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    I have friends with Flex AP's that are considering upgrading to higher tier passes. I know this can only be done at the ticket booth and I believe you have to pay the difference between the passes in a lump payment instead of just adding the increase to your monthly payment. My question is, is that lump payment for the months that have already passed or just a lump for the remaining months on the contract? I.E. If they signed up in January and were to upgrade in Sept. would the payment be the difference for the Sept-Dec or the difference for the entire year including the previous 9 months they had the Flex AP?

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    The difference will be for the entire year. They will pay the difference between current price of higher tier pass and the price they paid for the Flex Pass. Their expiration date will not change.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Starcade View Post
      My question is, is that lump payment for the months that have already passed or just a lump for the remaining months on the contract? I.E. If they signed up in January and were to upgrade in Sept. would the payment be the difference for the Sept-Dec or the difference for the entire year including the previous 9 months they had the Flex AP?
      I think the term you're searching for is "prorated". Is the difference of the upgrade prorated for the remainder of the 365 days? No. Can you imagine what would happen if they did that? You'd have a bunch of people getting a cheaper pass in January, and then getting the upgrade in June (basically getting admission for those main peak seasons, most of which are concentraded in the last half of the year, i.e., Summer and the Holidays), but for a fraction of the original cost.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 9oldmen View Post
        I think the term you're searching for is "prorated". Is the difference of the upgrade prorated for the remainder of the 365 days? No. Can you imagine what would happen if they did that? You'd have a bunch of people getting a cheaper pass in January, and then getting the upgrade in June (basically getting admission for those main peak seasons, most of which are concentraded in the last half of the year, i.e., Summer and the Holidays), but for a fraction of the original cost.
        Thank You, yes I know what prorating is (I used the term before on here and it then had to be explained and was trying to avoid that reoccuring). I think it could go either way for Disney if they allowed prorating during the upgrade process. Yes some would purposely hold off on a higher tier pass until later in the year but also you would have to factor in how many choose to use a lower pass all year giving Disney less monthly payment. Ex. maybe pre-June would be softer but the spike post June would likely more than make up for it. It would be a gamble which current DisCorp doesn't seem eager to do. What they should have done is allow guest to upgrade but in doing so they get signed up for a new 12 month contract so they do not have to pay for previous months but also lengthens their commitment so Disney will not have to take much risk.

        Thanks for the replies everybody this confirms what I felt would most likely be the case. My friends are now going to instead wait until their current Flex contract runs out in June and reevaluate. If the Signature goes up too much then they will debate renewing their Flex AP's as they found it a bit of a pain not being able to do three days in a row and having to pay for parking became an issue for them as they often arrive in two different cars one coming from home and the other from work. ( $50 a trip adds up quite quickly for a couple ) If they could have upgraded on a prorated payment they would have in heartbeat giving Disney more per month for their remaining contract. Also if they were allowed to do so and begin a new 12 month contract they probably would have as well to lock in their price further giving Disney more money. I think what will happen is once their contract ends in June 2020 they will see the increased Signature cost and find it too expensive and they will just renew their Flex pass or simply take a break. Disney's loss.

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        • #5
          You should have your friend add parking onto the Flex Pass. If you visit 10 times or more it is worth it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nesboy43 View Post
            You should have your friend add parking onto the Flex Pass. If you visit 10 times or more it is worth it.
            They were going to when they first got it but were told parking is not something that can be added? A couple of years back I remember we wanted to add it to our Deluxe passes at the time and they said it was no longer available as an add on. Has Disney recently changed this policy?

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            • #7
              Starcade: I did not see the option to add parking to the Flex Passes I purchased for my wife and I close to two weeks ago. The option to add MaxPass showed up but no parking. I imagine if it were an option, Disney wouldn't have missed the chance to try and sell it to me. No, it is my understanding that parking is now only a thing at the Signature level of passport.
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              • #8
                The only way to get the parking option on Deluxe, Flex, and SoCal Select passes is if you renew and downgrade your passes from Premier, Signature Plus, and Signature.


                So if you currently have any of the high end tiers of passes that come with parking, when it comes time for renewal you will be presented with the option to downgrade and keep the parking benefit, which is currently priced at $249.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ryan120420 View Post
                  The only way to get the parking option on Deluxe, Flex, and SoCal Select passes is if you renew and downgrade your passes from Premier, Signature Plus, and Signature.


                  So if you currently have any of the high end tiers of passes that come with parking, when it comes time for renewal you will be presented with the option to downgrade and keep the parking benefit, which is currently priced at $249.
                  Hmm too bad they would have had to have had to have had a Signature plan to do this. It would have worked out perfectly for my friends.

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