American amusement parks, in general, and Disney's, in particular, are faced with low earnings growth, so, unwisely, executives like Paul Pressler looked to cut costs in order to find additional growth.
There is, in my opinion, the potential for enlarging Disneyland's capacity and filling it better, but to do so will require ongoing capital improvements, which Disney is reluctant to undertake for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is that new attractions do not necessarily increase attendance over the long term. So, the solution is fairly obvious to me in that it's a return to something quite old: the "A"-"E" ticket system.
Now, I'm not suggesting that the unlimited-use passports be discontinued, and I wouldn't want the "A"-"E" system to return in the same form. But, I think offering limited-use admission media as an option to guests would go a long way towards getting Disney out of this strategic planning conundrum in which the company has found itself while also helping to keep Walt Disney Imagineering intact.