Yesterday we were proudly one of the first to report that free tickets for the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day parade had become available for the Walt Disney World portion taping on December 3 and 4. Within several hours, registration for the event had closed.
However our source contacted us later on in the day and guests who reach out to the email address provided by the registration are confirming that the Walt Disney World Resort is stating that the tickets issued were only intended for cast members and parade volunteers, not the general public. Instead, guests are being told that they can watch the parade taping if they are in the park, but that park admission is explicitly required. Walt Disney World has been responding to all ticket inquiries with the following boilerplate response:
‘We appreciate your interest in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade telecast. You may have read reports in the local media that tickets were available to the general public. Unfortunately, using sources other than Disney Parks, the media misreported this information and that is not the case for the telecast taping.’
The truth is, the media is not to blame for this snafu, the onus is entirely on Walt Disney World who could have easily averted any source of confusion by noting the supposed restrictions in ticket distribution. According to our source, not a single mention of the restriction was made in the initial email he received, nor did anyone at the Resort bother to add or change a simple word in the text presented to any guest registering for the event. Instead they left the text exactly the same as it had been in years past except for the dates and year and left it up to the population-at-large’s devices to figure out it wasn’t meant for them.
So rather than rewarding guests eager to attend the taping of the Magic Kingdom portion of the parade, the Resort is now brazenly penalizing guests who have been chomping at the bit to participate in the annual tradition.