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Disney World Offers MERGE! Attendees Reduced Ticket Prices During 2018 Show in Orlando 

A lot of Disney lovers  would like to find a way to magically reduce ticket prices to the wildly popular Disney World theme parks in Orlando (that include EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom alongside the Magic Kingdom). Well, if you are planning to go to the 2nd annual MERGE! conference coming up September 15-18, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, show Founders Jothan Frakes and Ray Neu have some good news for you. They have gotten Disney World to sprinkle some of their magic dust on entry fees to any of their four parks - and not just for the four conference days - for a full week before and after MERGE! in case you want to transform your work trip into a dream vacation.

Disney has even set up a special webpage to make it easier for MERGE! attendees to take advantage of the offer. Knowing that show goers will be spending at least part of each conference day at MERGE!, Disney came up with flexible options that allow you to only pay for the part of the day or evening you want to visit a park. If you don't want to go over until later in the day

(when Florida's hot summer temperatures begin cooling down) tickets starting at 5pm (to any one park) will be just $59.15 (+ tax). If you want to go earlier, you can get in to a park starting at 1pm for $88.26 (+ tax) - or select a 1pm Park Hopper pass for $139.90 (+ tax) if you want to freely travel between all of the parks the rest of the day and night.  Another thing that will make this deal especially attractive is that the widely acclaimed Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be going on at the same time as MERGE! (and yes, you can use the discounted tickets to go). 

Some of the most fun I've ever had at a conference was at the 2008 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Orlando event that was held at Disney World's Grand Floridian Hotel. Now, in 2018, after debuting at the Orlando Marriott World Resort last year, MERGE! is moving right next door to Disney World with their new venue at the Hilton in dining/shopping/entertainment mecca Disney Springs. That will put attendees in the middle of everything Disney World has to offer, including free transportation to and from the parks. While I plan to put in a full workday every day at MERGE! when the suns starts heading down I'm going to re-live some of that fun we had a decade ago when domainers ruled the (Disney) world! 

Above: At the 2008 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference at Disney World, Dr. Chris Hartnett 
leads a band of domain buccaneers into the Pirates of the Caribbean shop.

Below: In another photo from the 2008 event in Orlando, this group - with Directi Co-Founder Divyank Turakhia in the front seat - emerges from a wild rollercoaster ride through the darkness of Space Mountain. By the way - that guy in the seat furthest back is MERGE! Co-Founder Ray Neu who is set to lead the way back to the Magic Kingdom in 2018!

For more details on MERGE! 2018 including show registration and room reservation visit the MERGE! website here.

(Posted March 28, 2018)  

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