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    what is an e ticket

    This is kinda embarressing but i've been hearing the word E-ticket all over the place. Well.....what is an e-ticket?
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    E Ticket refers to the era where you needed tickets to get on the rides. They sold books that included A through E tickets. The A tickets were used for things like the Main Street Trolley, Omnibus and Fire Truck while the E Tickets were used for rides like Space Mountain and POTC.

    People still refer to rides like SM, POTC, Splash Mountain etc. as E Ticket Rides.

    I've even heard 14 time NHRA Champion John Force describe a crash that he had as an E Ticket Ride.

    You can find out more about the ride tickets in this thread --> http://disneyworldtrivia.com/forums/...hlight=tickets
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    Disneyland E ticket circa 1975-1977.


    Since the 1950s, E Ticket (or E ticket ride) has referred to an unusually thrilling, interesting, most-interesting, or most-expensive situation. It derives from the tickets used at Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks until the early 1980s. Park-goers bought tickets in different denominations, from A through E, with E tickets being the most expensive and reserved for the newest, most expensive or popular rides and attractions.
    Tickets could be purchased individually or in booklets, with the purchased booklets including tickets of each category. A book may contain, for example, a park admission ticket, one A ticket, one B ticket, two C tickets, three D tickets, and three E tickets. Booklets tended to have more high-level (D and E) tickets than lower-level tickets like A and B. People tended to leave the park with A and B tickets not because they had received large numbers of them, but because the A and B rides were less common and less popular.
    Formally, Disney called them coupons, but guests generally referred to them as tickets, as they were purchased in a ticket book (with admission).
    The parks no longer use this method of selling tickets. All rides are included with admission. However, the phrase continues to be used, originally made popular by residents of Los Angeles. Astronaut Sally Ride commented on riding in the Space Shuttle: "This is definitely an E ticket!"
    From 1997 to 2004[1], Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom had hard ticket events called E-Ride Nights, where a limited number of resort guests (usually 5000) would be allowed to purchase special tickets that allowed them to stay in the park and ride some of the rides (typically those which had been, or would have been, E-ticket rides) for an extra three hours after the park closed to other guests. E-Ride Nights have now been replaced with evening Extra Magic Hours, which are free for all resort guests.
    The Fastpass system is currently used to give out timed tickets that allow users quicker entry to popular rides that, historically, would usually have taken an E ticket
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    When was the last time they used the ticket system?

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    OK, I think I fixed my link. But I believe that they stopped using the tickets in the early 80's.
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    Growing up in California, we used to call each other names based on this. For example, a friend named Adam would be called A-Ticket, and Ed would be E-ticket. Now kids wouldn't even know what we were talking about. And all the better for it, btw, because I like the freedom of riding whatever I want all day long.
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    I've still got a few A and B tickets kicking around in an old shoebox somewhere... If I keep them a hundred years they might make me rich!!!

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    I'm glad you can ride whatever, whenever. That wouldn't be cool having to buy several tickets to ride things. Can you imagine what that would cost these days?!



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    Quote Originally Posted by firemedic View Post
    I'm glad you can ride whatever, whenever. That wouldn't be cool having to buy several tickets to ride things. Can you imagine what that would cost these days?!
    Actually, it was still cheaper to do it the old way. You could also buy Magic Key coupons, which were good for any A-E ticket ride. After buying ticket books for a couple of years and always having the A tickets left over, we started buying the Magic Key tickets and using those on mostly E ticket rides.

    An 8 coupon book sold for $6.25 for a child (3-11), $6.75 for a junior (12-17) and $7.25 for an adult from 1976-1979. It was also a better deal for families because you didn't have to pay adult prices for your children when they were only 10 years old, like you have to now.
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    Yeah but with inflation that 8 coupon book would be more like $40 for a child now. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJenn View Post
    Yeah but with inflation that 8 coupon book would be more like $40 for a child now. LOL
    Not true. You piqued my curiosity, so I went to the inflation calculator to figure it out.

    In 1980, the ticket books were no longer A-E tickets, they were now good for any attraction. An adult 12 attraction book sold for $11.00.

    According to the inflation calculator, the 2006 price would be $29.45. That's quite a bit off from the $67.00 it now costs for a one day one park pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wdw4us2 View Post
    Not true. You piqued my curiosity, so I went to the inflation calculator to figure it out.

    In 1980, the ticket books were no longer A-E tickets, they were now good for any attraction. An adult 12 attraction book sold for $11.00.

    According to the inflation calculator, the 2006 price would be $29.45. That's quite a bit off from the $67.00 it now costs for a one day one park pass.
    But that's only for 12 attractions. So that works out to be about $5.59/attraction. If you figure there are about 30 "attractions" at MK now, (of course there are actually more, but I'm only counting the ones I would actually consider the possibility of having to present a ticket to get on... and not stuff like Pooh's Playful Spot or Ariel's Grotto), that would mean that if you wanted to buy a ticket to see every "attraction" at the park, it would cost you approximately $168 to see them all. Granted that it would most likely take you two days to see 30 attractions, but I would rather pay 2 x $67 one day, all-inclusive admission tickets than for 30 x $5.59 tickets plus whatever admission itself cost (which would also have to be inflated for accuracy). Besides, now with the Magic Your Way tickets, the price you pay goes down for each additional day you "play", so day two would be cheaper than day one anyway, assuming you just bought a two day.

    So I'd actually be willing to argue that, assuming your inflation calculator was accurate, it would actually still be cheaper using today's method if you wanted to see everything. It's also more convenient, in only having to buy one pass, and then having the freedom to do as you please once inside. Not that there aren't good arguing points for the old method of buying tickets for each ride too. Admission itself is infinitely cheaper, for if there's someone in your party who just wants to come along and watch the strollers for example, and not ride anything. Also, if you know in advance exactly what you want to ride and want to skip over, you can buy only as many as you intend to use, saving yourself some cash there. Also, as you pointed out earlier, adult prices didn't start at age 10, so the kids would probably work out a bit cheaper.

    As a bit of a side question here, back to the A-E tickets; I know that in order to ride an E-ticket attraction, you needed an E-ticket. But what if you wanted to ride, say... a C-ticket attraction? Would you need specifically a C ticket to ride, or could you get on using a C, D, or E? Likewise, could an A-ticket ride be boarded using any of the tickets? Maybe one of you veteran Disney-goers could help me out with that. I wasn't born until '84, and my first trip wasn't until '88, so I never had the pleasure of using those crazy things!
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    Don if I remember right you could only use the correct matching ticket for each ride (i.e. an E didn't get you on a C if you wanted). It's been a long time though since I've used one.
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    Oh and as a side note... I suddenly regret my attempt at humor in reference to inflation.
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