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  • On May 2, 2008
    Phyllis from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi I have been reading the panel about every night for the last 2-3 weeks. I love it. We are coming for our first trip in June. By your advise I have also read I keep seeing things about an e-ticket night. What is that. Again Love the panel


    The "E-ticket night" or "E-ride night" events at the Magic Kingdom (MK) appear to have been retired.  A few years back it was a separate ticket event in the evening at the MK that allowed a limited number of guests to enter the park and enjoy the headliner attractions with minimal wait times.

    The closest thing these days to the "e-ticket night" are the current separate ticket events at the MK, like Mickey's Pirate & Princess Party.  Admittedly they are only loosely related.

    In case anyone wants to know the origin of the term "E-ticket", let me try to explain...

    Since the opening of Disneyland in 1955 and WDW in 1972, until 1982, the parks had a unique pricing structure.  Instead of a single price to ride all attractions, they used to sell booklets with coupons for different categories of rides.  The simplest and/or least popular attractions used the A-coupons, and the most popular attractions required an E-coupon.  Over time, as people learned about this coupon pricing strategy they started to refer to popular attractions at amusement/theme parks as "E-ticket" rides.

    For those who enjoy Disney history, I have an information guide from my first visit with my dad back in October of 1974, so I can share examples of rides per coupon-type at WDW*:
    A-coupon: Horse Car ride on Main Street, Cinderella's Golden Carousel
    B-coupon: Main Street Cinema, Dumbo, Mad Tea Party
    C-coupon: Swiss Family Treehouse, Snow White's Adventure, Peter Pan's Flight
    D-coupon: Walt Disney World Railroad, Skyway (retired), Tom Sawyer Island
    E- coupon: Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (retired), It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean
    *partial lists, except for E-coupons, which is a complete list

    Thanks for the question, and allowing me a chance to reminisce a bit. ;-)
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