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Questions About Disney’s Latest Annual Passholder Offer

by on October 14, 2016

If you ever thought about becoming an Annual Passholder, Walt Disney World’s recent announcement of new perks to celebrate its 45th anniversary provided additional incentives to take the plunge.

Annual Passholder Box

Annual Passholder MagicBands – © John Kivus

Guests who purchase or renew an annual pass between October 2, 2016 and January 3, 2017 will enjoy 13 months of admission to Walt Disney World. They’re also upping their game on discounts. Through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off of purchases as Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations, up from the previous 10 percent discount.

As for dining, through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 45 select theme park and resort hotel restaurants. The list includes restaurants in each park, along with the many of the Disney resort hotels. One welcome addition is 20 percent discounts at select counter service restaurants at the parks and Deluxe Resorts. Other table service restaurants continue to offer Passholders 10 percent discounts as they had previously.

Great news, but it leaves you with a decision to make in the next few months and some unanswered questions. To help you make the right call, here is some clarity on issues that weren’t made entirely clear by Disney’s announcement.

When do I have to activate my annual pass to get the 13-month offer?

This is important, because having to activate your Annual Pass by that January 3, 2017 date would probably be a deal-breaker for many of us. After getting a clarification from a cast member, the date restriction is clearly for the purchase of the Annual Pass and not the activation.

As long as you purchase your pass by January 3, 2017, you can activate it on any later date and still use it for 13 months. So if you plan on purchasing annual passes in the future, and can afford it, buying now would be wise to take advantage of the 13-month window.

What if I already purchased theme park tickets?

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The Cheapest Disney World Tickets – In One Chart

by on September 25, 2015

Every night we check the price of Disney World tickets sold by Disney themselves, and 9 authorized third-party wholesalers such as The Official Ticket Center, Undercover Tourist, and more. We use these prices in our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator, a tool that tells you the least expensive combination of tickets you need for your trip, and where to buy them. So instead of you having to compare prices across 9 different vendors, we’ll do the math for you.

The Calculator is a great tool, but sometimes (like when we’re making recommendations for our book) we want to know which vendors are offering the lowest prices on a consistent basis. For that, a chart comparison is handy. We’ve produced one below.

These charts show you which vendor is selling the cheapest Disney World tickets (as of Friday, September 25). All of the prices include tax and shipping. Here’s the chart for adult ticket prices:

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Walt Disney World Ticket Prices Expected to Increase This Weekend

by on February 20, 2015

MYW_Ticket_LogoThis is your official warning! It’s apparently time for that annual event –  the Walt Disney World ticket price increase. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic Kingdom will see a price increase that will raise the cost of a one day ticket to $105, plus tax, for adults (ages 10 and up.) This will finally take the Walt Disney World Resort over the $100 mark, making it the first theme park to do so.

In addition, it would seem that tickets for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will also be increasing; guests can expect to pay $99 for an adult one day ticket (ages 10 and up.).

Of course, with the one day ticket price increases, it is also extremely likely that all other Magic Your Way ticket prices will also increase. These change are expected to occur over the weekend. (Prices will very likely increase for Sunday morning.)

The most recent price increase occurred one year ago, last February.

Rumors indicate that Disneyland may also see price increases, and of course, if Walt Disney World does increase their prices this weekend, then it will be highly likely that other Orlando theme parks (like Universal Orlando Resort) will also see increases.

I’ll make sure to have the full pricing details for you as soon as they are released.

If you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World this year, consider purchasing your tickets now and remember that our Price Comparison Tool can help you find the least expensive tickets for your needs.

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Disney World Ticket Scams

by on August 26, 2014

Disclaimer: While I am a Cast Member, I do not speak for the Walt Disney Company. The following information is based on my own experience and does not necessarily reflect the Walt Disney Company’s policies. Please see the Walt Disney World website for official rules and regulations regarding ticket use.

I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, and I’m willing to take some risks to get one–my recent purchase of clearance yogurt comes to mind. However, Walt Disney World tickets are not the purchase to mess with. I work as a vacation planner (read: ticket seller) at the Transportation and Ticket Center, and I’ve witnessed the many ways guests have tried to game the system to avoid paying full price for tickets. Here’s a quick list of the most frequent Disney World ticket scams and why you should avoid them:

Disney World ticket scams

Beware “Cheap Tickets.” They’re especially scary at night. Photo by Maddi Higgins

Used Tickets

Somebody bought a 7-day ticket, only used 5 of the days. Why not hand those two days off to somebody else and get a little extra cash? Then you can pick up those extra days at Cheep Ticketz on 192 for a major discount.

Why you shouldn’t try it:

The only way to know if a ticket has any entitlements left is through Disney. So when you stop at Tickets ‘R Us on 192, you’ll have to take their word that there are any days left on the ticket. You also have no idea if the person who originally purchased the ticket also got the No Expiration option; if not, the days on the ticket expired 14 days after first use. The biometric scanning information is connected to the ticket, so if you have a different finger than the original user, you will not get through the touch point. So unless your used ticket comes with the chopped-off index finger of the original owner, you won’t have much luck getting into the parks.

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The Relative Cost of a Disney World Park Ticket

by on March 11, 2014

You’ve probably heard by now that Disney recently raised the price of one-day adult admission to the Magic Kingdom to a whopping $99. Add the tax and that puts the ticket price inarguably over the $100 mark. My first reaction to this, and likely yours as well, was, “OUCH! That’s a hefty chunk of change.” And yes, $100+ dollars is a significant sum, but I’m here to perhaps put this all in a bit of perspective.

Were villains at work on the price increase?

Were villains at work on the price increase?

When I was fresh out of college (back in the dark ages, aka 1987), I did a lot of mental calculation about whether various entertainment options made financial sense. The benchmark I used was the price of a movie ticket, which was at the time about $4.00. For $4.00 I could get two hours of entertainment. Thus, using my Movie Ticket Metric, I valued entertainment at $2.00 per hour. ($4.00 price divided by two hours.) Entertainment that cost less than $2.00 per hour was, to me at the time, a good value and usually a no-brainer purchase. Entertainment that cost more than $2.00 per hour merited serious thought and consideration before buying.

With this methodology, purchasing a book for $5.00 was a relative bargain, because I could get perhaps 10 hours of reading enjoyment from this, giving me an entertainment cost of $.50 per hour. (Forget for a moment that I could have borrowed the book for free from the library. Those were my English major book-hoarder days.)

Conversely, a ticket to a Genesis concert (I am sooo old) ran $18.00 for about a three hour show. This form of entertainment cost $6.00 per hour. Before buying the concert ticket, I’d have to think about whether it was worth three times my normal entertainment cost. Was it special? What else would I have to forgo? Will I remember the experience fondly? For how long?

So what does all this have to do with Disney ticket prices?

Well, the little voice in the back of my head still uses the Movie Ticket Metric to assess the relative value of entertainment. Prices have gone up. Here in my New York area hamlet, a trip to the movies now runs about $16.00, meaning that entertainment costs $8.00 per hour. So let’s use that to put Disney ticket prices in perspective.

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Where To Find The Cheapest Disney World Tickets

by on January 27, 2014

Every night we check the price of Disney World tickets sold by Disney and the most popular discount Disney ticket wholesalers: Undercover Tourist, The Official Ticket Center, Kissimmee Guest Services, Maple Leaf Tickets, and Orlando Fun Tickets.

We use these prices in our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator, a search engine for Disney World tickets, that we’ve programmed to find you the cheapest Disney admission for whatever you want to do. For example, the Calculator knows that if you only want to visit a Disney water park once, a 1-day admission to the water park is usually cheaper than the Water Park Fun and More add-on.

The Ticket Calculator’s job is to hide the complexity of reading hundreds of vendor prices and admission options. The Ticket Calculator also takes into account sales tax and shipping, which some vendors don’t show until the last step in the checkout process, so it’s a true apples-to-apples comparison between all the vendors.

Sometimes it’s useful to see in one chart which vendors are selling the cheapest Disney World tickets. The images below show who’s got the cheapest Disney World tickets for adults and children ages 3-9, for 1 to 10 days of admission, including all combinations of Disney’s Park Hopper, Water Park Fun and More, and No Expiration options. (Sorry about the table formatting – did the best I could.)

Cheapest Disney World Tickets for Adults (ages 10+)
Theme Park
Entry
Days
Base Ticket Park Hop
Only
Water Park
Fun and
More Only
Park Hop+
Water Park
Fun
No
Expiration
Only
Park Hop+
No Expire
Water Park+
No Expire
Park Hop+
Water Park+
No Expire
1 $95.85
DisneyWorld
$137.39
DisneyWorld
$158.69
DisneyWorld
$185.31
DisneyWorld
N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 $195.96
DisneyWorld
$258.79
DisneyWorld
$258.79
DisneyWorld
$285.42
DisneyWorld
$230.96
DisneyWorld
$293.79
DisneyWorld
$293.79
DisneyWorld
$320.42
DisneyWorld
3 $276.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$332.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$333.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$348.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$323.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$366.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$366.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$387.00
OfficialTicketCenter
4 $289.95
OfficialTicketCenter
$342.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$340.95
UndercoverTourist
$351.00
UndercoverTourist
$389.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$426.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$426.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$447.00
OfficialTicketCenter
5 $289.95
OfficialTicketCenter
$347.95
OfficialTicketCenter
$347.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$365.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$436.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$486.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$487.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$506.00
OfficialTicketCenter
6 $303.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$356.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$357.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$375.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$494.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$543.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$542.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$545.25
UndercoverTourist
7 $313.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$366.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$368.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$384.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$535.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$583.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$583.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$600.00
OfficialTicketCenter
8 $324.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$376.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$379.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$393.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$571.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$619.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$622.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$631.00
OfficialTicketCenter
9 $334.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$386.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$387.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$405.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$617.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$660.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$663.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$660.00
OfficialTicketCenter
10 $344.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$395.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$396.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$413.00
OfficialTicketCenter
$667.27
OrlandoFunTickets
$712.59
OrlandoFunTickets
$712.46
OrlandoFunTickets
$723.00
OfficialTicketCenter

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