I'm underwhelmed. It seems similar to those merchandising events they always hold, where you pay $80 for the opportunity to enter a lottery to maybe purchase some exclusive merchandise.
I'm sure the magazine is nice, but I'm literally reading magazines from almost a year ago, because I'm so behind. At least I got rid of some on the plane rides.
The website has apparently no exclusive content and frankly looks like it has all the same information Dave Smith puts out in those Disney Insider newsletters. The stuff they're selling ranges from expensive things that look like they couldn't sell them effectively on the regular website, to expensive things that look like they are only peripherally related to Disney.
I am interested in the Expo, but like everyone says, it's only giving you something like a $20-30 discount...which is considerably less than the $75 you'd have to pay to get it. I do feel a little bad for the NFFC, whose long-standing event will be somewhat diminished by this.
The only thing I think would be attractive about this, is if they in fact develop special show or events for the members. I think I can afford to wait to join until they give us more specifics--if it's the kind of thing where you have to try to be one of the first 20 people in the world to sign up to go, or enter a lottery, I may pass. I have a horrible track record at those.
Tokyo Disneyland has a club called "Funderful Disney" (http://www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp/fanclub...lish/index.html
) which always seemed like a decent arrangement. They get seasonal discounts, special merchandise and special events, and they manage to keep it under $35.