I'm sure a lot of different pricing model ideas have been posted on MiceChat (probably even the one I am posting now). Here's my idea that I think would benefit BOTH guests and the Disney Company.
1) Variable single day pricing. Single day tickets (one or both parks) would be more expensive on high demand days, especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, holidays and holiday weeks. Tickets would be less expensive on low demand days, weekdays and off-season.
2) Variable multi-day pricing. Similar price variance as 1).
3) No blocked out calendar. All days are the same for all AP holders. 1) and 2) would be required to have this make sense.
4) AP tickets have a completely different model. You pay one upfront annual fee, that gives you a certain percentage off purchase of daily tickets. For example, but I haven't worked out the actual math on this to see if it makes sense, so don't sue me!
a) Pay $350 annual fee, you get 90% off the regular single day one/both park ticket price.
b) Pay $250 annual fee, you get 75% off the regular ticket price.
c) Pay $150 annual fee, you get 50% off.
d) Pay $75 annual fee, you get 25% off.
Again, I haven't done the math on that to see if it makes sense. Probably the annual fee would be much different.
Benefits to this plan:
1) Attendance at the parks would "tend" to even out through the year. In general, less people (than now) would go on more expensive days and more people (than now) would go on less expensive days.
2) AP holders that want to go everyday could still do that, it would just cost them a lot more.
3) AP holders could go any time during the year, but they would pay more for weekend and holiday times, just like everyone else.
4) Disney makes more money on weekends and holidays, but less on week days and the off-season. Maybe break even change?
5) Assuming crowds are more evenly dispersed throughout the year, Disney could have a more consistent number of Cast Members working every day of the year. I'm not a business major, but I think this helps reduce some overhead costs.
6) It cuts down on one of the biggest gripes I think a lot of people have with APs: locals going every day, creating massive crowds.