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Old 05-19-2012, 01:18 PM   #181
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:30 PM   #182
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...I hear you, Sherry. We are going on year 3 of what I had hoped would be an annual Christmas Disney trip, but these prices are just getting out of hand.
That's right, NewbieMouse - this will already be your 3rd holiday trip in a row (I still remember when you did your first DLR Christmas season trip!)!

And that's the thing - once people visit DLR during the holidays for the first time, often they want to make it a tradition (as I have done) and go every year, because it's so wonderful and special. That tradition is difficult to keep up with the prices the way they are!

For me, I always have a trip to Goofy's Kitchen worked somewhere into my DLR trip (on the last trip there were two trips to Goofy's but another DIS'er was kind enough to treat me to one of those meals), as well as at least one meal at Storytellers and usually Carnation Cafe (when it was open). In other words, we do mostly table service meals (only a random counter service meal here and there). The Premium AP's 15% discount comes in really handy for those meals. Somehow the 10% discount that comes with a Deluxe just doesn't seem all that helpful! I know it's only a 5% difference, but still, every little bit counts.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:37 PM   #183
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Oh, and another thing - for these kinds of prices, DLR had better go back to sticking a giant candy corn or two in DCA during Halloween Time! DCA needs to be included in the Halloween festivities once again. DLR had also better not remove another single thing from the New Orleans Square holiday decorations, as they seem to do every year. And for the love of everything holy, I hope they give us back our old ToonTown Christmas trees and get rid of the hideous plastic monstrosities that were there last year.
I agree with you Sherry that the DLR better deck out the resort with more decorations for the Halloween and Christmas season this year and don't cut back after the price increase. The last few years DL have been cutting back on the decorations and would be nice to see NOS and TT with there original decorations. The price increase this year is just crazy and I do feel better that I renewed my AP yesterday before the price increase tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #184
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So lame. Glad we got our APs in April, but I think this may be the last year for us for awhile. And we only have 2 passes to worry about paying for. I really feel for larger families.

The sad thing is that DH and I are exactly the types of tourists that DLR may be trying to attract. We visit only 2-3 times per year from out of state, eat nearly every meal in the parks, hotels, or DTD, and can't resist buying at least a little something each time. Why not, right? With the AP we get a discount. No matter that I already have a closet full of Disney tees and more mouse ears than any one person can justify. Heck, we don't even ride all that many rides when we are there.

Maybe I will be better disciplined in July and save the spending money for an extra trip before the year is up. Get that per park day cost down as low as I can
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #185
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The price increase is making my premier passes we bought last year for 750 (or was it 780??) look like a bargain!
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #186
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I believe that Disney may very well want to thin the ranks of AP holders and tip the balance in favor of more tourist types. No better way to do that then raise the prices dramatically. I think they will wait and see what impact the price hike has. If it does thin the herd, then they will have accomplished their goal and we may see moderate hikes. If the price hike doesn't change the mix of visitors to DL, then we may see more aggressive price hikes in the future.

I think we are seeing Disney "get real" about the impact APs have on the parks as seen during OMDD and other events. Also just the typical issues surrounding APers during the course of a week and how they impact park operations. Lots of people thought the AP was a great deal, maybe too good of a deal. Now we will see if a price hike changes that view.
Makes sense...
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:41 PM   #187
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Purchasing extra days...

So I am relatively new to the whole "Disney Pass" thing. We are making our second annual trip this November to Disneyland after falling in love with it last October.

I was going to purchase 6 day parkhoppers as I did last time and add days to it this year as we are going for a longer period of time. With them discontinuing the 6 day parkhoppers, are we still able to purchase extra days on the 5 day? Am I correct when I thought I read that it is $5 each extra day? I semi-looked at the annual passports but being from out of the country it will not pay for us to have them.

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:48 PM   #188
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So... I purchased the AP vouchers online an hour ago. I see via my online banking that the charge has hit the account. But no email from Disney yet. Not worried... just wanted to give an update.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #189
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So I just check flightcentre.ca and they are still offering up to 8-day parkhoppers for $234/$215 with pricing valid until May 22, 2012. Now just to wait and see if they still will offer that many days and how much of a jump the prices are going to take!!
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:56 PM   #190
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So... I purchased the AP vouchers an hour ago. I see via my online banking that the charge has hit the account. But no email from Disney yet. Not worried... just wanted to give an update.
I bought PHs about 1/2 hr ago with a gift card. Balance on the card has gone down, but no tickets have shown up. I assume they are busy processing all of the orders, but the email said they would show up within minutes.

I am wondering how long I need to wait until I call customer service. Is anyone in the same boat as me since last night? How long did it take?
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:03 PM   #191
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I bought PHs about 1/2 ago with a gift card. Balance on the card has gone down, but no tickets have shown up. I assume they are busy processing all of the orders, but the email said they would show up within minutes.

I am wondering how long I need to wait until I call customer service. Is anyone in the same boat as me since last night? How long did it take?
When we ordered ours last month - it took about half an hour to arrive via email also. With the news of the increase I wouldn't be surprised if there is a flood of orders causing some backup. I would give it a reasonable amount of time to process - say 24 hours before really worrying. That's just my opinion however
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #192
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So... I purchased the AP vouchers online an hour ago. I see via my online banking that the charge has hit the account. But no email from Disney yet. Not worried... just wanted to give an update.
I purchased an AP gift voucher this morning maybe around 10:30 am and just noticed that the e-ticket has finally shown up in my email. I was really worried because my order confirmation page went blank before I even had a chance to jot down the confirmation number. When I did online chat, the CM said that it could take up to 2 hours. I'm not sure if mine made it under the 2 hour mark. Also, it has an expiration date of 12/31/2012 in case anyone is wondering.
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When we ordered ours last month - it took about half an hour to arrive via email also. With the news of the increase I wouldn't be surprised if there is a flood of orders causing some backup. I would give it a reasonable amount of time to process - say 24 hours before really worrying. That's just my opinion however
I can do that. Glad I am not in a rush... like at a hotel or home in So Cal, trying to save money online and wanting to go in the next 24 hours!
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I purchased an AP gift voucher this morning maybe around 10:30 am and just noticed that the e-ticket has finally shown up in my email. I was really worried because my order confirmation page went blank before I even had a chance to jot down the confirmation number. When I did online chat, the CM said that it could take up to 2 hours. I'm not sure if mine made it under the 2 hour mark. Also, it has an expiration date of 12/31/2012 in case anyone is wondering.
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #195
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With all the talk of the increases and the "is it worth it" back and forth I just wanted to add my personal opinion. Even with the price hike , to DH and I , yes it would be worth it. We love Disney - and all things Disney and since we do live in California it makes it feasible to enjoy the parks on a regular basis. I realize that not everyone has such a luxury and even so we live 6 hours away so it's not just a day trip for us either. What it comes down to for us , personally is what we get out of those Annual Passes. Some people like to do other types of activities - we love Disney and we are in no way rich and we have everyday struggles too like most others , but for us it's one of those things we treat ourselves to because we only live once and we want to enjoy it as much as possible. The monthly payment options definitely helps us out obviously but even when we didn't have AP's we made yearly trips to DL and never thought twice about the prices.

The reality is as much as it may not be pleasant , is that it is still a business and with that comes costs to be covered. That could be one of many reasons for an increase and yes while unfortunate it is necessary. Was the increase too much ? Maybe. Maybe not. It comes down to each person individually to determine if it's worth it to them. I know it probably sounds "easy" for me to say such as we do not have a family to incur extra costs and every situation differs obviously. I just hope people can still enjoy themselves regardless if they go once a year or multiple times.
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