Get into Disney free on your birthday
As part of its 2009 "Celebration" promotion campaign (replacing the "Year of Million Dreams" that lasted two years), Disney announced today that it will offer free admission to visitors on their birthdays next year.
Here are the details, from the press release:
To receive free admission to one of the Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks on your birthday in 2009, guests must bring valid ID including proof of birth date. Guests who already hold a valid multi-day ticket they will use on their birthday may choose from other birthday treats instead, however, no cash refunds or credits will be given. To register your birthday and find out more details, visit www.disneyparks.com.
So there's no one-day credit on your multi-day pass if you want to use it on your birthday. (So... if you have a no-expire option on a WDW ticket, just leave it in your pocket and pretend you don't have it, okay? Save the extra day for another time.) I see this being a bigger deal in Anaheim, though, where people can pop over to the park easily on their B-day.
The upside for Disney? Who wants to go to Disneyland by themselves on their birthday? Celebrants likely will bring along the family, who'll pay to get in. Plus, they'll net the cash spent in the park on food, souvenirs, etc.
Still... a free Disneyland ticket. That's a sweet deal.
This change seems like a nice perk for visitors in the nearby vicinity of WDW or DLR (or for families with quintuplets). In fact, Disney probably should have been doing something like this "celebration" already.
According to the website, AP holders or those who already hold admission to the parks may choose from the following instead of the ticket on their birthday:
Freakin awesome news! I have a lot of friends who like to go to parks solo and this is GREAT thing for them! I actually never thought Disney would a thing like this, kudos....
ok this sounds awesome. i will def go on my bday now!
Now thats an offer that people should take advantage of!
Sweet, Roll on Feb 21st.
OK, I worked it out.
This is a great piece of propaganda on Disney's part. People who live near the parks probably have annual passes already and it is practically useless for tourists traveling in. Disney could have done something nice and given Birthday goers a day of free Disney Dining. THAT would be a nice gift. This is a Trojan Horse there to trick you into coming another day.
Actually, most locals in Fl would have annual passes to the other parks. Disney don't have a Flex Pay option like other local parks. If they did they AP holders would triple quickly. I'd be one!!
I think it's great - sure, it's a disguised money-maker, but still - it feels like they're doing something nice.
Anything free is great. Now if they would just give out Free Beer…..
it is very generous, and maybe is a bit of bragging about the profits...but in the end, its another shrewd money-making move by Disney in disguise
A flat out BRILLIANT idea!
Raul, if you actually read what I wrote previously, Disney IS giving those who already hold passes something to use - a gift card for goods or services that's equal to the price of a one-day ticket. That's a $75 value card to use on merchandise. I'm sure there'll be limitations, but for the most part this is NOT an empty offer, but a really smart marketing plan. Those who were looking for something to do on their birthday may actually decide to plan their yearly vacation around it and do a Disney trip. Those who are local may decide to go into the parks on their birthday instead of other activities. Those who live close by may decide to do a quick day trip to take advantage of the offer. And those people will most likely pay for admission for friends or family, will buy food and merch, may have pictures taken to celebrate the special day, and may even stay in a resort to take advantage of the offer. It's really a smart plan!
To Gareth H.
This is great for College kids with fake ID's. They can go multiple times a year :)
I forgot to mention that this is a golden opportunity for families that have twins, triplets, etc....Unless one twin was born before midnight and the other one after (which is pretty rare anyways). Families with multiples can save A LOT of money here. Its awesome to have only 2 parents pay and the sextuplets get to go for free. My sister has twins and she is loving this chance to go!
I just went to the disney site to register and had a little trouble with confriming the information I put in, it might be me or my computer, but I worked it out.
Can someone tell what exactly is a FASTPASS® badge+, and how does it differ from a regular walk-up-to-the-kiosk individual Fastpass for each attraction?
Its a great idea! Parks should give away more free's than they do.
An interesting note that has yet to be brought up as we get ready to transisition from "The Two and Half Years of Two Million Dreams" to "What Will You Celebrate?" is what happens to the numerous members of the Dream Squad?? Are they going to have a new version of the Dream Squad for this new celebration? Will they all go back to the roles they had prior to Dream Squad? Will they be able to look for new roles? I have a couple friends on Dream Squad right now so it should be an interesting development to watch for come January...hundreds of PI Cast Members are already having to find new locations at the end of this month
There's nothing wrong with this promotion. What really did the Year of a Million Dreams do for me? I never was granted any dreams - nor did I really care. And yet I've been pleased with "feel" of the promotion overall.
Great for Southern California Residents - who do not already have an Annual Pass. Good luck with that!
AP holders can still get a fun card equal to the value of the ticket to spend in the park or a FASTPASS badge, so that is incentive, especially if you already live in SoCal
Remember if you have a So Cal Pass and your brithday falls in the blackout times you get the free day. You might be able to get the Brithday Fun Card if you opt for the blackout up charge and you are still ahead value wise using the Fun card for merchandise. So it can still benefit the passholder.
I think its a smashing offer.
This may be a great deal for those who live close enough, but I'm not about to spend $350 to drive down to Disney World from Pennsylvania, just to get a free ticket. Not to mention the price of a motel and food. No thanks Disney!
Note to Mr. Miller: I'm sure several people share your opinion. But clearly this is a regional marketing strategy designed to drawn in guests from nearby Tampa, Jacksonville, Daytona and even Miami. Out west the whole of Southern California will be drawn back to those parks.
There is no doubt we locals will benefit from it more than tourists. I don't mean to sound smug, but I think locals are more deserving of such a perk as we support the parks all year round, especially those of us that purchase annual passes every year.
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