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WDW easy pay for annual passes?

Walt Disney World: Will Disney ever do the easy pay like Universal, Sea World, Busch Gardens have and seem to be successful as a way to keep crowds in even during the slow times.

From David Graham
Posted October 19, 2006 at 3:39 PM
Do you think Disney will ever do the easy pay option for annual passes? Sea World, Universal, Busch Gardens have it. Why not Disney? It would make sense as it's much easier for a family to do monthly payments than to have to take out a small loan just to park your car, then pay to get into the parks on top of what ever else gifts, food you have to get.


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From Erik Yates
Posted October 19, 2006 at 4:31 PM
They would rather have the money upfront than have people go bankrupt on credit cards and have to go to court and such. It seems that its a bit less of a hassle.

From steve lee
Posted October 20, 2006 at 9:14 AM
I talked to someone in Disney finance about that once, and he pretty much shrugged and said "put it on a credit card and pay it monthly (this was a social conversation, not the official Disney answer)." He made a valid point, but I guess I prefer not tossing 600 bucks on a credit card.

That's why I have Busch Gardens and Universal APs, but still have to leech off family to get to see the Mouse.

From Robert Niles
Posted October 20, 2006 at 10:08 AM
Ultimately, it's just supply and demand.

If the demand for your annual passes is high, you don't need discounts, promotions and financing plans to spur sales. Competitors who find demand for their passes lagging need to offer extra inducements to boost their sales.

If Disney's AP sales ever start to slip, then look for Disney to offer a financing deal. Otherwise, the Mouse will continue to say, in effect: "Take it or leave it. 'Cause if you don't, plenty of others will."

From Anthony Murphy
Posted October 20, 2006 at 2:22 PM
Yeah, Disney AP is at high demand!


Its going to take much more to knock the mouse off the top!

From Rick Ferris
Posted November 21, 2006 at 5:25 PM
I happen to be a Florida resident so it is cheaper and more options. FL residents have a seasonal ticket price (you can go when kids are in school, meaning early June to around Labor Day plus between Christmas to New Years and two other weeks you can't go) for $228. I went with the annual pass (not premium) for $330. Unless I lived right on the GA/FL border or unless I had the ability to fly to Orlando 6-7 times a year, I wouldn't buy a pass there.

From Rick Ferris
Posted December 16, 2006 at 4:07 PM
One beef on the Disney annual passes. The actual ticket itself. I didn't know that magnets could demagnitize the ticket. I have a pair of magnetic sunglass clips. Needless to say I don't have them on in the rides so I take them off and put them in my pocket. The pocket with the pass. Last time the pass stopped working on the fast passes and today I couldn't get in. The lady in guest services said a credit card can demagnetize them. So that's what I thought it was. So I go along and midday, same thing. Then I realized the magnet on my glasses.

Point is, can't they afford a picture ID pass like Universal does for annual pass members? If we are shelling out that kind of money, can't they give us a card that they can scan and let us in instead of the magnetized paper ones?

From Erik Yates
Posted December 16, 2006 at 5:41 PM
Its a cost cutting measure. Without the plastic passes and the pictures on them, there is no need for an annual pass department in the park. They use biometrics. And Universal will soon adopt this procedure. It will be a paper ticket that uses biometrics. The bad news is that once you lose your ticket you will not have that cool plastic one anymore. The good news is that it wont cost ten bucks to replace anymore.

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