Walt Disney World ends no-expire option for theme park tickets
Published: January 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM
In fact, Disney's website now says " All ticket days must be used within 14 days of first use" and "Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use."
This brings Walt Disney World's policy in line with Disneyland's where tickets also expire 14 days from first use. And it effectively ends the strategy of "overbuying" by getting a 10-day, no-expire ticket when you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, even if you won't be going to the parks for 10 days on your trip. Buying the 10-day ticket with a no-expire option "locked in" your unused visit days for future trips, at today's theme park prices. Given that Disney raises its ticket prices every year, this could be an effective way to hold down the cost of a Disney vacation. (I've got a few unused days on a 10-day ticket I bought a few years back, at an average cost of about $45 a day, with the park-hopper option included.)
Needless to say, this changes the calculus for loyal, long-time Disney visitors, eliminating one of the reasons why some of those visitors chose not to buy tickets along with an on-site hotel package.
Orlando-area readers, what are you seeing at the WDW ticket booths? Is "no-expire" gone there, too? Everyone else, what do you think of this change?
Update: Twitter user @GertieTheDino89 reports that the "no-expire" option is still available, at least for now, using the "old" version of the WDW website -- the one without the new "My Disney Experience" links.
Update 2: I've also heard from Twitter followers that the ticket booth signage for no-expire was removed last week, although other readers on our Facebook page have said you can get it if you ask, and the option remains available to travel agents through their portal into the WDW system.
So is Disney in the middle of removing the option, as it's gone from some places and remains available in others? If you want no-expire tickets at today's prices, and don't want to take chances, better get 'em now before they're gone.