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    A quick question about old ticket books

    Hi, I found an old ticket book when we moved. The book is missing several pages, so I don't know exactly when it was from. My guess is somewhere between 1959 and 1966 because it has tickets for the Sub. Voyage and the 20K Leagues walk through exhibit. The back says,
    "Starlite ticket book", and all the tickets are printed with this, "Good only after 5:00 p.m, during Disneyland's regular summer season when ticket books are on sale. Void after summer season."

    So, getting to my question, did you have to buy different tickets depending on what time of day you were at the park? Did ticket prices flucuate throughout the day? Or was the book I found a special promotion like many places still have today, where if you come after 5 you get discounted admission?
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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    If you bought the books after 5 they are cheaper, as you only have a few hours until closing, but you ONLY can use them past 5

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    In the 60's Disneyland also had "Date Nite" ticket books that could only be purchased after 5:00 p.m. during summer seasons. in 1967, they cost $6.50 and included 2 admission tickets and 2 A-E tickets each.

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    If you go to the opera house they have a good amount of the different years and types, you could compare them and find out more about yours... I have some from the 70's, but my parents never saved the ones prior to that, I wish i had those!
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    Smile Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by travelmom
    If you go to the opera house they have a good amount of the different years and types, you could compare them and find out more about yours... I have some from the 70's, but my parents never saved the ones prior to that, I wish i had those!
    Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do that the next time I am in the park. They really are fun to look at
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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    I second that recommendation -- all the exhibits currently in the Opera House are amazing!

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    I second that recommendation -- all the exhibits currently in the Opera House are amazing!
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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    I second that recommendation -- all the exhibits currently in the Opera House are amazing!
    Are they permanent exhibits or part of the 50th celebration?

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by skycrashesdown
    Are they permanent exhibits or part of the 50th celebration?
    As far as I know, they are only part of the 50th. I love those exibits!

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    WHy are they in a book?

    Could you only go on a limited number of attractions?

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by tito
    WHy are they in a book?

    Could you only go on a limited number of attractions?
    Yes. You could only ride as many rides as you had tickets for, and the tickets had restrictions for what rides you could or could not ride. For example, the better the ride the more expensive the ticket (E ticket attractions being the best and most expensive).

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    That explains alot, cheers.

    Unlimited riding is a much better idea though.

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    Cool Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by tito
    Unlimited riding is a much better idea though.
    Absolutely! We made 2 cross country trips including DL when I was a kid, and I'm sure the reason I have no memory of riding the Mine Train are tickets since all the E's would have been used on rides I do remember. My parents did not run the sort of establishment where extra tickets would've been purchased.

    That said, there were two definite advantages lost with individual tickets. The books were just a way to gain admission and a quantity of tickets at a discount. Don't want to ride anything, just pay admission only, or just get a single ticket if you only want to ride one thing.

    Tickets were also an incentive to keep ride capacities at their highest. For instance, the Skyway was labor intensive with the max. number of gondolas, but with fewer, you didn't need as many CMs. However, keeping it at max. capacicity with tickets had a direct effect on revenue.

    I do find it odd that the after 5 books had 2 A tickets, when the regular books only had one. There's a myth even among knowledgable people that the books had more A's than E's because there were usually leftover A's. But that was because A's were only good for the Carrousel, Castle walk-through, and Main St. vehicles and Cinema. Take a moment to imagine that everyone entering the park rides the Main St. vehicles.









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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    Quote Originally Posted by disneytim
    In the 60's Disneyland also had "Date Nite" ticket books that could only be purchased after 5:00 p.m. during summer seasons. in 1967, they cost $6.50 and included 2 admission tickets and 2 A-E tickets each.
    After reading this post I am glad DL now has general admission that lets you stay from opening to closing and allows you to ride each ride without tickets.

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    Re: A quick question about old ticket books

    I think it would be good if you needed to buy a through E tickets, but they should be unlimited.

    For example if you didn't want to ride anything you get admission only, if you are very old/very young or scared of bigger rides you could buy an A-C or something like that, so you only pay for what you will be using, but people would probably get confused and upset when they discover their tickets don't let them on the ride they love.

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