[QUOTE=BFG3dfx;1008886]I was doing a search trying to see how many passholders vs day tickets make up a day at disneyland and came across several different forum debates. I was very surprised that anyone REALLY believes that the passholder idea is good for the park.[/QUOTE]
A lot depends on circumstances, really. There are a lot of people, like myself, who become passholders for the financial benefit.
It’s sort of like pre-Disney Vacation Club.
I bought four Premium Annual Passes in December 2003. One for myself, the other three for the Heir Apparent, his mom and sister. At $200.00 each, they were a steal.
In December 2004, the price shot up to $300.00 each. I could afford only two. But even then, my being in California for approximately two weeks paid for the annual pass.
In 2005, the price went up to $325.00, I could still justify the expense.
I bought them in 2006 and in May of 2007. Unfortunately, I was island bound from December 2007 until June 2009.
My last purchase was in July of 2009. I paid $385.00. Since that purchase, I spent the following days in the parks:
from 29 June to 7 July - 9 days.
from 21 Nov to 22 Nov - 2 days.
from 8 Dec to 9 Dec - 2 days.
from 12 Apr to 20 Apr - 9 days.
So this, in the end, means that I will have 22 full days in the parks. This works out to $17.50 per day. As opposed to paying full price or even a multiple day park hopper.
The dirty secret, as with DVC, is that no one actually uses their annual pass every day… Thus, in the end, Disney is “receiving” revenue without having people actually attend or show up at the park. If they do, a good portion show up for the afternoon or evening only.
In the end, it’s a win win. Disney gets revenue, the park isn’t unduly crowded. Yes, there are crowds at the seasonal times. But the only remedy for this would be to raise prices across the board.