Changes To Walt Disney World Park Tickets – Will It Change Your Travel Plans or Save You Money?
October 16, 2018
Starting today, 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?”
But, the one constant was Ticket Prices. One day tickets were already Date-based, with its price based on which Park you wanted to visit and the time of year.
But, Multi-Day tickets were a different story. You always knew what the price would be, no matter the Season or what Parks you were planning on visiting. And since Multi-Day Tickets were also a much better value (the more days you buy, the less per-day they cost), I haven’t seen many clients who ask for 1 day tickets.
But, that’s all changing…
Disney has introduced an interactive Date-Based Ticket Price Calendar. Now, 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.
Does it sound confusing? Yeah, it’s been a little confusing to us Travel Agents, too. But, after much studying, hopefully we can clear that all up for you right here!
Time Frame to use your Park Tickets
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
There is also a flexible date option that Guests can select. Of course, that will come with an additional charge. 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 new interactive calendar will give 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!
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.
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.
What problems could this cause?
Aside from price, for a large number of Guests, this won’t be too much of a problem. These changes do not effect Disney Packages (which will still hold the 14 day redemption time line).
This change would most likely only affect Guests who like to stay off property, especially those who plan on visiting Disney with the addition of other area attractions added to their 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.
Still confused? We’re just an email away. Shoot us your question and we’ll do our best to clear it all up for you.
**This should go without saying, but please be patient with us. Our systems will be down for a little while for the new update. We have no control over the update or the price changes that come with it. We’re learning the new system the same way you are. Thank you for your understanding.