I believe what several have tried to state is that a loss in "perks" could be viewed as an attempt to squeeze individuals out. It isn't as blatant as asking members for more money, but it gains the same results. Instead of asking for more money, Disney is simply providing less and thereby pocketing what would have gone towards the extra "perks". Those members wishing to regain the lost "perks" upgrade their membership. Others leave as a matter of principal, unwilling to pay the same amount for what they perceive as a decline in offered services.
AP's are a separate conversation but some of the discussion does apply. The recent move to "monthly payment" has caused a massive flood of people into the park. The "summer tourist" now fights for elbow room with the "local AP" as both try to walk down Main Street USA. How did this happen? Well... when a monthly payment for unlimited access to Disneyland is less than a cell phone bill what did Disney expect? Unfortunately instead of raising the price on those who use the park most (AP's), Disney has continually raised the price on those who use the park least (ticketed media). The result has been sold out parks year round with a higher influx of Deluxe and Premium AP crowds. After all what's another $10 or $20 a month if it eliminates blackout dates? The same could be said of the parking situation. If you offer a parking pass, people use it. If you instead offered discounted parking, people would use it a lot less or carpool to avoid the higher cost.
It doesn't matter if we're talking about 33, AP's or Parking the decision by Disney has consistently remained the same. Instead of raising prices on those who use it most, they've consistently raised it on those who use it least. That's not a way to stem the local crowd, it's a way to fleece the heavy pockets of the tourist while maintaining a healthy local population.