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Old 09-20-2012, 08:14 PM   #2116
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:31 PM   #2117
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We have been going to WDW yearly for years now...and this is the first time we have done the YES program. I dont know how I have missed it all these years! I hate to hear that they will be changing the ticket for YES. We were able to get DD13 in a class she will love, and we get great discounts on tickets too Guess this may be the one and only time we get to do it I just dont see how it will be beneficial to families to have part of the family get YES tickets and then the others will be on their own to get their tickets. Seems like the YES program would possibly go out of business
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:49 PM   #2118
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I was going to give this program a try next Summer. I hope it stays in tact. If it does not I will still enroll my 3 children. They were looking forward to taking a class. It will still be a good value IMO. Getting 3 tickets at a discount (children are Disney adults) is better than nothing. My husband and I would buy our tickets at Guest Services. We still come out ahead. Still hoping for that everything stays the same. But if it does not, look on the bright side.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:53 PM   #2119
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I did not sign my 10 year old up for the only class available during our stay because it is a class that focussed on 3d and vision, he can not see with the 3d glasses, he has depth preception problems. I didn't think it would be fair to sign him up for a class in which he would gain nothing but missery, while another student who would have loved to take the class couldn't because the class was closed.

If they do change the policy we probably will just go back to no PH or WP's but will stay on property and get free dinning!
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #2120
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Just to clarify that the YES program itself has been around for more than 15 years, but "Individual Enrollment" has only been going on a few years. The YES program for organized groups will likely continue even if Individual Enrollment does not. In the 15 years that I have personally participated in the YES program, the only major changes have been to ticketing policies. Up until 6 years ago, we could only get ONE chaperone ticket at the student price for every 5 students we had in the group: a group of 10 students qualified for only 2 chaperone tickets at the YES price. That was changed to the current policy, allowing one parent/chaperone ticket per student ticket purchased: a ticket order of 10 students can now include up to 10 parent/chaperone tickets at the student price. Whatever changes made to the Individual Enrollment program for 2013 could always be changed again.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:43 AM   #2121
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Urgh I hope they dont change the policy. We love getting the cheaper prices on our tickets and we have so much fun in the class.

My DD just did the Wild by Nature class on Tues and had a blast. We got rained out, it is Sept. in florida , but the class was so much fun and quite interesting. She also got named as the new Alpha, she actually was paying attention and mom did help her w/ some of the answers. I think she might have been the youngest in the class most of the kids seemed to hit the 10-12 year old range.
this is our second class and we really enjoy going to them and learning new things...after the class she stopped at every CM w/ animals that we passed so she could ask questions to find out more about the animals so the class really helped her to open up.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:11 AM   #2122
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I bet they will at least let the chaperone with the child get a discounted ticket. It wouldn't make sense otherwise.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:12 PM   #2123
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I bet they will at least let the chaperone with the child get a discounted ticket. It wouldn't make sense otherwise.
Ok...just got off the phone with Dave . He was a little shocked that I had insider info. Yes, ticket prices are changing. Adult tickets will be discounted, but not as much.

I was also told that chaperones are required for under 13, and will now have to pay to take the class. I asked several times, and got the same answer.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:30 PM   #2124
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Ok...just got off the phone with Dave . He was a little shocked that I had insider info. Yes, ticket prices are changing. Adult tickets will be discounted, but not as much.

I was also told that chaperones are required for under 13, and will now have to pay to take the class. I asked several times, and got the same answer.
Thanks for verifying the information with Dave. It is still a Win-Win. My children will be happy to take a class of their interest next Summer. My husband will be happy to save a few $$. Any discount on tickets ends up being a great value when combined with a Room Only Discount at a Deluxe Resort.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:09 PM   #2125
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Ok...just got off the phone with Dave . He was a little shocked that I had insider info. Yes, ticket prices are changing. Adult tickets will be discounted, but not as much.

I was also told that chaperones are required for under 13, and will now have to pay to take the class. I asked several times, and got the same answer.
I wonder if that means we'll have the option of registering/paying for the class without getting a ticket?
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:15 PM   #2126
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I wonder if that means we'll have the option of registering/paying for the class without getting a ticket?
Do you mean if you're an APholder or already have tickets? You'd still need park admission to attend a class.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:38 PM   #2127
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Do you mean if you're an APholder or already have tickets? You'd still need park admission to attend a class.
Yes, that's exactly what I mean. I'm thinking about surprising DD11 with a trip with her BFF (who just moved away, too far for them to see each other regularly any more after years of living within walking distance), and late August would be the best timeframe so it'll likely line up with YES individual enrollment. But I'll have an AP so I don't need a park ticket.

It isn't a deal breaker, at least at 2012 prices, because the discount on the girls' tickets is significant enough to eclipse buying an unneeded ticket for myself, but being able to just pay for the class without buying the park ticket would save me a bit of cash.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #2128
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Snips from emails I got from YES over the past few days... They still haven't answered my question about how much the one day ticket will cost for the AP holder.. I asked a 3rd time and again waiting a response..... I think if I'm reading this correctly, you can buy tickets for 2 parents if there's only one child but only one parent may attend the class.... At least that's how I'm reading it as a whole. I think there's a difference between purchasing a ticket and attending the class.

Thank you for your emails! To answer your question about the annual passholder, we cannot place a ticket order for a youth only. The minimum order for a program is 2 tickets (1 youth, 1 chaperone).

As you will not be able to attend with your child, you are welcome to have one of their grandparents attend the program with them. In the event that mom or dad cannot attend, grandparents are welcome. We mainly want somebody with the child who can make decisions in a medical situation (should one arise).

Children age 13 or older may attend the program without a chaperones, however the ticket order process still requires the purchase of a chaperone ticket.

Like last year, you are not able to order tickets for more adults than you have youth purchasing tickets. The only exception is for families with 1 child, can order 2 adult tickets (for mom and dad). Also, new this year, only one chaperone per family may attend the program, even if you have multiple children attending the same program. We are trying to get as many children into the program as possible.



2. I am an annual pass holder/cast member/or guest that has already
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #2129
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So if you have only teens you still have to buy a chaperone ticket? What is the logic there?
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:08 AM   #2130
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I would guess (and since have yet to go I don't KNOW) that they want to make sure there are no excuses about having an adult in the park with the kid at least. Even if you don't go to the class you will be in the area with coffee or whatever. So if there is an accident the adult can take responsibility. Most people who pay will go ahead and go (and that is probably what they want, 1 adult per family, no matter the age)

But good news (to me so far) is that sounds like tweaking type changes but not stopping the program altogether. My kids would be so sad, they are looking forward to trying it out next year if they can.
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