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    New Theme Park Passes

    Just wanted to pass along an FYI. It seems that Disney is starting to offer plastic (like credit cards) Theme Park tickets instead of the paper ones. They are starting with CM discounted tickets that are purchased at Company D stores. And you can also get them at the ATM (automated ticket machines) at the park entrances. To the best of my knowledge if you go to a ticket window you still get the paper passes. They also redesigned them with paintings of the castle instead of characters. I know this will make a lot of AP holders happy. I'll post some pics of them later.

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    Yea for plastic!!! I hope that make the next logical move- Annual Passholders!! I cannot believe ours held up last year. I had to militant about them and made sure they didn't fall apart.
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    Plastic is much better! That's the reason we prefered to get park tickets included in our hotel package. The one time we got them at the Disney store we got the paper ones.
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    Plastic would be so much better. Now we won't have to worry about keeping them dry when we go on the water attractions. I can't tell yo how many things in my pockets were soaked after the first time I went on Kali River Rapids..... I should have paid a little closer attention to details, like the 4 inches of water on the floor of the raft when i entered.

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    I hope they get to making the AP ones plastic soon because I have to renew mine in may and I WANT PLASTIC!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouseman
    Just wanted to pass along an FYI. It seems that Disney is starting to offer plastic (like credit cards) Theme Park tickets instead of the paper ones. They are starting with CM discounted tickets that are purchased at Company D stores. And you can also get them at the ATM (automated ticket machines) at the park entrances. To the best of my knowledge if you go to a ticket window you still get the paper passes. They also redesigned them with paintings of the castle instead of characters. I know this will make a lot of AP holders happy. I'll post some pics of them later.
    Yeah for plastic, but hope they keep characters for APs. The characters make it easier to identify who's AP it is e.g. My DW was Minnie and I was Donald last year. I am hoping for MM this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminy Cricket
    Yeah for plastic, but hope they keep characters for APs. The characters make it easier to identify who's AP it is e.g. My DW was Minnie and I was Donald last year. I am hoping for MM this year.
    I agree with Jiminy about the characters. It was easier to keep up with our five passes with the characters on them. The kids knew which one was thiers when we were getting into the parks.
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    whenever we went the passes were always plastic

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    i can't wait to see the new passes.


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    I never understood why they went to paper tickets for APs and Seasonals in the first place. Okay, okay it's cheaper to produce...but pretty stupid for a ticket that has to be kept intact for a whole year. Until a few years ago, they were always plastic cards with your picture on them. I understand if they want to keep a magnetic strip and finger scan, but in the event the finger scan doesn't work, they could just look at the picture and see it's you instead of requiring separate photo ID. Makes sense to me!

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    Leaving Tuesday

    We leave next week and WDW travel mailed our "magic your way" passes about a month ago. They are plastic (with characters on them) and apparently also work as the key to our rooms. We will see how well this works out next Tuesday. Just can't wait to be king!!
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    I'm getting ready to add a section on the modern credit card sized tickets for my site and may have a few things to contribute here from the park opening until sometime in the early 80's The Magic kingdom had the old A-E type tickets, Not 100% sure on this next point but I believe it was when Epcot opened that they went to the all day Ticket first at Epcot (which I suspect never used "one per attraction" type ticket coupons) and since they were doing it there made it an option at the Magic Kingdom (If the change over there was like the one at Disneyland both options may have exixted side by side for a time before the ticket coupon books were totally phased out). Those all day tickets were not like the ones used today they were larger and did not have the magnetic stripe on the back, sometime in the early to mid 1990's they went to the credit card sized tickets with the magnetic stipe on the back, l this allows the resort guests to have their all in one type tickets where the card they get as thier room key can also be used as thier ticket and credit card (of course if you don't buy your tickets with your room booking you will have a seperate ticket) those plastic cards, although pretty in thier own way, are a bit plain (partly because the art on them is obscured by all the text that must be printed on the front of them) in comparison to the neat artwork depicted on the park tickets bought at the ticket windows, and Disney Stores. For the past few years some of the tickets sold in advance (like tickets ordered for Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween party) have been mailed out as plastic tickets, also for some years the tickets sold at the Disney Store have been plastic as well. So for quite some time paper and plastic tickets have existed side by side.

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    I would LOVE for my AP to come in Plastic next year! I am always worried about mine getting messed up or wet. I know they can be replaced, but still... I want plastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrian-nc.com
    Not 100% sure on this next point but I believe it was when Epcot opened that they went to the all day Ticket first at Epcot (which I suspect never used "one per attraction" type ticket coupons) and since they were doing it there made it an option at the Magic Kingdom (If the change over there was like the one at Disneyland both options may have exixted side by side for a time before the ticket coupon books were totally phased out).
    Walt Dated World seems to confirm 1980, and it appears that there was some side-by-side coexistence.

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    Thanks Mark I didn't realize that Mousketeer Alison had such a detailed article on tickets!

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