I was doing some reading about some of the new hotel space that is being added to WDW property, and this has had me thinking about the future.
I know. No one can predict the future…particularly where Disney is concerned. So this is just some conjecture, really.
Anyhow, it seems to me that right now, one of the main selling points of staying on property is the availability of the 60 day FPP window. But as more and more rooms fill up, including new ones being added, this will continually water down the advantage of this 60 day window. Greater throngs of people will be fighting over the best FP availability. In the meantime, the number of actual rides to use those FPP don’t really seem to be moving upwards very much. Fact is, across FOUR parks, Disney has fewer rides than most single amusement parks. By some counts, they have as few as 1/3 as many rides.
So, where does the value go? Pretty soon, those who are offsite will have almost nothing left, except scraps (which tends to be true anyhow now), but those staying on site will now have greater competition than now.
Of course, there is a “pay to play” structure already in place. Concierge level folks essentially pay extra to have 90 days. So, will we start to see that concept trickle down?
I can imagine that we’ll start to see those in deluxe hotels getting 75 day FPP access, mid range will be 60 day, and value will end up with 45 day (or something tiered like that). This would push more people toward the deluxe resorts.
What do you all think? What other implications do you see of the continual increase in on-site resorts?