Annual Passes go way up!

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Annual Passes go way up!

It's not the end of the world... but man I am bummed! My wife and I leave for WDW in 14 days... a trip we planned to take 3 years ago, and re-planned for this year back in November of 2014. The Original trip was delayed by a pregnancy.

We budgeted to purchase the Premiere Annual Passes (the bi coastal ones) but now they are $700 higher than we planned for! UGH. We live near Disney, CA, so having these was going to be awesome for us. The "good" so-cal passes are now sold out, and the not so good ones are weekdays only, which is super tough for me with my job, and my school age daughter.

I had promised my kids we'd all be getting passes, but now I don't think we can afford it. They are going to be crushed. I could have just driven to disney CA and purchased them before the rate hike had i known this was coming down the pipe.

UGH.

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I am rethinking my vacations as well. As a FL resident who stays on property, why would I need a ticket with free parking, but not the photo pass!? I mean, I spend a lot on my room and probably another $150 in meals/junk per day and I like to go off season! They really don't want my business?

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I say if the demand / crowds are too high... build more parks... not raise ticket prices dramatically.

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I just read a story that one of the passes that DL offers is now over $1000 per year??! Woah!!

I was actually kind of ok about the new AP options for WDW for DVC members. I ended up being able to get Memory Maker for $20 more than just the AP by itself would have previously cost me. I'm not willing to pay $169 for it, but for $20, it's a totally awesome service. And I don't care about the blackout dates. I have no desire to go to the parks at Christmas or Easter.

My only concern is the slippery slope. Just the terminology itself is a sign that tiered pricing is probably around the corner for all WDW guests. If the preliminary charts that were circling the internet are any indication, the tiered system that they are considering is going to be a total mess.

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When the music died last year in the WS, we decided there was no need to buy another AP. Skipping F&W for the first time since 2006. A 34% increase in 8 months makes our AP decision a no brainer. When we return to BWV in December, we will go to Epcot for one day, so we can enjoy the Candlelight again. Rest of the trip will be spent at Disney Springs, and the resort hotels. Following is an interesting read on this subject:

http://www.frommers.com/community/blogs/arthur-frommer-online/_one-percenting-of-disney-loses-wins

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Totally agree with AliceMouse, I purchased in Sep season passes for the family, let me see what surprises or changes await us the next time we visit.

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I love this notion that Disney uses pricing to control crowd levels. Here are some fool-proof ways to control crowd levels; Stop letting people in the park when it gets crowded, that works every time. Build another park, that will decrease crowds about 20%. Stop adding hotel rooms.

Crowd control my a$$.

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