FYI about adding days

Just an FYI about adding days to a multi-day ticket. We had 8 day tickets as part of a package purchased early in 2019. We arrived on 12/31 and today I went to add one day to our tickets. Rather than the $10/day that it used to be to add days to a ticket it was a whopping $65 per person per day. The cast member said that pricing is so variable these days that she can not even guess without entering it into the computer. Since this is a marathon weekend, the cost went up. Lesson learned, buy for the maximum days you think you will need up front and do not count on adding days cheaply towards the end of your vacation!

And, yes, she also asked first if we had any days remaining so if you MUST add to your tickets do it before you enter a park on the last day of the current ticket.

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It would seem they aren’t charging the difference between and 8 day and 9 day ticket, as they should, but instead charging the average cost per day for the ticket on those dates. That is wrong. I think the CM messed up…or Disney has changed the way they do it to their advantage.

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This seems off from what I have seen people say even a couple of weeks ago.

I believe they charge the difference between what you paid for the ticket and the cost of the new length ticket today. So, if ticket prices increased since you bought the ticket, you get to pay the increase amount plus the additional for the extra day.

That isn’t supposed to be the case. You are only supposed to pay the difference of the same ticket based on current prices. I just think the CM didn’t do it right.

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That’s what we were told about a year ago when we looked at adding a day to a ticket.

You probably brought before the ticket price increase in 2019. A lot of people that bought tickets to upgrade to an AP got burned pretty bad by the price increase last year.

We had a situation where my husband had a shorter ticket because he was supposed to take my son to Universal for a day, but I ended up doing it instead because he had to do some work. We needed to add another day to his ticket then and a day on my ticket was going to go unused. The cost was exorbitant. The CM kindly ended up giving him a complimentary one day ticket. Thank goodness for pixie dust!

Last time I checked, this sort of ‘price bridging’ only worked if you had third party tickets - in that case you would pay the difference between the current cost of your ticket and the current cost of the upgraded ticket. If you bought your tickets from WDW you would have to pay the difference between the cost that you paid for your ticket and the current cost of the upgraded ticket.

From what I understand, it matters if you don’t use it before you actually try to add a day. For whatever reason, if you haven’t yet started using the ticket, they essentially charge you the new ticket price and pay more. But if you already started using it and add a day, you are only supposed to pay for the actual cost of adding a day.

I think the problem is different CMs are doing it different ways, leading to confusion. Disney doesn’t actually put the official policy any place.

Yes, that definitely mattered for third party tickets - you had to use at least one entry (and have entries remaining) if you wanted to price bridge. It didn’t matter for WDW issued tickets - you would get hosed no matter what you did.

Agreed, CMs matter - some know how to do it properly and others do not. The standard advice was to know exactly what you should pay, and if the amount was not as expected as for a supervisor.

All I can say is two different cat members at Disney locations calculated it the same. We had room, tickets, and dining so purchased through Disney. The first one was at HS and I said I wanted to add a day to all of our tickets, 4 in the party, so I didn’t question when the total was ~65. When I noticed this morning that only mine had been upgraded I went to the hotel front desk and that’s when she explained, I had not mentioned any cost at that point but questioned when she told me the cost. Yes, I probably did get them before the price increased.

I had a painful upgrade in July…had Canadian discounted ticket and the AP prices went up significantly less than two weeks before I was upgrading :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: It was fully the diff between the price I paid & AP cost. So, for upcoming family trip I made them all get 9 day passes, not saying they have to go 9 days, but the cost diff between 6 and 9 is so insignificant it’s better to be safe than sorry. (Plus, we are there 14 days, so the ticket then doesn’t expire until day before we leave)