed the park had been overselling events lately, and it was pissing off guests. It was miserable. You couldn't do anything more than just attempt to walk around. That's the type of shit that will send people home with no desire to return and end up being discussed on travel message boards.
Disneyworld is in a position right now where people want to go and they're taking advantage of that. I don't have an issue with them trying to make every buck they can, but I mind it coming at the expense of the consumer's experience. But man, if your kids are into it and you can go when it isn't overcrowded, it's worth it. But if you and your kids aren't into it...why would you go there?
And the fake stuff is the point, right? I don't want into Avatarland thinking I'm actually on Pandora.
However, kids might think that giant mouse is really the one they see on TV, and end of the day, you're there for them.
My wife and I actually had a discussion about the differences between Disney and other places. We termed it "Theme vs Thrills".
Disney's whole thing is selling you a brief moment inside their fantasy worlds. Every ride and attraction is build around whatever theme and every detail is attended to. And of course it's all fake, I mean, it's based upon a giant mouse that talks.
Amusement parks, on the other hand, are about thrills. They don't put any effort into themes, and if they try, it's always half-assed. And, to be fair, the thrills are fake too...unless something goes horribly wrong...
Have you been to Cedar Point
in Ohio? The world's #1 rated amusement park. If you're a thrill/coaster person, it's a must visit travel destination. Coaster enthusiasts from all over the world travel there every year for the 18 coasters, many of which have been "world's tallest, fastest, etc." at one point or another.