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Old 02-01-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Last minute at Magic Kingdom!

Sorry - no time for a search! We are cruising out of Port Canaveral this Sunday Feb 6. We were going to fly in a day early but with snow in the forecast we changed our flight to Friday. So now we have a whole day in Orlando! Hoping to surprise DS (almost 4) with a trip to Magic Kingdom. But I need answers!!!

1. How much are tickets for the day? 2 Adults/One Child
2. Should I buy tickets at the gate?
3. Renting a car - is it free to park?
4. Anything going on in the area that will make this weekend be particularly crowded?


So excited!! Thanks for your help! Had to change a bunch of plans this week and am now overwhelmed, especially since DS is home sick with an ear infection.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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Sorry - no time for a search! We are cruising out of Port Canaveral this Sunday Feb 6. We were going to fly in a day early but with snow in the forecast we changed our flight to Friday. So now we have a whole day in Orlando! Hoping to surprise DS (almost 4) with a trip to Magic Kingdom. But I need answers!!!

1. How much are tickets for the day? 2 Adults/One Child
2. Should I buy tickets at the gate?
3. Renting a car - is it free to park?
4. Anything going on in the area that will make this weekend be particularly crowded?


So excited!! Thanks for your help! Had to change a bunch of plans this week and am now overwhelmed, especially since DS is home sick with an ear infection.
1. There are no discounts on one-day tickets, so you're paying a premium. Including tax, it'll be $87.33 per adult and $78.81 for your son. So $253.47 for the three of you.
2. Sure. Unless you want to buy them somewhere else. The price will be the same either way.
3. Not unless you're staying on property. Parking is $14.
4. Nope.

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Old 02-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #3
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Where are you planning to stay? You can book a room at one of the resorts for the night and not have to pay to park. Since you have to stay over anyway, might as well enjoy the Disney magic as long as possible!
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:01 PM   #4
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The only 1 day ticket discount I know of would be this program:

http://www.fhfoundation.com/Disney/m...e/mainpage.htm

I have never used it and so don't know anything more than it exists.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:05 PM   #5
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The only 1 day ticket discount I know of would be this program:

http://www.fhfoundation.com/Disney/m...e/mainpage.htm

I have never used it and so don't know anything more than it exists.
I'm not sure this would be practical, since the OP would need to make an $85 donation for EACH one day / one park ticket. So it would cost them $255 as opposed to $253.47 if you just buy them at the park. Plus, there's likely some lag time between making the donation and having the tickets delivered. And the OP is visiting this coming Sunday!

But it's good to know of the program, since money donated would help a good cause!

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #6
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Sorry I didn't really pay enough attention to the fact she would be there so soon. So no it probably won't work for her.

It could "save" if it would become a tax deduction for the donation.
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After our 2 cruises, we stayed one night in a resort. Rather than spend hundreds for a few hours in a park, we had a great day at Downtown Disney. Your son might enjoy T-rex or RFC.

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Old 02-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #8
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If you are flying into MCO you can use ME to get from the airport to the resort. I think staying onsite for Fri and Sat would be very exciting for him. And that is great that you were able to change your flight and not have to stress about making it.
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Sorry I didn't really pay enough attention to the fact she would be there so soon. So no it probably won't work for her.

It could "save" if it would become a tax deduction for the donation.
From what I remember of tax code, you can only deduct the portion of your donation that is not related to any "premium" you may receive for the donation. If you get something in return, you can't deduct the amount (or, at least, not the whole amount). Whenever I give to a group that promises a premium or award for a specific level of giving ("Donate $25 and receive a lapel pin", for example), the receipt always includes something like, "Amount donated: $25; tax-deductible amount: $18".

So they'd obviously have to look into it.

Something else to consider ... chances are the charity received a group of comp tickets to give away as premiums for donations. It's likely that the tickets have "Comp" or "Complimentary" written on them somewhere. Which means they can't be upgraded in any way.

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From what I remember of tax code, you can only deduct the portion of your donation that is not related to any "premium" you may receive for the donation. If you get something in return, you can't deduct the amount (or, at least, not the whole amount). Whenever I give to a group that promises a premium or award for a specific level of giving ("Donate $25 and receive a lapel pin", for example), the receipt always includes something like, "Amount donated: $25; tax-deductible amount: $18".

So they'd obviously have to look into it.

Something else to consider ... chances are the charity received a group of comp tickets to give away as premiums for donations. It's likely that the tickets have "Comp" or "Complimentary" written on them somewhere. Which means they can't be upgraded in any way.

I had looked into these tickets and you can not claim them and they also can not be upgraded
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:06 PM   #11
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Where are you staying? If yuo plan on staying offsite, be sure to take into acct the $14 parkign fee. It might make a room at a value cheaper.

What I did on our cruise last October was book a discounted room at AS Music for our arrival day (Fri) so we could get into DHS during EMH the following morning. We did the parks on Saturday, and then I found a cheap room right outside DTD for the night on Hotwire (right at $43 including tax - Orlando Vista - was fine for one night). That way we didn't have to drive all the way to the port after a long day of park hopping (we went to DHS, Epcot and MK!).
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