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Old 12-06-2012, 10:37 AM   #16
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We have been going the 10-day hopper no exp date way for years now. Over the last two years we have been going twice a year but only for three nights. If we visit parks on two days that's only four days use on the ten days per year. We have gotten three years out of our ten-day hoppers.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:55 AM   #17
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I look at the 10 day park hopper no expiration tickets I bought in 2000 and really wish I would have bought A LOT more back then.

Even now as ticket prices increase every year I wish I would have the funds to buy several sets for our family and put them away for future use.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #18
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We always buy 10-day no expire tickets with park hopping. They last us 2-2.5 trips.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:24 PM   #19
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When I worked it out, they were generally a good idea only if you are using them in short bursts (3-4 days or less). Once you get over the hump (changes depending on price increases) they don't make money sense for the main gates.

Using current Undercover Tourist prices:

4 days MYW = $256
5 day MYW = $269
10 day MYW+NE = $605

To get an equal number of days:
buying 5x 4 day tickets = $1280 vs 2 x 10 day = $1210, or $70 savings

Buying 2x 5 day tickets = $538 vs 1x 10 day = $605, or a $67 loss

Of course this doesn't include potential price increases in the future. If you can buy all your tickets today for your lifetime I'm sure you will save money.

Also, having one around for multiple trips with waterpark admissions can also skew some trips to a slight gain.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #20
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We bought 10 day no expiration in Aug 2010 and we still have some left. I personally really like the idea, but I will say it does sort of suck to have your tickets on your room key over multiple trips, because I try to keep track of how many days we have left but I can't be totally sure. There is no way to check unless actually at Disney. It also is a way to sort of "pre pay" for some of your Disney trip. I've not actually done the math if it saves money, I've just read threads on here about it. Also, we are okay with going to Disney and not going to the parks everyday, which helps the 10 day last over about 3 trips.
Bring a mini Sharpie pen and make a check mark for each main park day you use, and an x for each waterpark visit you make? Do it on each ticket as you walk into the park.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #21
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We love them! We also use them to get into Disneyland in CA and have been for the past few years. Saves us a ton of money on that alone.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:39 PM   #22
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We've purchased several of these tickets over the years. To keep up with the days that are left, I write the date we visit a park (with a W for Waterpark, and a P for regular park) on the back of one of our tickets. That way, we know how many days we have left, and exactly what day we used the ticket. That way, if there was ever a discrepancy, I would know what I was talking about with guest services.

We are AP holders now, but I purchased 2 sets of the 10 day non-expiring tickets with the water park admission for my family a few years ago. We will start using these when we no longer get AP's. They are perfect for shorter trips, or longer trips when you don't plan on visiting a park every day.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #23
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I'm not seeing the savings unless I'm missing something. On UT I see a 5 day PH for $320. A 10 day PH non-exp. for $627. Not much difference in my mind.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #24
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I'm not seeing the savings unless I'm missing something. On UT I see a 5 day PH for $320. A 10 day PH non-exp. for $627. Not much difference in my mind.
I understand what you're saying. It sounds like you would go to the parks for 5 days on any given visit.

For our family, the 10 day passes make more sense. We purchase them, and combine WDW parks with our Busch Gardens platinum passes from back home. On our vacations, we might spend 2-3 days at WDW and 2-3 days at Sea World/Busch Gardens/Aquatica. So the 10 day passes last us 3 or 4 years. We never go more than once a year, so the annual pass doesn't make sense for us.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #25
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I'm not seeing the savings unless I'm missing something. On UT I see a 5 day PH for $320. A 10 day PH non-exp. for $627. Not much difference in my mind.
Well what's worse (or better) is the 365 day hopper with water for $399.

That said-my friend can only go for 3 days about once per year. If they do the hopper for 3 days each (plus they like water parks) time-it adds up fast. I think like $1,000 to $1300 if 4 trips. The $629 will get them 4 trips easy with water-maybe 5.
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Looking at the WDW site at ticket prices, it looks like a 5 day expire ticket ends up costing per day the amount of 5 of the days from a 10 day non-expire. So I think the 10 day tickets are nice for people who go back year after year but only want to go to the park 1-3 days. If you want to go 4 or 5 or more days, then it may not be worth it.

You can look at the prices on their site:

http://tickets.disney.go.com/buy/TicketTrans

And just change from expire to non-expire and see the difference.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:19 PM   #27
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I'm not seeing the savings unless I'm missing something. On UT I see a 5 day PH for $320. A 10 day PH non-exp. for $627. Not much difference in my mind.
You're right, there isn't much difference. People who are purchasing the 10-day non-exp. tix are doing so, not so much for the savings now, but to lock in today's ticket price for a future date.

If I'm going now for 5 days and have no thoughts to returning, then I'd buy the 5 day PH. But I KNOW I'm going back, and not in the current year. I might not be going back for 2 or 3 years. That's when the 10 day non-exp. ticket has value, because you're locking in today's ticket price for use 2 or 3 years down the road.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:21 PM   #28
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Looking at the WDW site at ticket prices, it looks like a 5 day expire ticket ends up costing per day the amount of 5 of the days from a 10 day non-expire. So I think the 10 day tickets are nice for people who go back year after year but only want to go to the park 1-3 days. If you want to go 4 or 5 or more days, then it may not be worth it.

You can look at the prices on their site:

http://tickets.disney.go.com/buy/TicketTrans

And just change from expire to non-expire and see the difference.
What you're not taking into account is that ticket prices increase every. single. year. By purchasing a 10 day no exp ticket today, you save on ticket prices at a later date.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #29
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What you're not taking into account is that ticket prices increase every. single. year. By purchasing a 10 day no exp ticket today, you save on ticket prices at a later date.
Yes that is a good point.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:04 PM   #30
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[QUOTE="ErikdaRed"]When I worked it out, they were generally a good idea only if you are using them in short bursts (3-4 days or less). Once you get over the hump (changes depending on price increases) they don't make money sense for the main gates.

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It has been a while since I ran numbers, but that is consistent with what I found. The no exp tickets save money for short trips of 1-3 park days. They might also work if you know you'll have a 4, maybe even 5 park day trip along with a couple 1-2 day trips. Lately we have been taking advantage of the DVC discount on APs, but we may switch to the no exp option if our trips get shorter and we do not go as often, The most difficult part about that switch will be losing the ability to visit a park for just a few hours. We don't take advantage of the PH privileges that comes with APs all that much, but many times we have entered a park for just a few hours, and we would not do that with no exp passes.

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