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Old 02-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #1
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What should I do about tickets?

Background: We are booked in a Cars Suite at AoA May 18-25 at a 40% discount (CM friends & family - an associate of mine works in HR, but I have a hard time getting a hold of her) I know, awesome deal, right?

I can apparently add the dining plan regardless of whether I purchase tickets or not... (which we are probably NOT going to do since I priced it all out and there is no savings unless we eat a lot more than we were planning to...) There is apparently some history of an occassional 10-15% discount on the dining plan when added to a CM discount room around 30-45 days before arrival, so I'll check because that would be a better deal, but I don't have to make that decision until the week before we leave.

Tickets are my quandry.
I can obviously purchase tickets through Disney - there is no current CM discount on tickets. If I purchase them through Disney will I have to pick them up at the resort when I "check in"? Our plan is to drive down Friday night and get a motel/hotel late late that night somewhere outside of Orlando (or maybe even in Orlando) for a few bucks, and get up early and drive straight to WDW and go to DHS that day. I'd really like to be there early - like by Rope Drop. Want DS to be able to sign up for Jedi Training. However, if we have to go to the resort and check in before and all it will just be complicated. I would rather drive straight to the park, stay until lunch and then come back and check in.

I also get the Mousesavers Newsletter and have the "secret link" to the discounted tickets from Undercover Tourist. It is not a super significant discount but every $1 counts! And, of course, they would be mailed to me directly and we could just go to DHS directly the morning of the 18th. Right?

Other ideas? What should I do?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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Breakdown:

Here's the breakdown of prices, 2 kids, 2 adults (includes tax):
7 day base from WDW - $1188.54
7 day discount from MouseSavers Undercover Tourist - $1162

7 day Park Hopper WDW - $1431.38
7 day Park Hopper MSUT - $1362.80

I was thinking we would take a day off from the parks (since we can technically be there 8 days) and do Typhoon Lagoon but now I'm just thinking we'll do a pool/DTD day since we have the cool Big Blue Pool at AoA.

I reckon I should just order them from undercover tourist, eh? It's only $200 more for the week for PHs but I don't even really think we'll need them. We have a day planned for each park, 2 for MK and EP, and then 1 more day to go back wherever to our favorite and 1 day for DTD/pool.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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Go with undercover, they have the best prices, it comes right to your home and you can go to DHS in the morning no problem.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #4
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I would just order the base tickets from UT. If you decide you "need" hoppers when you get there, you can always upgrade at the parks.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:01 AM   #5
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Since you don't have to buy the tickets to qualify for the DDP, I would get them from UT. They are very reputable. You can also upgrade from a 7-day to an 8-day (after using at least one day) for a very minimal amount ($9 each) if you change your mind about taking a whole day off. I would buy the tickets ASAP because I saw a post on Facebook by UT that they think that WDW ticket prices are going up soon.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #6
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I also go on a CM discount. Are they not doing the discounted meal plan now? I was in there in the fall and we had that deal. If they offer the discounted meal plan, absolutely get it. However, you will need to have your ADRs in place. Last year I wasn't sure if they were going to offer it or not, so I booked my ADRs and then crossed my fingers.

There is current CM discounts on tickets, but for a max of 5 days. That may not work for you. If that won't work, I would get the UT tickets, and I would get them before May 31st in order to get the current prices. And I wouldn't get WP&M, because you are at the AoA. They have the cool Nemo pool and the awesome Cars pool. You will want a down day somewhere in there.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #7
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The CM who got your your reservation can also purchase tickets at a 10% discount from Gate at Company D which is better than any of the authorized resellers.. The only potential problem is they must be purchased with cash or the CMs own card.

I am doing this for a nephew of mine and he is sending me a check for the amount. And it is allowed by Disney.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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I also go on a CM discount. Are they not doing the discounted meal plan now? I was in there in the fall and we had that deal. If they offer the discounted meal plan, absolutely get it. However, you will need to have your ADRs in place. Last year I wasn't sure if they were going to offer it or not, so I booked my ADRs and then crossed my fingers.

There is current CM discounts on tickets, but for a max of 5 days. That may not work for you. If that won't work, I would get the UT tickets, and I would get them before May 31st in order to get the current prices. And I wouldn't get WP&M, because you are at the AoA. They have the cool Nemo pool and the awesome Cars pool. You will want a down day somewhere in there.
The CM said it wasn't being offered currently but to check back 30-45 days before arrival. Apparently they release it closer to booking time? I don't know. It was 4 weeks ago when I called to pay on the room reservation - I had $750 in Disney dream rewards from my Disney visa. Yay!

I already have all my ADRs set up! We booked in November and I do that almost immediately after it became available. I have wanted to switch several around but the website is a major pain.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #9
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DW and I recently did a room only discount and ordered our tickets through UT. When I ordered our tickets, we got them in a week. You will then have your tickets right away and can go straight to DHS.

Also, if you don't think you will park hop, you can always buy the base ticket now and then add the park hopping option later if you feel like you want to park hop. The price to add the ph option to each ticket is the same regardless the amount of days on a ticket. It is a little cheaper to buy the tickets with the ph already according to my calculations, then to add it later.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #10
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If you decide to buy to tickets from Disney you can always visit your local disney store to buy them.
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We don't have a Disney store anywhere near us! There may be one in Chattanooga and I know there are some in ATLANTA but we are just over an hour's drive or more from each. Thanks'for the idea, though! I am leaning towards just calling Disney in a little while and ordering them direct. The UT price, even with the MS discount is a teeeeny discount. So, while I totally trust the UT folks, I just don't know if it really matters all that much.

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I did mine through UT & got them in 4 days. I was able to save about $90 by buying the ticket with the biggest discount from UT, which happened to be a 5DPH. I need 6 days, but after using the tickets I can add the extra day for about $30 & am still $60 (1 dinner or 2 lunches for us!) ahead. I know the December deal from UT would've been an even bigger savings for me, but I waited & lost out. It seems UT prices change about the time of the newest mousesavers newsletter so it should be just around the corner. FWIW, the deal I lost was $9 more off per ticket & an extra day.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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I did mine through UT & got them in 4 days. I was able to save about $90 by buying the ticket with the biggest discount from UT, which happened to be a 5DPH. I need 6 days, but after using the tickets I can add the extra day for about $30 & am still $60 (1 dinner or 2 lunches for us!) ahead.
You're right! The key with the UT tickets is to find the tickets with the biggest savings which have a list price that is under the list price of the ticket you really want. You then upgrade to a more expensive ticket once you are at WDW and the value of the list price is applied to the new ticket as long as you use it at least once. Check the Ticket FAQ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1452684) for more information about "price bridging".

If the OP is looking for a 7-day hopped the current discount is $17 per ticket for a 7-day but $22 for a 5-day that could then be upgraded. I would usually suggest that the OP buy the 5-day and save the extra $5 but there are rumors that Disney is increasing prices in April so I would probably just buy the ticket I wanted because the price increase may be more than the $5 additional savings. $34 is still a lunch at a CS restaurant.
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