Changes To Walt Disney World Park Tickets – Introducing the Interactive Date-Based Calendar
October 16, 2018
Starting October 16, 2018, Disney is not only changing up how you purchase your Park Tickets, but also how much those Park Tickets are going to cost you.
There have always been many different variables (Resorts, upgrades, Water Park Tickets, Meal Plans, etc…) that can dramatically change the cost of your Package.
This is why it’s so hard to give a quick answer to the question, “How much will it cost for me to go to Disney?”
Changes To Walt Disney World Park Tickets
Interactive Date-Based Ticket Price Calendar
Disney has introduced an Interactive Date-Based Ticket Price Calendar.
With this change, both single-day and multi-day tickets will be date-based, with the price of the tickets based on the first day you plan on using them.
New Time Frame
Previously, all Multi-Day tickets had to be used within a 14-day time frame.
So, if you were planning a split stay between Disney and Universal Studios, you could spend the first few days at the Disney Parks, switch to a few days at Universal, and then spend the last couple days back at Disney.
As long as you used all of your tickets within that 14 day time period, it was no problem.
While it’s still not a problem to plan Rest Days in between Park Days, you now have less time to redeem them all.
Under the new system, when you purchase your tickets, you must now choose which day you want to start redeeming your tickets.
- One Day Tickets – Must be used on the date selected when you bought the ticket.
- Two Day Tickets – May be used on any 2 days within a 4 day period, beginning on the start date selected
- Three Day Tickets – May be used on any 3 days within a 5 day period
- Four Day Tickets – May be used on any 4 days within a 7 day period
- Five Day Tickets – May be used on any 5 days within an 8 day period
- Six Day Tickets – May be used on any 6 days within a 9 day period
- Seven Day Tickets – May be used on any 7 days within a 10 day period
- Eight Day Tickets – May be used on any 8 days within a 12 day period
- Nine Day Tickets – May be used on any 9 days within a 13 day period
- Ten Day Tickets – May be used on any 10 days within a 14 day period
Flexible Date Option
For an additional charge, Guests can also select a flexible date option.
With this option, Guests can begin their vacation at any time before December 31, 2019, without needing to choose dates ahead of time. Once you redeem one ticket, the remainder must be redeemed within 14 days.
How will this change your vacation planning?
The interactive calendar gives Guests the opportunity to easily see the lowest-priced days, from now until December 2019. If you have a little flexibility in your schedule, this could mean saving a little bit of money.
And trust me…we all want to save money!
But, what’s even better is what the calendar isn’t saying. We all know that Disney will lower Prices during times Guests aren’t usually traveling.
So, when you see lower Park Prices, it means there’s a good chance the attendance will also be lower.
What problems could change cause?
Aside from price, for a large number of Guests, this won’t be too much of a problem.
This change could have an effect on Guests who like to stay off Disney property. This would be especially true if you plan on visiting Disney with the addition of other area attractions added to your itinerary.
For these Guests, additional planning will have to be done to determine a plan that works with their family and their budget.
It could be a slight inconvenience if you’re not used to the tighter time frame you have to use your tickets.
But other than that, it shouldn’t have much impact on your trip.
Since the changes being made only apply to Ticket Prices and redemption time period, everything else will remain the same.
These changes will have no effect on Fastpasses (or their time frame for booking them) or Ticket upgrades like Park Hoppers and Water Park Tickets.
And as always, existing Tickets and Packages will not be affected by these changes.
If you’ve been traveling to Disney for some time, you’re probably used to changes in Pricing. While frustrating, it’s inevitable that the same Tickets you bought last year will cost you more this year. It’s just the way it is.