Disney is making a lot of money as-is. I think it would be great if they charge for the Halloween events, but leave Christmas open. That's CHRISTMAS. The biggest holiday in America. I wouldn't pay for the Holiday events at Disney if it came to that.
> Jake, or Mainstreetjake on MiceChat.
Most of the articles I read talk about the Annual Passholders "overwhelming" the park - descending en masse, like locusts. The articles always mention that annual passholders, usually locals, don't spend as much per visit as foreign tourists, and that they are obnoxious, and act with a sense of entitlement.
1) Nobody twisted Disney's corporate arm and forced them to sell annual passes. They offer the opportunity and we purchase it. That's also supply and demand. They can't have it both ways. They love us when we renew our pass but then complain when we USE the pass.
2) Some of the most ardent and committed fans are the annual passholders. We may not spend as much per visit as a family on vacation, but we do come back again and again.
3) What I resent is the characterization that annual passholders are greedy and act entitled. There are always some people in any group who will give the entire group a bad name, but the vast majority of annual passholders are supporters of the Mouse who have put their money where their mouths are, who come back again and again, and have chosen to make the Disney Parks an important part of their family and lives.
I understand the the huge annual passholder base poses logistics problems, but I wish the theme park blogging community would stop treating them like irritating second-class citizens and appreciate that they too are park guests that deserve to be treated with respect and consideration.
Ultimately, I think the hard ticket events are worthwhile in terms of value and make sense. Further, the idea isn't going to go away. This is one Genie that isn't going back in the bottle. Offering a discount to annual passholders would go along way towards placating them.
I'd love to see the blogging community act with a little more insight and stop treating annual passholders as subhumans.