I was curious as to what your thoughts are on this one. I think my three categories covers most visitors.
1. Local AP holders who go on frequent day or half-day trips
2. Local non-AP people who go on occasional day trips - maybe once a year
3. Out of town visitors who go on occasional multi-day trips - may or may not have APs
How does the DLR experience differ among these groups?
I lived in Southern California until I was 28 and was in category #2 until that time. For the last 6 years I have been in category #3. I think the differences between these two types of visits is significant. When I go on multi-day trips it is for 3-4 days. I definitely prefer the category 3 experience to category 2. It is so nice to be able to stay close to the parks and be able to get there early each day and/or stay until closing. With multiple days it is so easy to work in different rides and entertainment, and you feel like you have all this time so it is just so relaxing.
I have never had an AP and so have never been in category #1. I can see how it would be neat to visit frequently and do different things throughout the year - holiday visits, Halloween visits, etc. But if you are a local AP holder, most of you do not get to stay across the street and wake up right there in the morning.
As it is now, DLR is a special place to visit for us. If we were to go every month it seems like it would lose its specialness. I guess an analogy would be Christmas. It is a special family and cultural experience partly because it is only once a year. If it happened once a month it would lose some of its specialness.