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...
SW:GE will not fail, but opening day was not the zoo (for any number of legitimate reasons) that the world expected it to be.
They implemented a reservation system. They didn't intend for that to deter guests from coming altogether and I'd guess they didn't expect to have to drop it for WDW...
I mean, maybe?
To me, it doesn't feel like any of that (besides, ya know, a hurricane lol) could move the needle for something as highly anticipated as SW:GE.
It will be interesting to follow post-hurricane though.
C'mon... This is the modern TWDC we're talking about. You truly believe they implemented these tools "just in case?"
And that's not even speaking of the infrastructure improvements they've made in anticipation of atypically large crowds.