MK and AK still have some challenges. For 7DMT and FoP, the rope-drop rush is still bad enough that I don't bother. You either need to be right up front, or it's going to be a long day. In some ways, the FP+ era makes it worse b/c FP+ returns start immediately rather than only in the second hour of operation (as it was in the paper FP days). Even Pan is one where you don't want to dawdle.hasn't rope-dropping gotten less annoying (everywhere but HS) since FPP started?
Good point, I would bet that's the main reason, other than just cost savings. Not that demand was reduced due to people ubering from the airport, but that more peopling are ubering offsite once they get there.I am wondering how much the rise of ride-sharing has dented ME's (unstated) purpose of creating a captive audience. There is a lot less friction with Uber/Lyft, and I bet an increasing number of guests were using them to get offsite to eat/etc.
You shouldn't expect them to go down, because the didn't go up sharply when ME was introduced---and that's not how ME was justified. ME had two primary goals, one specific to the service and one as part of a broader strategy. IMO, both goals were driven by what I think of as Disneyland's Original Sin*, and in concert they were expected to increase revenue to (more than) pay for ME.Except now your paying for it in the room rates and not getting it. Unless Disney dropped the room rates to account for it.
The three components were all an important part of this strategy. By introducing tickets that expired and giving steep discounts past day 3-4, the Magic Your Way ticketing model gave a strong economic incentive for maximizing the time spent at Disney within a single trip, cutting into the "go to Disney but spend one day at Universal" habit. The Dining Plan got guests to commit in advance to all meals on property---and, in most cases, more/more expensive/larger meals than guests would buy on their own. Magical Express constrained all of the pre-planning that a guest might do to within the boundaries of WDW rather than planning a side trip off property for anything else.Research shows that guests drop things from their itinerary once they arrive instead of adding experiences to their vacation. Because of this, it is important to Disney that guests purchase their experiences from home. Guests that purchase from home average around 4 [theme park days per guest], guest [sic] that don’t average 2.
I don't think they'd discontinue something that significant if they thought this would be temporary, even "medium term." And it's not going away until 1/1/22, which is almost an entire year away, at which point a huge portion of the population will have been vaccinated, and wanting to get back to "normal," if their finances allow, that is.I also wonder if this is Disney assuming that fly in guests will be a smaller part of their guests over the short to medium term.
The contract was through the end of 21. I'm sure they would have cancelled this year if they could have. Sounds like they are betting on the train filling that hole. This will be a massive turnoff to international travelersI don't think they'd discontinue something that significant if they thought this would be temporary, even "medium term." And it's not going away until 1/1/22, which is almost an entire year away, at which point a huge portion of the population will have been vaccinated, and wanting to get back to "normal," if their finances allow, that is.
I don't think it necessarily does. As George points out, the guest mix at DLR is really different---it's more of a locals' park, whereas WDW is more of a destination that people visit from elsewhere. WDW has managed to hit park capacity many days with just what locals are there plus anyone who is currently willing to travel. DLR's heavier locals mix could easily swamp the parks under any material capacity limits. And such limits are likely to be more severe in California than Florida for a variety of reasons.I wonder if this signals the phasing out of APs at WDW,
Maybe they will let everyone in to the parks early, but only those with the on site magic band ID will be allowed on rides early. Like the way they used to do late night EMH.It's my understanding that they've been letting people into parks before the official RD time since they reopened because they don't want to create a huge crowd waiting to be let in. With the new system, won't non-resort guests become a crowd?
At Tokyo, they have a couple special entrances (one on each side) for those with early entry privileges.Maybe they will let everyone in to the parks early, but only those with the on site magic band ID will be allowed on rides early. Like the way they used to do late night EMH.
Yes, I had had that thought (and hope) as well. It would make sense for Disney because then everyone could be purchasing merchandise and food from the 30-minutes-before time, and there wouldn't be a huge crowd outside the tapstiles, but only resort guests would be let onto rides.Maybe they will let everyone in to the parks early, but only those with the on site magic band ID will be allowed on rides early. Like the way they used to do late night EMH.