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- Apr 24, 2008
Having actually MET scak while he was working on this story, I get the impression that this was not a case of Pete looking for a newspaper to ***** to this about.No, I guess it's not bashing to publicly say in a newspaper "D23 is edited due to Dis Board Policy."
Having heard the podcast (sadly not a regular listener due to time constraints), I do know that if Pete was looking to actually bash something, He is very capable of doing so.
Saying "xyz is BS" is not really bashing something, as it is someone stating an opinion.
And while I've attempted to avoid jumping into this side of the conversation, I will state MY opinion. I just don't see the Value in a D23 membership. I was thinking about joining, but I can't justify the cost. I don't wear a watch. Magazine might be cool, but I'm not spending that kind of money just for a quarterly magazine. General Discounts aren't enough (above and beyond what i can get with my regular WDW AP) to make the numbers tempting based off money I could save... And MOST of the special 'members only' events seem to happen on the west coast with only a few so far on the east coast.... and even still, since I work a regular job and live in the northeast US, with the relative short notice given for most of the events (maybe a month or 2?), There is no way I could take advantage of them because I wouldn't be able to keep planning and affording last minute trips.
And Exclusive merch isn't for me either. I'm not a huge collector so buying something just because I can isn't going to entice me either.
that said.... D23 may work for some people. For people in Southern Cali for whom a day trip to the studios or parks is easy to do, They may find a ton of value in it because with the last minute announcements for events, they can easily adjust things to attend. For die Hard collectors, they may find value because of their ability to complete their collection of Disney merch. etc.... But for me (and I'm guessing plenty of others), it's just hard to find the value in paying so much for a 'fan club' membership that doesn't really offer a lot that we either can't get elsewhere [newstand D23 mag] or take advantage of because of our geographic location.