For those currently assessing the cost vs. value ratio of the new Platinum membership, please remember this post:
For example, after talking again with my Member-friend, he said he thinks there was something about access to a VIP Concierge service or something, that would make special arrangements for Platinums within the Resort. Perhaps like the very early days of Club 33 in the 1960's where Club 33 became the center of all VIP services in Disneyland Park and "One Call Covers Everything" meant you could get reserved box seats for Golden Horseshoe, special fireworks viewing area, and all matter of other options and goodies back then (this service didn't last long however, and things moved back to City Hall and this feature was eliminated from Club benefits).Originally Posted by Opus1guy
It's fun to speculate, but we're dealing with incomplete and probably sometimes inaccurate information here, so while I think current Gold ($3,600) vs. Platinum ($10,000) is a pretty huge difference in price...I'm holding off my personal "would it be worth it" opinion until all the details are in.
And in that regards, my Member-friend also advised me that the phone call from the Club was rather brief...a "Highlights from Hamlet" thing...and was informed that Members would be receiving a full prospectus of the new Platinum level with many more details of benefits, as well as details of the changes to current Gold, some time shortly after the first of the year. He also said Members don't have to pay their 2012 dues until they've received this prospectus and had a chance to go over everything before making their decisions as to if they want to stay, go, or upgrade.
Regarding the limiting of complimentary Park Hoppers in 2012...my own personal opinion is that it's a pretty big negative. If they felt they had to do something to limit these, I think they should have placed the cap as they did, but made it a policy that any reservation where the Member was present in person, none of those guest passes would come out of their allotment. I think that if the Member personally hosts a party at the Club and dines with with them...they and their party should always be comped into the Park. I mean...isn't that what their Membership is ultimately for?
But even limiting and puting a cap on the Guest Passes...I would suspect that's going to leave a really bad taste in the mouths of a lot of current Members. I can't help but think it adds a sort of silly, cheap, and almost tackiness to the Membership. I mean, asking a Club Member to now have to keep track and dole out their limited Guest Passes? The analogy Disneynut made earlier to airline frequent flyer programs is appropriate. And that seems very un-Club 33 like to me. And I suspect the same will be felt by many of the Club's current and prospective Members.