Why can't anyone face it, the AP is here to stay. There are no signs of "dismantling" it or dissolving it. If anything, there is more push to promote it.
Its a fantastic program.
As one said above, higher prices will turn into higher frequencies (getting $$ worth). I totally agree. I do the same.
my pass has "paid for itself" and by renewal time, it will have paid for itself twice.
disneyland is a giant commercial, a living breathing advertisement cleverly disguised as a theme park.
its a challenge to not buy anything in there... Or see a Disney product (film, etc) outside of there. They've gotchya from prior ticket purchase until.. Who knows... Death? The brand is SOLID in our everyday lives.
so, dropping a pseudo-reward program like the AP one, would be silly for them. Us APer's feel, despite costs, this is a reward we give ourselves, a reward made available by a place we love more than the average once a year vacationer, to a place we feel no shame in buying food and product at (even if its a bit more expensive and usually not necessary)
THEN add the bonus of the monthly payment option, and the "club" has expanded. A giant smile across the park.
When the costs hit $1000 per PAP, there will be some playing field leveling, but there will still be a large amount of players. And, if the AP rises, I'm sure gate costs will too.