Vote of the Week: Who's Got Tickets?

February 20, 2015, 12:31 PM · With the price of Disney theme park said to be going up on Sunday the 22nd, many fans are going ahead and buying the tickets for their Disney trips this year right now, instead of waiting until closer to their departure date.


Some theme parks outside the United States, such as Universal Studios Singapore, sell tickets tied to a specific date of use, but for the most part in the U.S., once you buy a theme park ticket it advance, you can use it on any date. On extremely busy days, parks might stop selling tickets at their on-site ticket booths, but we can't remember a park declaring a date "sold out" in advance. So there's no incentive to buy a theme park ticket more than a few days in advance... unless you are trying to beat a price increase.

Have you bought your theme park tickets yet, whether they be Disney, Universal, or some other theme park? Or do you have an annual or seasonal pass to a theme park?

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How many of you, right now, are holding a valid theme park ticket? It could be a multi- or single-day pass you've bought in advance of a trip at some future date... or unused days on an old Walt Disney World ticket with the "no expiration" option... or an unused comp ticket... or an annual or seasonal pass... anything that you can use to go straight into the park without having to go online or to a ticket booth to buy a ticket first.

Right now, I have annual passes to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as some unused days on an old 10-day, no-expire Walt Disney World ticket. But, hey, this ismy job. ;^)

Tell us in the comments what you're holding now. And, how far in advance do you tend to buy your theme park tickets? While there's not much incentive to buy day passes early (except, as we said, to beat the price annual increase), many parks offer discounts on seasonal passes when you buy them far in advance. Have you taken advantage of any of those deals? Or is it not worth it to you to offer a park what's essentially an interest-free loan by buying your tickets way in advance of your visit?

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February 20, 2015 at 1:27 PM · In May, after my daughter graduates from college, we are going to Walt Disney World for a few days. The tickets for the Magic Kingdom that I had ordered came in the mail yesterday. I had ordered them early because I knew we had the money now for them and to beat the ticket price increase.
February 20, 2015 at 1:28 PM · Our travels take us around the USA, sometimes with only short- or no- notice. We know that we'll pop into a Park for a day or two if our schedule allows, so we have prepaid tickets for several Parks and/or Chains. Currently, we have Season Passes to Seaworld/Busch Gardens and Six Flags. [BG Williamsburg is a family favorite and we have three (3) SF Parks between 50 - 200 miles from our home]. We also have WDW 10 Day Park Hopper + Water Park Fun & More with No Expiry. We will use all of the "extras" available with these tickets, so they are very cost effective due to the way we travel.
February 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM · I'm living in LA for a few years, so my girlfriend and I decided there was no better time to get Disneyland and USH annual passes!
February 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM · I always have an annual pass to Walt Disney World. Living in Florida, my family goes multiple times throughout the year. We go during the off-season to enjoy the lesser crowds, Christmas to enjoy, well, Christmas, and in the Summer because of people visiting us who want to see it. The pass definitely pays for itself and you also get multiple discounts and deals on the resorts, restaurants, and merchandise. I don't tend to get a pass or ticket in advance for Universal because we really only go there once a year, mainly to see whatever the new thing is.
February 20, 2015 at 6:17 PM · I've currently got a Knott's Berry Farm season pass and two days left on a three-day Universal Studios Hollywood ticket. I also plan to purchase a Six Flags pass whenever I get up to SFMM next. Up until last year I had a Disneyland pass as well (SoCal Select), but I chose not to renew as I'm not sure how often I'll be able to visit on weekdays anymore and until I get a steady income I can't afford the more expensive passes.

As for when I buy tickets, I generally purchase them a couple days before visiting or leaving on a trip. This prevents issues such as tickets expiring because they aren't used or losing the ticket, and it also allows sufficient time to account for any potential processing delays. If a price increase was announced and I was 100% sure I would be using a ticket, I would purchase early, but otherwise I'd rather pay a few dollars more than risk having something happen and not be able to use the ticket.

February 21, 2015 at 12:04 AM · I'm a holder of a Disneyland Annual Pass. It's the closest to me except for SeaWorld - not that much interest - and LEGOLand - ditto, not to mention not my age bracket; maybe when my grandkids come down again...

In the past, we held San Diego Wild Animal Park AP's, which we usually got for Christmas, because we enjoyed going to the Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer. When they started charging extra for the music, we asked that those pass presents be discontinued.

February 23, 2015 at 5:52 AM · I currently have an Ultimate 14 day Disney World ticket as i'm heading to Orlando in September for two weeks :)
February 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM · We currently have WDW 10 Day Park Hopper + Water Park Fun & More with No Expiry.

We come to Florida every year just before Christmas and use a day and sometimes two (if someone comes with us) to see the Christmas festivities.

The last set of 10 day park hopper no expiry lasted us for 7 years.

We are doing pretty good with beating out the yearly increases.

February 23, 2015 at 6:41 PM · For a trip planned in October, we bought our tickets last week. We have 7 days non park hopper as we can always add that later. We also began buying Disney gift cards from Target (yay-%5 off if you use your Red Card) and will begin saving for our food and other items. As DVC members, our room is covered. Our trip is actually 10 days but 2 days travel from Nevada and 1 day at Universal. Haven't purchased that ticket yet! Yes, we could afford to pay all at once but this approach allows me to save slowly and keep to a budget. PS- I have a login but can't remember what it is so I will be Anonymous today!
February 24, 2015 at 5:32 PM · We're going to DLR in September, and bought our 5 day park hoppers in January, to beat the price increase. We're looking forward to the 60th anniversary, which, of course, is the reason for the early price hike.

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