That's what Disney is afraid of......but then again, the main reason the Disney company has been and is declining is mostly based on fear (they fired the guy who greenlit LOST for goodness sakes....because he was too much of a risk taker )There's no question in my mind that if the monthly payment APs were to disappear, the parks would see fewer people. Likely quite a bit fewer.
I live that plus another 8 hours and have visited almost every year between 79' and 97'....then took a 3 year break before visiting again in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006...followed by a 4 year break before visiting again in 2010. Have no plans to go back anytime in the near future (although we do have a WDW trip penciled in for next March)I live about 10 hours away, and visited twice in 2005, 3 times in 2006, and once a year after that. And I'm seriously considering not coming back at all. The sole reason is the huge crowds.
In the early part of the last decade it was my wife, son, and me along with my parents my brother (and his wife plus 4 boys) and my sister (and her husband and 2 boys and baby girl).......on our most recent trip (2010) my brother's family decided to go to Wisconsin Dells instead (spent less money and their smiles were just as big coming home)....those boys of his actually voted against Disneyland! in favor of the Dells......I think it's safe to say they won't be bringing their kids to Anaheim after they get married and have families of their ownWhen I visit, it's me, my daughter (19) and 3 to 5 of her friends. We visit for 3 days.
If you're trying to be the McDonalds of theme parks I suppose they must beI'm too tired to do the actual math, but it seems to me that Disney may very well have lost more than it gained by having a 4 - 6 full price paying guests visit less often because of the crowds. Are big attendance numbers really best?
No NFL team.....gotta go somewhereIt seems to me as though the parks have become more of a locals hangout that a destination resort.
You should be totally furious......I understand quantity discounts but where else can one get 315 of something for the price of 4.Also, while I fully realize that life is not fair, why should I not be furious that the person next to me in a ridiculously long line may very well have paid less than $5 to get in, while I paid a LOT more?
"Yes sir, I'd like to buy the Bacon Slam breakfast please....and, um, if I buy 3 more can I get a gift card for 300?"
"Whaddya mean I can't see this movie for free.....I already paid for 4 movies this year, the rest should be on the house!"
"I paid for a week of car insurance....the next 51 weeks are freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee "
Problem is, the more tourists they chase away, the more they have to court the locals....which may turn even more tourists away and so on.....it's one of those vicious circle things...Of course, TDC could not possibly care any less what I think, unless it has a negative effect on the bottom line. And if they keep chasing the tourists away, it may very well have just such an effect........
Tell me if you've heard this one:
Two people walk into a bar and order the same Top-shelf drink.....the bar tender charges one person $9.00 and the other person .50 cents.
The first guy goes "hey, why does he only have to pay .50 cents? Why am I paying 18 times as much!!!?
The bartender says "but he comes in here all the time, so I give him a discount".
"Yeah, but a discount is 5% - 10%, maybe even 20%.....you're giving something like 94% off!!!!" Implores the first guy. "If you can afford to give him so much and still make money what kind of mark-up are you charging me?"
"Make money?" bristles the bartender, "I am not making any money off of him, why do you think I have to charge you so much?"
The first guy leaves in a huff.
"Lost another one you did" slurred the 2nd visitor. "You know, this place is really going down hill".
"I know, I know, looks like I am going to have to offer more discounts to me regulars just to stay afloat" mumbles the bartender.
"Hiccup" spits the 2nd visitor.