All About TICKETS at WDW

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  1. Robo

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    Welcome to the "Ticket Sticky"

    Information about Walt Disney World Tickets
    (Updated: February 2017)
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    Ticket prices increased
    effective Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
    New Ticket PRICES can be found on the WDW website HERE.

    "Old" Ticket PRICES-Previous to Feb. 12, 2017 from an archived Allears page HERE.

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    INDEX:
    (Click on a heading below to be taken to its post.)
    • General Ticket Information -Post 2
    • Annual Passes -Post 3
    • Special Tickets & Florida Resident Tickets -Post 4
    • Upgrading Tickets -Post 5
    • Age Categories (Tickets, Resorts and Dining) -Post 6
    • Ordering Tickets -Post 7
    • New Base Ticket Price Chart, After Feb. 12, 2017 -Post 8
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    This sticky is a work-in-progress.
    There is simply so much to discover about WDW tickets, it is an ongoing education.
    And, as always at WDW, things can change,
    so please let me know of anything that needs updating.

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    Acknowledgement:
    The ticket information in these posts is principally based on the original Ticket Sticky
    created by long-time DISboards member,
    Co-Moderator of the disABILTIES! Forum, and WDW ticket CastMember, Cheshire Figment.
    Cheshire Figment's real world name was Mike.
    Mike knew of my interest in WDW ticket information, so for many years he kept me in the loop
    regarding WDW ticket updates by frequently sending me PMs regarding the latest ticket rules as they happened.
    That's why I was able to stay knowledgeable about tickets over the years.
    Fortunately, I was able to actually meet and talk with Mike in-person during one of my previous trips to WDW.
    Sadly, Mike passed away a few years ago, but his great work and help with the DISboards
    and WDW ticket information has inspired me, and others here, to continue to try to offer accurate ticket info.
    In addition, I currently have the gracious help of other WDW experts who are contributing info to these ticket posts.
    If there are errors in these posts, please pass that info along to me and I'll try to address it quickly..

    As always, a big "Thank You" goes to all of the helpful posters and moderators here on the DISboards!
    -Robo
     
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  2. Robo

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    General Ticket Information:

    Walt Disney World (WDW) has eleven different venues which require admission that fall into two categories.

    "Primary" Theme Parks:
    Magic Kingdom Park (MK)
    Epcot (EP)
    Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS)
    Disney's Animal Kingdom (DAK)

    "Secondary" parks and venues: (Most are a part of the "Water Parks" ticket option.)
    Blizzard Beach Water Park
    Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

    The following locations are often referred to by WDW as "Fun options" in relation to the WP ticket option.
    Disney Quest Interactive Adv. (DQ) at Disney Springs. DQ slated for closure July 3, 2017.
    Oak Trail Golf Course
    Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
    (near Swan, Dolphin, and Boardwalk Resorts)
    Winter Summerland Miniature Golf (near Blizzard Beach)
    ESPN Wide World of Sports (WWS)

    Ticket PRICES-Current-Since Feb. 12, 2017 can be found on the WDW website HERE.

    Ticket PRICES-Previous to Feb. 12, 2017 from an archived Allears page HERE.

    Ticket Price Increases:
    Latest increase: Sun. Feb. 12, 2017

    Ticket prices are very often raised at least once per year.
    There is usually very little advance warning of an increase.
    Sometimes a "hint" will come from one or more of the authorized WDW Ticket Resellers (discounters)
    who may be given a tip from Disney about a pending increase.
    The actual increase will be announced directly by Disney.
    This announcement is often first made to WDW Ticket CMs, typically on a Friday,
    with the price increases actually going into effect two days later, on Sunday.
    Over the past 10-15 years, the increase has happened at many different months of the year.
    There have been years when prices were raised (at least on some tickets) more than once
    within that same year.
    Most recently, the last 3-4 major ticket price increases have come sometime in February,
    but that may or may not continue. This date is unpredictable.

    Who can use an individual ticket?

    Once a ticket has started being used by one person, it cannot be transferred (given to) another person to use.
    This is enforced by use of a biometric finger scan.
    At a ticket's first use, a finger scan is made of the original user.
    That scan is reduced to a simple "scan number" which relates to several key elements of the shape of the scan. That scan number is then stored along with that ticket's information in the WDW computer system.
    (A guest's "fingerprint" is not saved by the system.)
    Each time that ticket is again used, another finger scan is performed of the user
    of that ticket. The scan number is instantly compared to the original scan number on file,
    and if it matches, the guest is admitted.
    The finger scanners are used at all locations which require tickets for entry.

    -A MagicBand can be used for nearly all purposes and places in which guests need to use a ticket.
    Much more information about MagicBands can be found HERE.

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    Ticket Types:
    Magic Your Way Tickets (MYW)-
    Most tickets sold for admission to the WDW parks since January, 2005, are "Magic Your Way" (MYW) tickets which allow the purchaser to choose from multiple major features for their tickets.

    A ticket "entitlement" or ticket "asset" are terms used in this thread that represent what a particular ticket will allow the bearer to do.

    A base ticket is one that will allow a guest access to one primary theme park per day, up to the maximum number of entitlements per ticket.
    A base ticket allows unlimited exit and re-entry to the same theme park if you leave it during that day, but it can only be used at the one theme park on any given day.

    Only one "day" from a base ticket is allowed to be used during a single day at WDW.
    A guest cannot visit 2 theme parks in one day by attempting to use 2 "days" from a base ticket.

    A MYW base ticket may be purchased for a 1 day theme park admission,
    or for 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days...
    up to a maximum of 10 days of theme park admissions.

    A 10-day MYW ticket cannot be upgraded to more than 10 days,
    even if some of the days have already been used.

    Ticket purchases are generally considered to be "non-refundable."
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    There are currently two different 1-day MYW tickets sold.
    Magic Kingdom one-day ticket can be used only at MK.
    A separate 1-day ticket is available that can be used only at
    Epcot (EP,) -or- at
    Disney's Animal Kingdom (DAK,) -or- at
    Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS.)

    The 1-day ticket for the MK costs more than the 1-day ticket for the other parks.
    1-day ticket prices vary by theme park and by "season:"
    "Peak season" most costly 1-day tickets
    "Regular season" mid-priced 1-day tickets
    "Value season" least costly 1-day tickets
    The actual calendar dates of these seasons can vary from year-to-year.
    See the WDW website HERE for the most current ticket season information.

    At this time, if never used, all new MYW tickets have an expiration date within a period of 9-24 months following purchase.
    (The date of this expiration will be shown when the ticket purchased.)
    However, if this ticket is never used by a guest and allowed to expire,
    the purchase price of the ticket is not "lost" to the guest.
    The unused and expired ticket can be turned in at WDW and its original purchase price can be applied to the purchase of a new ticket of like or greater value.

    MYW OPTIONS-
    There are three additional Magic Your Way options which may be purchased with (or added to) a base ticket,
    each has a direct relationship to the number of theme park days on the base ticket.
    Base ticket theme park days cannot be used as entry to any of the secondary parks or venues.

    Park Hopper (PH) is an option which can be added to (or purchased with) any MYW base ticket.
    The PH option allows you to go to two, three, or even all four of the primary theme parks within the same day (and, of course, includes unlimited exits and re-entries to any of these parks.)

    The PH's cost is based on the total number of days on the entire ticket.
    It doesn't change if any of the days have already been used or not.
    The price to add the PH is the same whether you buy it on the first day or the last day (or any other day) of a ticket's use.

    Park hopping only involves the four primary theme parks.
    Adding the Park Hopper option, in itself, does not allow access to any of the secondary venues.


    Water Park (WP) is an option which can be added to (or purchased with) any MYW ticket that also has the Park Hopper option, adult or child, whether 1 day, or up to 10 days.
    The cost is only $15 to add the WP option to a Hopper ticket.
    Purchase of the WP option will add entitlements to the hopper ticket which are entries (or same day reentries) to the secondary parks / venues.
    The number of Primary theme park days on the base ticket determines the number of secondary entries on the WPF&M portion.
    If the base ticket is for one or two theme park days the guest will receive a two entries to the WPF&M options.
    If the base ticket is more than two days you will get a number of WPF&M entries equal to the number of days of the ticket.

    WP Examples:

    1-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 2 entries to the WP&Fun venues. (Yes, 2 entries.)
    2-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 2 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    3-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 3 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    4-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 4 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    5-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 5 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    6-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 6 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    7-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 7 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    8-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 8 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    9-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 9 entries to the WP&Fun venues.
    10-day MYW w/Park Hopper & WP offers 10 entries to the WP&Fun venues.

    Disney Quest (DQ) at Disney Springs.
    For a limited time, entry to DQ appears to be included as one of the choices for entry with the WP ticket. (Although it is not stated as such in the ticket information.)
    Just know that, Disney Quest is slated for premanent closure on July 3, 2017.

    Oak Trail Golf Course (a nine hole walking "executive" course.)
    Tee time reservations are required.
    Call 407-WDW-GOLF for reservations and more information.
    A set of golf clubs may rented, if needed.
    There is no charge for children under 18 years old to borrow a set of clubs.
    Bag carts can also be rented.

    Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and/or
    Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
    Admission and play once per day at each location,
    but it must be prior to 4:00pm.

    ESPN Wide World of Sports
    In addition to entry,
    guests can get 30 minutes daily at the PlayStation Pavilion there.

    Each initial entry into a Secondary park or venue on any day uses an "entry" from the ticket.
    Example:
    If you attend a water park in the morning, go to Oak Trail Golf in the afternoon, and Disney Quest at night of the same day you will have used three of your WP Fun entries.

    Any day in which you go to one (or more) Secondary park(s)
    and do not go to any of the Primary theme parks will only count as entries against the WP Fun option and will not use up a day of Primary theme park visits.
    The Hopper option is NOT required in order to visit a theme park -and- a WPF&M venue on the same day.
    The Hopper option is NOT required in order to visit more than one WP Fun venue on the same day.


    Purchase of (or upgrade to) the Hopper option is required in order for the WP upgrade to be added to a MYW ticket.
    Adding the WP upgrade to a MYW Hopper ticket is a flat fee of $15 per ticket, plus tax.

    Tax on tickets.
    All MYW tickets purchases or upgrades, regardless of location or site purchased,
    are subject to the Florida 6.5% Sales Tax.

    Expiration of Tickets:
    For most guests (non-Florida residents) once a ticket has started being used,
    all MYW ticket entitlements, including WP and Fun options, will expire 14 days after first use of any part of the ticket.
    It does not matter if a ticket is first used at a Primary theme park or, if the first use is at one of the Secondary parks.

    Examples:
    First use- Sunday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Saturday.
    First use- Monday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Sunday.
    First use- Tuesday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Monday.
    First use- Wednesday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Tuesday.
    First use- Thursday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Wednesday.
    First use- Friday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Thursday.
    First use- Saturday. Any unused assets will expire at end of business on second following Friday.

    If a MYW ticket was purchased on or after Feb. 12, 2017, as long as the ticket has not been used to enter any park gate, it is considered "unused" and remains valid to begin use up until its expiration date. The expiration date will be provided at the time you purchase your ticket.

    If a multi-day MYW ticket was purchased before Feb. 12, 2017, as long as the ticket has not been used to enter any park gate, it is considered "unused" and remains valid forever with no expiration date.

    "Transferring" a ticket to another person.
    An "unused" ticket can be used by the original ticker holder, or given away to anyone else, or sold to anyone else.
    This is true even if the ticket has been connected to a MyDisneyExperience account, but has yet to be used by anyone.
    That ticket can still be transferred via MyDisneyExperience to another guest who connects to the original ticket holder's MyDisneyExperience account.

    However, once a ticket has started being used by a guest, that ticket cannot be used by any other person, nor given or sold to any other person.

    Older tickets issued from a date prior to when MYW tickets were introduced cannot be modified or upgraded.
    (But, any valid entitlement can still be used for entry.)

    If you have an unused pre-MYW ticket you can use the original Disney selling price of one ticket as a credit to the purchase price of any current ticket with a selling price equal to or higher than the value of the old ticket.
    However, it probably will make more economic sense to simply USE the ticket for park entry. This will depend a lot on what the determined dollar value is.

    Note that if the ticket was purchased from a discounter/broker the value given is what Disney sold the ticket for to the discounter/broker and NOT what YOU paid for it. (This price will be less -maybe much less- than what YOU originally paid for the ticket.)

    If you have a partially-used pre-MYW ticket it cannot be upgraded, but the remaining entitlements can be used.
    If the ticket has no magnetic strip (or has become demagnetized,) as long as the serial number string is readable, a replacement ticket, with the same remaining entitlements, can be issued.

    Ticket purchases are generally considered to be "non-refundable."

    Ticket Price List- https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tickets/
    Annual Pass Price List- https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passes/
     
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    Annual Passes (AP or APs)

    An AP is valid for one person and it is, in most cases, valid for one year from date of activation. Good, in most cases, 366 days.
    If you purchase or activate your pass, for example, on October 1 of this year, the last day of valid use would be through the end of the day, Oct 1 of the following year.

    There is no price difference between an Age 3-9 and an Age 10+ Annual Pass.

    Virtually all APs purchased, in-person, at any WDW park ticket window or Guest Relations (including at DS) are activated and are "live" APs.
    However, a guest CAN purchase an AP "voucher" at a WDW booth if the guest specifically asks to do so.
    All APs purchased by phone, by mail or on-line are "vouchers" and, therefore, NOT activated.
    An AP voucher is by nature NOT activated, and will remain fresh and ready to activate up through the end of the year 2030.
    However, the purchase price of the unused AP voucher is not "lost" upon expiration.
    The "expired" unused voucher can be turned in and its original purchase price can be applied to the purchase of a current AP voucher, live AP or other WDW ticket.

    A Disney Platinum Pass is valid for unlimited entries during regular park hours for the four primary theme parks.
    There are no block-out dates.
    An AP is automatically considered to be a Park Hopper.
    It includes free parking at the four primary theme parks.
    It includes PhotoPass downloads.


    The Disney Platinum Plus Pass is similar to the Platinum AP.
    It is automatically considered to be a Park Hopper.
    It includes free parking at the four primary theme parks.
    It includes PhotoPass downloads.

    The Platinum Plus AP includes not only the four primary theme parks, but also includes some of the secondary parks.
    It offers Blizzard Beach and/or TyphoonLagoon water parks.
    It offers the Oak Trail Golf Course entry.
    It offers ESPN Wide World of Sports admission, but
    It does not include the 30 minutes per day at the WWS PlayStation pavilion.
    It does not provide access to either Fantasia Gardens or Winter-SummerLand miniature golf, although you can receive a discount there by showing the PAP.

    At the present time, entry to Disney Quest (DQ) at Disney Springs
    is not automatically included as one of the choices with the Platinum Plus AP.
    Some have reported that guests can stop by a Guest Relations (the one at DS, in particular)
    and nicely ask to have DQ entry added to their AP choices.
    Not a sure thing, as this kind of thing can vary by CM choice and Disney rules.
    Also, Disney Quest is reportedly slated for closure at some (undisclosed) future date.

    Tables in Wonderland Dining Discount Card (TiW) is available for purchase to owners of either AP.
    TiW offers a 20% discount on many WDW restaurant meals, including beverages.
    TiW card holders are allowed free valet parking at WDW resorts if they
    show their TiW card and that day's dining receipt from that resort.
    More TiW details HERE.

    AP holders also benefit from various other discounts on food, merchandise, lodging, and certain additional ticket purchases.

    AP information directly from Disney can be found HERE.

    The Disney Premier Pass (DPP) is a combination of a Walt Disney World Platinum Plus Pass and a Disneyland Resort Premium Annual Pass.
    There is no differentiation between child or adult.
    There is no reduced price for renewal.
    There is no reduced price for DVC Members, Florida Residents, or Southern California Residents.

    At WDW, DPP can only be purchased at a Guest Relations Window just outside of the four theme parks or at Disney Springs (DS.)
    The DPP cannot be purchased at the International Gateway at Epcot.
    At Disneyland the DPP can only be purchased at a Park Guest Relations Office or the Annual Pass Office.

    AP vouchers (also called exchange certificates) may be purchased from Disney online, from Disney by telephone, from the Disney Store, and from some AAA Offices.
    Once purchased, an AP voucher can be exchanged for a live AP any time up to the end of the year 2030.
    AP vouchers must be exchanged for an actual AP (or activated for MagicBand use) at any ticket booth or Guest Relations at WDW.
    Each person 18 yrs. or older must present a legal photo ID when purchasing any type of AP, or converting a voucher to an activated AP.

    An AP can be "renewed" (including any upgrades or downgrades) within 60 days BEFORE and up to 30 days AFTER AP expiration.
    There is a renewal price discount and the original AP's Anniversary calendar date will not change.
    NOTE: As a special promotion, Guests with an AP renewal date of Sept 30, 2017, or earlier. who renew an AP by Sept 30, 2017 will automatically get an extra month (total of 13 months)
    of use on the renewed AP.

    A discount on the price of a new AP is available at some "AAA South" Offices.

    There can be some WDW discounts on some restaurants, merchandise, and special tickets for guests who have APs or are DVC members.

    At Blizzard Beach there is a special one day ticket which includes entry to BB and a round of miniature golf at Winter-Summer Land.

    If a person is planning to have more than one visit to secondary parks it generally makes economic sense to add WPF&M option to a base ticket rather than purchasing two tickets.

    Other kinds of APs at WDW.

    These are the Water Park Hopper, the Disney Quest Annual Pass, and the Water Park Hopper Plus Disney Quest Combined Annual Pass. These do not provide the benefits such as discounts and are very limited.

    There is a is renewal rate discount for the Water Park Annual Pass.

    Note:
    A Water Park AP costs less than two days entry to the water parks.
    A DQ AP costs the same as two visits to DQ.
    The combined WP/DQ AP costs less than three days of entries.
    Disney Resort Front Desks and Lobby Concierges cannot handle any kind of sales or upgrades related to any level of Annual Pass.

    DVC Members and Florida Residents have special AP rates which are
    priced at a lower cost than the those available to the general public.

    Ticket purchases are generally considered to be "non-refundable."
     
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    Special Tickets (generally, not fully available to all USA residents at all times.)

    Florida Resident (FL-Res) Tickets and APs

    Only 3-day and 4-day MYW tickets are discounted for Florida Residents.
    Proof of residency is required when purchasing tickets, and upon first use. This includes (but is not limited to) the showing of a government-issued photo ID such as a Driver's License or state-issued ID card.

    The cost for a one-day base ticket is not discounted.
    However, the cost for the Hopper and WPF&M options are set at 50% of the non-Florida prices.

    There is no 2-day FL-Res ticket available.
    However, the 3-day costs less than a 2-day base MYW
    and the 4-day costs significantly less than a three-day MYW base.
    The FL-Res 3-day and 4-day tickets are valid for six months from date of first use.
    Certain Blackout Dates may apply to these tickets.
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    Florida Resident Annual Passes
    There are special types of APs for Florida Residents.
    These are in addition to the six types of annual passes which may be purchased by any guest, including FL-Res.

    Florida Resident Silver Pass -
    This is a park hopper which is valid about 265, or so, days of the year.
    The blackout dates tend to be a week on either side of Easter, a week on either side of Christmas. And, most of the Summer is blocked out.

    Florida Resident Gold Pass -
    (also Disney Vacation Club Gold Pass -)

    This is a park hopper which is valid about 335, or so, days of the year.
    The blackout dates tend to be a week on either side of Easter, a week on either side of Christmas.

    Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass -

    This is a park hopper which is valid only on weekdays, Monday through Friday.
    There are other blackout dates during the busiest times of the WDW year.

    The FL-Res Epcot After 4:00 Pass -
    It does include free parking at Epcot (after 3:00pm only.)
    It is primarily intended for local residents who would like to dine at some of the Epcot restaurants.

    The "Water Park After 2:00 Hopper"
    Since the water parks do tend to empty out starting in mid-afternoon, this is primarily intended for after-school use.

    Other Special Tickets
    These are tickets which generally are not sold at WDW itself,
    and/or may require purchase prior to arrival at WDW.

    14 or 21 Day Ultimate Park Hopper (sometimes called "United Kingdom (UK) Tickets")
    These are valid for unlimited entry for one person to all the parks, both primary and secondary, for either 14 or 21 days from first use.
    They are sold by Disney in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    They can be ordered through www.disney.co.uk but will not be shipped to the United States or Canada.
    People in the USA sometimes ask friends or travel agents in the UK to purchase these tickets
    and then ship the tickets to the USA.
    These can be upgraded to Annual Passes, based on the current exchange rates.

    5 or 7 Day Premium (UK) Available on the UK web site.
    Basically they are the same as the 5-day and 7-day domestic MYW tickets which offer both Park Hopping and WPF&M.
    They are 5-day and 7-day Hoppers; unlike the Ultimate which allow unlimited secondary park entries, these will allow only 5 or 7 secondary park entries during their 14 day validity period.
    For upgrade purposes, these are treated as 5-day and 7-day Hoppers with WPF&M.

    "Touch of Magic" tickets are available through some "time share" promoters in the Orlando area.
    These are 2-day, 3-day and 4-day, one park per day -or- Hoppers, plus one entry to one of the "secondary" parks.
    At the time the voucher is purchased or received, hopping may be added.
    Normally, the "time share" promoter will issue a voucher for these tickets,
    which can be redeemed at any park (including water parks or TTC) ticket booth.

    These tickets may not be upgraded once the voucher is issued.
    If hopping is desired, it must be arranged at the off-site purchase.

    Convention tickets
    These are only available to people who are attending conventions held on WDW.
    Normally purchase is via a web link provided by Disney through the convention's web site for pre-purchase,
    or sometimes at the convention itself.
    Which version(s) of the Convention Tickets are available for which convention(s) can vary.
    Verification of convention attendance may be required.

    After 2:00PM - Convention ticket allows admission to one park per day after 2:00pm.
    These tickets may not be upgraded.

    After 3:00PM - Convention ticket
    allows admission to one park per day after 3:00pm.
    These tickets may not be upgraded.

    After 4:00PM - Convention ticket allows admission to one park per day after 4:00pm.
    These tickets may not be upgraded.

    Multi-day MYW Convention Ticket is about a 10% savings from the regular MYW prices and includes one WPF&M visit.
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    YES Tickets ("Youth Educational Series")

    There are special reduced-price tickets available for specific groups,
    usually school groups and/or teams participating in events at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

    These may be Base, Hopper and/or WPF&M.
    They are valid only for specific dates.
    They may be used both by chaperones as well as students/team members.
    Very often for control purposes the chaperones will hold on to the tickets or MagicBands
    to effectively prevent the students from leaving the park after entry,
    so these tickets may not require finger scans.
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    Military Tickets -
    These are tickets similar to MYW tickets and can be sold at various military bases and at the Shades of Green Resort at WDW.
    These Military Tickets are not only price-discounted, but Florida Sales Tax is not charged.

    Military "Non-Salute" Tickets can be upgraded similarly to regular MYW tickets.
    They can be "price bridged" to the current gate price of the equivalent ticket.
    These are subject to the same rules as MYW ticket upgrades:
    Must be done within 14 days of first use and with entitlements still remaining on the ticket.

    Military "Salute" Tickets can only be upgraded in limited ways.
    There's a 5 day option this year, so someone with a 4 day Salute ticket can add the extra day. They can also add either option they didn't already have (PH or WPF&M).
    This can be done up until the ticket is expired, regardless of entitlements remaining.

    Any of the military tickets, Salute or not, can be upgraded to an AP.
    But, the Salute tickets only get price bridged to their own equivalent gate price, with tax included - not to the full price of a regular 4 or 5 day PH/WPF&M.
    If any WPF&M entries have been used, the ticket can only be upgraded to the Platinum Plus pass.

    Some military tickets have been subject to blackout dates.
    It appears that at least for the rest of 2017, there are no blackout dates, and
    that valid admission dates run through December 19, 2017.

    Ticket purchases are generally considered to be "non-refundable."
     
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  6. Robo

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    Upgrading Tickets

    An "upgrade" is defined by WDW as adding one or more days to any base ticket,
    and/or adding one or both of the other options, Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More (WPF&M) to an existing ticket.
    Or, upgrading a standard ticket to an Annual Pass (AP) is other popular option.

    The basic rule for the cost of upgrading a ticket is to
    subtract the cost of the ticket that you HAVE from the cost of the ticket that you WANT.
    That difference in cost is how much the upgrade will cost (plus 6.5% tax on that difference amount.)


    A ticket can be upgraded more than once, if needed,
    even during the time the guest is using the ticket's assets, with no restrictions,
    except for the maximum number of days allowed per ticket
    and the "14 days from first use rule."

    Note that in order to qualify as an "upgrade" the transaction requires a payment (not a refund,)
    and can only be done on a one-to-one basis.
    Guests cannot combine the value of more than one ticket.
    In other words, if you own two different tickets (say, a 3-day ticket -and- a 1-day ticket,)
    you could not add the value of both tickets to end up with a single new ticket of four or more days.

    Where to do the Upgrade
    An upgrade can be done at any WDW theme park or water park ticket window or Guest Relations, or at the Disney Springs Guest Relations office.

    The Concierge staff at WDW resorts can do many standard ticket upgrade transactions,
    but they cannot do any transactions regarding Annual Passes.

    Any MYW ticket must be upgraded within 14 days of first use.
    If the first day of use is a Sunday, the last time an upgrade or modification may be done before close-of-business of the second Saturday which follows.
    Also, tickets cannot be upgraded after out-of-town guests have retuned home.

    If you use up all of your entitlements on a ticket,
    the LATEST that you can do any sort of upgrade or modification
    is before close-of-business on the day that you use that ticket's last asset.
    This means that if you had (as example) a four day ticket and your fourth day of use was a Friday,
    from Saturday onward you cannot do any upgrade, even though it is within the 14 day period.
    Note this does not apply to Florida Resident Tickets, in which case the Guest name is preprinted on the ticket...
    and they may add days after the last entitlement is used
    as long as they have a photo ID that matches the name preprinted on the ticket.

    Note that you can add major theme park days and/or the WPF&M option
    to any ticket even after all of the original major theme park days have been used,
    provided it meets the requirements of the previous paragraph.
    You can not exceed the maximum of ten days of total major theme park entitlements.
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    Cost to Upgrade
    :

    "Price bridging" for Upgrading Tickets has changed in some cases.
    As it stands now, tickets purchased from stock issued before the
    price increase of Feb. 12, 2017 (this is NOT necessarily related to the date that YOU purchased your tickets)
    will be bridged only to the pre-increase price that Disney sold these tickets to the public.


    That means:
    There are currently two different ticket upgrade scenarios:

    1. To upgrade an "Old Price" Ticket:
    If the ticket that you have, and want to upgrade, was purchased from an authorized ticket reseller from "old stock" or "leftover tickets" (a ticket minted BEFORE the Feb. 12 price increase,) THAT ticket will be price-bridged up to the full WDW gate price that was in place BEFORE Feb. 12, 2017. Even if you actually purchased your tickets after Feb. 12, if you bought
    "leftover tickets" from the resellers older stock of tickets, they are considered to be tickets
    minted before Feb. 12.

    The price at which Disney sold these tickets to the public "before Feb. 12" will be the price subtracted from the CURRENT gate price of the new ticket to which you are upgrading.
    That difference price will be the cost to upgrade.


    2. To upgrade a "New Price" Ticket:
    If the ticket that you have, and want to upgrade, was purchased from an authorized ticket reseller from "current stock" (a ticket minted AFTER the Feb. 12 price increase,) THAT ticket will be price-bridged up to the full CURRENT WDW gate price.
    That "current price" of your original ticket will be subtracted from the CURRENT gate price of the new ticket to which you are upgrading.
    That difference price will be the cost to upgrade.
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    Ticket PRICES-CURRENT-Since Feb. 12, 2017 can be found on the WDW website HERE.

    Ticket PRICES-PREVIOUS to Feb. 12, 2017
    from an archived Allears page HERE.

    For the transaction of a ticket upgrade: a ticketing CM can manually raise the price of a guest's ticket that was purchased at a discount (or purchased before a WDW price increase) up to the current (that day) gate price of that same kind of ticket.
    This procedure is often called "Price Bridging" on these boards.
    Price bridging allows guests to upgrade a ticket and still "keep the savings" that they got when they bought a discounted ticket.

    Price bridging is NOT done for tickets purchased "directly from Disney" (at the gates, by mail, on line, on the phone.)

    Price bridging IS done for upgrading tickets purchased from authorized WDW ticket resellers (discounters,)
    Price bridging IS done for upgrading tickets purchased as part of a WDW Resort package (room -and- tickets,)
    Price bridging IS done for upgrading tickets purchased at any retail Disney Store.

    The best way that a guest is sure to get the correct price when upgrading a ticket
    that qualifies the the "price bridge" is first "do the math" and KNOW exactly how much the ticket upgrade should cost BEFORE going to the booth to get the upgrade.


    Current Ticket PRICES can be found on the WDW website HERE.

    If the ticket CM offers an unexpected (incorrect) upgrade price, the guest can nicely ask the CM to "check again, please, as the price should be lower on these kind of tickets."
    If that doesn't net the correct price, nicely ask to speak with a ticket supervisor.
    If that doesn't net the correct price, nicely decline the upgrade, i.e., "I've decided not to do this."
    Then, the guest can go to another ticket/Guest Relations booth (at another park) or do the upgrade at a different time.

    There is no "best location/worst location" to get a correct ticket upgrade transaction, as the skill-level, training-level, experience-level of any CMs at any particular location can change with the date, the time, and any other scheduling situation.
    "Luck-of-the-draw" is fully in play, here.

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    Which discounted ticket to buy for use in an Upgrade.

    Don't worry about the LENGTH of the discounted ticket intended for upgrade.
    You want to do the math to see which of the tickets offer the best SAVINGS over the full-gate cost.

    That way, when you do the upgrade the price-bridge will allow you to "keep the savings"
    while getting to buy the AP.

    The other side of this is that if the advance-purchased intended-for-upgrade discount ticket is the only ticket that you have in your MDE account, you will only be able to advance-book FP+ for the number of days on your ticket, even if your trip will be longer than that.

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    More upgrading details:

    If you originally purchased stand-alone tickets directly from the WDW website or via a phone call to WDW,
    or at a WDW ticket or Guest Relations window:

    If you want to upgrade,
    you must pay the difference between what you originally paid Disney for the original ticket,
    and the current gate price of the ticket to which you are upgrading,
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    If you originally purchased stand-alone tickets from an Authorized Retailer (reseller) of WDW tickets (this DOES include purchase from The Disney Store)
    If you want to upgrade, your cost will be the difference between the current gate price of the original ticket that you HAVE,
    and the current gate price of the ticket that you WANT (the ticket to which you are upgrading,)
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    If you originally purchased WDW Resort Package tickets
    (as part of a "room -and- tickets" reservation)

    If you want to upgrade, your cost will be the difference between the current gate price of the original ticket that you HAVE,
    and the current gate price of the ticket that you WANT (the ticket to which you are upgrading,)
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    (Just below is a rare situation when 2 tickets can be combined for an upgrade.)
    At the Water Parks and Disney Quest only,
    if you have a 1-day water park or 1-day Disney Quest ticket that is unused (or has been used that same day)
    you can combine that ticket with a MYW ticket to add the WPF&M option to the MYW ticket,
    and just pay the difference between what was paid for the water park or Disney Quest ticket
    and the current price of the MYW option (plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.)
    This will not generally work if the MYW ticket is already a Hopper, as the cost to upgrade would be less than the price of a one day water park or DQ ticket, because, officially, WDW does not give refunds on tickets.
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    Upgrading to an Annual Pass (AP)
    An upgrade to any level of Annual Pass follows basically the same rules as any other upgrade of MYW tickets.
    You cannot combine the value of more than one ticket in order to upgrade to a singe new ticket or AP.

    The notable exception to this is if you have both a MYW ticket and a used water park or Disney Quest ticket,
    these can be combined, along with additional money, for upgrading to a Platinum Plus AP.

    If the current gate value of the ticket from which you want to upgrade is higher than the full price of the AP,
    "officially," you would not be able to do an upgrade.
    (If an exception is made, "officially," you will not receive a refund of the difference price.)

    Any upgrade must be done at WDW at a location with access to the Automated Ticketing System (ATS).
    Basically this is any park (including water park) ticket window or Guest Relations location,
    or at the Disney Springs Guest Relations.
    The Concierge staff at the resorts are not able to handle any type of AP transaction.

    Cost of Upgrading to an AP:

    If you originally purchased stand-alone tickets directly from the WDW website,
    or via a phone call to WDW,
    or at a WDW ticket or Guest Relations window:

    If you want to upgrade, your cost will be the difference between what you originally paid Disney for the original ticket,
    and the current gate price of the ticket that you WANT (the ticket to which you are upgrading,)
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    If you originally purchased stand-alone tickets from an Authorized Retailer (reseller) of WDW tickets:
    If you want to upgrade, your cost will be the difference between the current gate price of the original ticket that you HAVE,
    and the current gate price of the ticket that you WANT (the ticket to which you are upgrading,)
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    If you originally purchased WDW Resort Package tickets
    (as part of a "room -and- tickets" reservation)

    If you want to upgrade, your cost will be the difference between the current gate price of the original ticket that you HAVE,
    and the current gate price of the ticket that you WANT (the ticket to which you are upgrading,)
    plus 6.5% tax on the difference price.

    If you are an Annual Passholder
    and you are renewing your AP within the renewal window (up to 60 days before or 30 days after your AP anniversary date)
    you may upgrade a MYW ticket to the Pass using the renewal rate.
    All other upgrade rules apply, except the expiration date will be one year from the expiration date of the original AP.

    If upgrading from a MYW ticket, and the MYW ticket has been partially (or fully) used,
    the expiration date of the new AP will be set to one year from the date of first use of the original MYW ticket being upgraded.
    If the MYW ticket has not been used, the expiration date will be one year from the date of the AP upgrade.

    NOTE:
    When upgrading to Annual Pass,
    if the Guest's original ticket included Water Park Fun & More Option, and any part of that option was used,
    then the Guest may only upgrade to the Platinum Plus AP or Premier AP.

    If none of the WPF&M options were used prior to upgrading,
    then the guest may choose the kind of AP (Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier AP)
    to which the guest will be upgrading.

    If the guest purchased the Memory Maker photo service, in some cases, it is possible that the Memory Maker purchase cost can be refunded -or- deducted from the cost of purchasing, or upgrading to, an AP (since APs now include the Memory Maker photo service.)

    When parking at a theme park, if the guest has paid for parking and wants to purchase, or upgrade to, an AP that day,
    if the guest takes the parking receipt to the booth where the AP transaction takes place, the parking cost can be refunded -or- deducted from the cost of purchasing, or upgrading to, an AP (since APs include free Theme Park parking.)

    A Florida Resident who is upgrading a 3-day or 4-day ticket may do the upgrade any time within six months of the date of first use of the original ticket.
    The Florida Resident will also have the option of a Weekday Select Pass or Seasonal Pass, as well as an AP, PAP or DPP.
    Note that the Florida Resident six month rules do not apply if upgrading to any Annual Pass using the Monthly Payment Plan.
    If the Florida Resident intends to use the Monthly Payment Plan, the upgrade may only be done within 14 days of first use.

    The UK 14-day and 21-day Ultimate Tickets may be upgraded to Platinum or Platinum Plus Annual Passes.
    The ATS system will give a current value in US$ which is considered the base for upgrading.
    Note: If any of the minor park entries have been used, the upgrade may only be to the Platinum Plus Annual Pass.
    If none of the WPF&M options were used prior to upgrading,
    the guest may choose the kind of AP (Platinum or Platinum Plus Annual Pass) to which their ticket will be upgraded.
     
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  7. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Age Categories for Tickets, Resorts and Dining

    Disney has three age categories used for TICKETS.
    Disney has four age categories used for RESORTS.

    TICKETS:
    Infant:
    guest less than three years old.
    Child: a guest aged 3 years thru 9 years.
    Adult: a guest 10 years or older.

    RESORTS:
    Infant:
    guest less than three years old.
    Child: a guest aged 3 years thru 9 years.
    Junior: a guest aged 10 years thru 17 years.
    Adult: a guest 18 years or older.
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    An Infant is allowed entry into any of the parks without a ticket.

    A Child must have a ticket for park entry.
    Normally a child's ticket will either state "child" or "Age 3 - 9" on it.

    Adults must have an adult ticket for park entry.
    Normally these tickets will say either "Adult" or "Age 10+" on them.
    Finger scans are required for all adult tickets.

    Dining in restaurants, a child will pay a reduced price at buffet or AYCE,
    and generally, will order from a special menu at menu service restaurants.
    The price for any Age 3-9 AP is the same as for the equivalent Age 10+ AP.
    In restaurants that are buffet or all you can eat (AYCE) an infant can have her/his own plate and beverage at no charge.
    In menu service restaurants, as well as counter service,
    if items are ordered specifically for the infant they must be paid for.
    If eating from parent's plate, there is no charge.

    "Aging Out" of a category
    Disney does not penalize children for growing older.
    If you have a partially-used child's ticket, and the child is now 10 or older, go to any ticket booth or Guest Relations (along with the child) and the CM will exchange the child's ticket for an adult ticket with the same remaining entitlements at no charge.

    The child for which this is being done must be present at the ticket window when the "upgrade" is being done.
    The age difference must be "reasonable."
    For example, if the child appears to still be a pre-teen, and the ticket is two or more years old they should be no problem.
    However, if the child appears to be 16 and the ticket is only a year old this "upgrade" will not be done.
    This applies whether the ticket is MYW or pre-MYW.
    However, if the ticket has never been used,
    the ticket may only be upgraded to a ticket with at least the same entitlements
    and the guest must pay the difference.

    If an infant turns three years old during a trip,
    or a child turns ten years old during a trip,
    the infant/child is still considered to be in the younger category for the length of the trip.
    This applies whether the family is staying on or off property.
    It does not apply to local residents who commute (unless they are staying on property.)

    There is no need to carry a birth certificate to try to prove a child's age.
    Disney does not ask for "proof" of a child's age.
    Disney just asks that a parent be honest about a child's age.
     
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  8. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Ordering Tickets

    With the advent of MyDisneyExperience (MDE) and MagicBands, it is often unnecessary for tickets to be physically sent to guests.
    When ordering a ticket, if the guest receives a "ticket number," "validation number," or "confirmation number" from the ticket seller (including Disney) the guest can simply put that number into her/his MDE account, and the ticket can be accessed via a guest's MagicBand(s.)

    But, there are times when a guest will choose to buy tickets from Disney and have them physically delivered via the mail.

    Disney can send various kinds of tickets and documents via the mail.

    Examining the design of and reading what is printed on a ticket
    can reveal what procedure a guest needs to do in order to use the ticket at WDW.

    First, check the background color of the barcode on the ticket document sent.

    If the color background behind the barcode is BLUE and the instructions say "Proceed to park entrance," a guest can go directly to a park's entrance touch-points with
    that ticket, along with a legal photo ID.
    A CM can scan that ticket and check the guest's ID.
    At that time, the guest will be issued the actual usable RFID plastic ticket by the touchpoint CM.
    (There MIGHT be a delay in entering the park using this method. You might be holding up others from entering behind you if it is a busy entrance time. If you want to avoid that possibility, you COULD take your ticket document to any ticket booth or Guest Relations and get your actual usable RFID plastic ticket BEFORE you go to a park entrance.)

    On the other hand, if the guest has been sent a ticket document that has a YELLOW background behind the barcode, and the instructions say to, "Go to a ticket window..."
    The guest needs to take that document, along with a legal photo ID, to any ticket window or Guest Relations outside any park, or at TTC, or at Disney Springs.
    At that time, the guest will be issued the actual usable RFID plastic ticket.
     
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  9. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    New Base Ticket Price Chart (after Feb. 12, 2017)

    "Add 1 Day," "Add 2 Days," "Add 3 Days"
    are the cost of adding days to the NEW (after Feb. 12) tickets.


    For checking the cost of "adding days" to NEW (current) tickets,
    ignore the numbers in blue, as those are the "old ticket" prices.
    (I included those as a reference for future "figuring.")


    Ticket Increase Chart-jpeg.png
     
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  10. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Future Post -9
     
  11. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Future Post -10
     
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    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Future Post -11
     
  13. Maistre Gracey

    Maistre Gracey DIS Veteran

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    The Florida resident Silver Pass does include parking, as do all the resident annual passes.
    Just passing along the info...
    (Actually no clue about the water park pass).

    MG
     
  14. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Fixed.
    (If you're referring to a WP AP, the Water Parks have free parking, already.)

    Thanks!
     
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  15. DavidNYC

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    I think the names on the FL passes are out of date. They're now Gold, Silver, Weekday Select. With Gold having fewer blackouts and photopass. Silver is pretty close to the old seasonal.
     
  16. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    OK. Thanks.
    I'm working on them.
     
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  17. Accident

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    good luck on this thread! it was sorely missed and great to see a new one coming back.
     
  18. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Thank you.
    A very broad topic that is hard to fully cover.
    I'm starting with some basics and, with help, we'll see how it progresses.
     
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  19. linzbear

    linzbear Flirts with Chip

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    Gold pass is the only one available to DVC as well. (So DVC gets the 6 AP choices plus 1)
     
  20. lovethattink

    lovethattink TPAS Moderator Moderator

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    Once again, thanks so much for all your work on another very valuable thread! :)
     
  21. china mom

    china mom DIS Veteran

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    Thank you for this information and if this is the wrong place to ask this, I apologize.

    As an AP holder, do I get any discount when purchasing MYW tickets for others in my group?
     

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