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News Disney Park Pass System announced for Walt Disney World theme park reservations

cmwade77

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Cost controls work if people show up. Central Florida mega theme parks are going to be very cut throat over the next couple of years. If Disney thinks it can get away with anything it wants because it's "Disney", they are going to be in for a fun filled surprise.
It is not just cost control, it allows for crowd control on a much stronger level.
 

SpectroMagician

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People on here are correct it is all about control. If they brought back Fastpass+ then this might be ok since you are booking Fast passes at a single park anyways, but since you have to wait 30+ minutes for all of the good rides if you pick Studios, you do not get a boarding group, and it ends up being super busy you are just plain screwed till 1:00.
 

Nottamus

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We stopped getting the dining plan years ago on how it made us schedule too much, and how it dictated where we had to be at a certain time OVER already having fast passes telling us where to be

now, park passes, we have to plan where we need to be even more, further out.

we will get used to it ...hopefully park hopping gets more relaxed the further along we go.

someone said somewhere....that’s it easier for Disney to add park reservation NOW and cancel it when things get better OVER promising no reservations and having to add LATER

.....maybe this will be rolled back sooner than later ( we can hope)

Edit: I do want to add, that I am not against reserving parks for the reason we have to do it.
 
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Touchdown

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If reservations never run out, and you can book day of does it matter? I still think this ends later this year, it’s just inertia currently, just how I could book dinner reservations and fastpasses for June 2020 last spring.
 

flynnibus

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This shouldn't be a surprise, prior to COVID it was quite clear they were going to move to a reservation system, especially at Disneyland with the flex pass, but that was clearly a test bed, given all the benefits it provides, it isn't surprising either.

Ehhh... its a big leap to assume a reservation tool for offering discounted admission to a subgroup is a clear foreshadowing of use of reservations for everything.
 

monothingie

I once was a ferret for a day.
Premium Member
It is not just cost control, it allows for crowd control on a much stronger level.
Do you think Disney is/was ever worried about crowd control? Disney wants as many bodies in the park at all times. Do you also believe that Disney raising prices is also a means to crowd control as well?

Their most profitable solution to crowd control was to resell the parks by having non-stop hard ticket events which often shortened regular park hours. Disney is yearning to get back to that.

There is no money to be made in a park that has artificial capacity limitations imposed on it.
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
Ehhh... its a big leap to assume a reservation tool for offering discounted admission to a subgroup is a clear foreshadowing of use of reservations for everything.

Disney loves revenue/cost “certainty”...their research for decades allows them to plan for it...no hiccups

So it’s not a stretch at all to see this as an opportunity for them to “alter expectations” to allow them greater predictive capabilities.

Not a bridge too far.
Never let a crisis go to waste.
 

flynnibus

Well-Known Member
There is no money to be made in a park that has artificial capacity limitations imposed on it.

Well... discovery cove :). But yes i agree disney doesn’t want people thinking a park is at capacity or could be as a norm... they want everyone there... until they need to turn them away and then just send them to another park :)
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
If reservations never run out, and you can book day of does it matter? I still think this ends later this year, it’s just inertia currently, just how I could book dinner reservations and fastpasses for June 2020 last spring.

It does matter because of the inherent risk of getting Locked out.

Anecdote: I was on the phone with DVC last week 2/7...and the agent ( a good one...thankfully) mentioned they had been inundated with angry calls that week prior. A lot of people looking to cancel tickets or their whole trips for this week (Presidents’ Day)

Why? They didn’t realize that mgm was booked solid...because they aren’t used to booking park days.

That kinda thing is likely frequent and will only get worse as travel ramps up.

I wouldn’t do anything Day of anymore...their policies have all but ended that.
 

Lil Copter Cap

Active Member
Do we think Disney is shifting into a more focused higher cost/lower crowds mentality for their business? With crowds having been a good "success" indicator in the past, it really started to ruin guest experience. Is there a world in which we see the cost of everything raise, while ensuring lower crowds?

If not, how do you think Disney values theme park success going forward?
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
Do we think Disney is shifting into a more focused higher cost/lower crowds mentality for their business? With crowds having been a good "success" indicator in the past, it really started to ruin guest experience. Is there a world in which we see the cost of everything raise, while ensuring lower crowds?

If not, how do you think Disney values theme park success going forward?

This is a 50% “truth” in my opinion.

What happened for the last 10 years is that Iger has talked “premium”...because he has to kiss investor carcass and justify prices...and the praetorians have taken that literally.

What Disney wants are full rooms and parks with tons of disposable cash at higher prices.

But that doesn’t mean they want less people. They’ve hedged Incase that happens.

What they want is maximum people possible...to squeeze the life out of $11 an hour employees and pour in revenues...but they no longer want to incentivize travel or foster it. They want packed block priced days and new timeshare villas with a waitlist...but aren’t willing to let the market dictate the prices. Blue ocean.

It’s now “look at our Ip...take it or leave it”

So what you’re suggesting could happen...but not because they have any desire for that to be the endgame. Disney Parks were built for huge crowds. Period. That is the historic record. The rub now is the transition from the “phase 2” leadership to “phase 3”...they don’t employ the same methods.
 
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HarperRose

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The last time their business was drastically impacted after the events of 9/11 and later economic downturn, their competition wasn't nearly as formidable as it is currently. The Florida mega parks landscape is much different than it was 10-20 years ago.
I'm talking more of the people who defend Disney no matter what they do. Some people will twist themselves into knots defending how this is good for the customer and why Disney had to do it ('it' being whatever negative change/cost increase/benefit loss).
 

Sirwalterraleigh

Premium Member
The last time their business was drastically impacted after the events of 9/11 and later economic downturn, their competition wasn't nearly as formidable as it is currently. The Florida mega parks landscape is much different than it was 10-20 years ago.

Woah...history foul, Mono

The last “downturn” and the only one of this regime...was the housing glut and I give them full credit. They rolled permanent prices increases out simultaneously with temporary discounts. Like a “middle class tax cut”

It was a sham, but a brilliant management strategy/coup.

Lest we forget: the boards were all about “free dining” from 08-12 (and beyond)...but when called out, people realized their costs were going up 15 or 20% each year.

That’s a hell of a “standard inflation”...free food was never quite so expensive.

This is nothing like 9/11 (i did play with Disney money then)...the conditions were different, the circumstances were different, and the philosophy was different.
 
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djkidkaz

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I think there is one reason Disney would keep the park pass system once mask wearing and all that is gone. The system does provide details on park attendance and can be used for staffing purposes to cut or increase the labor for a specific day if you see something coming up. I still don’t think it’s necessary though as they are very good at knowing what their attendance is going to be even without this system in place. It just seems like an unnecessary additional barrier for people to come to the parks. You want it to be as simple for someone to get up and go where they want to go on Disney property to spend that money.
 

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