Yup, I retract most of my complaints re blackout dates. Except Dec 4th. Freaking mystery on that one lol
but you can only book 4 days w/ Pirates and they block out 12/18 while wizard allows 12/18.
I feel my family should get pirates but my wife also looked at the blackouts and seemed to think it was too many weekends. For the $200 per pass difference, I am going to hold them to hitting at least 4 of those days when the pirates won't be there.
I think Disney still likes AP's. I am use to living 200 miles plus from here. I know tons of APers down south. They stay on site, buy in every year w/ hopes of at least 10 days in the parks...they spend when at the parks and I bet Disney sells many under used AP's!
Sucks that we are still waiting -- was driving Sunday it was the fastest drive time from 1-4 exit 60 to 1-4 exit 58 I have had since moving here. The parks must be empty and they do not want my money yet. We were last pass holders in 2012 so I get we will have the $900 pass this year.
I imagine the reservations are due to Disney needing an idea of how many folks are coming each day, I assume a lot of their operations depend on the analytics pre-booking fast passes and such should have giving them, this also allows some control over the mix of AP/resort/off site tourist they allow on any given day.