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Old 05-14-2007, 07:51 AM   #1
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Everything About WDW Tickets

This thread is intended to discuss most aspects of Walt Disney World (WDW) ticketing. It will only deal with ticketing policies and procedures at WDW, and with connections to the Automated Ticketing System (ATS). This entire thread is read-only and can be edited or changed only by the original poster or one of the TPA&S moderators. If you feel that a part is not clear, put your question in a new thread where it will be answered; if necessary this thread will be edited to clarify the situation.

Please note that this information is public information which has been taken, and possibly paraphrased, from WDW web sites and from official training of WDW Cast Members who work with ATS.

Post and Contents
1. This Table of Contents
2. Magic Your Way (MYW) Ticket Basics Including Definitions
3. Annual Passes and Water Park Tickets
4. Tickets Available Only to Florida Residents
5. Tickets Not Available to the General Public
6. Upgrading MYW Tickets (Not to Annual Passes)
7. Upgrading Tickets to Annual Passes
8. Dealing With Tickets Issued Prior to 1 January 2005 (Pre-MYW)
9. Children and Adults
10. Special Events
11. Comprehensive MYW Ticket Example
12. Hotel Card (Key To The World (KTTW))
13. Lost Tickets
14. Finger Scans
15. Frequently Asked Ticket Questions.
15A(1). Hopping Rules
15A(2). Hopping For One Day Only During Multi-Day Stay
15B. WPF&M With No Expire
15C. No Expire Upgrades
15D. Upgrading an Unused Ticket
15E. Upgrading Special Tickets
15F. Checking on Old Tickets
15G. Renewing Annual Passes
15H. Upgrading a Completely Used Ticket
15I. Getting Park Tickets Before Package Start Date
15J. Upgrading After Departure

Following are on Page 2 of the FAQ

16. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party
17. 2012/2013 Armed Forces Salute Tickets
18A. Prices Effective June 1, 2013
18B. Reserved for Future Use
18C. How to Save Money on Annual Passes
19A. "Free" Tickets and Special Promotions
19B. DVC Member Premium Annual Pass Promotion
20. Ticket Purchase/Upgrade Locations and Telephones
21. Florida Resident Installment Purchases of Annual Passes
22. Ticket Price Bridging (Or Not)

This thread was last updated on June 30, 2013, and information is current and accurate as of this date.

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Magic Your Way (MYW) Ticket Basics Including Definitions

Almost all tickets issued for admission to the WDW parks since January 2, 2005, are "Magic Your Way" (MYW) Tickets which allow the purchaser to select features for their tickets. The main concept behind MYW is the more that you purchase the lower your per-unit cost tends to be.

It is important to realize that WDW has eleven different venues which require admission, and that these fall into two categories.

The first is the four "major" theme parks: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studio, and Magic Kingdom. Other is the "minor" parks, which consist of the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, the Disney Quest Indoor Theme Park, Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens and Winter-Summer-Land Miniature Golf and the Wide World of Sports.

Any ticket, once used, cannot be transferred to another person. This is enforced by use of a biometric finger scan. See Post #14 for more detail. There are a few exceptions to this rule, discussed on Posts 5 and 9. All tickets purchased, regardless of location purchased, unless specifically discussed on Post 5, are subject to the Florida combined sales tax rate of 6.5%.

Note that all ticket prices shown in this thread, unless otherwise specified, do not include the 6.5% Sales Tax.

An entitlement is a technical term for what a particular ticket will allow the bearer to do.

A Base Ticket is one that will allow a particular guest access to one major theme park per day up to the maximum number of entitlements per ticket. A base ticket may have anywhere from one to ten days of admission. There are three options which may be purchased with a base ticket; each bear a relationship to the base ticket. Note that Base Ticket days cannot be used as entries to any of the minor parks.

As of June 1, 2013 there are two different one-day base tickets. One is for the Magic Kingdom only. The other can be used at Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. The one day base ticket for the MK cost $5.00 more than the other.

No MYW ticket may have more than ten major park days of entitlements, unused or used, on it.

You are allowed to re-enter the same park if you leave it on one day, but it can only be used at the one park.

If you put the ticket in the turnstile of another park the display on the Guest side of the turnstile will be "ACCESS DENIED". The top line of the display on the Greeter side will give information about the ticket, and the second line of the display will say "CROSSOVER NOT PERMITTED". The turnstile will not unlock.

Park Hopping is a $59.00 option which can be added to any base ticket, whether adult or child, whether two days or ten days. For a one-day ticket the cost is $39.00. The price is the same whether you buy it the first day or the last day of a ticket's use.

The PH option allows you to go to two, three, or even all four of the major parks per day. Just as a base ticket allows entry to one major park per day, as well as unlimited exits and re-entries to the same park without extra charge, there is no charge to your entitlements when you enter or reenter the second or subsequent major theme park on the same day.

It is important to remember that park hopping only involves the four major theme parks. Having a Park Hopping Ticket does not allow access to any of the minor parks.

Water Park Fun & More (WPF&M) is a $59.00 option which can be added to any base ticket, whether adult or child, whether one day or ten days. Purchase of this option will add entitlements to the base ticket which are entries (or same day reentries) to the minor parks.

Oak Trail Golf Course is a nine hole walking "executive" course. Tee time reservations are required. Call 407-WDW-GOLF for reservations and more information. Each person who does not have their own set of clubs may rent a set, currently $15.00 per adult Guest per round; there is no charge for children under 18 years old to borrow a set of clubs. Bag carts can be rented.

Fantasia Gardens and Winter-SummerLand Miniature Golf can also be used once per day at each location, but it must be done prior to 4:00pm. In addition to entry at WWS you can get 30 minutes daily at the PlayStation Pavilion.

If the base ticket is 1 or 2 days you receive two entries. If the base ticket is more than two days you will get a number of entries equal to the number of days of the ticket.

Each initial entry into a minor park on one day uses an entry. This is true even if you have the "hopper" option, since that option only applies to the major parks. If you attend a water park in the morning, go to Oak Trail Golf in the afternoon, and Disney Quest at night of the same day you will have used three of your WPF&M entries.

Any day in which you go only to one (or more) minor parks and do not go to any of the major theme parks will only count as entries against the WPF&M option and will not use up a day of major park visits.

Note that a base ticket can exist by itself, with the Park Hopping option only, with the WPF&M option only or with both of these options.

Purchase of both the Hopper and WPF&M Options is $84. If you already have either hopping or WPF&M it is only $25.00 to add the other.

Expiration of Tickets

All ticket entitlements, including Park Hopper and WPF&M options, will expire 14 days after first use of any part of the ticket. It does not matter if first use is a major theme park, or, if you have the WPF&M option, first use is one of the minor parks. Note this is based on the first time the ticket is used.

As long as the ticket has not been run through any turnstile it is considered unused and is valid forever.

If your first use, for example, is a Sunday, all entitlements will expire at midnight of the second Saturday following.However, Disney does allow the purchase of a No Expire option which may be added to any base ticket. The price of this option currently varies between $35.00 for a two day ticket and $325.00 for a ten day ticket. Purchase of this option affects all entitlements, including other options. Unused entitlements will never expire.

Note that the price is based on the maximum entitlements, both used and unused, on a ticket. For example, if you had a nine day ticket and used three, with six days still available, if you then purchased the No Expire option you would pay the fee based on nine days.

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Annual Passes and Water Park Tickets

There are basically six types of Annual Passes (AP) available to anybody. In addition, there are four types of Annual Passes available only to Florida Residents, which will be discussed on Post #4.

As of June 3, 2012 there is no price difference between an Age 3-9 and an Age 10+ Annual Pass. However the Age 3-9 is still issued and, as any child ticket, will not require a finger scan.

Note that the Disney Resort Front Desks and Lobby Concierges cannot do anything related to any level of Annual Pass.

An AP is valid for one person and it is good for one year from date of activation. All passes purchased at any park ticket window or Guest Relations Office are active immediately. If you purchase or activate your pass, for example, on July 1 The last day of use is July 1 of the next year. See Post #7 for information about upgrading tickets to APs

A regular Annual Pass is valid for unlimited entries during regular park hours for the four major theme parks. There are no block-out dates. This is a Park Hopper pass. If you are not staying at a Disney Resort it includes free parking at the four major theme parks. Possession of an AP makes you eligible to purchase the Disney Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Card and to get various other discounts on food, merchandise, lodging, and certain additional ticket purchases.

The Premium Annual Pass (PAP) is similar to the regular AP. The difference is where the regular AP is a Park Hopper for the four major theme parks only, the PAP is a Park Hopper which includes not only the four major theme parks, but also includes some of the minor parks. It does not include the 30 minutes per day at the WWW PlayStation pavilion, although it does include access to WWS. And it does not provide access to either Fantasia Gardens or Winter-SummerLand miniature golf, although you receive a discount by showing the PAP.

The Disney Premier Pass (DPP) is a combination of a Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass and a Disneyland Resort Premium Annual Pass. It has a fixed cost of $1,010.82 including tax. There is no differentiation between child or adult. There is no reduced price for renewal. There is no reduced price for DVC Members, Florida Residents, or Southern California Residents. At WDW these can only be purchased at a Guest Relations Window outside of the four major theme parks or at DTD. (It cannot be purchased at the International Gateway at Epcot.) At Disneyland only at a Park Guest Relations Office or the Annual Pass Office.

AP (and PAP) vouchers (also called exchange certificates) may be purchased from Disney online, from Disney by telephone, from the Disney Store, and from some AAA Offices. Once purchased these vouchers do not expire. These vouchers must be exchanged for actual passes; this can be done at any ticket booth or Guest Relations Office.

Each person 18 or over must present a photo ID when purchasing any type of AP, or converting a voucher to an actual pass.

Discount pricing on APs is available only at some AAA Offices. DVC Members and Florida Residents have special rate tables (See Post #18-A). If the pass is renewed (including upgrades or downgrades) within 30 days on either side of expiration there is a renewal discount and the Anniversary date will not change.

As a general rule tickets for the minor parks tend to be one day, single entry, tickets. They are valid for reentry to the same park only on the same day and do not allow park hopping. Discounts are available for people who have APs or are DVC members.

At Blizzard Beach there is a special one day ticket which includes entry to BB and a round of miniature golf at Winter-Summer Land.

If a person is planning to have more than one visit to minor parks it tends to make economic sense to add WPF&M option to a base ticket rather than purchasing two tickets.

The other APs are the Water Park Hopper, the Disney Quest Annual Pass, and the Water Park Hopper Plus Disney Quest Combined Annual Pass. These do not provide the benefits such as discounts and are very limited. The only discount for the Water Park Annual Pass is renewal rates.

A Water Park AP costs less than two days of entries to the water parks. A DQ AP costs the same as two visits to DQ. And the combined WP/DQ AP costs less than three days of entries.

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Tickets Available Only to Florida Residents

Only three and four day MYW tickets are discounted for Florida Residents. Proof of residency is required when purchasing tickets, and upon first use. This includes the showing of a government-issued photo ID such as a Driver's License or state-issued ID card.

The cost for a one-day base ticket is not discounted. However, the rates for the Hopper and WPF&M options are set at 50% of the non-Florida prices.

There is no two-day ticket available. However, the three day costs less than a two-day base MYW and the four day costs significantly less than a three-day base. The three and four day tickets are valid for six months from date of first use. Blockout Dates apply to these tickets. Also these tickets are valid for six months from date of first use, but according to the latest official information all of the three and four day tickets will lose their validity after December 17, 2014.

For information related to installment payments for Annual Passes go to Post #21 on Page 2.

There are four special types of Annual Passes for Florida Residents. These are in addition to the six types of annual passes which may be purchased by any Guest; See Post #3 for the descriptions.

The "Seasonal Pass". This is a park hopper which is valid about 260 days of the year. The block out dates tend to be a week on either side of Easter, a week on either side of Christmas, and most of the summer. This pass does not include free parking at the major parks.

The "Weekday Select Pass". This is a park hopper which is valid about 200 days of the year. It is valid Mondays through Fridays only. The block out dates are the same as for the Seasonal Pass. This pass does not include free parking at the major parks.

The "Epcot After 4:00 Pass" does include free parking at Epcot after 3:00pm only. It is primarily intended for local residents who would like to dine at some of the Epcot restaurants.

The "Water Park After 2:00 Hopper", since the water parks do tend to empty out starting in mid-afternoon, this is primarily intended for after school use.

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Tickets Not Available to the General Public

These are tickets which generally are not sold at WDW itself, or require prior purchase.

14 or 21 Day Ultimate Park Hopper. These are valid for unlimited entry for one person to all the parks, both major and minor, for either 14 or 21 days from first use. They are sold by Disney in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They can be ordered through www.disney.co.uk but will not be shipped to the United States or Canada. People have been known to contact friends, relations or travel agents who can purchase these tickets and then have them shipped to them in the US. These can be upgraded to Annual Passes, based on the current exchange rates.

5 or 7 Day Premium. These are available from the UK web site. Basically they are the same as the 5 and 7 day MYW tickets with both hopping and WPF&M. They are five or seven day hoppers; unlike the Ultimate which allow unlimited minor park entries, these will allow only five or seven minor park entries during their 14 day validity period. For upgrade purposes, these are treated as five or seven day hoppers with WPF&M.

There are "Touch of Magic" tickets which are available through some time share promoters in the Orlando area. These are two, three or four day, one park per day or hopping, plus one entry to one of the "minor" parks. At the time the voucher is purchased or received hopping may be added. Normally the time share promoter will issue a voucher for these tickets which can be redeemed at any park (including water parks or TTC) ticket booth. These tickets may not be upgraded once the voucher is issued. If hopping is desired, it must be done at the off-site purchase.

There are three types of Convention tickets. These are only available to people who are attending conventions held on WDW. Normally purchase is via a web link provided by Disney through the convention's web site for pre-purchase, or sometimes at the convention itself. Verification of Convention attendance is required.

"After 2:00" allows admission to one park per day after 2:00pm. These tickets may not be upgraded.

"After 4:00" allows admission to one park per day after 4:00pm. These tickets may not be upgraded.

"Multi-day MYW Convention Base Ticket" is about a 10% savings from the regular MYW prices and includes one WPF&M visit.

There are special reduced price tickets called "YES", which stands for Youth Educational Series. These are available for preformed groups, usually either school groups or teams participating in events at Disney's Wide World of Sports. These may be base, hopper and/or WPF&M but not No Expire. They are valid only for specific dates. They may be used both by chaperones as well as students/team members. Very often for control purposes the chaperones will hold on to the tickets to effectively prevent the students from leaving the park after entry, so these tickets do not require finger scans.

There are tickets similar to MYW tickets sold at various military bases and at Shades of Green. These not only are discounted, but Florida Sales Tax is not charged. Because of their special tax-exempt status they cannot be upgraded or modified in any way at ticket booths or Guest Relations Offices. However, they can be modified or upgraded at Shades of Green. If one of these tickets has become demagnetized they can be reissued at any WDW location.

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Upgrading MYW Tickets (Not to Annual Passes)

An upgrade is adding one or more days to any base ticket, and/or adding one or more of the three options (Hopper, WPF&M or NE) to a ticket.

Note that any upgrade requires a cash (or cash equivalent) payment and can only be done on a one to one basis. You cannot combine the value of more than one ticket. In other words, if you had a six day base ticket and a one day base, you could not add the value of both to end up with one ticket of six or more days with one or more of the options. If, however, you have three tickets and are paying to upgrade each of them, this can be done on one transaction. (See the special note below about water parks.)

Any upgrade must be done at WDW at a location with access to the Automated Ticketing System (ATS). Basically this is any park (including water park) ticket window or Guest Services location, or one of the Downtown Disney Guest Services locations. The Lobby Concierge staff at the Resorts do not have all the accesses as the Parks. It cannot be done at a Disney Store.

Any MYW ticket can be upgraded within 14 days of first use. There are no exceptions, other than those discussed in the next paragraph. This applies even if the ticket has the No Expire Option. If the first day of use is a Sunday, the last time an upgrade or modification may be done is 11:59:59pm of the second Saturday.

In addition, effective August 1, 2011, if you have used all of your entitlements on a ticket the last day of use of entitlements is also the last day that you can do any sort of upgrade. So if you had a four day ticket and your fourth day of use was a Friday, from Saturday onward you cannot do any upgrade even though it is within the 14 day period. Note this does not apply to to tickets on the KTTW or to multi-day Florida Resident Tickets; in these cases the Guest name is preprinted on the ticket and they may add days after the last entitlement is used as long as they have a photo ID that matches the name preprinted on the ticket.

Note that you can add days or WPF&M to any ticket that has all the major theme park days used, provided it meets the requirements of the previous paragraph.. However, you can not exceed ten days of total major park entitlements.

See Post #22 on Page 2 for Price Bridging, which allows you to keep a discount.

If you purchased your ticket at less than the current gate price, and your ticket has not been used, you will have to pay the difference between what Disney actually sold the ticket for and the current gate price of the ticket you are upgrading to. It is always best to use one day from the old pass prior to taking it for an upgrade; you will then have locked in the current gate price as the value of the old pass.

The No Expire option is price is based on the total number of entitlements the ticket has had. If you had an original three day ticket, added five days and then used four days you will have four days of use remaining. If you upgrade to NE you will pay the rate for eight days.

Similarly, if you had a three day NE ticket and upgraded it to five days, you would pay not only the fee for the extra two days entries but the difference between the three-day and five-day NE option.

At the water parks and Disney Quest only, if you have a one day water park or Disney Quest ticket that is unused or has been used that day you can combine that ticket with a MYW ticket to add the WPF&M option to the MYW ticket, only paying the difference between what was paid for the water park or Disney Quest ticket and the current price of the MYW option (plus tax). This will not work if the MYW ticket is already a hopper, as the cost to upgrade would be less than the price of a one day water park or DQ ticket and we do not give refunds.

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MNSSHP and MVMCP

Here are links to the 2013 After-Hours Party Tickets

Please See This Post http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3105119 For Official Detailed Information for MNSSHP!

Please See This Post http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3105124 For Official Detailed Information for MVMCP!

1. For days with MNSSHP or MVMCP you can get in starting at 4:00pm with a Party ticket and you will receive a wristband showing you are authorized to attend the Party. Note that people at the Disney Reservations Center are required to tell you that you cannot enter MK on your Party ticket prior to 7:00. This information is not correct. And we don't know why they require this misinformation.

2. If you are already in MK, after 4:00 there will be several locations within MK where your ticket will be processed and you will be given a wristband.

3. If you do not have a Party ticket at 7:00 the Magic Kingdom is officially closed to you and you must leave the Park.

4. Without a wristband you cannot enter the line for any show or ride and you cannot enter any food service location or any store. You will not be allowed to make any purchases from any kiosk or wagon. You might be allowed to use the restrooms.

5. If you are already in a merchandise shop at 7:00 you will be permitted to make a purchase, but you will not be able to purchase any party-themed merchandise. If you are in a quick service location you will be allowed to make a purchase.

6. If you are at a Table Service location without an ADR you will not be seated, or if your ADR is for 7:00 or later you will not be seated. Note that even if you had a CC guarantee you will not be seated and you will forfeit the guarantee as you do not, at that time, have valid park admission.

7. There will be CM "blockades" at various points within the park looking for wristbands. For the first half hour or so you will not be permitted deeper into the Park and you will be asked to leave. If it is past 7:30 and you are caught in a blockade or sweep you will, at that time, be escorted to the front of the Park and out the Gate.

8. If you are line up for a parade and do not have a wristband you will be escorted out of the park.

9. And if you do not cooperate with the CMs Security will be called.

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Disney’s Armed Forces Salute

Walt Disney World has a special program effective October 1, 2012 and running through September 28, 2013 for members of the United States armed services, their dependents and guests. This post discusses the program and is broken into three major sections: Eligibility, Entitlements, and Procedures for participating.

Eligibility and Definitions

A service member has a current active duty, including active reserve, or retired ID card from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corp, or Navy. This includes disabled veterans whose ID Card indicates DAVPRM.

Under this year's rules, a foreign partner/coalition partner stationed at a US base is eligible. They must have a permanent US Military ID (CAC card) to be allowed to purchase tickets.

A dependent is the spouse or other relative of a service member who has an ID card (DD Form 1173) which shows the service member as the sponsor.

A guest is any person not a dependent accompanying the service member.

Not eligible on their own are persons who would normally have access to military bases and/or Shades of Green (SoG) such as DoD Civilians, NAF, USPHS and veterans who are not retirees. This list may include others. People who fall into this category may, however, be dependents or guests.

Tickets and Entitlements

A service member may purchase up to six 4-Day Disneys Armed Forces Salute Ticket during the promotion. At the time of purchase the service member must choose between three possibilities. There is no Base ticket available. Each ticket is either a four-day Park Hopper or it is a four day non-hopper with four Water Parks and Fun entries. Either of these tickets is $156. A ticket with both hopping and WPF&M is available for $184. These may be used by dependents or guests. The name of each dependent and/or guest will be recorded in ATS, tied to the service members name, and will be printed on the ticket. The price is the same no matter the age of the user. As normal, people under age 3 do not require tickets.

Salute tickets may be used back-to-back, such as two people wanting to use tickets for eight days.

If both members of a married couple are active or retired military they each qualify, on their own, for this program.

All Tickets will expire Midnight, Saturday, September 28, 2013, even if all entries have not been used. After the tickets are initially issued, it is $28 (plus tax) to add WPF&M to a Hopper or to add Hopping to a ticket with WPF&M. The normal 14 day rules concerning expiration and upgrade do not apply. However, no additional days may be added and the ticket may not have the No Expire option added.

The Tickets may be upgraded to Annual Passes, Premium APs, Disney Premier Pass, Florida Resident Seasonal Passes, or Florida Resident Weekday Select Passes (with proper Florida ID). The normal 14 day upgrade period does not apply. However, there will not be price bridging; this means that the value of the ticket will be what was paid for it ($156 or $184) and not the current gate price of an equivalent MYW ticket. If the ticket is upgraded to an annual product the expiration date will be one year from the date of first use of the Ticket. If any of the WPF&M entries have been used, the only allowable upgrade is to the Premium Annual Pass.

As an exception, if the immediate family has more than five dependents, additional Tickets may be purchased, but not to exceed the number of dependents. If the immediate family has more than five dependents tickets may not be purchased for guests.

If the service member is not available the spouse or unremarried widow may purchase and/or activate up to five Tickets for family and guests (including the spouse) so without the service member present a maximum of five tickets may be purchased. The special large family rule above applies. This purchase will not prevent the service member from receiving their ticket at a later date, but this will make the service member ineligible to purchase any additional tickets. Note that the Dependent ID Card (DD Form 1173) must show a relationship of either "Spouse" or "Unremarried Widow" to be able to activate the tickets. No other relationship can purchase tickets or have previously purchased tickets activated.

The tickets are blocked out and cannot be used be used for entry to the Magic Kingdom on July 4, 2013.

Procedures and Purchasing

There are three sources available. Two of these sources are Shades of Green or many (but not all) MWR/ITT offices. These are not live tickets but must be activated. The advantage to purchasing these is that sales tax is not collected on the Tickets.

The third source is Walt Disney World Park Ticket Offices (including TTC) and Guest Relations Offices (including DTD). Sales tax will be collected on any sales of Tickets or upgrades. Note that these cannot be purchased at any Resort Lobby Concierge or online.

Certain information from the service members ID will be entered into ATS (Name, Birth Date, base where assigned and e-mail address) and the names of all Ticket holders will also be entered and tied to the service member. If the tickets were prepurchased (MWR/ITT or SoG) the person will get the same card back. If these are new tickets, the tickets will be printed by ATS.

For each person the name, date of birth, address and telephone number will be entered into the system. The ticketholder's name will be printed on any tickets sold/printed at a window.

Once activated the tickets may be used at any turnstile. Finger scans will be used. In the event a ticket becomes demagnetized they can be reissued just as any other ticket.

If you have unused one-day non-promotional MYW tickets and wish to have them applied to the purchase of Tickets, this may be done provided the value of the unused tickets is equal to or less than the value of the tickets being purchased or upgraded. (Also 2-day MYW tickets for the combination ticket.)

Please be aware that there are some self-imposed restrictions at some military locations and information sites. The information posted above are Disney's rules. And since tickets have to be activated at WDW by Disney Cast Members, these rules do apply.

For example, at some military locations they will only sell tickets once; rather than buying three tickets once time and three later. Also some military locations will sell six tickets to a spouse, but at WDW six tickets will be activated only if the service member is physically present.

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June 3, 2012 Price List

Here are the prices for tickets available to the General Public and Florida Residents effective June 3, 2012








The following prices are not on the chart above. Prices are shown as Adult/Child before Sales Tax:

Blizzard Beach and one round at Winter-Summer Land miniature golf - $ 59.50 / $ 51.50
Water Park Annual Pass Renewal $ 89 / $73
Water Parks and Disney Quest Annual Pass Renewal - $ 117 / $ 90

18-B Reserved for Future Use

18-C Saving money on Upgrades to Annual Passes


It is possible to save a fair amount of money when buying Annual Passes if you have purchased your tickets in advance from an authorized ticket reseller. Generally these tickets are sold at a discount from the Current Gate Price (CGP) of the ticket.

(Please note carefully that the pricing chart in 18-A above does not include the 6.5% sales tax added to all tickets. Some resellers include the tax in their posted price; others add the tax at checkout.)

Step one - Look at the price for the ticket you want to end up with.
Step two - Look for the ticket from the reseller with the best discount from Gate.
Step three - Look at the chart and determine which ticket comes closest to the price of the ticket from Step One, but is not higher that that ticket.
Step four - Buy the ticket from the reseller which has the greatest discount from CGP but does not have a CGP value greater than the ticket you are ending up with.

When you get to the Parks, use the ticket you have purchased to enter any Park. This will change the value of the ticket to the CGP, no matter what was paid for it. Then take the ticket to either a Guest Relations Office or any ticket window (this includes the water parks, TTC or DTD) and do the upgrade.

After being quoted a price, and before making payment, be sure that the cost for the upgrade is within a few cents of what you were expecting to pay (which allows for rounding). If it is not in close agreement, as the CM to recheck their calculations and, if necessary ask "Has the price been bridged?" Sometimes a CM may forget to take the intermediate step to bring the used ticket price up to CGP.

See the discussion about Price Bridging (Or Not) in Post #22.

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"Free" Tickets and Special Promotions

There are two types of "free" tickets which are handled differently. There are "promotional" tickets and "complimentary" tickets.

Promotional Tickets

Often people will see promotions from both Disney and authorized resellers with an offer of "Buy X days tickets and get Y additional days free". This is promotional hype. If, for example, it says buy four days and get three days free, all it means is you are getting a seven day ticket at a reduced price.

Similarly, the 2009 "Free on Your Birthday" promotion and the 2010 "Give a Day" are promotional tickets. And when Disney has had a "Kids Stay and Play Free" These tickets have the full value of a purchased ticket they can be upgraded as any ticket for which full price was paid.

I would suggest you copy down the following information if you are planning to upgrade promotional tickets. If the person in the window is hesitant to upgrade these promotional tickets, ask them go go into The Hub >> WDW >> Work >> Ticketing >> Processes & Business Rules >> Upgrades >> Upgrade Guide to WDW Tickets and go down about ten items.

Complimentary Tickets

These tickets will normally say on them one of the following: Complimentary, Compassion, Comp, or CP.

They are given to people to make up for a problem and are considered Guest Recovery. These are the tickets that are given to Wish children and their families. In 2010 during the cutoff of trans-Atlantic flights due to the volcano they were given to stranded tourists.

These are also donated to non-profit organizations to auction of sell for their fund raising purposes.

These tickets tend to be one day for either one park or with hopping, but they can be at any level. These tickets, once issued, cannot be upgraded or modified in any way.

Recent Promotions

At the current time there is one special ticket promotions in effect. That is the DVC Member PAP for $399; see the section at the bottom of this post. Some recent, but ended, promotions were:

Give A Day, Get a Disney Day. Program ran January 1 - December 15, 2010

Free On Your Birthday - Valid Only During 2009

Florida Resident purchase Annual Pass good for 15 months ended December 31, 2009.

Any Annual Passholder receive a renewal pass valid for 15 month instead of 12 ended August 31, 2010.

Florida Resident Four Day Pass for $119 ended May 26, 2011.

Florida Resident special three or four day pricing ended May 24, 2012.

Florida Resident special three or four day pricing from January 2013 though June 8, 2013.

Any future Promotions related to tickets will be posted when information is released.

Disney Vacation Club Member Promotional Premium Annual Pass

During the period October 1 through December 31, 2012, DVC Members could purchase Premium Annual Passes for $399.00 (plus tax). This is a flat price for children or adults, new or renewal.

These could be purchased as either live tickets or as vouchers (or will-call or exchange certificates). If they are purchased as vouchers they must be converted to live tickets no later than December 31, 2013.

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Ticket Purchases/Upgrades and Telephone People

Ticket Windows and Guest Relations Offices

There are Ticket Windows outside of all four theme parks, both water parks, Disney Quest and Wide World of Sports. The ticket windows for MK are at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). There are Guest Relations Offices (GRO) at all locations where there are ticket windows including inside the four theme parks, at the MK gate (in addition to the one at the TTC), the Epcot International Gateway, and in Downtown Disney.

Every ticket window and GRO can sell any ticket available to the General Public, as well as Florida Residents and DVC Members. Every ticket window and GRO can also upgrade any ticket which can be upgraded, activate any Exchange Card/Voucher, and issue tickets from a reservation or voucher or replace a lost or demagnetized ticket. These capabilities include all tickets up to and including the WDW Premium AP. The only exception to this is the Disney Premier Pass (good at both WDW and DLR) which may only be purchased or upgraded to at a Park outside GRO window or at DTD (Note Epcot at Front Gate only).

In addition to tickets, the GRO will handle Lost & Found, Guest Recovery, and some very complex problems related to lost tickets that cannot be easily resolved. The GRO at the Theme Parks and DTD can also make dining reservations and handle problems related to Resort Reservations.

Resort Lobby Concierge

At each Disney Resort the Lobby Concierge can handle some problems related to tickets. If the ticket is on your room key (KTTW) they may do upgrades or remove the ticket onto a separate card. If your ticket is on a separate card they can transfer it to your KTTW provided there is no ticket on the KTTW. The LC cannot do anything related to any variety of annual pass, YES program tickets, or Armed Forces Salute Tickets. Also they may not be able to deal with No Expire tickets or paper tickets that were issued during a prior visit.

Other Ticket Purchase Locations

There are three other ways to purchase tickets, which will fall into the general categories of Safe, Problematical and To Be Avoided.

Safe would include The Disney Store, AAA Offices, Online (or by phone) directly from Disney, the Earport at Orlando International Airport, locations at Official Florida Welcome Centers or at Florida Turnpike Rest Stops, and a number of "Authorized Resellers".

I will not attempt to list this last group, but many of them are discussed in this and other forums. They will have the Official Disney Ticket logo on their web site and/or their physical location.

Depending on the location and type of ticket purchased from these locations you will receive either be a "live" ticket which can go directly into the turnstiles or a Voucher/Exchange Certificate which has to be activated or exchanged at any WDW ticket booth or GRO.

Problematical basically is time share locations. They may require you to attend a presentation and promise either free or reduced price tickets, or will do direct sales. It would be extremely rare for them to provide you with live tickets, usually you will receive a voucher which must be exchanged for tickets at a ticket window or GRO. If the ticket, or the voucher, says on it "Touch of Magic" the resultant ticket cannot be upgraded or modified in any way.

To Be Avoided is any private seller unless you know them personally, anybody on eBay, anybody on Craigslist (or similar) and anyone in a storefront or kiosk in either the US-192 or International Drive areas. There is no way you can tell by looking at any ticket what is actually available on the ticket. Many of these locations may be trying to sell expired or fully used tickets. The date shown on a ticket is only the physical date that particular ticket was printed. It could be a replaced demagnetized ticket or one that had days added. Although there is a printed date on the ticket, it can be a date when the ticket was reprinted for some reason and not the original date.

If you have a problem with the turnstile finger scan and cannot provide information to satisfactorily show the ticket is yours it could be cancelled and you would have to buy a new ticket on the spot to get into the parks.

Telephone Advice

Whenever you call Disney, unless you have been told by a person that the specific number is actually a direct line, you will get a Call Center.

The Disney Reservations Center (DRC) has locations in Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Utah and North Carolina. Some of the people at these call centers may have never been to WDW. They will identify themselves as Walt Disney Travel Company or Central Reservations Office (407-W-DISNEY) or Dining (407-WDW-DINE) The Annual Passholder line (407-WDW-PASS) or Tour Reservations (407-WDW-PLAY) or any of several other numbers.

The Main Switchboard (MS) is the main number (407-824-2222). It is also the Resort phone number on the back side of your Resort Reservations form. They are the ones that you get if you press "0" from any telephone on property. If you try to get your Resort Front Desk from a room. They also answer all calls to The Walt Disney Company Corporate Offices in Burbank. If you ask, they will identify themselves as "Guest Services". MS can connect you to any telephone on property, as well as transfer you over to DRC if needed.

Everyone at both DRC and MS have access to a very large computer information system called The Hub. Answers to almost all questions can be found there if you dig deep enough.

The people at MS do not deal with tickets at all. The people at DRC can sell tickets either as part of a package or separately. The people at DRC do not handle any ticket problems or upgrades. If you have any questions about upgrades, replacements, expiration or anything else about tickets you cannot rely on any information from DRC or MS. They have been known to require their agents to give specific information related to early Package Ticket pick-up and hours of special parties, which is not correct. So even though the agents know this information is not correct, if they tell this to the Guest and their call is monitored they could be fired.

Other than actually going to a ticket window or Guest Relations Office your best source of answers to ticket questions is actually DisBoards. If some answers your question incorrectly there will probably be at least a half dozen people jumping in to correct the error or misunderstanding.

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