They'll soar, but not because NextGen is expensive to launch and operate. In the business philosophy of the beancounters running Disney Parks, NextGen "creates value." Value which justifies price increases.
Originally Posted by bheuett
From the official bio of Michael Colglazier, Disneyland's new president:
"From 2003 to 2007, Michael served as vice president of Disney Photo Imaging, where he spearheaded the invention and growth of Disney’s “PhotoPass” service, creating an industry-changing, web-based business model that creates value from the millions of photos captured each year in Disney parks."
NextGen and its various spinoffs are Disney's new Corporate Imagineering: theme park creativity for beancounters. They don't innovate in art or immersive environments, they innovate new ways to squeeze more gold from the same goose.