What If_ Disney Still Used Ticket Books?

Today I’m taking a break from the history videos to explore a fun little “what if” look at the Disney parks. From the opening of Disneyland in 1955 until the early 1980’s, Disney employed the use of ticket books. The finite tickets not only limited how many rides you could ride, but the A through E class system limited what you could ride. If you wanted to ride more after that you had to buy more tickets. Today I want to explore what it would be like if Disney still used those ticket books.

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Free Attractions_
Hall of Presidents
Swiss Family Treehouse
Main Street Vehicles

A-Ticket Attractions_
Tom Sawyer Island
Walt Disney World Railroad
Frontierland Shooting Gallery
Liberty Square Riverboat

B-Ticket Attractions_
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Price Charming Regal Carrousel
Country Bear Jamboree
Carousel of Progress

C-Ticket Attractions_
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Mad Tea Party
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Magic Carpets of Aladdin

D-Ticket Attractions_
Jungle Cruise
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Journey of the Little Mermaid
The Barnstormer
Tomorrowland Speedway
its a small world
Astro Orbiter

E-Ticket Attractions_
Space Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Haunted Mansion
Splash Mountain
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Pirate of the Caribbean
Peter Pan’s Flight

Now it’s important to note that the A-E ticket designation was a bit of a malleable one. There wasn’t any set-in-stone metrics used to decide which rides fell into which category. Generally speaking the E-tickets were reserved for the newer, more expensive, and more popular attractions, but it didn’t have to be all three. Up until the end of ticket books, the Jungle Cruise remained an e-ticket attraction despite the fact that it was a 24 year old concept with 24 year old technology. Still, it was popular. Meanwhile Mr Toad’s Wild Ride, while enjoyed by many, wasn’t new or technologically advanced or especially popular, so it was a C-Ticket ride.

In short, the really clever part of this ticket system was that every year Disney had the opportunity to move around rides to different letters wherever they saw fit. Because they also had control over how many of each ticket the books contained, they could use the two together in order to try and influence how much guests visited each ride. Of course it wasn’t a tight control. Nothing was stopping guests from simply not using certain tickets or buying extras of others, but it was enough to influence most guests’ behavior.

And, personally, that’s really the one perk of the ticket book system that I think we lost with the introduction of general admission. Now don’t get me wrong. I love general admission and given the option would pick it any day of the week. I think it’s the natural extension of what these ticket books were originally intended to do, which was to take care of the spending upfront so that you could spend the rest of your day enjoying your trip without constantly thinking about your wallet.

Now as for the other parks at Disney World, well, they kind of stand as great examples of why it’s ultimately a good thing that these ticket books are a thing of the past. It’d almost be hard to fill a 12-adventure ticket book for them. Epcot has 9-10 experiences when you consider the circle-vision films at the Magic Kingdom were free. As far as rides the Animal Kingdom is also at around 9. Hollywood Studios? Forget about it. Point being you’d be able to essentially do everything at least once, and some things more than once which kind of saps the effectiveness of a ticket book.

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