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(Not) Da Chief (Anymore)
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I was told by a co-worker that being a part of the media, Disney World, with the proper identification, will give you a ticket for yourself and a guest.

Any truth to this? Anyone done it? How do I go about doing this if you have done it?

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You need to go to

http://www.wdwnews.com

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I did it a few years ago...you get two one-day passes to a park of your choice (Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or MGM Studios...at least I think it's MGM). You need to contact their media/public relations office and they'll explain the procedure. It usually requires you faxing in verification of your employment with a TV station and the date you plan on attending. You can do the same for Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Stuidos. It made for a nice vacation for my wife and me. Things may have changed since then, but it's worth checking into.

[ February 20, 2006, 07:48 PM: Message edited by: HookEcho ]

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I once went to Gatlinburg, TN and got free Dollywood tickets, Free Dixie Stampede Tickets, Free Aquarium Tickets, and half off my hotel.

It was awesome!

I'm so cheap!

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If you work at a Texas station you can get free Six Flag tickets.

But i dont know if they will open this year as most Six Flags went bankrupt [Frown]

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Free bees are the best way to do O-Town. Universal will treat you better than Disney as you'll get hooked up with Island of Adventure and their Studio for multiple days. Disney as mentioned earlier will let you choose only one park for one day.

Sea World will treat you like a king too. Heck if you play your cards right, they'll even feed you like Shamoo.

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This could be fun, as I'll be down there in June...woohoo! [worship]

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had a former coworker that got in free (or either discounted tickets, can't remember) to that place up in North Carolina...uhh..crap, can't think of the name of the place either! lol..maybe I should just go to bed! That's gonna bug me now! it's on the tip of my tongue, but I can't think of it

EDIT: CAROWINDS!!! maybe I'm good for another hour after all..lol

[ February 20, 2006, 10:29 PM: Message edited by: Stormtracker_Tony hearts candyfarts ]

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I think the Disney communications person is Heidi Trotta. I was in touch with her for a story last year. Not sure of her email addy.
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Have gone to O-Town several times and used this special perk! It makes for a great visit and also helps lighten the load on the wallet.

Would have cost me almost $500.00 for all the parks we went to if I had bought the tickets! Love those P.R. folks!

...heading back later this year so may hit up Universal Studios this time. Has been a while since I went there. Last visit was Islands of Adventure and the Citywalk.

Enjoy!

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If you want the Simpson's Great American Vacation on air talent get pretty good deals in Branson. I'm not a huge fan of the Senior Citizen Mecca, but it makes for a pretty cheap weekend trip. We get free passes to Silver Dollar City and White Water plus some shows.

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Most, if not all amusement facilities offer media discounts. I was able to go to Sea World in San Antonio for a very low cost (it may have been free now that I think about it actually). Peruse websites or call the park and speak to someone in customer or perhaps media relations to find out what you need to do.
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Being a Mouse-a-holic, yes, if you give Disney a couple weeks notice, they'll give you a Park-Hopper pass for you and a friend for 1 day. (That'll save you 100+ dollars)

If you're like me and getting married to someone else in the media, it's double the freebies.

Here's the form letter I use everytime I request a free pass from the parks.

Just copy and paste, put your info in and put it on company letterhead then fax it to them. Make sure you include your e-mail address and you should hear from them within a couple of days. Disney's usually the fastest to respond.

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<DATE GOES HERE>

Fax Number: 407-566-5300

Media Relations
Disney World
Orlando, Florida

Dir Sir or Madam:

Please accept this letter as a request for two passes to ______ on ____________ 2006.

Pursuant to your media relations office the following information is needed:

Name:
Company:
Title:
Phone No:
Fax No:
E-Mail:
Please contact me via phone or fax to confirm receipt of this correspondence. If you need further information, please let me know. Thank you in advance.

Sincerely,

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When you go to the park, just have a media ID and your driver's license and wha-la. You're good to go.

Fax numbers for the Orlando parks are:

Sea World: 407-345-8202
Disney: 407-566-5300
Universal/Islands Adventure: 407-363-8660

If you need anything else, just PM me.

I'm out.

[Big Grin] [Moon]

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Before you take advantage of these freebies, make sure you know your company policy on accepting free stuff like admission to theme parks and hotel rooms, etc. (or the Bahamas Weather Conference!) I've been to Disney World, Sea World, Universal, varous ski resorts on media comp passes...but since I started working for LARGE broadcasting companies (who all seem to have strict policies againt payola, plugola, etc) the freebies have come to an end. Just putting that out there...
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WXDUDE, you beat me to it. With my station's new policy, I could quite possibly lose my job if I took these freebies...

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quote:
Originally posted by kmfdmatt:
WXDUDE, you beat me to it. With my station's new policy, I could quite possibly lose my job if I took these freebies...

...which is why I always kept a dime or a dollar in my pocket just for this purpose. I didn't accept anything for free. I always paid 'something' for it. Little trick that is technically legal and could save ya in a pinch.

Yes, even when I went to Disney...I gave a nickel to the girl who gave me my tickets...

[ February 21, 2006, 09:56 AM: Message edited by: 50 Percent Chance ]

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quote:
Originally posted by WacoWX:
Most, if not all amusement facilities offer media discounts. I was able to go to Sea World in San Antonio for a very low cost (it may have been free now that I think about it actually).

crap, I wish I would have thought about this back in '04

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quote:
Originally posted by 50 Percent Chance:
quote:
Originally posted by kmfdmatt:
WXDUDE, you beat me to it. With my station's new policy, I could quite possibly lose my job if I took these freebies...

...which is why I always kept a dime or a dollar in my pocket just for this purpose. I didn't accept anything for free. I always paid 'something' for it. Little trick that is technically legal and could save ya in a pinch.
Yes, even when I went to Disney...I gave a nickel to the girl who gave me my tickets...

Nice try, but that certainly wouldn't fly with MY employer. We have a policy that prohibits us from accepting anything of value greater than $50, so that dime in my pocket may not be enough!

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quote:
Originally posted by WXDUDE:
Before you take advantage of these freebies, make sure you know your company policy on accepting free stuff like admission to theme parks and hotel rooms, etc. (or the Bahamas Weather Conference!) I've been to Disney World, Sea World, Universal, varous ski resorts on media comp passes...but since I started working for LARGE broadcasting companies (who all seem to have strict policies againt payola, plugola, etc) the freebies have come to an end. Just putting that out there...

Payola plugola refers to accepting something and GIVING something in return. Like disney gives you tickets you shoot some b roll and then do a story.

Accepting tickets with no conditions to me is just a perk. The reality is is that most places give freebies to different groups or businesses or whatever. They know you are going to spend money there. Period.

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quote:
Originally posted by wxguy1973:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by WXDUDE:
[qb]Accepting tickets with no conditions to me is just a perk. The reality is is that most places give freebies to different groups or businesses or whatever. They know you are going to spend money there. Period.

That all the money we make in TV weather!!!! [Shifty]

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quote:
Originally posted by wxguy1973:
quote:
Originally posted by WXDUDE:
Before you take advantage of these freebies, make sure you know your company policy on accepting free stuff like admission to theme parks and hotel rooms, etc. (or the Bahamas Weather Conference!) I've been to Disney World, Sea World, Universal, varous ski resorts on media comp passes...but since I started working for LARGE broadcasting companies (who all seem to have strict policies againt payola, plugola, etc) the freebies have come to an end. Just putting that out there...

Payola plugola refers to accepting something and GIVING something in return. Like disney gives you tickets you shoot some b roll and then do a story.

Accepting tickets with no conditions to me is just a perk. The reality is is that most places give freebies to different groups or businesses or whatever. They know you are going to spend money there. Period.

For many broadcasting companies, even the APPEARANCE that something unethical/illegal is taking place is enough to have a company policy against the practice. As long as your company has a policy against taking advantage of free stuff, I'd steer clear. Now, if it is something that is offered to ALL members of the media at the same time (such as a media ski day) then THAT'S ok according to my past and current employers, because they are not isolating individuals...they are affording the opportunity to everyone. I'm not saying any of this is right or wrong...just beware of what your company will and won't allow you to do. No sense in jeopardizing your job over a few free tickets to see a mouse.

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quote:
Originally posted by WXDUDE:
quote:
Originally posted by wxguy1973:
quote:
Originally posted by WXDUDE:
Before you take advantage of these freebies, make sure you know your company policy on accepting free stuff like admission to theme parks and hotel rooms, etc. (or the Bahamas Weather Conference!) I've been to Disney World, Sea World, Universal, varous ski resorts on media comp passes...but since I started working for LARGE broadcasting companies (who all seem to have strict policies againt payola, plugola, etc) the freebies have come to an end. Just putting that out there...

Payola plugola refers to accepting something and GIVING something in return. Like disney gives you tickets you shoot some b roll and then do a story.

Accepting tickets with no conditions to me is just a perk. The reality is is that most places give freebies to different groups or businesses or whatever. They know you are going to spend money there. Period.

For many broadcasting companies, even the APPEARANCE that something unethical/illegal is taking place is enough to have a company policy against the practice. As long as your company has a policy against taking advantage of free stuff, I'd steer clear. Now, if it is something that is offered to ALL members of the media at the same time (such as a media ski day) then THAT'S ok according to my past and current employers, because they are not isolating individuals...they are affording the opportunity to everyone. I'm not saying any of this is right or wrong...just beware of what your company will and won't allow you to do. No sense in jeopardizing your job over a few free tickets to see a mouse.
Like management doesn't get freebies at all levels.
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I went to o-town late last year. No problems. I got two days worth of park-hopper passes(4 tickets to use over two days for two people)

Univeral, IOA and Sea World were no problem either. Just don't brag.

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quote:
Originally posted by wxornot22:
If you want the Simpson's Great American Vacation on air talent get pretty good deals in Branson. I'm not a huge fan of the Senior Citizen Mecca, but it makes for a pretty cheap weekend trip. We get free passes to Silver Dollar City and White Water plus some shows.

LOL! Senior Citizens Meca... Yeah, with old ladies screaming at Bobby Vinton and Andy Williams concerts like they were junior high girls screaming for (insert extremely-popular-and-filthy-rich-yet-musically-untalented group here).

I like freebies.

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Kennedy Space Center will also hook you up for free.
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WXDUDE is right on this... true, its not a payola/plugola 'thing' if there is no quid pro quo.

However many stations have the no freebies policy in place because of the following HYPOTHETICAL example:

WXDUDE gets free season passes to Vail for himself and family directly from Vail resorts. No quid pro quo. HOWEVER, that ski season there is a horrific lift accident at Vail that kills multiple people. It is discovered that negligence on the part of the lift operators caused the accident. The FOX 31 ND decides they'll cover the story... but just due to editorial choice they don't cover it as aggressively as the other stations in town. The Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post discover that WXDUDE is getting the free passes and prints that it looks awfully fishy that FOX 31 didn't cover the acident like the others when their employees are getting freebies from Vail. The stations news product takes a major credibility hit.

Thats why it can be risky to take freebies... especially ones within you ADI. If you insist on getting the "media rate"... you better make damn sure its kept on the down low

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I'd take my chances and go have some fun. I have no loyalty to this station and they dont seem to care about me all that much. It would be great to see my contract shredded.

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Does anybody have a contact number for the Disney Park in California (Disney Land)??? Also for Universal Studios California?

Thanks so much if anybody does! [Smile]

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Look up their 'media relations' phone number from the websites if nobody replies...
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Hey, I'm just as cheap as the next guy! Any ideas for New York City? My family of four is heading up there next month.
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quote:
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Hey, I'm just as cheap as the next guy! Any ideas for New York City? My family of four is heading up there next month.

Aside from an easy 'backstage' tour of your network's morning program, nothing that I know of. Check with affiliate relations of your network...assuming you work at one of the big 3....or maybe Fox can get you into Fox News. MAYBE...and that's a big MAYBE, NBC can get you into the Top of the Rock for freee since it's in their building.

1/2 price, same day theater tickets available at TKTS booths in the Mariott Marquis and near the South Street Seaport PLUS some shows have a lottery for same-day front row tickets at around $20 a pop. This is how I saw Rent twice and Avenue Q. The catches: you must have the cash and you can only get 2 tickets per name drawn, so for all of you to get in, 2 would need to win. That being said, I have never NOT gotten those cheaper tickets when I have tried. Show up at the box office around 3 hours before the show...they usually have the instructions posted or someone there making an annnouncement.

Check the Free For All side of the board for some nice ideas of other things to do and see.

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PM me if you need some really good info for learning how to save big money with any kind of travel
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Thanks, Waco! That's a big help. My wife really wants to take the kids to a show.
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