All About TICKETS & Upgrades

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  1. Robo

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

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    1. That would be outrageously expensive.
    -Because...
    2. You CAN'T combine more than one ticket in an upgrade.
    3. That would be the most economical plan.
     
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  2. camper06

    camper06 Mouseketeer

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    I have a ticket question but couldn't find an answer (although I'm sure its here somewhere-lol!). We have a package booked for Coronado springs with 4 day hopper passes. We will be arriving early the day before we check in and staying at a good neighbor hotel that night. Is there any way we could activate the package tickets early? We would want to use them the day before check in at Coronado springs. Thanks in advance for any info!
     
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  4. Robo

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

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    Exactly WHEN did you book your Coronado Springs package?
    (And, have you made any recent changes to that package?)
     
  5. camper06

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    Just booked it this week. No changes have been made. Package date is 12/3-12/6, but we are leaving early on the 6th, so thought we may be able to use it on 12/2, the day we arrive.
     
  6. NMK62303

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    Thanks Robo for helping me think it through! :-)
     
  7. Robo

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

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    Sorry to say that you cannot activate current resort pacage tickets before your checkin date.
     
  8. camper06

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    thanks for the quick reply! Is this something new? I have no knowledge of this situation, but because you asked when I made the reservation, makes me think this is a recent change in policy?
     
  9. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

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    Yes. WDW changed the ticket structure last month (Oct. 16). The new “valid use window” can be more limited than previous ticket rules.

    Enjoy your vacation!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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  11. orlandonewstarts

    orlandonewstarts Mouseketeer

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    This summer I saw a post on DIS explaining the cost break even on an annual pass vs a say 10 day ticket. Does anyone happen to recall where that post was or the cost / numbers logic involved? Going for 7 days at the end of this month but trying to sweet talk DH into update so we can go back in 2019.

    Oh and sorry 1 more question - should we upgrade before going, first day, or can we do it at any point during our current ticket once we use it at WDW. 16 more days and we are back at WDW. Can't wait!
     
  12. Robo

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

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    Any price-comparison "ticket vs. AP" info that was posted over about a month ago would be very outdated.

    But, it's no mystery to figure out.

    Just price two multiple-day (say, 5 days each) trips using standard tickets vs buying an AP for those two trips.
    (Hint: The AP will nearly aways be the better choice.)

    You can buy any kind of discounted ticket to cover the length of your first trip (from authorized reseller like Undercover Tourist, Maple Leaf Tickets, Parksavers... there are many more) and then make your advanced FPs using those tickets.
    Then, upgrade to AP on your first day (or so) at WDW.
    That way you can "keep the discount" you got buying the discounted tickets
    and still upgrade to an AP.
     
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    orlandonewstarts Mouseketeer

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    Robo you are the best! I think you and my DH is going to go "Hmm Thanks a lot Robo" :)
     
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    I can't read all of this so I apologize in advance if this was already answered but every year that we go we do a split stay but tickets are tacked on to our second resort since the first one is usually only a night or two. We usually decided to get the tickets early and use them before the official date that they start since you can pick them up up to 3 days in advance. Now that it is based on dates will I still be able to use them early? For example, we are doing Poly Oct 1-oct 7 and have a 7day park hopper. we decided to add on AoA Sept 29-oct 1. Can we pick the tix up sept 29 and use them? Will they let me switch my tickets to my first resort and honor the old price or is it too late? agh..stupid me.
     
  15. Robo

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

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    No, you cannot activate package tickets before the package checkin date.
    That package feature has now been eliminated.
     
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  16. Malyficent

    Malyficent Earning My Ears

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    Robo - I am hoping to get your advice. I've read this thread and all related threads and still need some help.

    I bought the Ultimate Disney Christmas package, Dec 16-22, which includes 4 day PH's. I was told when I booked that we could start the tickets a day early, Dec 16th (as we're going down a few days early, staying at ASMo), I'd just need to go to Guest Relations. I was also told that these tix are under the old price structure, not the Oct 16th structure. This info all came from Disney when I booked. I then transferred my booking to my TA. (Reason I'm including this is because the above response says "[t]hat package feature has now been eliminated" and I'm hoping that's for new packages, not packages with grandfathered tix. We know Disney would never lead someone wrong. :rolleyes1)

    Since that transfer, I realized we may want to add on a day or two in the parks. I think, since we're under the old structure, I can add on and just pay the difference from a 4D PH to a 5 or 6D PH. However, my TA thinks I can't and I'd have to buy new tix for those dates. I'm hoping she is just misinformed.

    Thank you.
     
  17. Robo

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

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    If your ORIGINAL package was booked prior to Oct. 16, and has NOT been altered, you can activate your tickets
    up to 10 days prior to your check-in date.
    If the package HAS BEEN altered after Oct. 16, then you can't activate early.

    To the upgrade question...
    Regardless of when your package tickets were booked you still can upgrade by "adding days."
    But, the upgrade cost would be determined based on whether your tickets were booked before, or after Oct. 16.
     
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  18. DSNYDREAMER

    DSNYDREAMER Cruising with Unlimited Dreams for all

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    I have come across a new situation in my personal MDX account. I often have package tickets that don't get used for various reasons, usually because I have an AP. I save the package tickets, upgrade to an AP, transfer them to a family member, etc. I recently signed in to my account to transfer a ticket from my son to husband, all of my package tickets now say non transferable. Has anyone come across this? There is now a line that says package tickets are non transferable. These package tickets were purchased prior to the most recent ticket change.
     
  19. Robo

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

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    I'd chalk it up to one the the many "temporary" MDX glitches.
    It will likely clear itself up as the various glitches come and go.
     
  20. anne60

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    Hi - I've been trying unsuccessfully to upgrade my ticket (bought through undercover tourist in September) to an AP. I called Wdw and was told I cannot upgrade over the phone because the annual a pass requires signing a contract. At this point I'm planning to go to Disney Springs the evening of our arrival to try to upgrade. We have a 'throwaway' room booked for the next day and have our magic bands and our tickets linked on our MDE. I'm a little nervous about doing this, and also am unsure what I need to bring with me in order to do this (planning to bring my MB, a hard copy of UT receipt, Credit card and license). I will be the only one in the party (of 7) doing this. Can someone let me know if this is do-able or should I just wait to do it until the next day when we get to MK? Thanks in advance!
     
  21. Robo

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

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    1. Well, we know the "signing" thing is not true.
    (If it was, nobody could order an AP on-line... which we know you CAN.)
    But, whatever the reason, they don't usually allow upgrading of third-party tickets in advance, so don't worry about it.
    2. That should work just fine. That's a normal procedure and is done all the time.
    3. No need to be nervous about it.
    All adults (18 yrs and older) getting an AP must to be present and show a legal photo ID.
     
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