All About TICKETS & Upgrades

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  1. Robo

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

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    Looks like that, along with legal photo ID.

    From HERE.
     
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  2. Aravan24

    Aravan24 DISboards Jedi Master

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    Quick question regarding the snippet from your FAQ regarding expired tickets retaining their face value:

    So, my wife and I have purchased Annual Passes for this year and the vouchers are tied to my MDE account. They will be activated for first use in the parks on June 20, 2018. We are looking at doing Free Dining in 2018 if the offer opens up...potentially a stay at Pop Century from September 18-25, 2018. Obviously, I will run the math to see if Free Dining or a room only AP discount is a bigger savings but assuming we go with Free Dining I will need to purchase a package with the room and most likely a minimum 2-day park hopper ticket for each of us if past Free Dining offers are any indication.

    My question is this. If I do not use the 2-day hopper tickets (and instead use our Annual Passes), my understanding is that the 2-day hoppers will expire on December 31st, 2018. However, it is also my understanding that since they retain their face value, these can be used in June of 2019 when we renew our annual passes towards the price of that renewal. Is this correct?

    I'm basing this on my research both on this site as well as answers from the Disney Parks Moms Panel website where it's been indicated that it works this way on a couple different occasions. However, when I asked this question to a Disney Cast Member via online chat he indicated that the value of the tickets purchased with the Free Dining pacakge would simply be lost. That said, I've gotten incorrect answers from well-meaning Cast Members in the past, often because the question isn't really in their 'area of expertise'.

    Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated!
     
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  4. Robo

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

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    1. Likely.
    2. I am expecting the ticket expiration date to jump at least by another year at the time of the
    next ticket price increase.
    3. Yes.
    4. Whatever you do, do not take the Mom's panel info as any kind of resource.
    Some things are 100% true. Many others are ridiculously inaccurate.
    The answers are not endorsed by Disney.
    5. And, taking the word of a random Disney CM can be poison.
    (Sorry, but after well over a decade of virtually daily experience on these boards,
    a random CM's opinion is just not something to count on.)

    Regardless, it's quite possible that by the time you make your trip reservations, the new ticket
    prices (and expiration date) will likely be in effect.
    And, if no changes are made in the basic rules, you'd not lose your never-used ticket price
    investment, at the very least.
     
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  5. BayouQueen

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    Forgive me if this has been answered....
    If we hold tickets that expire at the end of 2018, can they be changed for new tickets over the phone? It is my understanding that we would need to pay the difference and exchange the tickets in person at WDW.

    I ask this because I can see a situation where we book a vacation in 2019, but can't schedule FPs 60 days out because we don't hold a valid ticket until we actually get there. This makes me inclined to wait to buy tickets until the expiration date changes, even if they cost more.

    Any thoughts?
     
  6. Robo

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

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    1. We don't know, yet.

    2. That's the info, so far.

    3. In-person? We don't know that, yet.
     
  7. BayouQueen

    BayouQueen Mouseketeer

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    Thanks, Robo. I guess we'll all find out what's up soon enough here. It would be great if they set it up so that tickets can be upgraded online. Seems like that should happen sometime in the future, just to save on "manpower" with ticket exchanges. For now I guess it's "wait and see."
     
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  8. Aravan24

    Aravan24 DISboards Jedi Master

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    Thanks for the information Robo! I was pretty confident that the information I'd gathered, from a number of sources, was accurate. It's always nice to have it further validated though.

    And, for the record, I always approach most of the information I can pull together with caution. I always try and validate it from multiple other sources. I very much appreciate having you and your knowledge available here on the boards!
     
  9. kmacht

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    I looked through the sticky at the start of the thread but did not see an answer. I am looking at doing a very last minute trip starting this Saturday. I will also be doing another trip in the summer so it makes sense financially to buy the annual pass. My question is in regards to how you get the voucher and the magic band. If I order it online today will the voucher be e-mailed to me or do I need to buy it in person since I am so close to the travel date? What about the magic band? If I have a voucher number do I get the magic band at the gate when redeeming the voucher or is it going to be mailed to me and I won't have it for the first trip this weekend? I don't care about having the name printed on the band. Finally, what about fastpasses. If I order tonight and assuming a voucher number is e-mailed can I use that to start making fast pass reservations for next week or do I have to wait to activate it at the gate? Sorry for the somewhat basic questions. I am used to planning my vacations a year or more out and trying to do everything last minute is new for me.

    Keith
     
  10. Robo

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

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    1a. If you order the AP through your MDX, it will appear in your MDX automatically.
    (Or, you can manually enter the confirmation number.)
    1b. Nope.
    2. You won't get an AP Magic Band until AFTER your first trip to WDW.
    On the trip when you activate the AP, you won't yet have the AP MB.
    3. Nope.
    4. Correct.
    5. Yes. Immediately.
    6. Not for advance FP+. (Only must be activated to actually use the AP at WDW.)
    Have fun!
     
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  11. HappyGal

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    My AP is going to expire on January 18th so I just called and renewed it over the phone. I verified everything on MDE and it shows the AP renewal certificate but the expiration date on that is December 31,2030.

    I'm confused because the cast member helping me said that it doesn't matter when I activate the AP, it will expire Jan. 18, 2019.
     
  12. Robo

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

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    1. That's just the standard expiration date of an AP "voucher."
    2. Correct. Otherwise, it would not be a "renewal" of your original AP.

    EDIT: The expiration date of APs must be manually input by the CM.
    So, when you do go to WDW and pick up your renewal AP card, check carefully to make sure the date of expiration is no earlier than "Jan. 18, 2019."
     
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  13. Aravan24

    Aravan24 DISboards Jedi Master

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    He was just saying that even if you activate your renewed AP today, it would still have an effective date of January 18, 2018 and an expiration date of January 18, 2019.

    I’d also expect that if you tried to hold it and activate it in June 2018, for instance, that it would still expire on January 18, 2019 since it’s a renewal.
     
  14. Robo

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

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    Point of order:
    While I know what you're trying to say, the OP could not activate the AP renewal "today.'"
    The first one stays valid until Jan. 18, and the renewal can't be activated until that date or later.
     
  15. Aravan24

    Aravan24 DISboards Jedi Master

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    Very true...I should have been more clear on that point. Thanks!

    The specific quote from Robo's FAQ at the beginning of this thread, which applies to the AP renewals, is:

     
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  16. gogiantsfan11

    gogiantsfan11 Earning My Ears

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    New here. Decided last minute to get a 1 day park hopper for my daughter and I to visit in two weeks while in Florida visiting colleges. Online it says they will email me a receipt I take to park entrance to get my tickets. My question is once i buy the tickets without having the physical ticket can I sign up for fast pass? Second, I plan on staying on Disney Dolphin using my spg points to get Magic hours at AK so we can try and avoid long lines for FoP. If we get there really early will the oth open for us to exchange our email for tickets or will have to wait? Thanks.
     
  17. Robo

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

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    1. Yes. You need to have (or create) a MyDisneyExperience account to do so.
    2. Most ordered tickets can be picked up while in line at the park gates.
    Just have your confirmation number(s) and photo ID ready.
    Guest Relations should also be open very early at DAK, as guests can't generally enter the park
    without Guest Relations being open. You can get your plastic ticket there, too.

    :welcome: to the DISboards, gogiantsfan!
     
  18. gogiantsfan11

    gogiantsfan11 Earning My Ears

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    Excellent.. Thanks!!
     
  19. Iowamomof4

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    Will an AP voucher allow a person to make reservations using an AP discount? Does the AP have to be activated before you check in at the resort then?
     
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    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Anyone can book an AP room rate at any time (if available.)
    1. You don't even need to have an AP voucher to book an AP room rate.
    2. Nope.

    You just need to buy or activate your AP during that trip.
     
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  21. Iowamomof4

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    Is there a trick to seeing the rates then? Because when I tried to look at them through Disney's website it just took me to a page to purchase AP's.
     

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