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Disneyland A-E ticket books
Disneyland A-E ticket book

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Posted by LoyalTubist at 6:50 pm (PDT) on Sat August 27, 2016   
Growing up less than an hour from Disneyland, I went there often. General admission, without rides was $5.00. To get on the rides, there  were ticket books with coupons (that's what it said on the tickets) in five different denominations (prices from the early 1970s):

A (10 cents) could be used on Main Street transportation (these were rarely used)
B (25 cents) could be used on the carousel and in the shooting gallery
C (35 cents) used on themed rides, tea cups, and some rides thought of as being for children (although Disneyland never had a child's section)
D (50 cents) some of the more interesting rides like the skyway, train, monorail, etc.
E (75 cents for adults, 60 cents for children) all the "good" rides took an E ticket: Matterhorn bobsleds, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World (how many times can you stand to hear that song?), etc.

If you bought a ticket book with admission there was a "complimentary" ticket to see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, which was an audio animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln giving speeches. People will tell you they have seen him walk around, although his feet won't move. (He does get out of his chair.)

You could get admission and 10-15 rides for a considerable savings. However, the A and B tickets would hardly get used.

As a teenager, I went with friends and paid $5 for general admission and another $5 for a ticket book that had five E tickets in it, which could be used for any attraction in the park, including Mr. Lincoln.

There were also company and church group nights on which the park closed about 6 pm and the private party began about 9 pm and they would close at 2 am. The nice thing about these was there was that the admission price included rides. And these parties would generally have very small crowds. It was not unusual to ride all your favorite rides within the allotted five hours. The all inclusive admission was between $8-12 depending on the size of the party (smaller parties cost more).

There was also the Magic Kingdom Club which presold admission-ticket books for about a 20% discount (membership also included a subscription to a fan magazine). Membership was usually given to educators, government employees, military personnel, and employees of companies that worked with Disney. My dad got his membership through his job with the Santa Fe Railway. Santa Fe sponsored the train and the monorail... Additionally, he would show his employee passenger rail pass and ride the train and monorail without using a ticket! Even after Amtrak took over Santa Fe's passenger services, his Amtrak pass (which haven't been given to home road employees in over 20 years) also worked on the train (but not the monorail) until the mid '70s, when Santa Fe's sponsorship ceased.

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