Please note: I am guessing on the current numbers of APs.
Please note: I am guessing on the current numbers of APs.
As far as my household is concerned, we backfired on Disney. We went once a year, didn't parkhop much on our single day visits and only had one 2 day visit ever. We are not locals., but go almost every year.
Now we have APs, planned a very Disneyland vacation and spent 4 full days in the parks bookended with a partial day before/after (6days total). We will be going again in December as was the plan all along when we decided that we would make this a Disney year. We will go a couple more times when we hit SoCal in 2013 for other things.
So we just added to the numbers that DLR is seeing. We didn't pay full price either since our admission is in the form of an AP. How many of us are out there that did this? I wonder if it was enough ppl to make a significant addition to the park's numbers?
Had I known that the park would be as busy as it was during the late Sept ''off-season'', I probably would have NOT spent so many days at the resort and only purchased a 2day hopper and changed my plans.
I do love the parks, so we are going to stand by our Disney year. And then a year long break? A few years break? We don't know yet.
Anyway, my point is, when ppl are forking over the new prices, I feel that ppl are going to eliminate their other potential plans and just pack the park to the gills... a park that is already packed. They are going to "make it worth it". Not only is this going to add to the high numbers, it is going to be a resort full of cranky ppl who will be forcing the fun to milk their pass.
A lot of people bought passes before the price hike so they won't expire till next June so maybe the number of pass holders will go down at that time and lessen the crowds. Mine expires in may but I will renew just because I think the value is worth the price ( in my opinion) parking alone would have already cost be around $750 so I can't complain
Dude, the other attractions are OFTEN not working! In the last four or five visits, we left from the middle of the line because of technical difficulties at least three times. Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
I do not remember the last time we visited the park and there were *no* attraction anomalies .
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AP holders are not to blame for crowds.
A few points for AP holders:
For us, if its too crowded, we leave. Sure, we may ride a couple of rides and eat, but we soon go and chalk it up to, catching it next time.
also, I do believe that the payment plan through Disney is interest free. It's a brilliant plan to cater to the current financial climate. Families find it hard enough to go and spend the cash in one fell swoop, so breaking it up over the year, makes sense to them.
It also allows those families to enjoy the parks as much as anyone else.
It's interesting for me to read this thread, as my long time bf and I are talking about AP's as we are planning a trip to DL for Christmas this year. We're not going with our grown kids or taking my grand kids. We just want to do something different for Christmas this year. We don't need things and/or family drama, so leaving Sacramento for Southern CA is very appealing to us. I haven't been to DL as much as I've wanted to. He just retired. I saw the AP's as part of a greater plan: use my Hilton HHonors points and stay for free, and have time in the parks at various times of the year. Rather than feeling as though we need to cram everything into the visit, go and enjoy, leave and return as we wish, without feeling stuck to spend all day and evening in the parks. We've never seen the park at Christmas, although he has seen it at Halloween. I do believe we can do some last minute "lets go to disneyland this weekend" on a spur of the moment for a year. Who knows, maybe we'll do it for a year and decide not to renew. I'm not sure.
I will still be following the park through this forum and will still have opinions and be able to express them here.Quote:
Won't it be difficult to have input or even know what is going on without ever going to the park again?
Of course it will. I haven't been in the park since January and every time I see pictures it makes me sad that I can no longer go as much as I use to. But I still enjoy seeing pictures and remembering the good times.Quote:
You don't think reading all the posts will make you miss Disneyland and want to go again?
See above statement regarding the same. Why would I quit MiceChat? I still am a fan of Disney I still enjoy the park just not as frequently as I did before and I have so many friends here that I hang out with and talk to why would I go anywhere else?Quote:
So if you are quitting Disneyland are you also quitting MiceChat?
I'm 110 miles away one way. When I come down I have food, gas, motel etc to consider. The price of the pass has finally hit my personal price point of no return. I didn't renew in October because I could no longer afford to pay for the pass, motel, gas etc since I work two part time jobs and my husband has now been out of work for almost 6 weeks. Even if I were closer where I could make it to the park more than once or twice a year my focus is now on making sure my bills are paid and an AP is now a luxury for me.Quote:
So why not renew and enjoy the park? Heck even you said you go 1-2 times a month. If you go that often then it will pay for itself within 3 months with parking and discounts as well as entrance. then it will be like getting 9 months free plus discounted prices for food and shopping.
I'm not ruling out one day having a pass again, but its not going to happen for me for a long while.
You want a discount? Your Annual Pass IS a discount! Have you checked the one day pass prices?
The 2 major complaints that I see are 1) it's too busy and 2) the prices are too high. Well you can't have both. Sorry it's one or the other. But you not renewing makes it better for us that do go so thanks!