I realize this Econ 101, but it all comes down to value. What's it worth to the average guest.
There was a time, believe it or not, when you could feel like you received a value, especially when purchasing park admission.
Since then, we've (as a whole) weathered price increases and money grabs...
While I agree these are first world problems we're talking about here, the fact remains that it's providing a worse product.
And we're paying a premium for it.
And they're not about to pass along the cost savings to the consumer.
What once were annual week-long stays on property with 4-5 day hoppers are now 3-4 night stays with standard 2-day tickets.
And you know what? Life goes on if you don't get to every park, every year. In fact, it helps to keep things fresh.
The risk Disney runs by forcing...
It used to be, when they used an IP on a significant upgrade, it was an IP that was already proven to be classic/timeless.
They've gotten away from that and, thus, the IP's reception may be hit and miss and/or not age well.
Case in point... Zootopia. An enjoyable and cute movie, but...