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Old 01-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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First time tickets for my 6 and 4 year old.

We are planning our very first Disney trip as a family of 4. My wife and I have been in the past. We have 2 little girls - Ages 6 and 4. My wife and I have tickets from the past that we bought almost 8 years ago. So we're set, but the question now is what to buy for the kids.

I was speaking to an agent on the Disney chat today and I learned something that I didn't know. If you buy a 10 day ticket with Park Hopper and No Expiration for the kids (ages 3-9), the cost is $881.

But when they turn age 10, the cost goes up to $1384.

Now according to the Cast member I spoke with today, the idea is to stock up on this while the kids are Age 9 or less. Because when they turn 10, the ticket can be traded in at no cost to the adult ticket.

This is a savings of $500 or about $250 each.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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The agent did not know what they were talking about. At the current time the difference in price between a child and adult ticket is no more than $18 (plus tax).

You might want to look at the Everything About WDW Tickets locked sticky in the TPA&S Forum. Especially the items bolded in the list below.

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1. This Table of Contents
2. Magic Your Way (MYW) Ticket Basics Including Definitions
3. Annual Passes and Water Park Tickets
4. Tickets Available Only to Florida Residents
5. Tickets Not Available to the General Public
6. Upgrading MYW Tickets (Not to Annual Passes)
7. Upgrading Tickets to Annual Passes
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10. Special Events
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13. Lost Tickets
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15D. Upgrading an Unused Ticket
15E. Upgrading Special Tickets
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15H. Upgrading a Completely Used Ticket
15I. Getting Park Tickets Before Package Start Date
15J. Upgrading After Departure

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17. 2012/2013 Armed Forces Salute Tickets
18A. Prices Effective June 3, 2012
18B. Per Day Pricing for Ticket Combinations
18C. How to Save Money on Annual Pass Purchases
19A. "Free" Tickets and Special Promotions
19B. Special DVC Member Premium Annual Pass Promotion
20. Ticket Purchase/Upgrade Locations and Telephones
21. Florida Resident Installment Purchases of Annual Passes

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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I was speaking to an agent on the Disney chat today and I learned something that I didn't know. If you buy a 10 day ticket with Park Hopper and No Expiration for the kids (ages 3-9), the cost is $881.

But when they turn age 10, the cost goes up to $1384.

Now according to the Cast member I spoke with today, the idea is to stock up on this while the kids are Age 9 or less. Because when they turn 10, the ticket can be traded in at no cost to the adult ticket.

This is a savings of $500 or about $250 each.
Unless I'm missing something, that doesn't make any sense. What's to stop someone from buying a bunch of children's tickets and simply trading them in for adult tickets to save money?
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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The agent did not know what they were talking about. At the current time the difference in price between a child and adult ticket is no more than $18 (plus tax).

You might want to look at the Everything About WDW Tickets locked sticky in the TPA&S Forum. Especially the items bolded in the list below.

Post and Contents

1. This Table of Contents
2. Magic Your Way (MYW) Ticket Basics Including Definitions
3. Annual Passes and Water Park Tickets
4. Tickets Available Only to Florida Residents
5. Tickets Not Available to the General Public
6. Upgrading MYW Tickets (Not to Annual Passes)
7. Upgrading Tickets to Annual Passes
8. Dealing With Tickets Issued Prior to 1 January 2005 (Pre-MYW)
9. Children and Adults
10. Special Events
11. Comprehensive MYW Ticket Example
12. Hotel Card (Key To The World (KTTW))
13. Lost Tickets
14. Finger Scans
15. Frequently Asked Ticket Questions.
15A. Hopping Rules
15B. WPF&M With No Expire
15C. No Expire Upgrades
15D. Upgrading an Unused Ticket
15E. Upgrading Special Tickets
15F. Checking on Old Tickets
15G. Renewing Annual Passes
15H. Upgrading a Completely Used Ticket
15I. Getting Park Tickets Before Package Start Date
15J. Upgrading After Departure

Page Two of the Sticky

16. 2012 MNSSHP and MVMCP Information
17. 2012/2013 Armed Forces Salute Tickets
18A. Prices Effective June 3, 2012
18B. Per Day Pricing for Ticket Combinations
18C. How to Save Money on Annual Pass Purchases
19A. "Free" Tickets and Special Promotions
19B. Special DVC Member Premium Annual Pass Promotion
20. Ticket Purchase/Upgrade Locations and Telephones
21. Florida Resident Installment Purchases of Annual Passes

To get there directly, follow the link in my signature. The ticket sticky is your friend!
Ok appreciate that the stickey's are your friend - that stickey is a monster! I guess I'm trying to say that it looks like it's ok to upgrade your 9yr old, soon to be 10yr old to an adult pass. I guess what stops you from buying a bunch and upgrading is that there is some administration involved in doing the upgrade. I presume that they take your contact information and if they see you're doing a bunch, you likely would get shut down.

But yes, thanks for your input, you're right - looks like it's a minimal cost difference between adult and child - $18. How the heck did I get that differential of $250?

Nice way to start my life on the boards with totally incorrect information!!
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In Cheshire Figment's Post #8, Children and Adults, from "Everything About WDW Tickets," there is a distinction about childrens' tickets and being upgraded to adult tickets.

If the child's ticket has been partially used, then when the child becomes Disney-adult-age, the ticket will be changed to an adult ticket with all remaining assets, at no charge.

If the child's ticket has never been used, and the child is now Disney-adult-age, the difference in price must be paid. Since the ticket can't be used in a park turnstile first before upgrading to adult, which would bring it up to current gate price value, then the difference owed could be more than the difference from child-to-adult price. It would also include all price increases over the years since the ticket was purchased.
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