I absolutely believe they will continue to increase renewal rates and will continue to strip the lower membership levels of benefits. They are already doing it so why would next year be any different? I will never understand this logic when it comes to Disney. I am a simple person and I apply simple logic. If someone robs a bank today, do I then make the unnatural assumption that they won’t do it in the future? Of course not…Disney raises prices and reduces benefits today (as they have been for years) the natural assumption is that this trend will continue.
I don't know how anyone can't see what is going on here. Compare benefits and renewal rates from 2001 to 2011 and then adjust for inflation. They don’t compare…They did not create a new level of membership because of the 5 new members they hope to add in the next 10 years. This was all done with purpose.
This process is quite simple. Until they receive some form of push-back from the membership (complaining in a public forum is not enough, people need to vote with their checkbook) this will continue to happen on a yearly basis. This is a company-wide philosophy and/or policy. Only when people did not turn up at California Adventure did it warrant a change. Club 33 has lost the luster. When the cost of a meal and admission to eat that meal runs almost equal to dining at The French Laundry or other top rated North American restaurant they have priced themselves out of reality.