With tickets, demand is unknown. It fluctuates. People might not want to go on that one more ride. It is possible to have too many employees waiting for customers. If the cost is too high, people won't go. Does Disney raise or lower the prices on the fly? This creates so much uncertainty with park operations.
I wonder if changing each ride into a cost center will have an impact on how you enjoy the park. You can almost say goodbye to new park attractions to increase attendance. Disneyland will have a fixed amount of attractions to make it easier to manage. Accounting is twice as hard with each attraction and there are much more overhead with ticket takers and line monitors. Beware of line jumpers as this will be a bigger problem with those that like to cheat. When money is in the picture, people will find away of getting away with free rides.
From this analysis, I guess I won't mind going back to the old days. I will not only pay much less to get into the park. It is unlikely I will ever hit the current park admission price (I'm cheap). An a la carte system will force me to nickle and dime. I don't think Disney wants people to think about money when money should flow more freely on vacation.
Smart cards can take care of line-jumping by moving the "entrance" of the attraction nearer to the attraction loading area.
New attractions could be built on the faith of their attractionness and (more coldly) their ROI. That is, if someone who really knows the business can believe in it. Older, less popular attractions, ticket-priced for nearly zero and still not attracting enough guests and revenue, would go away. An attraction that costs way too much to operate relative to its market price (cough, nemo, cough) would be replaced.
Yes, it would be harder to run the business this way. if it were easy everyone would be able to do it. It's the 'hard' that makes it great.
And yes, no one in TDA has provided any evidence to convince me that they'd know how to run this park this way. Current way is easier. Put the old feet up on the desk and relax.
1) Don't let the ODV lines go straight out into the walkway! Have the line go to the side. Line control is part of the job - I know, I worked at a concession stand. People don't mind being asked to swing the line to the side. Lines going halfway or more across a walkway, like at the ODVs by the Mark Twain, are a bottleneck.
2) Do a better job of anticipating crowd levels. The worst days are not when it's really crowded. The worst days are when it's really crowded and Disney did not expect it. High attendance is not that bad when all cashier and food service lines are open, rides operate at full capacity, etc. (The best days are when they expect crowds and don't get them!) Attendance patterns have changed. Learn the new patterns.
Replace The AP program with a Season Pass program. Sell passes that are only good for a certain time of year like:
--Winter Value Pass good from January to March for $149.
--Spring Pass good from April to June for $199.
--Summer Pass good from June to Labor Day for $299.
--Fall Value Pass good from September to early November for $149.
--Holiday Pass good from early November to early January for $299.
This would effectively raise the cost of a PAP to $1100 and eliminate all other passes while still providing value for those wanting to visit multiple times. Parking would no longer be included with any pass. No monthly payment options.
Several here (including me) have made several cases against going back to ticket books. However, although I don't think ticket books (pay per attraction) would work to reduce crowds, what might work is pay as you go fast passes. Eliminate free fast passes, and charge for them. this will generate additional revenue, and put more people into the standby lines, reducing overall crowding outside of the attractions.