All About TICKETS & Upgrades

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  1. mlnbabies

    mlnbabies DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for asking this. I bought two 5 day hoppers thru UCT before the price increase. One will be upgraded to a 7 day hopper and the other an AP. Now I hope that is goes smoothly when my girls upgrade since I won't be with them. They arrive 1-18-19.
     
  2. Sandy Mouse

    Sandy Mouse distant cousin of Mickey

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    I am doing sort of a split stay, off site starting 11/22 with younger DD, then onsite starting 11/27 with a package with older DD. My package (6 night stay at FQ) was booked a year ago and has 7 day tickets, because DD and I will be there a day before we check in at FQ. It has always been my intention to add 3 days to my package ticket when I arrive for the off site stay.
    Also, we purchased the 4 day base tickets for the offsite stay (DD and granddaughters) from UCT before 10/16. Now she wants to add a day.

    What I gathered from reading this and another thread:
    1. DD and I can activate our FQ package tickets a day before we check in because they are pre-10/16/18 tickets, although my package was not paid in full until about 10/22.
    2. If I add 3 days to my package ticket, I will lose the ability to activate it early.
    3. I am stuck. I have to purchase a 3 day ticket in order to get into the parks during my off site stay.
    4. In order to add a day to the 4 day tickets from UCT we would have to pay the difference between the discounted price we paid and the 5 day ticket price on the WDW site, or roughly $41 each.

    So is this the way it is? Please tell me I'm wrong.
     
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  4. Robo

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

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    1. Maybe. We still don't know this, for sure,
    and you MIGHT encounter a ticket CM who WILL do it, or you MIGHT encounter a ticket CM who will NOT do it.
    (Sorry, but that's just the way these things run when there's a change in rules.)
    2. Well, if you CAN activate your tickets early... THEN, after you DO, it is likely that
    you can upgrade by adding "days" to your ticket.
    If you can, then the cost SHOULD be the amount it would cost shown in my "Cost to Upgrade" post (HERE)...
    using the value of an "early 2018 ticket" of the kind that you already have in your package...
    upgraded to the cost of the kind of NEW ticket that you WANT based on the
    actual start-date of the first use of your tickets.
    3. Complicated?
    Unknown outcome?
    You bet!!
    But, I HOPE that your only choice would not be to buy an additional stand-alone 3-day ticket.
     
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  5. Sandy Mouse

    Sandy Mouse distant cousin of Mickey

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    Thanks, Robo. And adding days after the activation of my package ticket would be the way to go - if they let me.
     
  6. Robo

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

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    There's another way to go, if you want to cover yourself in case they WON'T allow you to activate your package tickets early.

    You COULD cancel your package tickets now, and just book stand-alone 10-day NEW tickets
    with a start-date of when you actually plan on using them.

    (DO THE MATH -including any resort "change fee"- and see it that would be a bit of "insurance" for the unknown.)
     
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  7. Debbru

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    I feel like I should know the answer, but the more I think about it, the more confused I am. DH and I have been annual passholders for years - we've had florida resident passes, weekday only AP's and DVC AP's. Last year we bought the special DVC Platinum Plus passes (activated on 12/12/17) because we had a special Christmas trip planned & because the price was too good to pass up. We don't usually do WDW in the summer or around the holidays so I was not planning on renewing this pass BUT....now it seems we are going again this year during Christmas week.
    What I am wondering is - can we get 4 day tickets, use them during our trip (using them on day 1,2, 4 & 5 with day 3 as a resort day) and on day 5 upgrade them to a florida resident weekday pass. We would be using the 4 day passes and trying to upgrade to the AP during the blackout period. Any advice is appreciated.
     
  8. hiroMYhero

    hiroMYhero I'm satisfied with my care... Moderator

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    Yes. Using them during an AP blockout period doesn’t affect the upgrade to a FL AP. The value of your tickets are applied to the AP of your choice.
     
  9. Debbru

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    Thank you hiroMYhero. 1 more question? Would we be able to get the weekday pass at the renewal price? The DVC pass expires on 12/12 so we would be within the 30 day window.
     
  10. hiroMYhero

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    Yes, and @Robo recommends upgrading at Guest Relations. From the AP area of this thread:

    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.
     
  11. Debbru

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    :thanks: I lied - I have another question... I just checked prices - the florida resident 4 day pass starting on 12/21 is $257.54 plus tax. The florida resident weekday AP renewal is $271.00 plus tax. So are you saying that I can use the 4 day pass during the AP blackout period and on the last day upgrade to the AP for roughly $14. plus tax??? Seems almost too good to be true.
     
  12. hiroMYhero

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    Yes; you’ll just pay the difference and your AP will be dated as beginning on 12/21.
     
  13. jeremy1002

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    Anybody know yet if the new dated tickets only allow you make FP for the dates the tickets cover?
     
  14. hiroMYhero

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    Jeremy, you need to take one for the team ;) and purchase a one-day ticket.

    The info given to TAs state that ticket validity takes precedence over open FP windows. With that info, the FP window will only open for the specific ticket date.
     
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  15. jeremy1002

    jeremy1002 Rope Dropper

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    Yikes. o_O
     
  16. siren0119

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    That makes sense - I assume the FP windows would be open for the dates that your tickets are valid for (so for example, if I buy a 5 day ticket, the FP window for booking would open the day I chose for my "start date" and because the ticket is valid for 8 days I could book FP anytime in that 8 day window).

    The PP reaction has me wondering if this will open up some FP since tickets without the Flexible option won't allow random FP to be booked?
     
  17. WendyBelle

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    We booked a bounce back FD promotion in Sept. 2017 for this December (2018) We booked it with 8 day hoppers, but on Oct. 15th of this year, I upgraded to 10 day hoppers for only about $20/per ticket. We want to upgrade to AP in December. If I'm doing the math correctly - our 10-day hoppers would be worth $548.48 each. And the cost to upgrade to the current $952.11 Platinum pass would be $403.63 each. Does my math seem right to you guys? I want to have a good idea of what I'm looking at spending, so I will know if the amount the CM gives me for my upgrade is accurate.
     
  18. Robo

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

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    A 10-day Hopper bought prior to Oct. 16 is valued at $553.80.

    So:

    $952.11 > Platinum AP (Current)
    -553.80 > 10-day Hopper (pre- 11/16.18)
    =398.31 > Cost to Upgrade

    (All prices include tax.)
     
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  19. PolyRob

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    Can a WDW AP be upgraded to a Premier Passport?
     
  20. Robo

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

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    Yes.
     
  21. Missyrose

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    But if @Debbru is upgrading to an AP renewal, wouldn't her AP retain the original AP expiration date instead of taking on the first-use date of the ticket she's upgrading?
     

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