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Old 12-08-2004, 07:51 AM   #16
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Doug - If you buy a longer non-expiring ticket, your cost per day drops dramatically. You do have to lay out more money upfront but it will save you a lot in the long run. It sounds like you visit regularly so just save the tickets for the next trip.

In my example, I'll be buying 2 years of tickets at once but saving $558 in the process. Makes sense to me.
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Old 12-08-2004, 08:24 AM   #17
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Bottomline, of course, is that Disney World is a business. If the people that run it think the demand to support higher prices is there, then I suppose that's the way it goes.

For my wife and I, who love Disney World, it simply encourages us to consider other options. We'll certainly go back to Disney World, but not as often. It makes a lot more sense now to wait until a longer trip is possible. Disney may be encouraging people to stay longer with this new plan, but they are also discouraging those considering shorter visits from going at all.
I absolutely agree! Despite all the hype, we ran the numbers, and for our upcoming trip (2 adults, 2 kids, 4 park days, don't want to be stuck visiting only 1 park per day -- afterall, it'll be crowded Easter Break), the new tickets are a big increase!! Think we are a pretty typical family.
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:59 AM   #18
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Walt Disney World Revamps Vacations


Walt Disney World Resort has unveiled an innovative new product lineup that will allow travel agents to better tailor clients’ vacations by allowing them to build customized theme park tickets and packages.

New Magic Your Way Tickets and vacation packages will be available for booking and travel beginning Jan. 2, 2005, and will provide a wider range of options that allow travel agents to design a Walt Disney World vacation that matches clients’ needs and desires.

For the first time ever, the new Magic Your Way Tickets will offer significant year-round savings that grow the more days a client visits. A seven-day theme park ticket, for instance, averages just $29 per day, or less than half the price of a single-day ticket ($59.75 per adult, before tax).



With the flexibility of adding options like Park Hopping or water park visits to theme park tickets or selecting a vacation package that includes meals, Disney’s Magic Your Way Vacations put travel counselors in control of framing the vacation that best suits their client’s desires and budgets.

“People today expect flexibility and customization whether they’re buying a computer or a cup of gourmet coffee,” said Randy A. Garfield, CTC, executive vice president of sales and travel operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and president of the Walt Disney Travel Company. “And now travel agents will have that same ability to customize their clients’ dream vacations, creating the ticket or package that is just right for them.”

Some clients may choose the new affordability of a 7-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket to the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Others may be interested in the added flexibility and fun of a ticket that includes admission to water parks, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island and other great venues. Or some may even choose to maximize a single day at Walt Disney World with a ticket that lets them visit multiple parks in the same day. Ultimately, this expanded menu of ticket add-ons puts the power of building a customized Walt Disney World itinerary into the travel agent’s hands.

With Disney’s Magic Your Way Vacations, a Walt Disney World vacation also becomes even more affordable. A family of four will be able to enjoy a weeklong (6-night/7-day) Walt Disney World vacation – including a stay at an on-property Disney Value Resort hotel with tickets to all four theme parks during regular or value season – for less than $1,500.

“This new vacation product puts a weeklong Walt Disney World vacation within the financial reach of millions of additional families, literally growing the market of Disney fans that can benefit from a travel agent’s services,” added Garfield. “We think it will also result in increased client loyalty and an up-tick in business for those who successfully cultivate the new market of travelers Disney’s Magic Your Way Vacations will attract.”

The Walt Disney World Resort will switch to Magic Your Way tickets – available to all guests, whether or not they stay at a Disney resort hotel – beginning Jan. 2. The move is aimed at putting value, flexibility and relaxation back in family vacations while giving guests customized options, so they choose the ticket features they want.

“Recent research shows that longer vacations are high on the wish list for families,” Garfield added. “With so much to see and do at Walt Disney World, guests want to take a week to experience it all, at their own pace, without the rush. Now they can, at prices more affordable than they ever imagined, thanks to new value pricing that rewards longer stays.”

“Simply put,” he said, “the longer you play, the less you pay, per day.”

The Magic Your Way Tickets also offer clients more flexibility, allowing them to customize their tickets to create their dream vacation no matter its length.

With the Magic Your Way tickets, clients first choose the number of days they want on a base ticket that allows them to enter one theme park each day. Then, they can decide which options they want to add, paying for only those features they want, such as the ability to visit multiple Disney theme parks each day or to visit Disney water parks, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island or other exciting venues.

Add-on purchases to the base ticket include:


Park Hopper Option - Adding the Park-Hopper Option lets the guest come and go as they please through all four Disney theme parks on the same day or every day for each day of their pass. Extra cost to the base-price ticket: $35 – or just $5 per day on a seven-day ticket.

Magic Plus Pack - For Disney fun beyond the four theme parks, this option provides the choice of admission to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, DisneyQuest, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island or Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. Extra cost to the base-price ticket: $45 (includes 2-5 visits to Magic Plus Pack attractions, depending on the number of base ticket days purchased).

No Expiration Option - New Magic Your Way Tickets expire 14 days after their first use. Electing the No Expiration Option means the guest is free to come back and take advantage of unused tickets at any time. Extra cost to the base-price ticket: $10 if 2-day ticket purchased, up to $55 if 7-day ticket purchased.

Magic Your Way Premium Ticket - To capture all that Walt Disney World has to offer, this ticket combines the benefits of the Park Hopper Option and the Magic Plus Pack Option.

Advance Purchase Savings Tickets - The savings get even sweeter when clients purchase select, multi-day Magic Your Way Tickets of 5-days in length or more with either the Park Hopper Option and/or the Magic Plus Pack Option in advance, before leaving home.


Packages
These same, new ticket options are the cornerstone of a new menu of Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages offered by the Walt Disney Travel Company and other Disney select wholesalers. These new vacation plans, which no longer require a minimum length of stay of at least three nights, also become available for sale and travel beginning Jan. 2, and include the following options:

Disney’s Magic Your Way Package – This base package helps clients experience the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation at an affordable rate. The package includes accommodations at a Disney-owned and –operated resort hotel, and Magic Your Way base tickets for everyone in the group.
Disney’s Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining – This exciting new package features a new option that seasoned Disney guests have longed for – the ability to include convenient and affordable meals in vacation plans. The package includes everything from the Disney’s Magic Your Way Package, and adds a dining plan that includes two meals and a snack per person, per package night at more than 100 restaurants across the Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney’s Magic Your Way Premium Package – This deluxe package includes everything from Disney’s Magic Your Way Package as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner per person, per package night, along with other exciting options like recreation, theme park tours, and admission to the Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba, and more.

Even More Choices: Disney Resorts, Benefits

Staying in the “middle of the magic” at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the best and most relaxing way to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation. With 22 uniquely themed Resorts – Value, Moderate, Deluxe, Disney Vacation Club Resorts, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – there’s one for every taste and budget. Now that a longer Disney vacation just became more affordable than ever, clients will be able to enjoy their hotel like never before – spending quality “R & R” hours between park visits, whether it’s swimming, napping, shopping or dining.

Benefits of staying at a Disney resort include more time in the parks, more convenient transportation and more magic all around:

Extra Magic Hours: Each day, one of Disney’s magical theme parks opens one hour early exclusively for resort guests, or, as a new feature, stays open up to three hours extra after regular park hours so Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests can enjoy select attractions (valid theme park ticket and Resort ID required).

Convenient Transportation at No Extra Charge: Motor coaches, monorails or boats arrive steps from any Disney resort door to get guests to and from Disney theme parks, water parks, Downtown Disney Area and more.

Dining Plan: Guests selecting accommodations at a Disney-owned and –operated resort hotel can book Disney’s Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining, which includes two meals per day and a snack per person, per package night at more than 100 select restaurants across the Vacation Kingdom.
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Old 12-30-2004, 11:29 PM   #19
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So basicaly if you want to only spend 3 or 4 nights at Disney your actually going to be paying more now for the park tickets.

We usually drive from NJ when we go to Disney so staying 7 nights is not good for us since we do not like using more than a weeks vactions time from work. We usually book 3 or 4 nights at a Deluxe Hotel and buy a 4 day hopper pass. It certainly looks to me like we will be paying considerably more for these tickets unless we just buy day passes with no hooper option. Hmmm
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Old 12-31-2004, 04:25 PM   #20
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I still have a few days left on our old PH tickets, so we are not yet ready to make an investment in the new tickets. I ran our numbers through out of curiosity, and the 10 day passes with all the options are very attractive to us. We only go to WDW for 4-5 days at a time, twice a year, using only 3 days at the attractions per visit. When the time comes, I hope the costs are still as attractive.

Does anyone know what happens if you purchase, say, a 10 day all inclusive pass for a child, and then the child becomes an "adult"-in Disney's eyes-before using all the days up? Would you have to upgrade the ticket and pay the difference? If I am not mistaken, currently with the PH passes, Disney will upgrade the remaining days for no charge....anybody know about this??
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Old 12-31-2004, 05:51 PM   #21
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So basicaly if you want to only spend 3 or 4 nights at Disney your actually going to be paying more now for the park tickets.
I compared the prices for the current 4 day hoppers and the MYW four day tickets with hopper option only, as we only need 4 day tickets and no pluses for our April trip. At four days, with no pluses, it's about the same. After four days you start to see a bit of a savings. The tickets are obviously geared to getting you to either stay longer at WDW, or pay for the non-experation upgrade. We'll be using all four days when we go, so it's OK for ours to expire.
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Old 12-31-2004, 06:23 PM   #22
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(snip)......Disney may be encouraging people to stay longer with this new plan, but they are also discouraging those considering shorter visits from going at all.
I quite agree. We've been lucky enough to have visited WDW 4 times in the past 4 years, and are no longer interested in spending every day in the parks. Our 7 to 10 trips now include only 4 or so days of parks. The old 4-day Park Hoppers would be $233 per adult and the new MYW for 4 days, with Park Hopping and no expiration are $247 per adult. I suppose I could shell out the the extra $$ up front for 7 or 10 day MYW tix, but that's a big chunk of change......
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Old 12-31-2004, 08:36 PM   #23
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New prices:
10 day non-expiring park hopper: $344
If I buy 3 this year and use 5 days this trip and 5 days next trip, I'll spend $1032.

How did you come up with the price $344

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Old 12-31-2004, 08:42 PM   #24
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bujuni,

That is actually very close to being correct.

The basic 10 day MYW ticket with hopper and tax is $247.08 plus $100 for the no expiring option and that comes to $347.08.

http://mousesavers.com/wdwticketprices.html#myw
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