I think it's ridiculous that Disney are charging for just being fans, but then again, a lot of musical groups / singers are charging fans and give them access to concert tickets first, etc.
I would join D23, but I would like to know I can attend every event they are organizing, and right now, can't justify frequent trips to California, etc.
The whole VMK thing is still bugging me too. Like DisneySuper said - VMK is worth paying for and am still upset that Disney did not even put that into consideration. I won't play PotC, ToonTown, and definitely not Club Penguin - if they can shut VMK down, who's to say they can't do the same for the other games? I refuse to pay Disney for their stupid idea of closing VMK.
I'll get off my soap box now.
May the Force be With You. . .