Also, our rides get more refurbs than the ones at WDW by a longshot and that IS because of the AP community: if Matterhorn is closed for six months, well, we can come back in six months. At WDW if a ride is closed for six months, most visitors will just miss out on it because they aren't coming back.
Back to what I said earlier: if Disney really wanted to alleviate overcrowding, they'd cut down on capacity, not APs. They'd cap the gate at, say, 50,000 or 60,000 instead of 80,000...but they won't do that because again, they want your money.
Locals DO keep the parks running. DLR will never be a "destination" in the same way WDW is. We're the ones who staff the parks. We're the ones who are there on those nights in January when there's no one in line for half the rides. Nobody should be arrogant, but to pretend that tourists only add to the park and locals/APers only detract is not seeing the forest for the (evil) trees, IMHO.
Unpleasant people come in both home grown and tourist varieties, too, I find...I've never trampled anyone or felt entitled to anything. I have, however, overheard people loudly complaining about "ghetto locals," I've had my feet run over by tourists with strollers, etc.