NextGen has been a long time coming. I think that some parts of it are going to be really scary and irritating for us people that are use to a Disney that runs a way we expect it to run.
I like FP but most of the times that popular rides are out so early that I have to stand in line anyway. Also I hate the have to go to the ride just or reserve a time later in the day. It usually means I have to go in the opposite direction and spend time walking back and forth more (I am a set path type of guy…not like those crazy zig zag back and forth type of guys).
From a business stand point I can understand if XPass is eventually only for guest staying on property. Disney is in business to make money and if they can offer their guest spending the most money a perk that allows them more out of the parks than go for it. What this means to me personally is that I probably will not experience it (because it is hard for me to justify staying on property when I can drive to the parks in about the same time it takes a bus from a resort to a park).
Beyond priority ride access XPass is going to give the guest so much more. I am really excited with how Disney is looking at enhancing the guest experience by customizing the park experience. Be it characters that know your name, rides that give you slight customizations, or interactive park activities Kim Possible and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
We should be excited about NextGen. I remember when FP came out. A lot of Disney regulars were upset and concerned about that (like some are with XPass) but we all quickly adapted to it and integrated it into our visits. NextGen and Xpass are change and over time I think we will all understand them and see them as a good change that really enhances our visit.
(We are just a year or so away from new proximity standards for mobile devices. This technology integrate well into NextGen thinking. I could see the day when your mobile device allows you interact with the park and attractions…not in the make a reservation way…more in entertaining and customizing that entertainment and interacting with the park itself…RFID is a big step in that direction.)