Worldwide Park Passes Discussed

At last week's shareholder meeting of The Walt Disney Company an attendee raised a question of whether worldwide theme park passes had ever been considered.  While such passes are not on the horizon, Bob Iger seemed intrigued by the concept.

Scott Powers picks up the story in his Orlando Sentinel blog entry:

During the company's annual shareholder's meeting, in Albuquerque, N.M., Iger replied that a single, annual pass good at all 11 Disney parks was something to consider, and that it had never come up before. Even Disney Board of Directors Chairman John Pepper said he was interested in the idea. Later a Disney Vacation Club member joined in and suggested that if such passes were ever offered that DVC members should be given special consideration. Iger seemed to like that idea too.

While most Disney Vacation Club developements to-date have centered around the Florida-based Walt Disney World complex, Disney is set to open its first timeshare at Anaheim's Disneyland Resort in late 2009.  Rumors of future DVC developments seem to mirror worldwide theme park expansion with Paris and Hong Kong resorts often being linked to future DVC construction.

Providing DVC members with a smoother mechanism for visiting the worldwide theme parks could go a long way toward making additional DVC purchases more palatable to owners.

What do you think of worldwide park passes?  Would it change your future travel habits?  What is a reasonable price to pay for unlimited admission to eleven theme parks?  Share your comments in the discussion thread on our message boards (registration required.)

 

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Worldwide Park Passes Discussed -- dwelty
2008 Mar 10 05:18:07 PM
At last week's shareholder meeting of The Walt Disney Company an attendee raised a question of whether worldwide theme park passes had ever been considered. While such passes are not on the horizon, Bob Iger seemed intrigued by the concept.

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Re:Worldwide Park Passes Discussed -- DBorges
2008 Mar 10 05:22:34 PM
There is only one problem to this idea .

Disneyland and WDW are owned by Disney

all the Disneys in europe are lease name holds not owned or run by the Walt Disney Co.

So the passes could work for Disneyland or WDW but they would never agree in europe.

Beleive you me I would love for that to happen But reality is no..

Dave
Re:Worldwide Park Passes Discussed -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2008 Mar 10 05:25:59 PM
If DL would consider putting a grown up sized Castle in the middle of the park maybe I\'d be interested visiting DL at least once a year.
Re:Worldwide Park Passes Discussed -- TimK
2008 Mar 10 05:32:27 PM
DBorges wrote:
Quote:
There is only one problem to this idea .

Disneyland and WDW are owned by Disney

all the Disneys in europe are lease name holds not owned or run by the Walt Disney Co.

So the passes could work for Disneyland or WDW but they would never agree in europe.

Beleive you me I would love for that to happen But reality is no..

Dave

I don\'t think it could be ruled-out entirely, but there would definitely be some logistical issues to overcome. Each participating park would have to agree to take a certain part of the pie. The multiple ownership issues and even exchange rates would certainly be hurdles.

In a way it\'s similar to the dining plan. Of the $47 daily fee, each participating location agrees to accept a portion for each diner served. Non-Disney restaurants can (and do) opt-out if they so desire.

I could be wrong but my understanding is that TWDC controls most of the day-to-day operations at the Paris and Hong Kong parks. It may be relatively simple to gain their agreements. But dealing with the Oriental Land Company over TDL and TDS would be an entirely different matter.

Just having a WDW/DL pass would be a nice beginning. Certainly the idea has been discussed but I wonder why Disney has passed on the concept thus far. Enticing a WDW guest to make a trip out west would seem to be even more beneficial to the bottom line than giving someone unlimited access to the 4 Florida parks.
Re:Worldwide Park Passes Discussed -- DBorges
2008 Mar 10 05:37:31 PM
tjkraz wrote:
Quote:
DBorges wrote:
Quote:
There is only one problem to this idea .

Disneyland and WDW are owned by Disney

all the Disneys in europe are lease name holds not owned or run by the Walt Disney Co.

So the passes could work for Disneyland or WDW but they would never agree in europe.

Beleive you me I would love for that to happen But reality is no..

Dave

I don\'t think it could be ruled-out entirely, but there would definitely be some logistical issues to overcome. Each participating park would have to agree to take a certain part of the pie. The multiple ownership issues and even exchange rates would certainly be hurdles.

In a way it\'s similar to the dining plan. Of the $47 daily fee, each participating location agrees to accept a portion for each diner served. Non-Disney restaurants can (and do) opt-out if they so desire.

I could be wrong but my understanding is that TWDC controls most of the day-to-day operations at the Paris and Hong Kong parks. It may be relatively simple to gain their agreements. But dealing with the Oriental Land Company over TDL and TDS would be an entirely different matter.

Just having a WDW/DL pass would be a nice beginning. Certainly the idea has been discussed but I wonder why Disney has passed on the concept thus far. Enticing a WDW guest to make a trip out west would seem to be even more beneficial to the bottom line than giving someone unlimited access to the 4 Florida parks.


Tim

I did write a proposal for this a while back it went all the way up to exc admin they said it would not work from one point only that Paris and Hong Kong are lease name holds only.

Hell to even stay there you have to buy passes whether you go in th parksor not and the wdco can not chnage that.

I also have a proposal pending review for a dvc pass to the world as of today I have started this .

It would cover WDW And DL crossing fingers here.

By the way get cracking on them Pictures lol
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