I suspect that most AP holders (local or not) are using the AP discount on merchandise. Right now that is the only way they can identify AP spending. They have no way of tracking it except on the few restaurants that offer the poultry 10% discount. It would be nice if they could bring back Tables in Wonderland. It would at least make their restaurants competitive to off site options we usually go to instead.They do not catch my AP spending because i pay cash at all restaurants and seldom do the merch discounts. So, Disney has no idea how much I actually spend. My cash style spending is because it is a good way to prevent ID theft. When someone takes plastic cards away to ring them up, that is a very vulnerable point for ID theft. My cards do not leave my hands. I think a lot of local passholders could be like that. There is a lot of harsh financial practices in this area in part because there are so many vulnerable seniors without family around. So, we have to be very cautious.
We like table service. It costs, but that is the event for us rather than coaster rides.
Yes, likely tied to this. It is not uncommon for entities that receive tax breaks or funding to have to offer discounted tickets or free days. Locally our county/cities give funds to the Zoo, Art Museum etc and those offer discounts, a free day a month or free day via a special pass at library. Am sure it a years old deal with the state. AND the Florida residents are Disney's baseline when things get tough. They can still afford to keep going.My understanding was that the taxation treatment required some kind of discount for all of Florida, not a specifically local one, like in California. That's a lot of people, especially if they have to hold park space, like the California lawsuit said they do.
I don't think APs will ever go away, no matter all the complaints you hear from the top .. they know that is the constant base that pays the bills. They already eliminated several of them the last go round.I can definitely see the bean counters giving a discount on day tickets instead of an AP, or sticking with the Pixie Dust schedule. I doubt we see APs again like they were going forward. A perk like free parking seems inconsistent with the current penny pinching model.