I go once every two to three years and every time is a blast. Maybe it's better to be poor and live far away from Disneyland.
I go about once a year, at a different time each year, summer some years, at Christmastime (in November) others.
I will probably never stop going, because I've been going literally every year since I was born. I also have Asperger's Syndrome, and it just so happens that my Aspie obsession is Disney parks in general and Disneyland in particular. Yes, I agree about the increased prices, that the least they could do is to slow them down or even put a cap on them, if not reduce them. As for the PeopleMover track, I agree, something should be done. If they can't bring back the PeopleMover track, then get rid of it. As for the commercialism, which as most people (on MiceChat and elsewhere) seem to think goes against Walt the man and everything he stands for, I've learned to ignore it. I know Disneyland is a business, so I've learned to put up with it.
And I'm not even an AP'er, either. So no offense, but as a Disneyland Aspie, this thread kinda rubbed me the wrong way.
What I find amusing about this whole thread is that several people on here have discovered how nice Universal is and that the sentiments expressed by the OP are the same as my personal friends that have let their Disney passes expire in exchange for Universal passes. They are looking forward to going on a rainy day and getting their free hot chocolate. LOL.
While obviously a small subset of fans, you would think this trend would be of some concern to Disney...
A factory might charge a premium for people who need product immediately, but give discounts if you are flexible when they can produce product during downtimes.
Either way every product sold, every annual pass creates positive gross margin for disney. There is no such thing as negative revenue (except for refunds).
the only issue with AP is if they reduce the maximum $ per utilized unit by chasing away people that would pay higher amounts. They resolved this with blockout passes.
You can look at disneys financials to see the parks are doing well (although not making a fortune). $/visitor are up, visits are up etc.
While "burn-out" is bound to happen, I can't help but think that DLR is getting more business, and more APers.
Case in point my sister. She and her family rarely visit Disneyland, even though she did so often as a kid. For vacations they would go to Vegas, Hawaii, and took their now early-teens son to Disneyland, but he really loved Universal because of the fast rides.
Well, I was flat-out surprised when I learned that she bought annual passes for her family recently and that she plans to go there more often (obviously) with another family. So, DLR is getting at least one more APer.
Upkeep at WDW is poor, but DLR is turning around. I posted a trip report with photos of broken glass on a lampost, a rusted railing, and some poorly hung twinkle lights and was knocked off my socks when everything was fixed when I returned maybe four months later!
Anyway, I think DLR is entering a second golden age. We've got Carsland, which amazingly makes me want to go to DCA right off the bat when arriving on property, plus the rumored Iron Man Tomorrowland attraction, and in the background is the Frontierland expansion, Main Street Alley project, and who knows what else.
Disney has a huge incentive to plus the parks, now they make so much more $$$ because of Grand Californian, instead of just selling park tickets and getting some folks to stay at the Disneyland Hotel.
I have to disagree with the OP that Animation is "dead" . . . uh, Princess and the Frog was a great film, and the new Pooh movie was great and in exactly the same style as the old Pooh, and Frozen looks to be good. I wish they put up an ad for the next WDA feature film above the Exits like they used to do.
Anyway, I think DLR will get more APers . . . millions more are visiting the parks this year.
One sore spot for me is the Esplanade with the "temporarily permanent" security checkpoints and the new ticket booths which look . . . wrong somehow. I think if this area had more Mictorian style ticket booths with more plants, and maybe even a Mickey Fountain, it would start the whole experience on the right foot. Or they could pull a Disneyland Paris and put a hotel over the Esplanade and have the ticket booths on the first floor.
A big deal is made about franchises, but a lot of great past attractions were franchise based, such as the Mike Fink Keel boats, and I sure miss them. If they took Buzz out of Tomorrowland, I'm sure some kids that "grew up" with this attraction would be upset. It's just the nature of Disneyland that attractions change from time to time, even a classic like the HM gets a makeover each year with HMH. If Disney turns a franchise such as Brave, Princess and the Frog, the Good Dinosaur (Pixar upcoming), or others I like into a theme park attraction . . . I won't not only be not disappointed, but I would be ecstatic.
Anyway, I gotta say DLR is on the upswing. I think some APers are feeling a bit anticlimatic after Carsland/BVS opened (hasn't even been a year!), but excitement over new projects will no doubt grow once again.
That is a phenomonan that always baffled me. It's like for everyone in here who says they will not be renewing...5 more families of 4 renew all their passes. I don't get it.
I think APers with burn-out, who are more sensitive to over crowding in the parks because they've experience the less crowded parks, sort of attract attention by declaring Universal "better" than Disney. Everybody has their opinion and no doubt there are folks who have gone to Disney once, and are regular APers at Universal . . . But there isn't much novelty in talking about the Uni APers who bailed for Disneyland.
Anyway . . . Disney isn't worried about APers who drop out of the program, they're busy building wheelbarrows to cart off all the money they're making.
Disney has created the standard of the apex of family entertainment. It's their job to uphold that because in my mind and many other's, it's eroding.
Not sure how the price increase will affect the number of APers, though I'm sure Al will provide us with an update on that at some point.