And I think most people here are paying attention to the AP price because well, its a Disney site so most people here are hardcore fans who go more often and usually have an AP of some kind. If they dont now, they more than likely did at some point.
Personnally I think the AP price increases ARE still crazy though, bar none! A 30% increase in ONE year is nuts, period! That said, is it still a great value? OF COURSE it is!!
People who only see the price isnt measuring it by the daily value of it! If you go JUST once a month, you are only paying about $55 per visit...for two parks! If you go twice a month, that now is divided by half, to $27! You go more, thats even better! And thats the premium pass! The others are even a better deal at the end of the day IF you can take advantage of the passes even with the black out dates!
I can certainly understand the initial sticker shock, but long term value, an AP is still a great deal IF you use them. Now if you are buying top APs and go just a few times a year out of convience, then no, its not worth it. But even the Premium when you break it down all year is still less than $2 a day! I mean, yeah, you cant argue the amazing value you are getting!
That said I can understand others still being upset over it, but its been said, they now think they have a full day park with DCA and they want people to pay for it! In fact you can blame ALL of the wacky prices because of DCA basically. When DCA first opened, they opened a park that was NOT worth the same price of DL, not even close. Not only did they want a seperate admission with the same price they tried to get people to buy TWO seperate APs for both parks which was more absurd.
We all know what happened next: The park did not reach close to the expectations they wanted so instead of overselling it, they started UNDERSELLING the park basically making it free for all APers just adding it to the DL AP! That was the problem. They been giving away two parks for the price of one for the first 8 years or so! And people got spoiled and use to it. Now after spending over a billion dollars for it, they are now trying to make the APs a more closer price to its true value which should be expected!
But DCA was always the issue IMO. They NEVER lowered the one day price which put most people off and so they were instead trying to get people to buy the multi day and APs which most people only saw worth doing it along with DL. Now in 2012 they FINALLY think they have a hit on their hands and now that so many people have gotten use to doing the multi park and AP tickets they will continue paying...and I suspect most would!
But they arent stupid, they know DCA isnt out the woods yet or they would be offering seperate park APs, ie one for DL or one for DCA which TDR been offering for TDS for years now. The day that happens will tell you DCA can sustain itself!
But for now, the 2 park APs, even with the insane price increase is still a GREAT value! DCA will basically be a full day park now with another huge land and dont forget the amount of new shows that will be added alone! Remember people its NOT just CL that people are paying for. Its CL, BVS, nearly a dozen new shows AND extended hours to experience it all. You have to factor in every bit of what is being offered!
I still agree, the one day price is utterly ridiculous, period! The AP price, while it will definitely price a lot of people from buying them, its still a great value IF you can afford it! I know it sucks if people just cant buy them, but regardless its a good deal, even better now that DCA looks to be a park you can not only spend all day in, but a park you WANT to spend all day in! That was always the problem with it. But now its changing and Disney is making people pay for that change!