All righty, I wasn’t really sure I was going to actually try my Crazy One Day Trip™ but yesterday Frontier and Disney conspired to push me over the falls. I’ll use this post to add some more notes on the process I encountered for buying convention tickets.
If you do not care to read the gruesome details beyond this point, there is a TL;DR at the very end you can skip to - or just read the bulleted notes post near the top of this thread.
Background for the DETAIL ORIENTED
So: After keeping a lookout for super cheap hotel and flight prices since the Spring, I finally hit the right combination. Frontier had a 2 day sale with code FIFTY for 50% off.
I was originally looking at mid-August, but their August 28th down and 29th back flights got me down to $113 including taxes and fees!
Before I booked that I checked hotel rooms via various Priceline Express, Orbitz and UT deals, but all seemed to be staying the same: Values for around $115 plus tax. Not too bad, but I really wanted to find a great deal to make this endeavor as cheap as possible.
Then, I decided to take one last stab at looking on the Disney site: BAM, All Star Music for $88.
(BTW: I’m going to add a follow-up post after this one in the thread to talk about an alternative to expdealshotel for uncovering Priceline Express deal hotel names.)
Where. Is. My. Fez. Hat?
Once I had travel and a place to crash set, I figured I’d get the after 5PM convention ticket.
quick aside: To be eligible to apply for the Mom’s Panel, you just have to visit on site - not even enter a park. But, gotta hit a park, right? exeunt quick aside
My general idea has been to use the earlier part of my day down there to check out AS Music and Disney Springs, then head over to MK. Even though not the latest open park that day, I figured I’d enjoy MK the most since I just like wandering there, could hit a few rides, take some photos, and get a good spot for HEA.
Then, before I bought my after 5PM ticket I very thankfully learned from @the.darlings on The Chat that it was a MNSSHP night and the park closed at 6PM.
So, new day, new plan: after thinking about hitting the other parks with the after 5 ticket, I realized AK would be my 2nd choice for explorative wandering and to see Pandora at night. But it closes at a paltry 8:30 PM .
Ain’t nobody got time for that. Seems I need to look into buying a MNSSHP party ticket!
I Goggled convention links for August 2018.
The first convention in the results was for the World Convention of Narcotics Anonymous, and for a moment I wondered if their scheduled Pre-convention Cruise to Cuba would have the theme from Miami Vice as it’s background loop.
An interesting thing to note is that this particular convention isn’t even on Disney property at all - but they do have a discount link. If you cruise through the selections, you can see you can get the after 5PM ticket for $63 including tax.
Clicking on the Special Events tab, I see I can get MNSSHP starting at $67.50, and this night happens to be one of the lower priced ones. So, full price for the party: $71.89.
To shave some more off of the price, I bought a $100 Disney GC at Target online using my Red card, so with that 5% savings, net price for party: $66.89. I think paying $4 more than I expected to to get a full 7 or 8 hours in park at a party with the special parade and fireworks is a pretty nice deal.
I added party to my cart, entered gift card number and cart applied the price normally - pushed “Purchase” and… got an error that there was a problem and I had to call. Of, course, from other Liner reports I expected the GC would require a call but thought I’d take a shot.
If You Somehow Read This Far Here Is a Reward of Useful Info and a Phone Number to Note
I put this info in the summary post above in this thread, but here’s a more detailed version of how the minor GCgate played out:
The aforesaid purchase error told me to call (407) 566-1162. Don’t call that number.
I got a very helpful CM when I called, but all they do is forward you to the “Preferred Ticket Team”. I later learned the direct number is: (407) 566-5600. So keep that one in your pocket.
The “PTT” CM was also very nice, but immediately tried to charge me full price for the party ticket. WHICH IS AGAINST ALL I HOLD SACRED. (Well, maybe not all.)
The CMs don’t seem to know about convention ticket prices for various types of tickets, or at least discounted special event tickets. I had to teach her how to go to the convention link and into the buy tickets page so she could see the lower convention price for the party. In between she had to put me on hold to speak with someone about getting my GC to work, then again to get that lower price.
In the end her supervisor helped her work around the system somehow, and I got her confirmation email as we wrapped up the call. 1.3 seconds later I opened to email to see that it reported the total charge for the ticket was, YOU GUESSED IT full price. Blarg.
Called back that first number and the initial helpful CM gave me the direct number I gave you above, dear reader. I got another slightly less helpful sounding CM who got flustered quickly and found the original supervisor from my first call: turned out that they have no way to get that lower convention price on their end, so they worked some sort of magic - even though the system says it was full price I checked my gift card and it was only charged the lower price.
Finally more good info to know: While I don’t think the CMs in any way are trying to sniff out non-conventioneers when buying convention price tickets, the CM I spoke with on my first call did conversationally ask me convention I’m attending, and what hotel I was staying at.
So it is a good idea to have info ready in your brain. As I’m using link for a Narcotics Anonymous convention, she didn’t seem to feel the need to ask many questions after I said that phrase.
TL;DR: If You Bailed Out Above
It took a bit of time to get the phone CM to use my GC for the convention ticket, but it worked out.
I suggest that you have the GC already loaded in DisneyGiftCards.com so you can immediately check that they charged the correct amount as the CM puts it through.
Know the name of the convention you are using the link from. Have the name of a local hotel you are staying at if the convention you are referencing isn’t happening when you will actually be on site.
Or, just tell them you plan to pay the $23 nightly parking fee and sleep in your van.