Published: September 18, 2008 at 1:29 PMThis 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.
However, I will not be planning a trip to WDW/DLR just to get free admission to one park for one day.
As a Midwesterner, I am somewhat underwhelmed by this "Big Announcement."
Published: September 18, 2008 at 1:55 PMAccording 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:
A birthday fun card in an amount equal to the price of a 1-day Magic Your Way base ticket* for you to use on your birthday for merchandise, recreation or fun activities at select participating locations at Walt Disney World® Resort
A special birthday FASTPASS® badge+ for certain attractions at the Theme Park you visit on your birthday
A 1-day Magic Your Way base ticket for you to use any time until your next birthday.
So it seems that they have nicely covered that contengency.
Published: September 18, 2008 at 2:21 PMFreakin 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....
Published: September 18, 2008 at 2:37 PMok this sounds awesome. i will def go on my bday now!
Published: September 18, 2008 at 2:50 PMSweet, Roll on Feb 21st.
Just out of curiosity, does this only apply to US Citizens, or International visitors too?
Published: September 18, 2008 at 2:58 PMOK, I worked it out.
International guests just need to take a passport to the ticket counter to receive free entry.
No registration is required.
BUT, is this a parkhopper, or one park, one day?
Published: September 18, 2008 at 3:43 PMThis 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.
Published: September 18, 2008 at 4:32 PMActually, 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 had an AP to all other parks because of the Flex Pay options!
Published: September 19, 2008 at 12:04 AMit 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) they will benefit from more locals in Anaheim and Orlando going on their birthdays, and Jay Rasulo pointed out that local tourism is very important with gas and airline prices and the overall crappy economy and B) people arent going to celebrate their birthday alone, so they will bring family and friends with them who WILL pay, which Rasulo also pointed out, and of course, you still have to pay for food and merchandise, and this celebration should attract people to go on their BDay and spend this money
Published: September 19, 2008 at 8:56 AMRaul, 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!
Published: September 19, 2008 at 9:33 AMTo Gareth H.
Published: September 19, 2008 at 10:11 AMThis is great for College kids with fake ID's. They can go multiple times a year :)
Published: September 19, 2008 at 10:29 AMI 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!
Published: September 19, 2008 at 10:53 AMI 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.
Published: September 19, 2008 at 10:54 AMCan 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?
Is this similar to the Year of a Million Dreams Fastpass badge? Can you use them in multiple parks in one day?
Published: September 19, 2008 at 3:31 PMIts a great idea! Parks should give away more free's than they do.
Published: September 19, 2008 at 5:52 PMAn 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
Published: September 19, 2008 at 8:43 PMThere'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.
I think that people do go to the parks as a "celebration" whether it's a family vacation, anniversary, birthday, etc. So to run a Disney-ized promotion to highlight this - it's nice. It's based on market research. It'll be a hit....
Published: September 19, 2008 at 9:02 PMGreat for Southern California Residents - who do not already have an Annual Pass. Good luck with that!
Published: September 19, 2008 at 10:04 PMAP 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
Published: September 20, 2008 at 8:25 AMRemember 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.
Published: September 20, 2008 at 8:43 AMI think its a smashing offer.
Of course familites budgetting for a trip will then be able to do something extra for the kids.
As for older people its a free pass woohoo we know we love it.
my problem is all my family's birthdays are in the winter when school/college/university is in full swing. So the time constraints for us are not so good, but you can't detract from a great offer, instead if we visited during December we would have two people get free entry in the same 2 week vacation (from the UK see :) )
Hats off to Disney for a great offer
Published: September 20, 2008 at 10:07 AMThis 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!
Published: September 21, 2008 at 4:40 AMNote 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.
The real risk of this strategy is that other parks will follow Disney's lead. If Universal and Sea World do the same thing then a family might choose to visit one of those parks over Disney. Of course when families bring the birthday kid (old or young kid:o) ) to the park they will still drop some cash -- not only on food and gifts but also gas, parking, etc.)
The thing is if the other parks match the offer these families may only be able to budget for one trip a year -- and that trip might end up being to a park other than Disney.
But I am nit-picking ... and I still think it is a BRILLIANT idea! And Disney thought of it first so they can claim the brand.
Published: September 21, 2008 at 5:33 AMThere 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.
I really dont think Disney expects anybody to plan a vacation just to get the birthday perk, BUT it is a "feel good" offer that is pretty substantial.
As an annual Preferred Passholder I have longed for Disney to design a loyalty program that rewards passholders for continuous years of purchasing them. I think that would be a great way to show thanks. This is a great start to that!
KUDOS DISNEY!!! The post Eisner era just keeps getting better!