I have a very honest question to ask. Should we go back to the Ticket Book system, where you pay a small entrance fee, and then each attraction is an ala-cart fee.
Before you scream "NO NO NO NO NO" I would like for you to ponder this for a moment.
The current WDC is a company that is profit driven. While Florida is my home I do love Disneyland. And on both coasts you have an issue when an attraction long out lasts it's welcome, and I believe that the Ticket Books would be the answer to these stale parks.
With each attraction considered it's own "profit center" the Walt Disney Company would be driven to drive as many guests through each attraction, and increase guest spending as much as they could.
Let's look at the Fastpass attractions at Disneyland:
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
With FastPass Disney is essentially telling tourists (not you super savvy locals) that these attractions warrant your special attention, and are the cream of the crop.
But if given the opportunity to pay per attraction would you be willing to pay the same amount for Autotopia as you would for Indiana Jones Adventure? Probably not.
Looking beyond simple comparison, the ticket book system would force Disney to take under performing attractions and truly develop that area into an attraction that drives guests through. I think the overall effect would be less staleness, and more constant improvement in the product as a whole.