I was listening to the 8/9 edition of the Magical Definition Podcast and they discussed that Disney is planning to increase the price of the premium annual pass $40 a year for the next 5 years. Getting the price of that pass up to $590 and passes like the Southern California to $280 (I did the math on this one myself by adding $20 a year compared to the $40 for the Premium) and also adding more block out dates. They discussed the reasoning would be that when they are done with DCA expansion there would be more attractions and theme park for the AP. Also, there is a problem with crowding, AP holders not spending money, and rude behavior from the APs. They believe the price increase will hopefully keep the diehards but eliminate some of the AP while maintaining their income with the price increase. Remember this is just a RUMOR, and even if the company is planning this, a LOT can change over the next 5 years.
Let me know what you all think about this rumor.
I personnaly was expecting major price increases over the next few years, because of the DCA expansion, but I was expecting the Premium to go up to $500 over the next 5 years not $600. I will probably still get the Premium pass but it will be a HUGE decision every year for me now. For $600 I would expect their to be a Water Park or a third theme park. If not I would need more benifits than what the AP currently gives. Cause $600 just is too much for 2 parks and free parking.