How Would You Assign A-E Tickets Today?

Edited: June 5, 2021, 1:40 PM

Whenever a new attraction opens at a Disney theme park, fans talk about whether it's an "E" ticket. Or maybe it's a "D" or a "C" instead. This comes from Disney's old system of requiring separate ticket coupons for each attraction, with tickets assigned letter values from A through E, with the "E" tickets being the most expensive, for the best and most popular rides and shows.

All-inclusive passport tickets made the A-E ticket system obsolete, but fans continue to use the letters as shorthand for attraction quality. Given that, I would be interested to hear how you would assign the attractions at any given Disney theme park to the A through E categories.

Remember that the concept of the A-E ticket system is to distribute visitors evenly across all the park's attractions. So please consider capacity as well as popularity in assigning attractions. (Assume no pandemic restrictions on capacity, as well.)

Pick one park per response please, grouping the attractions by ticket letter. Commentary welcomed.

Replies (9)

June 6, 2021, 3:11 AM

I will do Walt Disney Studios park paris! Ratatouille, spider man webslingers (unopened), iron man rollercoaster (un named and unopened) and also TOT should be classed at E tickets as they have healthy capacity and are fairly big rides. D ticket rides for me is crushes coaster and cars route 66 Road trip (unopened). Then we have c ticket. All of the toy story rides (shame toy story didn't get an E ticket like MM or Sdd) and that little cars flat rides (it's so bad I can't get its name). B tickets are the flying carpets over alluding, I mean who actually likes this ride..... Wait no.... Thing. Feel free to replies as I've probs started a stir up

Edited: June 6, 2021, 12:51 PM

I'll do California Adventure, which opened long after A-E tickets went away.

E tickets
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
Radiator Springs Racers
Soarin' Around the World
WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure (Only because it just opened. After a year or so, this would move down to D, possibly bumping Grizzly River Run to C.)

D tickets
Grizzly River Run
Incredicoaster
Toy Story Midway Mania

C tickets
Goofy's Sky School
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Monsters, Inc.: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue

B tickets
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Jessie's Critter Carousel
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Pixar Pal-A-Round

A tickets
Jumpin' Jellyfish
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Silly Symphony Swings
Turtle Talk with Crush

June 6, 2021, 5:16 PM

Epcot (granted even in its glory days not much for true E stuff but still):

E Ticket:
Test Track
Soarin'
Mission: Space
(New Guardians ride when it opens)

D Ticket
Frozen
Remy's Adventure when it opens

C Ticket
Spaceship Earth
Living With the Land
Turtle Talk With Crush

B Ticket
Gran Fiesta Tour
Journey into Imagination
American Adventure
Seas with Nemo and Friends

A Ticket:
O Canda
Reflections of China
Impressions de France

Edited: June 6, 2021, 5:46 PM

A few years ago, I did something like this for the Disneyland resort, but since you're asking for one park I'll stick to just Disneyland. Fair warning...this is probably a bit excessive for this thread, but as they say in school, "show your work."

First off, while I considered historical prices, I didn't feel necessary to stick to them, as there has been so much development since the 1980s that a historical E might not still be an E today. Instead, I started by assigning values to each ticket option, then deciding what each ride was worth. Here's the values and descriptors I used:

A - A filler attraction that most guests won't bother with or an attraction that has a limited audience. These have a value of $2.

B - Minor attractions that most guests enjoy but don't necessarily ride regularly. These are distinguished from A's by their duration, quality, and popularity, and have a value of $3.

C - Major attractions that aren't headliners or must-do rides, essentially those guests try to ride but that won't ruin their trip if they miss. For these, I set $5 as the value.

D - The supporting cast...the rides most guests try to ride, but not the absolute top attractions. These have a value of $7.

E - The absolute top headlining attractions...the few elite rides that most would consider an absolute must ride. For E-tickets, I used the rule of anything I felt was worth $10 per ride, which narrowed it down to a small handful.

The other rule of thumb I used is that you should be able to get around 20 attractions for the cost of current admission tickets (after a $20-30 general admission is factored in...entry was never free, after all). I used the assumption that a guest is likely to do 1-2 A's, 2-3 B's, 3-5 C's, 5-7 D's, and 4 E's on a typical day at the park.

Using these criteria, here's what I came up with for Disneyland...

A Tickets:

-Astro Orbitor
-Chip 'n Dale Treehouse
-Disney Gallery
-Donald's Boat
-Dumbo the Flying Elephant
-Gadget's Go Coaster
-Goofy's Playhouse
-King Arthur Carrousel
-Mad Tea Party
-Main Street Cinema
-Main Street Vehicles
-Tarzan's Treehouse

B Tickets:

-Autopia
-Casey Jr. Circus Train
-Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
-Mark Twain Riverboat
-Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
-Minnie's House
-Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
-Pinocchio's Daring Journey
-Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
-Sailing Ship Columbia
-Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
-Storybook Land Canal Boats
-The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

C Tickets:

-Alice in Wonderland
-Disneyland Monorail (round trip only...no ticket required for one way)
-Jungle Cruise
-Peter Pan's Flight
-Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin
-Snow White's Enchanted Wish
-Storytelling at Royal Theater
-The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
-Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

D Tickets:

-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
-Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
-Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
-Haunted Mansion (E during holiday version)
-"it's a small world"
-Matterhorn Bobsleds
-Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
-Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

E Tickets:

-Indiana Jones Adventure
-Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (once it opens)
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-Space Mountain
-Splash Mountain

There are also two special case attractions not covered on the above list:

-The Disneyland Railroad would be variable between A, B, and C depending on which legs you travel. Trips including just the Main Street > New Orleans Square leg or Toontown > Tomorrowland leg would be an A ticket. The New Orleans Square > Toontown and Tomorrowland > Main Street legs would require a B ticket, which would cover the adjacent A legs as well. A C would be required for a trip covering both B legs.

-Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance would be excluded from the ticket system and would require a special ticket just for that attraction (an F ticket, if you will). This would not be included with any ticket books and would be a separate upcharge of ~$15, which I consider justified given the epic scale of the attraction.

Edited: June 9, 2021, 10:29 PM

Wow, this'll be fun, too bad it's limited to one park but I'll do the easiest one (good luck to whoever chooses MK). The list will also kinda have a "list" of its own. The attraction listed at the top of the category is the best of the best in its respective category. As you go down the list, the lower level attraction is. I'd say the lowest attraction in the category and the highest attraction are both borderline to the other category (kinda like flats and sharps in music).


Hollywood Studios

E-Ticket -
Rise of the Resistance
Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
Tower of Terror
Fantasmic
Slinky Dog Dash

D-Ticket -
Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run
Rockin Roller Coaster
Star Tours
Toy Story Mania
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

C-Ticket -
Muppet Vision
Lightning McQueen Racing Academy
Alien Swirling Saucers
Beauty and the Beast

B-Ticket -
Vacation Fun

A-Ticket -
Walt Disney Presents
Star Wars Launch Bay


I love this park. Even though objectively it isn't the best WDW park (AK is), it's the park I have the most fun in. Technically, it has the most E/D tickets out of any WDW park. I'd love to say that all of the D tickets I listed are actually E-tickets but after a while of thinking, most of them aren't... at least not with AJ's thinking. The hardest decision was making RNR a D-ticket and SDD an E-ticket. I really enjoy RNR but at the end of the day, SDD is more immersive and brings more to the table in terms of experience than RNR.

Also, Fantasmic gets the E-ticket privilege because of its massive scale. A huge amphitheater with fireworks, pyrotechnics, water screen technology, a huge dragon (DL does it better), and costly costumes and props. If they changed it to DL's updated version of the show, it would be superior because you could actually sit.

June 10, 2021, 1:47 PM

I just wanted one park per response, to make things easier to read. Feel free to submit as many responses as you wish for as many parks you as would like to assign.

Edited: June 11, 2021, 1:43 AM

In that case, I'll go ahead and throw up my DCA list up as well for comparison purposes. Same criteria I used for Disneyland apply here.

A Tickets:

-Golden Zephyr
-Jumpin' Jellyfish
-Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
-Jessie's Critter Carousel
-Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
-Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
-Red Car Trolley
-Silly Symphony Swings
-The Bakery Tour
-Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar

B Ticket:

-Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome
-Goofy's Sky School
-Pixar Pal-A-Round
-Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
-Sorcerer's Workshop

C Ticket:

-Animation Academy
-Disney Junior Dance Party
-Mickey's PhilharMagic
-Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue
-Turtle Talk with Crush

D Ticket:

-Incredicoaster
-The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure
-Toy Story Midway Mania!
-Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure
-World of Color (free from outside the viewing area)

E Ticket:

-Grizzly River Run (D ticket in colder months)
-Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout!
-Radiator Springs Racers
-Soarin' Around the World

June 12, 2021, 10:21 AM

E ticket= headline attraction (must ride). D ticket= Major attraction (really try to ride). C ticket= minor attraction (should ride if you can). B ticket= filler attraction with a wide appeal (only ride if you have extra time but can be missed). A ticket= filler attraction with a limited appeal (most will skip). For Disney, I count shows in these different categories as well.

Since no one has done Animal Kingdom...

E Ticket:

Expedition Everest
Kilimanjaro Safari
Flight of Passage
Dinosaur

D Ticket:

Festival of the Lion King
Kali River Rapids
Nemo Musical

C Ticket:
Tough to Be a Bug
Primeval Whirl (if still open haha)
Navi River Journey
Maharajah Jungle Trek

B Ticket:
Winged Encounters
Wildlife Express Train/Conservation Station
Gorilla Falls

A Ticket:
Triceratops Spin
The Boneyard
Fossil Fun Games

June 17, 2021, 6:52 PM


Non-ticket designated attractions (Free)
-Chip 'n Dale Treehouse
-Disney Gallery
-Donald's Boat
-Goofy's Playhouse
-Main Street Cinema
-Tarzan's Treehouse
-Mickey's House and Meet Mickey
-Minnie's House
-Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

A Tickets:

-The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
-Astro Orbitor
-Autopia
-Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
-Dumbo the Flying Elephant
-King Arthur Carrousel
-Main Street Vehicles

B Tickets:

-Disneyland Railroad
-Mad Tea Party
-Casey Jr. Circus Train
-Mark Twain Riverboat
-Pinocchio's Daring Journey
-Sailing Ship Columbia
-Storybook Land Canal Boats
-The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
-Gadget's Go Coaster
-Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

C Tickets:

-Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
-Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (And Log Raft)
-Alice in Wonderland
-Disneyland Monorail (entering within the park round trip)free one way entering park from Downtown Disney
-Jungle Cruise
-Snow White's Enchanted Wish
-Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
-Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

D Tickets:

-Haunted Mansion
-Splash Mountain
-Matterhorn Bobsleds
-Pirates of the Caribbean
-Peter Pan's Flight
-Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin
-Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

E Tickets:

-Indiana Jones Adventure
-Space Mountain
-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
-Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
-Rise of the Resistance


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