boiled frog theory is :
Originally Posted by knittingknerd
if you throw a frog into a boiling pot of water it jumps out, if you throw a frog in normal temperature water then increase the heat gradually it will remain in the pot and die.
In short the "value" of an AP is perceived to be a great deal when compared to the ticket price however individuals fail to realize the actual ticket price itself is much higher then the industry.
I do not doubt the attractiveness of buying an AP if you are visiting more then once. Compared to the admission to the park it is a "value". However when compared to a variety of other places in SoCal it is a great deal more expensive, and the privileges and discounts are minimal at best. For example take your PAP to WDW and see how far it gets you. For that matter feel free to compare the blackout dates AND prices between all parks. Or you could attempt to convince a restaurant manager in DTD that your kids should eat free because you have an AP. Or tell the CM that you should have Front of the Line over anyone else because you paid so much for your AP, and they paid the general admission. Fastpass would be wonderful if it wasn't handed out with every ticket!
Originally Posted by Spire
Like Disneyland, these places also have their respective local crowds and followings.
We've been to Knott's, Sea World San Diego, Universal Studios, etc. and quite frankly while we enjoyed our trips there, I am in no rush to return to any of those places. So, the perceived value of a day at these other locations is much, much lower than a day at Disneyland.
That is not an indicator of demand as much as it is an indicator of marketing and interest. SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo are EXTREMELY popular destinations that many would argue put San Diego on the map in the same way Anaheim owes a lot of it's standing to Disneyland. Also realize that this is MICEchat... not DISNEYLANDchat... and this site has areas dedicated to other parks as well. If there was no interest they wouldn't bother to have those forums!
Another indicator of relative demand - I just typed "www.shamuchat.com" in my browser...it doesn't work. Clearly Disneyland is a more demanded experience.
My family plans on getting AP's, because my kids are at the "Disney Age" but the only value I see is the value of multi-visits compared to the admission price. When you compare the Disneyland Admission price, or the Disney AP prices to others within the industry our "Industry Leader" leads in price and not necessarily perks, discounts, or privileges! Quality is also a personal perception. Disneyland is an amazing place for kids, but thrill seekers begin to yawn the moment it is mentioned! Thrill rides aren't for everyone, but neither are kiddy rides. You can go with park cleanliness, friendliness, customer service... everything is dependent on day to day experiences! So while the quality debate would be interesting, the price debate of "value" can only be compared to admission price because it is clearly not a "value" when compared to other parks which offer a great deal more for your money.