I took part in a very interesting survey this afternoon that was commissioned by either Disney, Universl or Busch (or possibly, but doubtfully, the Orlando visitors bureau).
It was trying to gauge whether people would visit the parks owned by the three majors under various economic criteria, tested knowledge of upcoming attractions at all resorts and offered some interesting tidbits that you can easily read in to mean 'Roadtrip may not be worried about gas prices and the economy, but we sure as hell are.'
One area focused on possible ticket offers (all were based on annual/seasonal type tickets) for later this year.
For example (and I tried to copy the survey pages, but they wouldn't so I took some notes) they offered the following:
A WDW AP for $349 WITH a $50 FREE GAS card included;a $199 Universal AP with a $50 Uni gift card or a $199 Universal AP with a second for half price; a WDW seasonal pass for $204.99 with a $25 Disney Gift Card AND *** a preview of the MK's 'Upside Down, Inside Out Coaster' ***
Yep ... I have no idea what that is. I know Disney isn't building a new coaster. All I can think is that is either a mistake or some code for the revamp of Space Mountain (which I have been told may have been tabled).
It also offered nine different comparisons of three ticket offers, one from Disney, one from Universal, one from Busch. It asked which one you preferred and then asked would you likely buy the one you picked.
A few examples of that were:
A Sea World AP for $108.99 with a $25 gas card and admittance to a taping of Wheel of Fortune OR a Universal Premier AP with $10 gift card for $279.99 OR a WDW seasonal pass at 15.00 off ($254.99).
Another choice of three offered the following:
A WDW seasonal pass with $35 Disney gift card and American Idol preview for $239.99; OR a UNI Preferred AP with a $5 discount and guaranteed preview of the new Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rock-It Coaster for $184.99; OR a Sea World AND Aquatica AP with $45 gas card and admittance to a holiday concert series including Manheim Steamroller and Beach Boys for $169.99.
One last choice of three given was:
A SW/Aquatica AP for $134.99 with $25 off plus a preview of Manta, the new mega-coaster; OR a UNI Power Pass (no parking) with a $50 gass card and guaranteed preview of the Wizard World of Harry Potter for $109.99 OR a WDW AP with $30 gift card for $369.99.
The survey also tested knowledge of every new attraction of the past two years (actually longer since it did include PhilharMagic) and attractions yet to open at all three resorts. I also found it interesting that it included the updated SSE.
It asked you to rate them if you had been on them or would they drive attendance if you hadn't with the new things such as TSMM, Simpsons, and even American Idol.
Again, I'm trying to find out who commissioned the survey, but it did seem rather ... desperate in tone.
ALL of the special ticket offers were talked of being offered 'at the holidays' ... so I'm wondering if this is the first hint of massive discounting and offers to get people to O-Town.