If you understand the demographics of the country…you would be in the minority and declining…This comment may be scrubbed as was my last one. Sorry if it was too political moderator.
To say conservative families , white or otherwise, don’t make up a good percentage of attendance is just not true. Other than Grad nights you can walk into any park and see evidence to support that. Especially when we are talking about a theme park, which is still in the middle of a state that is conservative leaning, where most of Passholders live, And this specific gift is for Passholders.
I completely agree that increased costs hurt. I hate Genie +, I’ve spent less in the parks because of it, and have actually done a couple airbnbs instead of the resort hotels because it is just so much cheaper and the bus system has become so time consuming unless you are staying at a deluxe resort. We are splurging a little in December and staying on property at a nicer hotel when we go but that has become the exception rather than the rule.
For some conservative families the additional Pride related stuff (not just merchandise) geared toward children was the tipping point that has made these other things not worth putting up with. This is evidence by Target that I would imagine have similar demographics. They have really been hurting financially lately.
These next 6 months will probably give a better picture of what is contributing to the decline in attendance.
People believe elections represent the cultural leanings of the whole US…
Not the case. It’s at most 60-40 as far as acceptance vs concern of these things go and the gap is widening each day. That’s why Disney is “realigning” it’s product…they are projecting that out in the future.
It’s the one move they seem to be listening to tea leaves on…as their quality, pricing strategy and plans to develop a loyal backbone clientele are NOT moving in the right direction.
And few…if any…people ever stayed away from Disney due to politics. They track that with their very effective research department. Many threaten…few put their mouth where their wallet is