Posted Friday, December 3, 2004 11:08 AM | Contributed by Brian Noble
The price of a one-day Walt Disney World ticket rose for the second time this year to $59.75, a $5 increase. In March, the company increased the price of a single-day ticket by $2.75 to $54.75.
Read more from The Sun-Sentinel.
It is toted as allowing each customer to create the admission package that is best for them. A glance at the price tables reveals that Magic Your Way is designed to encourage longer stays. Most notably, if I read it right, the differnce between a 4-day ticket and a 7-day ticket is a mere $14. As the park states, if you get a 7 day pass, the price-per-day is under $30.
The way new ticket system works is you start with the Basic Ticket, and you decide how mady days admission you need (1-7). The basic price gets you a pass that allows you to visit 1 park each day for the number of days specified. So if you purchase the 7 -day "Magic Your Way" you are essentially buying a pack of 7 One Park/ One Day tickets, that all have to be used by the same person.
Then, the fun begins, and I'm glad I don't work a ticket booth at Disney.
Guests can purchase additional add-ons to their Magic Your Way ticket.
The add ons are Park Hopper (adds park hopping privileges), Plus Pack (adds a predetermined number of one-time admissions to the minor attractions at Disney (BLizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Pleasure Island, World of Sports, and Disney Quest)), Premium Pack which is reeally a combo of the Park Hopper and the Plus PAck, and lastly the "No Expiration" option, Without the No Expiration option, unused features on your pass become void after 14 days.
We're planning a week-long February trip, so I've spent some time looking at the numbers. If you are staying less than 5 days on your next trip, but you expect to be back, the best per-day cost is to get a 10-day no-expiration ticket, and use the days on that pass over time. If you are staying for six days or longer, it's cheaper per-day to get an expiring pass for the length of your stay.
If you are giong for a short, once-in-a-lifetime, credit-whoring trip, you're pretty much screwed.
It isn't simple, but it *can* result in significant savings depending on what you want out of your vacation. We had originally expected to spend five days in the parks at a cost of about $165 per day for the four of us (buying a 7-day parkhopper plus, and just keeping the extra days for a future visit).
Since our itinerary doesn't involve hopping, and we're going in February when I don't really want to be in a water park, we're going to be able to spend six days in the parks at a total cost of about $125 per day. So, we pay less for the six days than we would have for the five days on a pro-rated PHP, we don't have to tie up money in two "future visits", and we don't pay for water park admissions we aren't likely to use, since we only expect to be in Orlando during the winter.
*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 12/3/2004 11:49:21 AM ***
It does mean one thing: Buy your tickets before you get there because the ticket booth lines will be slower than ever.
Mousesavers has it all laid out on their site...
*edit* After poking around there a little, if you get a 10 day ticket withe the hopper and no expiration options, it comes to about $34 per day - which I think is actually cheaper than it used to be under the old system... The catch is you have the large initial cash outlay...
I agree with getting your ticket in advance... With all these options, ticket buying at the gate will be a nightmare...*** This post was edited by kip099 12/3/2004 1:07:46 PM ***
The monetary rewards of this for WDW is incredible though - not only are you more likely to get people to pay for days they never use, if they do buy a longer ticket than they intended, they might stay longer near the park (more hotel revenue, more restaurant revenue), not to mention the more days in the park, the more parking fees, in-park food, souveniers, etc. It's mind boggling that people think nothing of the Great Mouse doing things like this, but god forbid groceries might cost $0.20 more at your local grocery store over Wal Mart - what kind of price-gouging are those other people trying to push on us down-and-out-poor-as-dirt Americans? (as we put on our plastic mouse ears and drop hundreds in one day ... )
Ok, social commentary over for now.
I think its a great program because not everyone likes to park hop. It allows you to forgo some of the cost if you arent using those benefits. At Tokyo Disney you can only park hop on certain days on certain passes, so it seems this system is a combination of that system and the old park hopper system.
You don't know how many times people have asked for one, two, or three day park hoppers, something Disney doesnt offer directly to the public. Now they have it. I wonder what this means for all those ticket stands around 192?*** This post was edited by haiderodes 12/3/2004 1:31:43 PM ***
Anybody been there recently? How were the crowds! I'm going for 2 weeks over the holidays. We'll see if the pricing is affecting the crowds.
If the people don't like it, it will be changed.
I guess Disney is thinking we will charge more money to get in if you are only going to be here for one day since you won't be here longer to buy more of our beverages, snacks, other foods and what not. We will just get some of that potential money at the gate instead.
*** This post was edited by coasterpunk 12/3/2004 6:46:33 PM ***
Seems like the exact same logic, but since WDW is a destination resort/location, they offer more days at a discounted rate. Kind of like whoo skipper touched on - you're buying in bulk. The more you play, the less you have to pay.
The $60 one day gate price may be a tad on the steep side, but who goes to WDW for a day other than locals (who'd have a pass and/or use one of the numerous FL resident deals anyway) or enthusiasts who are either credit whoring or looking for an extra day of something to while at other parks (or functions) in the area?
In fact, if you plan on taking a vacation of a certain number of days, it will actually be cheaper under the new plan at a certain duration (not sure of the exact time you'd have to stay).
Not really taking sides here, just wondering who really gets screwed. Seems like the only ones losing out are the short term (3 or 4 day) vacationers or the occasion stray single day visitor. Everyone else should make out equal or better.
If you can handle high pressure sales people, and have some extra hours to spend in Orlando, it is possible to get into almost every park for $20 or less a ticket. The trick is finding different "ticket office(s)" representing different TimeShare Resorts. Visit a few presentations in a single day and save money on tickets, sometimes you can even get them for "free". It is not for everyone, but for me it works.
Of course, one would have to be able to say NO to a high pressure sales pitch or else you may be paying 10,000 dollars for a disney ticket.
By the way, I visited Disney last week and did the timeshare presentation thing. Even the smallest units "sell" for 10,000 +($399 a year for "maintenance").. Thats $10,000 a week *52 = $520,000 for a glorified Hotel Room. Crazy.
Sorry for my rambling, back to the topic at hand...
I know I'm wasting my breath in trying to apply logic to the situation, but the mouse can do no wrong. I also know that it is supply and demand, and that the public loves to be fleeced by corporate America. Time to wake up and take a stand. Even health insurance hasn't risen by the same percentage in one year.
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