More surprising is the lack of posts by AP'ers who claim to spend hundreds of dollars per person every day they visit and so clearly that stat (which is an average and not the exact amount that each APer spends) cannot possibly be true.
Truth in advertising: As a local who has had an annual pass in the past (for several years), I can tell you that I personally never spent much inside Disneyland. I'd usually have a meal at a restaurant there (just for the ambiance), but I'd deliberately avoid their overpriced food carts, and I haven't bought a Disneyland souvenir since I was a kid visiting the park for the first time.
Then again, I don't use up the rides the way most tourists do. Having been on them many times before (and hating to wait in lines), a trip to the park today is now mostly just to enjoy the park as a place, to stroll about, people-watch, soak in the atmosphere, shoot photos, and perhaps hop on one or two rides if the lines are short. I usually only stayed a few hours. And I also avoided the park when it was ultra-crowded (goes with the line-hating), despite having a premium pass, so I didn't add to overcrowding. I prefer uncrowded days when I have the park to myself, so to speak.
So, as I see it, Disneyland was getting $500 from me for the pass, and probably that much again on meals. And since the park was already up & running, I cost them next to nothing on my short visits.
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1. I just bought the DVD for Cars 2 today, haven't seen the film in theaters (maybe a lot of folks are waiting for the DVD). I expect a great film as I enjoy everything Pixar makes.
Let me get this straight: You bought the DVD of "Cars 2", even though you hadn't seen it, and despite the fact that critics were almost unanimous in despising the movie? Why didn't you just rent it first to see if you liked it?
This review called it "Pixar's first bad film". (Review: Cars 2 (2011) « CinemaSight)
Another review said "It's not that Cars 2 is bad - it's just ordinary, and Pixar has never made ordinary." (Cars 2 | BrandonFibbs.com)