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  • On Dec 27, 2021
    Ed from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What do I do with an unused promotional child ticket (age 3-9) who is now 10? We purchased the tickets in February of 2020 for March of that year, we plan on visiting for March of 2022 now.

    Welcome Back, Ed!

    Thank you for bringing another fantastic Disneyland Resort planning question to us hEAR at planDisney!

    Tickets that were purchased prior to the historic theme park shutdown auto-magically had their expiration dates extended to the end of 2021. Tickets that still went unused do retain their value which is able to be applied to park tickets purchased in 2022 and beyond. However, you're asking a great question as some Mouseketeers with children's tickets from 2020 are now considered 'Disney adults' in 2022. I suspect that you will be asked to pay the price difference between the two classes of tickets only because if the world hadn't stopped and you visited once in 2020 and then again in 2022, your child still would have added two years and needed each kind of ticket. However, Mickey does like to work in mysterious ways so I could be wrong. Making the upgrade between the tickets you have to the tickets you need for your upcoming visit might be able to be done in the Disneyland Mobile App. But your best bet will be to make make the switch and ask what to do by calling the Disneyland Resort Ticket line at (714) 781-4636 or in person upon your arrival at The Esplanade ticket booths.

    In any case, you should definitely try to apply the cost of the tickets that you do have from 2020 to the tickets you'd like to purchase for your trip in March as soon as possible. Disney's parks are still trying to encourage social distancing by limiting attendance levels. To be able to spread everyone out evenly, there's a new step in pre-planning your Disney days called Park Pass Reservations, which in addition to selecting which days you'd like to visit the parks at the time of purchase, you must also designate which park you'll visit each of those days. Park Pass Reservations have been known to fill up - actually here's a link to the Theme Park Reservation Availability calendar - so it's best to inquire about your ticket options sooner rather than later.

    I hope this helped to clEAR some things up for your upcoming Best! Days! Ever!, Ed, and if you have any more Disneyland Resort planning questions We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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