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Comments for Membership Program vs. Annual Pass: Will They Be That Different?

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13 Comments

  1. William E martin

    Yes if it gets free parking 25 percent off food and merch no more than 1200 a year no blackouts

    1. Peter Brown

      I’m hoping that the “Membership Program” will consist of:
      1 … Pay in Full ONLY
      2 … Unlimited Admission on non-Holiday days
      3 … Weekday Parking (excluding Holidays)
      4 … Quarterly Members Only events at minimal additional charge
      5 … 2 Members Only events at no additional charge
      6 … Merch & Food Discount (20% flat)
      7 … Members Hours 1 day per week. On a weekday before Opening
      8 … Member Entrance
      9 … MaxPass benefit available as a paid enhancement.

  2. Ben Hultin

    I would support the flex pass setup. Reservations required on busier days of week and holidays. Disney needs to keep the crowds down to a manageable level.

  3. Anna

    I don’t know why it seems like they’re making it so complicated. The biggest guest complaint has always been the crowds. The simple solution is to offer AP’s and still keep the reservation system. My concern is to be able to pay one price to go to the park a few times a year without worrying about the cost of tickets. I’ll just spend all that “saved” ticket money in the parks anyway. Especially if I’m getting an overall better experience with less crowds so I don’t have to fight to get on a certain ride, or get a restaurant reservation. I’m sure those who visited the parks every single day will complain, but I doubt they were the majority. Plus, I’m sure even they would gladly sacrifice the freedom they had to do that, for a much more magical, and personal experience during the times they can go.

  4. Eric M

    Well the biggest difference is my family was paying 8k a year for season passes we will not be paying anything for whatever Disney’s latest scheme is to shake down it’s customers.

  5. Doug

    I’m sure Disney executives aren’t to worried about the money but they’re treading on thin ice with once devoted Disney fans. In Florida all the other theme parks have been offering annual passes for months. Disney has been dragging their feet on this subject since the closing. Universal Studios has been racking in on Disney’s hesitation to demonstrate they care about their fans. When I retired I moved into the area specifically for the parks and I already have annual passes at other parks. Disney was my favorite but if they don’t care about me I won’t care about them.

    1. Carmen

      Doug, we just moved to Florida in March. Disney was going to allow my husband and I to renew our passes because they lapsed during the shutdown but refused to sell to our kids, as theirs expired in January before. Being that we WERE out of state, we only bought APs as we needed them. Anyway, we decided to NOT renew ours if our kids couldn’t get. Instead, we drove straight to Universal and purchased with no issues at all. We also bought Busch Gardens. While I do miss Disney right now, we have enjoyed our visits to UO and BG!

  6. I already miss the freedom to go on a whim, when the guests are likely to be reduced. I can go without the expectation or stress of getting a Boarding group number for ROTR, because I can try again next week. I like “free” parking (you still pay for it one way or another.) If Disney changes the program radically, I will reconsider the number of times I go. I found out during the pandemic that I CAN live without Disneyland…

  7. Peter Brown

    I’m hoping that the “Membership Program” will consist of:
    1 … Pay in Full ONLY
    2 … Unlimited Admission on non-Holiday days
    3 … Weekday Parking (excluding Holidays)
    4 … Quarterly Members Only events at minimal additional charge
    5 … 2 Members Only events at no additional charge
    6 … Merch & Food Discount (20% flat)
    7 … Members Hours 1 day per week. On a weekday before Opening
    8 … Member Entrance
    9 … MaxPass benefit available as a paid enhancement.

  8. Brett

    They will be radically different. The membership program will provide increasing levels of discounts the more money one spends. Gone will be the days when one could buy an annual pass and visit the park as many times as they wanted to. If someone wants to visit the park 300 times in a year, they are going to have to pay for 300 admissions.

  9. GetALife

    As a stockholder, I’m all for eliminating the annual passport completely. Go back to the original concept of paying for admission and then coupons for each ride. Of course, it won’t be at the original prices.

    People will complain, but they will still go.

    Disney will start paying dividends again from the increased revenue and we’ll all be happy.

    1. Jack is Back

      I respectfully disagree. As a stock holder myself, less people equals less money regardless of the ticket type they are using. Maximizing revenue from each individual as opposed to letting everyone in is going to be a fools errand in the long run. Less people means less money. Your original concept of “admission” has not been the norm in decades, so it’s very likely to mean less revenue not more. Disney is taking a huge risk with their new CEO who has history of making failed “products”. Will be interesting to see if less leads to more as you’re suggesting.

    2. Ashley

      Give me a break. Chapek is going to run Disney into the ground. He was a very poor choice. They are alienating their loyal base, especially the locals, and it’s going to backfire on them in the long run. They can bring APs back as they were (perhaps with minor changes) and keep the reservation system to help manage crowds. That’s all they need. I’m now a passholder for Universal and Sea World, and I can tell you that Universal is blowing Disney out of the water on all fronts right now and it shows. They also care more about their customers.

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