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    WDW decreasing PAP merchandise discount....why not Disneyland?

    Interesting article from the Orlando Sentinel about WDW and the decision to decrease the merchandise discount for premium annual passholders from 20% to 10%. It makes me wonder, why are they getting rid of ours altogether and not just decreasing it?

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-d...,6632953.story

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    The original DLR discount was 10 percent but a few years ago they doubled it temporarily, if they reduce it to 10 percent it isn't taking it away it's just returning it to the original amount.

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    The latest passholder magazine indicated that the 20% & 10% discounts would remain until December 2013. The passholder magazines are not always accurate (like when they indicated the Aladdin show was going to be replaced by Toy Story, the Musical) but are usually a good indication of company policy.

    Why do you think they are getting rid of our discounts?


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    we were told by a CM at WDW the other day that the premium AP Discounts were going from 20% to 10% as of Jan 1st at WDW. She was not sure if it was true of the premier AP's as well but I'm guessing it is. I asked if she knew if it was the case for DL too but she didn't know that.


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    I've heard that Disneyland isn't going to change their annual passholder discount rates just because there are SO many locals buying passes that one of the few advantages of the premium over the deluxe is the doubled discount. It's been a doubled discount for years at DLR and it's one of the things that switches people over from spending the rate of a deluxe pass to the 600 something rate of the premium.

    Also, it seems like one of those things to just wait out and see because rumors fly about the passes and it's advantages every year.


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    Right off the Disneyland website showing AP discounts:





    Shops



    Most theme park and hotel merchandise locations

    Premium Annual Passport 20%

    Deluxe Annual Passport 10%

    Southern California Annual Passport 10%

    Southern California Select Annual Passport 10%

    Days Valid: Every Day Until December 31, 2012

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    Wow that's crazy! XD Raising the prices and decreasing the benefits. They don't need the extra money anyway! hahahaha this is probably why I'm not a passholder. xP


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    When the passholder discounts increased to 20% and 10% from 10% and nothing for Disneyland it was speculated that this could be a method for Disney to track spending by passholders.

    Since WDW doesn't have blackout dates, perhaps they thought that the premium passes did not need the full 20% discount. I couldn't tell from the linked article, is WDW going to 10% for everyone or are the lesser passes losing their discounts completely?

    With a much different base than WDW I would expect that Disney would be loathe to completely get rid of a discount for all non-premium passes, otherwise they would lose their ability to track the purchases.


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    http://www.disneybymark.com/2013/01/...e-50-discount/

    Looks like we are losing it all together. I LOVE to shop at Disneyland and this is some sad news to me. I better just stay OUT of the gift shops, I mean away from the "Merchandise experiences". Im pretty disappointed, that's for sure.

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    I am not going to worry about it until I see an official announcement, actually I'm on the phone On hold right now to ask someone at Disneyland about this, I'm especially concerned about the food discounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by MammaSilva View Post
    I am not going to worry about it until I see an official announcement, actually I'm on the phone On hold right now to ask someone at Disneyland about this, I'm especially concerned about the food discounts
    Thanks MammaSilva, let us know what you find out. :-)

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    http://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/discounts/

    According to the website we still have merchandise discounts.....

    I take that back on the end of the column it says til 12/31/12. :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by MammaSilva View Post
    I am not going to worry about it until I see an official announcement
    Yep, official announcement or an actual instance of someone who had their discount denied at the resort.

    We had lunch at Jolly Holiday yesterday, and we got our normal AP discount.
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    Check the date, that says Dec 31, 2012....so we may/may not have them, I'm still on hold with AP help line.

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    Ok, here is what the pass holder guest services CM just told me. There is NO announcement that the merchandise nor the food discounts will be discontinued. She said that the same rumors hit last year because the AP page says thru Dec. 31, 2012 and haven't been updated. She checked while I was on the phone and the lead said there is no communication that the discounts will be stopped and when I talked to the dine line they said that the premium passes offer their 15 percent and others offer 10 percent. They did the 'all things subject to change without notice' spiel but the lead and the cast member both said that this situation happened last year when the calendar year rolled over but the website didn't update with the new information. So as it stands, we're not losing anything ...but like the CM said, they aren't in control of the situation they merely inform and assist the pass holders but it was their best guess based on the information they have available that this is just a matter of the website not being updated "yet".

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    Thank you for the update! I'm heading to the parks one week from today and I'd have been very disappointed has this been true.


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    Argh, I hate it when this happens.

    As far as I know, the 20% / 10% discount was officially extended through December, 2013. Disney hasn't yet updated the website, but the AP Backstage Pass has this printed on the back cover.

    I've asked a few CM sources, and they all say the discount is unchanged. However, knowing how these things spread, I've asked Disney for an official clarification just to put an end to the speculation - I'll post as soon as I hear something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVP View Post
    Argh, I hate it when this happens.

    As far as I know, the 20% / 10% discount was officially extended through December, 2013. Disney hasn't yet updated the website, but the AP Backstage Pass has this printed on the back cover.

    I've asked a few CM sources, and they all say the discount is unchanged. However, knowing how these things spread, I've asked Disney for an official clarification just to put an end to the speculation - I'll post as soon as I hear something.

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    Sorry if I stirred up the pot.....I have been a pass-holder for 6 years and never heard a rumor about losing the discount whether it be 10 or 20 so I got a little uptight.....thanks for being a RELIABLE place for all things Disney!

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    My receipt for a bunch of stuff I don't need, but had to have, shows my 20% discount. It is still in effect...

    Planning 3 trips at once...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hannahbelle View Post
    Sorry if I stirred up the pot.....
    No, not at ALL! Ever since that website (incorrectly) reported the end of the discount this morning, the question has been flying all over the various social media circles. I'm always happy to put a rumor out of its misery if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcon10t View Post
    My receipt for a bunch of stuff I don't need, but had to have, shows my 20% discount. It is still in effect...
    Hmmmm, sounds like you're enjoying some "merchandise experiences" too. ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by AVP View Post
    No, not at ALL! Ever since that website (incorrectly) reported the end of the discount this morning, the question has been flying all over the various social media circles. I'm always happy to put a rumor out of its misery if I can.

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    Here's Disney's response:

    While we regularly evaluate discounts and offers for our Disneyland Resort annual passholders, we don't currently anticipate any changes to the Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder merchandise discount in 2013.
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    WDW decreasing PAP merchandise discount....is Disneyland next?

    Yay!! Thanks AVP.


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    Awesome....that's a relief. I don't normally buy a whole lot of merchandise at the resort, but when I do, that discount comes in handy. Thanks for double-checking AVP. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamagaal View Post
    Awesome....that's a relief. I don't normally buy a whole lot of merchandise at the resort, but when I do, that discount comes in handy. Thanks for double-checking AVP. :-)
    I have a reputation to maintain... The discount is often the reason I make a purchase. I can specifically thing of a few items that I would not have paid full price for, but purchased because I thought the 20% discount brought it down to a reasonable price.
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