1) How else can Ogre (I mean Iger) brag that attendance is down, but sales/profits are up at the parks? 2) There are two basic reasons . . . . . . Fast Pass can schedule your rides throughout the entire day, so you spend more time shopping than waiting in a ride-line . . . Eatery prices are way-way-way up, letting people (incorrectly) feel that DDP is a good price 3) And people thought advance-FP and DDP was for the guest's benefit ! NOTE: Fast Pass keeps guests walking around so they go into stores - when in stores, they likely see something they "need' or the kids "want". When people buy DDP, WDW can raise eatery prices over-and-over-again, by raising DDP without people noticing. WDW is not dumb, and they rely upon people not noticing and/or nor caring. Dare we mention that P.T.Barnum descendants probably work at WDW.