In response to comments by other Disneyland visitors or by Disney employees (from Robert's front page story on Disneyland shutting its gates on May 20th after hitting park capacity (http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201705/5579/ ) who are essentially saying that people who visited on the weekend of May 19-21 should have done their homework researching when Grad Nights would take place or when the So Cal discount ticket promotion would expire, I have the following questions for theme park fans and/or readers of this site:
* At what point are casual visitors expected to have fairly sophisticated insider information (not readily available on the park's own website) in order not to have a terrible day because of overcrowding?
* Is the Disney corporation actively encouraging the park to be crowded throughout the former "slow periods" like winter and fall by use of variable ticket pricing that encourages cost-sensitive consumers to visit during traditionally less busy periods?
* Does the Disney corporation REALLY care about the visitor experience, or are they maximizing their profits while only paying lip service to the customer experience through advertising and marketing?
* When you are paying up to $150+ for a one-day park hopper (I concede most people will buy a multi-day ticket for a cheaper per day cost, but their total ticket price is also greater with a multiday ticket) as an out-of-town or once a year visitor, how much pressure do you feel to maximize your experience and DO as much as you can during your visit (E-ticket rides, headliner shows like parades and fireworks)? And how frustrated will you be if the park is packed to capacity and you can only manage 5 or 6 rides (not many E-tickets among them) during the entire day?
* If Disney offers a fabulous deal like 3 days for $150 (one park/day) or $190 (park hopper), how many local residents are going to jump at that chance to enjoy the fabled Disney magic at that low, low price?
* When the Disney park experience is so frenzied with pressure to maximize your fun because of the high cost of visiting AND the park is so crowded that you cannot possibly feel like your entertainment dollar was well spent, why do so many people feel compelled to keep visiting a Disney theme park? (My answer to this question is nostalgia from childhood or earlier generation's visits, the best advertising/marketing that a multibillion dollar entertainment conglomerate can buy, and a decreasingly unearned reputation as a premium brand of entertainment.)
My questions are partly based on a discussion item I submitted here in late 2015 called Matt Ouimet [Cedar Fair CEO and former Disneyland Resort president] On Having Fun in a (Disney) Theme Park: http://www.themeparkinsider.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=867.
(BTW, I am not an employee of or financially connected to Knott's or Cedar Fair (or any other entertainment company in any way, except as a Knott's Season Pass holder and frequent visitor to Knott's since 2013.)
Thanks for allowing me this time on my soapbox. :)
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