Urban Legend? Myth? Never happened? The ultimate Disney insider secret? From what I have read on the internent, I know that we are going to get responses ALL OVER THE PLACE with this one, like....
- Someone's Uncle's ex-wife's son-in-law worked at WDW opening day and got a Lifetime pass
- Only Disney Execs. have ever had access to a LifeTime pass
- The first family on opening day got a Lifetime pass
- There never was a Lifetime pass on sale to the general public, although some early employees did have access to it. It only included the Magic Kingdom.
- People are confusing "Lifetime" pass with "Annual" pass
Of course, all of these stories seem to be hearsay and urban legend, propagated over the years as fact.
...but I personally think there MAY HAVE BEEN a Lifetime pass to the Magic Kingdom offered to the general public at one point, for a BRIEF period of time (this would have been either late 1970s or early 1980s). Why do I say this? Because on one occasion, my family added up the costs and considered buying them! Let me give you my own experience:
Do any of you long-term WDW goers remember when the Contemporary Resort had a ticket office at the BASE of the monorail escalator, on the Grand Canyon Concourse, jut to the right of the elevators? It's boarded up and wallpapered over now, but I remember MANY times when we would purchase our tickets there before hopping on the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. That one small area is probably the LEAST changed part of WDW since I have been going (1972) and brings back some of the best nostalgia for me. Ever notice how narrow that escalator is?!
Anyway, similar to Disneyland back in the day, you COULD just take a trip on the Monorail, without having a Magic Kingdom ticket. But you had to pay $2, I believe, for the trip. If you had a Park ticket, then you got on the monorail for "free" (it was included in the price of your admission ticket book or pass). All of this changed when Disney moved to one day passes. You showed your pass to the CM at the Monorail turnstile for the TT&TC, Polynesian, or Contemporary, and they let you up the boarding ramp to the monorail.
Well, it was one of these occasions at the Contemporary Resort, standing across from the Fantasia gift shop (which is the video arcade now), in front of the ticket windows, at the base of the escalator that leads up to the Monorail platform, that I first was exposed to a Lifetime Pass. We were standing in a circle, my father/mother/brother/sister, and quickly added up the cost. I believ it was $1500 for and adult, and $1000 for children (3-9). While we vacationed at WDW two or three times a year back then, we still had a hard time justifying the cost, and we didn't purchase.
Was this all real? Well, yes. I DON'T believe EPCOT was open yet, and I am NOT sure that WDW had yet switched to the All Day Pass from ticket books. And I DON'T know if, you bought a child's LifeTime pass, what happened when the child turned 10 years old? Did they have to upgrade to an Adult Lifetime pass??!!
DOES ANYONE HERE HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION??