We all knew prices were going to go up, and that Disney would be losing quite a few Premium and Deluxe pass holders as a result. Most of us had no idea they would go this far this fast. If they want to keep the park from overflowing, it seems that their plan will definitely work as soon as these price hikes go into effect for everyone. Many of my kid's friends couldn't go with them this year because their parents wouldn't renew their passes. It looks like we'll join them next year and Disney will finally have succeeded in driving us off.
Most of the emotion that you are reading in this thread is generated by the fact that several of us are realizing that our era of scrimping and saving to hopefully continue buying passes is now over. We are also looking around and trying to figure out who in the world will be able to go to this park in 5 years. Some of you are trotting out the "Disneyland is still worth it" line again, just as you did last year. And that's fine. The rest of us are just disappointed in finally having to face reality and let our passes expire.