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Ajk

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I didn't want to take over @starry_solo thread where she is looking to sponsor someone for Destination D (check it out in the Sales thread!) so I thought I would start this one.

In the other thread, @TheMickeyMouseRules posted the price of tickets from the last one and my mind was blown to see a $1,300 ticket. I realize they command that much at D23 but I thought Destination D was much smaller and I couldn't see what you could get that would be worth that sort of value.

@DisneyJ helpfully replied with the details on what you got for it that year which I've listed below, broken up with some comments from me. The bottom line is, I still don't see how it can be close to that level of value. Am I missing something? Will I kick myself if I don't get a second mortgage and buy that ticket? Heck, is even the $300 worth it? (I am largely interested in pins.) Thoughts on this or any other aspect of the event are welcome! (Actually, on the pin piece, I believe in some other thread that I can't find at the moment someone suggested to bring pins as there is a ton of trading. But is that definitely the case at these?)

Perks from 2018:

An exclusive VIP dinner Friday night. (OK, nice, but not $1,000 nice)
A birthday breakfast on November 18th (See above comment, only even less so)
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse lounge during the event weekend (Somewhere to sit down? Not sure why I need that as I will be sitting in the presentations I presume. And actively running around checking things out other times.)
Priority seating (This could be valuable if seating was a big challenge. I understand you need this at D23 but do you need it here? Are the panels that high demand that you end up having to wait on line for hours in order to get in to see some CM talk about plans? It's not like Hiddleston is there kissing the people in the front row or something.)
Early shopping access at Mickey’s of Glendale (This could be huge. BUT, didn't they do an RSP that year? So how does early access help if there was an RSP? And two years prior, as @figment919 pointed out, the CMs got in first and wiped everything out. I would be rather pissed if I paid for this and then found that either of those two things happen. Where's the value here?
Early access to the Walt Disney archives. (Uhm...I guess that's nice? Does this get filled up/long delays?)
An additional specialty gift (Cool. Hard to judge value as its an unknown. Anyone know what this was?)
And a dedicated VIP Destination D check in location. (This I could see as a major time saver if the lines are like what we get signing in for the Epcot pin event.
There will also be a limited number of rooms and park tickets available to Destination D guests. (OK. Doesn't really help me I don't think.)
 

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I'm cheap, but this is really expensive. They have not yet even announced whether there will be pins
available. And Mike @figment919 said the last time the pins were limited.
 
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Early shopping access at Mickey’s of Glendale (This could be huge. BUT, didn't they do an RSP that year? So how does early access help if there was an RSP? And two years prior, as @figment919 pointed out, the CMs got in first and wiped everything out. I would be rather pissed if I paid for this and then found that either of those two things happen. Where's the value here?
I just wanted to point out that the situation @figment919 mentioned was a D23 Shopping Day (June 9, 2018 - they had a bunch of clusters), not part of the Destination D event. I know, because in 2016, I was texting with a friend who was in a 4 hour line and was hoping to get done quick enough to make it to Jingle Bam at DHS (she barely made it). And I benefited with getting the Jingle Cruise mystery boxes, the fans, and am kicking myself for not getting the Moana Jumbo.

2012 - tiny selection of D23 pins, no MOG

2014 - MOG, but the lines weren't bad and only one or two pins sold out in the immediate rush (Orange Bird Sorcerer Hat, Frozen). I went through the line twice and was able to get Tangled Sorcerer Hats. But the pins were more obscure (Pleasure Island, Tower of the 4 Winds, etc. )

2016 - 4 hour line, more popular themes

2018 - RSP
 

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I’m wondering about this too. I’d be mostly interested in a potential pin release/pin trading. Probably only if there’s some kind of RSP system because I’d go with the cheapest ticket. Would anyone traveling solo be potentially interested in splitting a hotel room for this?
 

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Just to clarify, the D23 "Destination D" events in Florida are NOT pin driven or pin focused at all. It all depends on whether the MOG store chooses to come along for the event - and so far for this year there has not been any official notice one way or the other that they will be there. The D23 event is really for the Disney-centric folks who want to hear about history. folklore, meet some Disney Legends, or get a behind the scenes peek on whats coming down the pike.

Pins are a plus. but with the MOG it will all depend on what they want to do. As Hopemax mentioned, the lines were HOURS long just to get into the store, and as long to check out. They finally separated pins from other merchandise and that did help some. The cost of the D23 event is to hear about and experience some of the Disney magic, and pins are just an added pleasure if you can get them.

We have been to ALL of the D23 stuff in Florida and will be going in November.
 

Ajk

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Thanks all for the thoughts/comments. It all seems to support my original thinking that a $1,300 ticket is far from worth it. Has anyone ever purchased the high end ticket for Destination D? And, if so, what are your thoughts on your experience?

P.S. I am VERY MUCH hoping they do an RSP this year. And of course extra hoping I do well on it. :)
 

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Thanks all for the thoughts/comments. It all seems to support my original thinking that a $1,300 ticket is far from worth it. Has anyone ever purchased the high end ticket for Destination D? And, if so, what are your thoughts on your experience?

P.S. I am VERY MUCH hoping they do an RSP this year. And of course extra hoping I do well on it. :)

It depends on how many VIP Tickets go for sale vs. regular. If they have 250 VIP tickets, maybe all won't be pin traders? But I know quite a few in So Cal that will go for the pins.
 

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I'm not sure where this $1,300 ticket is coming from (maybe a VIP, high level tier)? I'm pretty sure I paid something like $300-400 in 2018. At D23 in Cali, you get to meet celebrities and legends, and there's all sorts of previews and shopping opportunities. Destination D is nice, but it wouldn't be worth what they charge in Cali.

I wonder when we'll finally get the info for this year...
 

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I'm not sure where this $1,300 ticket is coming from (maybe a VIP, high level tier)? I'm pretty sure I paid something like $300-400 in 2018. At D23 in Cali, you get to meet celebrities and legends, and there's all sorts of previews and shopping opportunities. Destination D is nice, but it wouldn't be worth what they charge in Cali.

I wonder when we'll finally get the info for this year...
I believe I started the $1300 thing... I found some info on the internet. I hope you are right and its only $300-$400.
 

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Regular D23 Destination D tickets do NOT cost $1300, maybe in the $200/$300 range for the 3 day event. The VIP tickets are over $1000 but they are limited.
 

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Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 29

General Seating: $249 (plus $7 processing fee), Preferred Seating: $399 (plus $7 processing fee). Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST in the provided link below. The Virtual Waiting Room will open at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST.

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  • Mickey’s of Glendale—The Walt Disney Imagineering campus store returns with a pop-up shop at the event for attendees, featuring a selection of exclusive Destination D23and Walt Disney Imagineering merchandise. Trading pins for this event will be offered to attendees through a RSP opportunity.**
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Ajk

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Yup. RSP. Which is good. And glad to see the VIP ticket is only $150 more than the regular. But if I am reading it correctly, the only extra thing you get for the extra money is reserved seats up front. Anyone reading it differently?

And they are allowing virtual attendance! At least for parts of it. That's interesting. So technically, you don't have to show up at all in order to participate. And even get pins.

And thanks @DisneyJ for the post!!
 

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P.S. And the virtual waiting room starts the same time as the ticket sale? Anyone else think that's a typo and you can queue up earlier? With maybe a randomizer at 1:00?
 

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I read it that you have to get into the virtual waiting room to get tickets.

Also, I don't think that the "virtual attendees" can get into the MOG thing for pins. "Ticketed Members and guests who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. D23 Members must be present for their guests to gain entry to the event."
 
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I read it that you have to get into the virtual waiting room to get tickets.

Also, i don't think tht the "virtual attendees" can get into the MOG thing for pins. "Ticketed Members and guests who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. D23 Members must be present for their guests to gain entry to the event."
Hmmm...So you can do the RSP to see if you are getting pins or not, but then need to show up in person to pick them up? I guess that aligns with how they do the pin event (when not virtual).

I took the "For those unable to join us live at the event..." to mean that you could do (some) event stuff remotely and maybe they would mail the pins. But maybe this just means that if you don't get a ticket to the event, you will be able to see at least some of the info shared.
 

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A friendly reminder:
General Seating: $249 (plus $7 processing fee), Preferred Seating: $399 (plus $7 processing fee). Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST. The Virtual Waiting Room will open at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST.
 

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Anyone know where the sign up link is going to be? Is it just on that same page?
This was the most applicable info I was able to locate:
"How do I purchase tickets for an event/when will tickets be available?
When ticketing information is available it will be listed on the Upcoming Events page. To purchase tickets, visit the event page at the date and time listed, and you be directed on how to purchase or reserve tickets."
 
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But the Upcoming Events page takes you to the info page for Destination D23, so guessing the info page is where the link will be posted at the top of the hour.

Wonder how fast the site will freeze with everyone hitting it right at 1PM ET.
 
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