I don't get you. I don't. You'll spend $600 on an annual pass to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, even if you don't live near the parks, you'll spend thousands of dollars on a vacation to Disney or a Disney Cruise, you'll blow a whole paycheck on pins to trade, you'll even spend tens of thousands of dollars to join the Disney Vacation Club ... but you pick apart a $75 expenditure on D23.
Now, I know, there are a lot of former NFFC-ers who want to see D23 fail, and their views should be taken into consideration, I suppose. But there are a lot of people who really complain loudly about D23.
But it's really interesting to look at comparisons. There's a Justin Bieber Fan Club that costs $99 a year, and for that you get access to tour tickets, merchandise-purchase opportunities, and that's about it. Or for $36, you get "digital membership," which is ... well, as far as I can see, nothing.
For 25 bucks you can join the Carrie Underwood Fan Club, and it doesn't get you much of anything.
As far as I can tell, Harry Potter doesn't even have an official fan club.
The closest thing I can find to an entertainment fan club (not music) is for The Three Stooges -- it costs $20. For a Three Stooges Fan Club.
None of them (except the Bieber club) actually GIVE you anything like gifts, the way D23 does. There are digital newsletters and a small newsletter for the Stooges fans, but nothing even close to the Disney twenty-three magazine.
They certainly don't have ANY kind of events, except concerts for the musical fan clubs. But nothing like the D23 events ANYWHERE, much less in (name whatever city is close to you that you wish D23 did events in).
The websites are minimal, at best -- a few behind-the-scenes or candid photos, not the kind of information and articles offered by D23.
Discounts to OTHER organizations the way D23 does? Not a chance. You can't show your Three Stooges membership card and get a discount at Ghirardelli.
And yet, for all of this, everyone here is hyper-critical of D23 and willing to discontinue their membership in THE OFFICIAL Disney fan club because it isn't everything they hoped for. And yet, if you do the math, it costs $6.25 a month to be a member of the ONLY official Disney club.
Now, $6.25 is less than a hamburger at Disneyland. It is about 21 cents a day.
I truly, seriously don't understand why people who claim to be Disney fans, who spend money freely on just about anything else from Disney, whine and complain so much about 21 cents a day.