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Seasonal Pricing Coming to Disney Parks Starting Tomorrow

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This is not a drill! If you are planning to head to Walt Disney World or Disneyland soon, purchase your tickets now! Beginning tomorrow, Disney will be starting seasonal pricing (or tiered pricing) for 1 day tickets that are sold to their theme parks beginning February 28.

Here’s how it is slated to work. Each month will be divided into value, regular, and peak days. If you plan to visit, say in the month of September, there will be a variety of ticket options to choose from, including value pricing. If say, however, that you want to visit around the busy Christmas days, you will pay more. (ie. peak pricing.) Guests who are looking to save and have flexibility will be able to do so by purchasing a 1-Day ticket during non-peak times of the year, purchasing a multi-day ticket, or purchasing an annual pass.

It appears, according to the Orlando Sentinel that during peak season, a 1 day ticket will cost up to $124 for the Magic Kingdom and $114 for the remaining three parks. Value days will remain the same cost, which is $105 for the Magic Kingdom and $97 for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Regular days will be $110 at the Magic Kingdom for a 1 day ticket and $102 at the remaining parks.

Visitors will soon be able to see an online pricing calendar with pricing information from anywhere between eight to 11 months ahead of time.

Also, Guests will notice a change in the fact that 1 day tickets will now carry an expiration date at Walt Disney World. Prior to February 28, 1 day tickets purchased ahead of time would be good forever. Beginning February 28, any 1 day ticket purchased will expire at the end of the next calendar year. For example, 1 day tickets sold in 2016 will expire on December 31, 2017. If you do not use your 1 day park ticket by the expiration date, the amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price.

In addition, starting tomorrow, February 28 there will be a price increase for multi-day tickets.

Stay tuned to the blog for further details on the break down of this new pricing structure, as well as the updated cost you’ll have to spend to visit one of the Disney theme parks going forward. I’ll make sure to have the details for you as soon as I can!


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23 thoughts on “Seasonal Pricing Coming to Disney Parks Starting Tomorrow

  • The bad news: this isn’t the end of price increases while reducing quality of service.

    DHS and AK are basically construction zones where you get the privilege of touring the few remaining operating attractions and buying souvenirs/meals while you’re there.

    EP is a shell of its former self as Soarin gets a new theater, Norway gets its Arrendelle overlay, the former Captain EO/HISTA venue shows shorts and Innoventions West is shuttered.

    And in spite of this, people continue coming to the parks in record numbers, causing even the once-light fall dates to be crowded. Disney will continue to raise prices in the face of increased demand.

    And the WDW newbies won’t know what they’re now missing and/or paying more for. That would be us WDW veterans–and Disney’s shown they don’t really care about us, anyway.

  • People need to understand that Disney is not a charity. They are a business. Im sick of people complaining that they can’t afford their 4 yearly Disney vacations. Maybe you shouldn’t be taking 4 Disney vacations in the first place. Maybe try somewhere new? Maybe save some money for retirement? Maybe stop being entitled brats? Vote with your money if you’re really upset and go somewhere else. But I’m sure you’ll all just put yourselves further into debt by going to Disney anyway.

    • I totally agree with your first two sentences. Not sure where the rest came from though.

      • Lol. Yep, I get that 1st point for sure.
        This is a “Premium” vacation. Annoying to hear the cries about how Walt envisioned the mass pilgrimage of *every* American family being able to enjoy yearly Disney enlightenment. But no… it’s not a human rights violation if you can’t swing WDW this year or next.

  • This is all part of Disney’s new model on reducing crowds. Less people through the turnstyles spending more. Unfortunately, this will continue until they find their breaking point. I’m very close to mine.

    • You are exactly right. They’d rather have 1 million people each spending $1000, than 2 million each only spending $500 (not exact figures, but similar). In the end they still gross $1 billion, but it’s less wear & tear on the parks and makes the parks less crowded/more favorable for the “high-rollers” willing to spend $$$.

      It might be a few years for our next trip too, after this April ’16 trip. We need to put these kids thru college, TOO. Let’s not get started on that… 😀

    • I think this is right. The parks are only getting more crowded. I’ve cut back on the frequency of visits- not going every year or more. I’m waiting until the new Animal Kingdom things are all open.

      While I’d always love to go to empty parks and pay cheap prices, I’m a realist. If I had to choose, I’d rather pay a little more, go less often, and have fewer crowds when I did go. I don’t get a tremendous amount of time off, and I’d like to maximize my fun on those days I do get.

  • Just looked at the Orlando Sentinel it looks like this tier ticketing only applies to one day tickets so I suppose the answer is to buy multi day tickets (as long as you are there for more than one day). Do you think it will eventually apply to multi day tickets as well?

    • Sorry Rikki you did say that -it’s too early in the morning for me obviously lol

  • I am nervously waiting to see how this affects the 14 and 21 day passes which until yesterday we could purchase in the UK. Looks like spontaneity is dead at WDW.

    • You can still buy passes. In the US, they’ve increased the prices about $5 per head/day for extended stays, and add-ons like hoppers have increased almost $10 each as well.

      *I think* so far there isn’t any other increases for extended stays.

    • UK ticket pricing is already set for 2016 & 2017. The UK prices get set much further in advance as they like to encourage early booking.

      A 14 day UK ticket for 2017 is £324 (approx $450) and of course includes park hopping, water parks, mini golf and memory maker.

  • ESPN is killing them and it will only get worse.

  • Worst idea – EVER.

  • They’re making millions in profit with the parks and yet are cutting back on hours, cast members, and now this confusing stuff. This is my last year as a passholder.

  • Will they be renaming them “Magic OUR Way” tickets?

    • Perfect. You win the internet today!

  • Any word on annual pass increases? I hope not since they just raised them quite a bit.

  • I am somewhat confused.So you can buy a ticket on a cheaper day, yet use it for a peak day? Is that correct?

    So is this mostly going to affect same day walk up purchases and the under-informed?

    • I suspect that each tier of ticket will have blackout dates. You can buy a cheaper ticket tomorrow, but you’ll only be able to use it on “Value” days. Similarly, you can also buy tickets for “Peak” days, say Christmas, even if it’s currently value season.

  • So, if you buy a 1-day ticket, you have to tell them what day you plan to use it?

    • No, you can use the ticket on any day you like. You’ll need to buy the right ticket for the day you are visiting, though. If you’re visiting during a busy time like Christmas, you need to buy the more expensive “Peak Day” ticket. There are pricing charts now available that illustrate it better.

      I foresee WDW issuing some type of arrangement for using lower tier tickets on peak days, like just paying the difference at the gate.
      Now that all tickets will expire after 1 year, Disney has confirmed they’ll let you use those after the year but you’ll need to pay the difference of any price increases occurring after that initial year.

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