Published: May 19, 2014 at 12:37 PMThis tactic worked great at WDW where it's entrance price for their most beloved park increased more then the crappy other 3. Sure they got less (less fortunate) "guests" but in the end they got more money without investing a cent (less "guests"= less work = less money spend). Why not do that on the west coast.
Published: May 19, 2014 at 1:13 PMI'm not familiar with the various properties surrounding DLR, but if land is scarce, what are they supposed to do? I mean, they already have their Cast Members parking far away and taking buses to work.
Does Disney own enough land for a third gate? Are there any older businesses that they could buy up and redevelop (tear down) to expand their footprint?
Opening a third gate is definitely the ideal long-term solution (as it is with Universal Orlando Resort), but the cost of more land just seems too high.
Published: May 19, 2014 at 2:09 PMTo build the third park, they can free up existing land currently used for the employee parking off Katella and Harbor Blvd. They should quickly build at least 2 new multi-level parking lots, 1 for employees, and 1 for guests. They own the parking space next off Harbor Blvd.
They should consider Downtown Disney and Resort Hotel expansion off the Downtown Disney flat surface parking lots. Build a second parking structure adjacent to the existing Mickey and Friends parking structure.
DCA still has expansion space left over in the remnants of the Disneyland parking lots. Why not build another land adjacent to Carsland?
Disney should consider other ticket options for locals to spread out the crowds. The AP's should not be the only way to buy the ticket for locals. Expand the existing 2 day or 3 day SoCal tickets to a 4 day summer pass. They done this in the past like at Costco. The difference with a regular 4 day pass is it can be used beyond the 14 day window since locals must still work around their weekly schedule.
Published: May 19, 2014 at 6:21 PMPredictably, people will accuse them of doing this out of greed, but the suspension of the most popular AP is really a move to deal with overcrowding. It's ridiculous and unfair, especially for us tourists, that people paying pennies on the dollar can jam the parks for a big chunk of the year.
Published: May 20, 2014 at 3:42 AMIt seems like the price increase for non-pass holders is all in the park hopping. I think previously there was a one time $35 charge over a 1 park ticket for park hopping no matter if you bought a 5 day or one day ticket. Now park hopping is $39 total over a 1 park ticket if you buy a 2 through 5 day ticket. But if you buy a 1 day ticket park hopping is $54 more than the 1 park ticket. There must be a lot of people who go only one day and they want to go to both parks because both are so popular now so it looks like Disney is charging what they think people will pay.
The SoCAl select pass was still more than a 5 day pass, so you can still get at least one 5 day pass and go on 2 consecutive weekends with no restrictions and it would be less money than you spent before. Yes, you don't get as much value for your money, but that is what everyone in NorCal and the rest of the country face, but the SoCal residents don't face as many travel and lodging expenses. I don't think this was a money making plan where the SoCal pass is concerned as much as a crowd control measure. Since Disneyland reaches capacity on some days then in some sense you are spreading the Disney availability to more people by reducing the number of spots across many days that a relatively small number of people are taking up.
As far as the third gate suggestion, they are a for profit company so they can't really build another gate to increase capacity for annual pass holders to get more value for their money. If they build a popular third gate they'll probably charge even more for annual passes and be more restrictive with the dates because there will be more demand since it will take longer to do everything and Star Wars/Marvel have very dedicated fans (many who probably aren't Disney super fans and didn't previously hold an annual pass) who will pay a lot to be able to visit those themed worlds often. Just like they've done now that DCA is a park people actually want to go to now. They'll definitely charge more than for WDW because there are so many more people that live close enough to Disneyland to drive there vs WDW.
Published: May 20, 2014 at 5:05 AMO T's sarcasm is sad to see and does him/her no credit.
Far from the "1%" who "deserve" a Disney vacation I would venture to suggest that the percentage of vacation visitors to local visitors is nearer the opposite way around. Certainly the vast majority of guests to Disney parks tend to be tourists - those people who save their hard-earned money for a special vacation and keep vast numbers of American citizens in a job by bringing their money to the USA and spending it. If AP holders have become so numerous that they negatively affect the experience of tourists then Disney is absolutely right to move to control those numbers. There is no magic entitlement to cheap access to a Disney park just because you happen to live close by and Disney knows that the majority of its income comes from occasional or even once-in-a-lifetime visitors. They need to keep that market happy and they are moving to do just that.
I pay more than OT to visit a Disney park and experience the same attractions so why should my experience be diminished in order that OT can continue to enjoy the parks at a fraction of the cost?
Published: May 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM@OT, @David Brown. I thought both of you all were from Europe? Not sure who would have to dish out more euros to come to the US to get their Disney fix, but it looks to be a close competition. As far as too many locals clogging the parks, I'm in a bit of a Disney boycott (a slowdown, actually) these days due to the slow pace of attraction development, so you're welcome to my days in the parks. ;^)
@OT. The sarcasm(?) was confusing. Care to clarify the situation? I can't figure out if I agree with you or disagree with you.
Published: May 20, 2014 at 5:20 PMHere's another way for Disney to lighten the crowds in Anaheim and Orlando: build a 3rd Magic Kingdom resort in the USA. Disney hasn't added a Magic Kingdom in the USA since 1971. The country has added 100 million people since then. Of course the parks are going to be overcrowded.
Published: May 21, 2014 at 1:26 PMWhen I went a couple of months ago I noticed an ugly empty eye sore of a lot next to the cast member parking. There were also a few run down motels there. They should just buy all of that and build a second multi story parking lot next to mickey & friends parking structure.
Published: May 21, 2014 at 3:25 PMOMG, why are so many non SoCal residents complaining and/or bashing on SoCal residents? I respect the fact that you are frustrated with the crowds, but please don't blame us. If you hate it so much then move to SoCal so you can enjoy the experience more often. Blaming locals for your life choices is a little silly. Also, to say that out of towners are "hardworking" is also silly. Are you saying that locals aren't? When I go to Hawaii should I blame the locals for jamming up the surfing line? How about when I go skiing in Colorado, should I get pissed at locals for packing the slopes? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding no. Again, so why dump all over SoCal residents? If you don't like living in a fly over state then bring your hardworking yourself out to SoCal for a better life and/or more of what you want? That's what I did......
Published: May 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM"Field of Dreams" did not quite get it right. The quote should be, "If they charge it, we will come."