Looks like I'll be saving some extra cash this year by not renewing my pass. Hmm imagine the things I can buy next christmas with the money I'll save!
Up charging for Halloween parties really isnít the crime people were afraid it was going to be. Special offerings like the trick or treat zones and guest Halloween parades (do they still do that??) are truly the added bonuses since isnít logistical to fold those activities into normal operation. Whatís more, Halloween isnít a major holiday; so a few ticketed events arenít that critical.
However, having private Christmas parties at Disneyland is a bit trickier. First is the obvious, Locals and those who grew up on Disneyland California will balk at the idea of paying for something that once was included in the price of admission.
But what bothers me is TDAís desire to model DL after WDW. You canít treat the two resorts the same. Disneyland is smaller and caters to the locals. The amount of tourists planning years in advance, saving every penny, and mapping out every minuet of their stay just doesnít compare to the amount of global tourists flocking to WDW. And because of this, WDW is forced to streamline operation and accommodate large crowds. This manifests itself in next-gen queues, one stop shop meet ní greets, and of course, separate ticketed events. The Christmas Party works in Florida because everything is laid out in a few hours of regimented ďpartingĒ. This fulfills tourists need to see and do everything in a streamlined and operationally sound way.
More to the point, if you do not wish to pay for WDW Christmas party, there are other ways throughout the entire (MASSIVE) resort one can get their holiday fix without feeling gypped.
With locals so accustomed to having Christmas fireworks and shows included in their ticket Iím interested to see how this plays out. And if this event is a success from an operational standpoint.