My fiancee and I have been deluxe passholders since last April. In fact, we got them only a couple of weeks before the price raise from 500 to 650. So, it's been a pretty good deal in that regard. We've been to the parks between 15-20 timess this year. We've gotten some good mileage out of it. We don't regret buying them but it's become painfully obvious that the current state of the park has left it far less enjoyable than we thought. Funny enough, the problem really isn't the price point.
It has really all come down to CarsLand being the culprit. For years, it's been known Disney has been hugely troubled by the lack of interest in California Adventure. Clearly, the fortune has changed with the opening of CarsLand. I will admit that it was an amazing gamble that has paid off handsomely for all involved. The major side effect of all of this is the crowding. Disney wants full parks and that's entirely understandable from a business standpoint. I would want the same thing. They've singled out the annual passholders and they want to force them out sideways since the general viewpoint is they don't spend as much money as the average vacationer. Once again understandable. Maybe it'll start to die down in another year or so but with CarsLand still attracting so many visitors in what used to be known as the offseason, it's become pretty unbearable to try to enjoy the parks. To be completely honest, we've been averaging maybe 1 ride a visit since CarLand opened.
After taking a stroll through both parks yesterday (both being really crowded again) we've come to the decision that the pass isn't worth it at this time. It's not an alarming revelation, sure. We definitely have a dislike for crowds which doesn't help the situation. But until Disney puts som effort into revitalizing it's namesake park, we won't give Disney our business.
Tomorrowland needs a lot of help. Frontierland is so underwhelming, why is it even a land? For the most part it's a themed walkway between New Orleans Square and Fantasyland. IMO, Adventureland needs better traffic flow/widening. Toon Town could be leveled or at least cut in half and added to expansion land. That's probably blaspheme to many of the traditionalists but IMO Disneyland is reaching a point where the overcrowding is taking a lot away from the magic of the place. It's losing the personal touches and with the plans to roll out even more effiency in getting people through the gates, it sounds like it will only get worse.
So I'll step off my soapbox and maybe I'm way offbase with many of my assumptions but it's how I feel about the Parks right now. California Adventure has rebounded nicely. I don't have too many complaints as it's still a growing park and it's getting the attention a theme park should be getting. I just feel Disneyland has been neglected for far too long. Until they start pushing Tomorrowland or the long and oft rumored Frontierland expansion rumors, I can't justify spending 1400 dollars for a park and a half of overcrowding mess.