For my family, it would work. We are military, so we can get the $99-$124 tickets for 5 days, but if we had that option, we would go twice in one year.
We stay at a timeshare that includes a shuttle, so parking isn't an issue.
We ONLY go Mon-Fri during the school year. It is just WAY too crowded to go at any other time.
We live near Busch Gardens Williamsburg. If they offered this for BG, I would say no. We would need the parking option. We enjoy all the perks of having the Platinum to BG!
What's wrong with simply allowing an institution to offer a new option and letting those who want it to select it?
Hmmm, I feel like I've been making this same point in reference to something else recently.... ;-)
I don't think this pass is a horrible option, but it clearly has a targeted audience (as previously pointed out by Robert). I'd have to do the math to see if I could get enough days in to make it worth it. (Well, perhaps in 2011; Afghanistan is NOT in FL unfortunately! LOL)
It is strange that WDW doesn't have the parking add-on. I'd be curious to hear why, if the right person could be asked AND they give an answer.
If it's a good deal for you, then great. It wouldn't work for me because I have a day job and my kids are starting school, and paying 14 bucks to park isn't really getting in for free now is it. Call me spoiled, but I get free parking included in my Cedar Fair Platinum pass for no extra charge.
Repackaging product is a funny thing though. They could sell a ton of them, and still sell their usual number of regular annual passes, or they could sell 2 tons of them and far less regular annual passes. Lots of people may buy them and not even use them because of all the blackout dates. It would seem that this particular version of the pass would have a higher percentage of people who buy and never use or only use once or twice.
The weekday annual pass is great for people who want to occasionally go to the parks, especially with friends who may have an annual pass that includes parking.
That way everyone can take advantage of the Annual Pass lodging, tour, and event discounts (as long as they're there on a weekday during school).
I think WDW is seeing the weekend crowding familiar to AP holders at the Mother Park, and is looking for ways to reduce locals on weekends...