Guest Relations this morning could neither confirm nor deny that the visuals are being reconceived, nor whether or not the 10th Anniversary would even be officially celebrated at all. I mean, if they really are redoing the key visuals, it means throwing out and re-producing (sic) a LOT of the merchandise. I'm pretty sure a lot of that stuff was already made in the thousands on 3/11 in preparation for this month's event. If they really are going to scrap it and start fresh, this must be costing them a fortune!
As far as the next Shopping Day, here's the situation. I was planning to buy a voucher for the Annual Pass tomorrow, just before the price change kicks in. I deliberated a lot, as it's not really comfortable for me to afford it right now, but I figured if I had to go on 5/9 to shop for Duffy Post anyway, so soon after the hike, then I'm losing the ￥7000 with the price change, plus paying the newer, higher rate of ￥6200...and I will buy the AP sometime this year, so that's kind of a "waste" of ￥13200, which is more than 25% of the price of the AP now. Plus, I was honestly counting on the Post to be fairly successful, taking some of the edge off the AP expenses. It just seemed silly to wait, so I decided to go ahead and spend the money…and get to go back to my favorite place.^^
Now, I'm thinking of waiting to get the AP til the Anniversary starts or there's a new Duffy release. But if I do that, there is no way that I can afford to pay for admission to the park as a one-day ticket just to buy Shellie May for a few people. It wouldn't even be enough to cover half of my costs, much less my effort. So, with everyone's blessing, I'd like to postpone this Shopping Day until we know more about what's happening at TDS and with future Duffy releases.
If this is gonna make people angry or force them to buy on eBay because they just can't wait, I'll try and figure something out. I really enjoy doing Duffy Post, and since my trip to America sucked up a lot of extra cash, I honestly need the buffer. But I totally understand the feeling of needing your stuff right now, so I'm willing to talk about it. I may even change my mind, as I really would like to see Fantasmic! and just be in DisneySEA...on one level. Another part of me, though, ever since I saw JoeinJPN's TDL reopening video, has been a little hesitant about going to the parks. Also, in light of this announcement, I'm very hesitant to start my Annual Pass before the Anniversary is announced because if it doesn't happen until September and I use my AP now, that could potentially mean that I miss the end of the 10th being covered by my AP, assuming that they stretch the whole event later. I would really appreciate your patience right now, but if you absolutely can't wait, I will go anyway. But I will have to adjust the shopping rate, I think.