Regarding the Disney Resorts segment, you mention pricing as a means of crowd controls. Then why does the Disneyland Resort do things to promote crowds such as recently allowing people to camp out overnight for leap year and the opening of Cars Land?
Here are other ways to control crowds (these are just rough ideas so kinks are not worked out):
- Some annual passes are blocked out during times the park anticipates that it will be busy, but they allow for the purchase of a discounted ticket during a blockout date. One way to control crowds is to take away this option.
- Limit the number of annual passes sold per year
- Remove the monthly payment plan
- Offer season passes valid for a "season" of 3 months
- Remove some tiers of the annual passes
- Come up with a type of "rewards program" for passholders where they are given points to spend if they don't go to the parks during certain times; e.g. "We apologize, but the Disneyland Resort is busiest during the Holiday Season. We would like to invite you to participate in our rewards program if you choose to postpone your visits until after this busy season passes" then so many points get you free soda or whatever
You also said, "Not many people are going to like this, but, I posit that those who are complaining of Disney being greedy, are themselves being bit greedy…and are ticked because they now can’t go to a Disney Park as often as they’d like."
The reason I looked at the financial statements for the Walt Disney Company was because I was going to try talk my Disney buddy into using the monthly payment plan option and I was trying to find "proof" that Disney "needs" to raise prices to convince them. But in my case this backfired because I started doing more research and saw news articles online that talked about employees getting laid off even though profits are huge and all while Mr. Iger gets a $26 million bonus. This $26 million is in ADDITION to whatever salary he gets. I'm not talking about whether or not Mr. Iger does or does not deserve a bonus. The issue is that employees are getting laid off throughout the entire company (not talking about the Disney Resorts specifically) while Disney is making billions in profits and giving away large bonuses. This is why I will not renew my annual pass. Yes, I realize that The Walt Disney Company will not miss my $650 from the sale of my annual pass and whatever it is I spend in the resort (because this is pennies to them) and yes this may be how as you put it "free enterprise is supposed to work," but this doesn't take away that there is out of control greed here, not just plain old greed, out of control greed.