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Old 12-06-2004, 11:42 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
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New "Magic Your Way" tickets discourage no expiration folks

Well, I guess it could be worse. Some folks will save quite a bit of money with the new tickets, but it is clear Disney is trying to keep people in the parks spending more money over more days and making them buy new tickets for each trip. People going for just 1 or 2 days and those of use who like the "never exprire" part of the ticket will be spending a lot more money.

Here is an example of how it appears to work. Cleverly, they change enough of the options between tickets and by adding plus features so that you can't compare apples to apples:

Advance discount prices including tax:

5 day PHP with 2+ options - $275.86
5 day MYW w/3+ and Hopper option - $283.29

So if you have tickets like we do and want to "upgrade", it will cost $7.43 to get one more plus feature. Not a bad deal until you try and add the no expiration option that is already included with the old PHP:

5 day MYW w/3+, hopper, and no expire - $320.54 (another $37.28!) So now it's an extra $38 to use any extra days. If you only have 1 day left, you are almost better off just losing it and buying tickets again the next time.

Here is it for a 6 day

6 day PHP with 3+ options - $306.74
6 day MYW w/4+ and hopper - $284.36

So if you don't care about your tickets never expiring, then you save $22.38 per ticket and get an extra plus admission! Ok, not bad. But if you are like us and the pluses don't all get used, or you sleep in and then do something else on a day you thought you would use a ticket and want to carry it over, it will cost you an extra $47.93 per ticket! So it's a difference of $25.55 more just to be able to keep my unused days. And for those just comparing it to the regular MYW ticket and wanting no expiration, it the entire $49 dollars. It's just not worth it unless you plan on losing more than 1 day.

So it looks like people staying a week and who can stay in one park all day and who will use all the features on their tickets will really save. Those who need the flexibility of never expiring tickets and park hoppers will pay a premium.

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