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Old 03-10-2009, 04:37 PM   #61
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Are the pins the same ones that were seen online?
I didn't see it online, although it does look like the Tinkerbell pin, only with Mickey as a drum major in the middle instead of Tinkerbell.
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:04 PM   #62
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Just to interject, I do have pens that cost way WAY more than that. However; unless these pens are made by a company like Mont Blanc or MontaGrappa, I don't quite understand it either. I've personally seen pens go for many thousands of dollars (gold, diamond encrusted, etc...), but these don't even say who makes them, I wonder if the merchandise will be on display at the parks to see?
I think its great that you collect expensive pens.......

The POINT is you click on the link and it takes you to a page that sells you a $75 member ship to a "fan club"...... on the HOME PAGE they are already pushing a $800+ pen, $20 shirt, and a $225 statue like figure.............

In these economics times Disney needs to be heloing their fans by offering a club that provides discounts NOT THE RIGHT TO SPEND MORE MONEY!

It IS insulting!

And I know what you are gonna post don't join..... dont worry I WONT!

My passses expire in a few weeks and my husband and i have been debating the 1300 we pay for passes a year and to be honest this has helped me decide to say good bye to Disney for the next 12 months......... they screw their pass holders way to much (especially the locals) and it is just one more insult!

I hope Disney is reading this!
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:29 PM   #63
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Hey maybe we should look at it like this. You get 4 magazines for $75. If they were $25 each, then you're getting 1 free... Yeah, there's the discount - buy 3 magazines at $25 each and you get 1 free. Oh, wait, they're selling the magazines for $16 at Barnes and Noble. Nevermind...
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:41 PM   #64
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I'm very underwhelmed by the new "You have the right to buy more of our stuff" D23 club. However, I will add that you can now redeem your Disney Movie Rewards points for either a D23 pin or a D23 necklace. You have to log into the Movie rewards site to do so though!
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #65
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My passses expire in a few weeks and my husband and i have been debating the 1300 we pay for passes a year and to be honest this has helped me decide to say good bye to Disney for the next 12 months......... they screw their pass holders way to much (especially the locals) and it is just one more insult!

I hope Disney is reading this!
Well what about us non-passholders who haven't been able to get anything. Can I get Tables in Wonderland...NO, can I get admission to special Passholder events, NO...how do you think that makes me feel. I frankly don't see how they screw their passholders as you put it, you guys get all the perks.

I love the idea of a Magic Kingdom Club or something else for those of us who frequently go to WDW, but not enough to justify an AP. I've felt left out for many years now.
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:54 PM   #66
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Have you seen the price point on APs lately? Combined with no weekend discounts, random special events, and no "deals" like B4G3 free, AP holding isn't as lucrative as it used to be.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:05 PM   #67
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I'm just sick of it. I'm sick of Disney catering to thier wealthy fans and leaving everyone who can't afford (and wouldn't buy if I could afford) $800 pens and other such nonsense. Take the Haunted Mansions 40th Anniversary Event out here at Disneyland this year...too expensive at $400 and upwards and that's the same principal, charging for the priveledge of purchasing more merchandise. All the special events they do are like that. No thanks. Hey Disney, how about offering your fans something that has value, purpose, and a reasonable price tag to boot? And as someone posted earlier, yeah it is insulting to all the other fan communities that have been around for ages and know what Disney fans like.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:07 PM   #68
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I too am underwhelmed. I hate that there are so many loyal people who go several times a year with no real incentive other than their love for the magic.

That should be rewarded IMO.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:12 PM   #69
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So did anybody post comments on their site? I left them a scathing message. I encourage people to tell them what you think. Here's a link if ya need it:

http://d23.disney.go.com/contactus.html
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:13 PM   #70
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It says that it is an official website for Disney Lovers

We have our own free D23 right here, the only thing that the DIS lacks is the official Disney website credit, but I don't want an official Disney website credit because then they will make sure that people only say nice non-money saving things.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #71
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I love my AP... I will continue to use AP.... I have already had my pass PAY for itself and ALL my trips until I renew it.

They hype for all of this came from EVERYONE who speculated what it was about. All Disney did was say "are you 23?" nothing more. So you are disappointed. Big deal. You don't want to go back. Big deal. Someone else will go in your place. I have had horrible experiences at WDW... got them taken care of. It isn't going to ruin my magic and love of WDW. GET OVER IT! Not everything on that site is $800... AND NO ONE IS MAKING YOU BUY IN!!!!

Go ahead... rant and whine all you want. We are not entitled to anything. This is a membership... its OPTIONAL! I have no sympathy when it comes to people who think they are entitled to things for free. I deal with that constantly with one of my sisters, who always has her hand out.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #72
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I posted this thought in another thread, but basically, the DIS is a fan community, D23 is a merchandise club.

This is a dated idea. They need to innovate. Did they really think this would "wow" the fans?

Sorta reminds of DCA..."You're doing what??" and now they are spending millions to correct the mistake.

Can they make D23 worthwhile for the fans?
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #73
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It says that it is an official website for Disney Lovers

We have our own free D23 right here, the only thing that the DIS lacks is the official Disney website credit, but I don't want an official Disney website credit because then they will make sure that people only say nice non-money saving things.
My initial reaction was that Disney is trying to co-opt Mousefest with their "expo" and Celebrations/Orlando Attractions magazines with their new D23 magazine. Clearly, Disney has to be embarrassed by the wildly successful Epcot 25th anniversary event that it missed out on, so now it will sell an exclusive pen "inspired" by nothing Walt ever touched!

That said, this may be the venue through which Disney will offer truly exclusive gems like the Disney Treasures and Disney Legacy dvd series. But, without a clear mission except the "we've just scratched the surface," I'm with Kevin and will wait to see what they offer instead of signing up hoping for the best.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:49 PM   #75
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For years I have considered myself a huge Disney fan. I don't visit the parks as often as some of you, but I try to keep myself fully informed through the internet (articles, podcasts, blogs, forums). I think the idea is good one but having to pay to be an official "Disney Fan" is quite saddening. $75 is 3/4 of my families weekly grocery bill. I can't tell my kids they can't eat for a week because Mommy wants to be recognized as a official fan of her favorite place ...ever.

I was really saddened by this. Hey Disney... not all your fans have deep pockets... what those of us lack in dollars...make up with LLLOOOVVVEEE for the Disney company and brand. I joined the Disney Mom's Club for free and got a box full of magnets, a mousepad, etc... Why can fans sign up for free and be considered an "official fan"? I don't need the magazine (I'd love it but don't really need it), but a simple paper certifcate or magnet would be nice!
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