It would be nice for Disneyland to offer a non-expiring pass like WDW does; however, I think it conflicts with much of what it currently offers its customers. There are many seasonal discounts and they offer the Southern California Annual Passes for those who want to go more frequently. Certainly I would love to pay much much less for an occasional park goer like myself, but I don't think I will be able to do so.
What I would love to see added to this is the inclusion of admission to hard ticket events. There are only a few: Christmas Town in Williamsburg, and Howloscream in Tampa (Williamsburg Howloscream is included in park admission.) Even if it were only the ability to attend each one twice each season, I would gladly tack on another 30-40 dollars to the current sticker price of almost $300 for the two season platinum pass.
1) Four-hour Passes
In the interest of Robert's Four-Hour Tour Plans, I'd like a pass that comes with unlimited attraction admission for four hours (or six hours - approximately half of a day). I often spend four hours or less at a theme park due to arrival/departure days or other plans and find I can knock off the best attractions in quick succession. Four-hour (or equivalent) tickets at discounted prices would attract visitors who are unsure about paying full-pop for a half-day. The tickets could be sold at, say, two-thirds or less of the price of a full-day pass.
I don't want to revert to the pay-for-play system, but something similar to an E-ticket system in addition to the current system would be nice. Why? When my family visits a park, my dad and brothers hit everything but mom isn't a thrill-seeker. She ends up paying full-price and experiences anywhere from 25% (Disney, Universal) to 75% (Six Flags, Cedar Fair) less of the attractions that we do. Sometimes she skips the park entirely in favor of other local attractions because she wants to save the family money. When we visit Orlando, for example, she and dad go canoeing while the boys hit Islands of Adventure since that park has little to do for her. If, however, there was a pass that allowed her to just experience a few attractions at a discounted price, she'd probably see the park.
On background, I've heard that it will cost Universal a not-insubstantial amount of money to activate those rights, both in terms of development costs and increased royalty payments. So I don't expect Universal to expand Potter to other parks until the Orlando version's earned a bundle more money for the globe gang. There is that Blackstone buyout to pay for, too, you know....
Well then, Mugglenet told me wrong :P
1) Parking is a huge opportunity. I love that Great America offers annual parking pass holders the ability to park in premier parking for no additional cost. But St. Louis does not offer this. Instead, pass holders can pay the difference to park closer. I obviously prefer the prior option.
2) Daily parking at any Six Flags park is a joke. The argument is that the cost is suppose to cover security and maintenance. At St. Louis, most of the lots still need repaving and weed removal. In addition to some new lighting.
3) Entry plazas need to be more consistent as well. I wish that security screening was more (well,) secure. At Great America you pass through the metal detectors after your ticket has been scanned and you are technically already in the park. At St. Louis its prior to the ticket booths and closer to the lot. This helps prevent any incidents from occurring. And you aren't sending anyone back out of the park for items that are not allowed.
Wow! Sorry for going off track. But, I really do feel like this chain needs to find consistency before they offer additional passes.
I do wish Six Flags offered some new pass that was like a bunch of 1 day tickets for one season to each park. So you could visit each pass once.
This way families can get to theme parks at a convenient time, for a convenient price, and Disney still makes a bundle from it.
As for CityWalk Orlando, I no longer go there. That $3 parking fee after 6pm really ticked me off. I told our Universal rep that they seriously needed to rethink that policy because it would really annoy the locals who liked to go there for dinner, the movies etc and their response was "but it's only $3..." I told her that that wasn't my point, that this was just nickle and diming us. She just shrugged. So now, I spend my dinner/ movie money over at Downtown Disney.
I have a hospitality pass to Disney (one visit to each park for self and a guest) and use that but if I was going to get a bigger ticket, I'd either go for the Seasonal pass or buy a Non Expiration 10 Day Base pass. Food and Wine..yummm...
Now if only they'd do a resident pass for the MNSSHP or MVMCP..that $60 kills you for 4 people.