Let me add my POV and why I think Genie+ is awesome. Unlike many here, I don’t have a Disneyfied existence. Going to WDW is just “another” destination for me and not an every-other-month event. We bought an AP once a few years ago but stopped because there is no way we will use it enough.
I’m like most “horror stories” you read about here about the coworker who just got his family in the car and drove the WDW. Believe it or not, most people who go to WDW do not obsess with spreadsheets six months before their travel date and do not pre-schedule their bathroom breaks. And guess what? we still have a terrific time!
For “normies” like me the added expense is a one-off, a splurge, a Disney-tax. We normies do not think about it as “Disney is taking away our entitlements!” but more like “oh boy, Disney is as expensive as it always has been…oh well”.
On the other hand, Genie+ allows for the serendipitous vacation experience that I’m used to when I visit other places. “What will I ride? oh look Genie+ is sending me to HM with no wait, win!”. “An extra $10 to ride SM now? sure, why not we are on vacation”
bUt It WaS bEttEr bEfoRe, wHaT Is WRonG wiTH YoU?
Maybe, but I wouldn’t know. My once-every-five/ten years doesn’t give me or my family a reference point. All that we know is that we have a good time full of rides and low waits.
How do I know this? Despite living in Florida, my son and daughter still ask to go back to DLR which we visited 4-5 years ago when MaxPass was introduced. They treasure that DLR visit more than all the uber-schedulized WDW visits.