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Planning a Walt Disney World vacation?

Starting October 16th, Walt Disney World will be changing to date-based ticket prices reflecting the expected demand on specific days – plus, they’ll launch a new platform to purchase tickets. These changes are so they can better distribute attendance during the year and improve guest experiences.

While the prices of tickets will increase slightly, these changes are designed to “simplify the booking experience, give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets, and help them more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams,” according to the Disney Parks Blog.

disney world ticket prices are based on peak dates – a young family posing with Mickey MouseAccording to Orlando Sentinel, a single-day ticket to the park currently costs between $102 and $129. However, when the new pricing system launches on October 16th, the ticket prices will range between $109 and $129.

When guests are ready to purchase tickets online, they can use an interactive online calendar. This calendar displays different prices based on the dates guests choose to visit and further states that tickets must be used during a specific time period. The calendar also allows guests to quickly see the lowest-priced days within a month (for example, prices may be lower during off-peak travel periods).

disney world ticket prices are based on peak dates – Magic KingdomAnother change? Disney’s getting rid of the per-day premium that Magic Kingdom guests have had to pay the past couple of years. Admission to the Magic Kingdom park will once again be the same cost as Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

What do you think of these changes?


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  1. TLL209

    Geez. I already can’t afford to take my children.

    • Cathy

      Don’t worry about not being able to afford to take your kids! I never had the chance to go when I was little. Now my boyfriend and I are going to spend a week there and we were able to afford to go all out and get dining plans and stuff.

  2. Jackie

    I know! It was super expensive as it was before now it’s unthinkable to take my 3 kids plus is two adults 😩. Disney I know you need to make money but you are making it impossible for families with average incomes to be able to afford it.

    • Cw

      The way it was described to me:
      For every $1 you spend at Disneyland or Disney World, they make 50 cents. For every $1 spent at Shanghai Disney, however, Disney spent $3 to make it. We are paying, in essence, their Shanghai Disney debt.

      They already upped the prices at Disneyland including annual passes. They have already instituted block out dates even for their annual pass holders at Disneyland. It offended so many people that 80% of the people with the $1500 annual pass dumped them. They are still fully planning on instituting block out dates for passholders at Disney World when Star Wars Land opens and they are terrified just as many will drop their WDW passes but it sure isn’t stopping them from doing it. Because every time they raise their ticket prices, people still come, renew passes, etc.

      They have already basically “tiered” annual passholders as well. If you are Silver (lowest level pass), you have the most blockout dates and some of the cutesie (really, crappy) stuff they’ve tried to do for passholders they’ve prohibited Silver pass holders from the perk. So these people pay roughly $500/yr and don’t get all the benefits. A Platinum Plus, an example of a higher end pass is close to $1,000. And yep, they may block those people out of stuff too.

      As a resident passholder of 15 years, it truly is getting ridiculous. And until people stop buying the tickets or passes, they will keep doing it.

      I have stayed at every hotel on property over the years and really it’s no longer worth it. For the cost of their low end value resort now, you can stay off property at a far nicer hotel with better amenities for the same price or cheaper.

      • tina

        I want to take my son for the first time this holiday season. What hotel would you recommend that offers bang for the buck?

    • Cw

      Oh and another thing- they now charge for parking at their hotels! One of the perks was free parking even though you paid more for an on property hotel. Now they still charge insane rates for hotels AND add on a nightly parking fee.

  3. CW

    Strong vibes that WDW will block out ALL types of passes when Star Wars Land opens

  4. Kristi Youngberg

    Disneyland already does it that way, so I’m surprised that Disney World wasn’t.

  5. James Waters

    Everyone always complains about the price of tickets at Disneyland/World, yet people always dig deep into their bank accounts or take out second mortgages to finance their vacations. For those in the Disneyland area, why not try out Knott’s Berry Farm just 5 miles from Disneyland? The season pass is about $100 for the year(not a DAY!) and about another $100 will get you lunch and dinner every day you visit for the entire YEAR, too! A fast lane pass for the entire year is $499 and a 32 oz. bottle is $30…drinks for the whole year!

    The shows are not as high of a quality, but if I’m going to pay over $100 per person per day, I’ll go to a local theater to see a show. The roller coasters are much better than all the ride at Disney, too. For those that disagree, keep digging deeper and deeper into your bank accounts and shell out loads of cash for tickets and food at Disney and keep telling yourself your making your kids life happier. LOL

    • C.D.

      Wait…so you buy the season pass and the meal deal…you mean a person could go EVERY day for a year and eat for only $100 all year?

  6. Janna

    So if I am wanting to book a trip for NEXT October should I go ahead and book now before this new change? Is my price (pre any available discounts that should come out) going to be higher you think if I wait until after this change takes place?

    • Mouse Counselor Leigh

      I’ve been advising my clients (and potential clients) to book now. We don’t know what the pricing will be but I do believe it will be an increase from what it is now. I will post as soon as we know on my page (www.mousecounselorleigh.com) but we may not know until it increases

  7. Casey

    If you know you are going in the next year I highly suggest you go to UndercoverTourist.com and buy tickets before 10/16.

    • Janna

      I was just planning on booking a room and ticket package through the website and putting down the deposit?? That wouldn’t work?

      • Sarah

        If you are planning on doing a package, don’t buy your tickets separately.

  8. Lindsey

    As if Disney couldn’t get any worse. Screw that’s place.

  9. Teresa

    Ever since Walt passed away his children and grandchildren have gotten money hungry. Walt is rolling in his grave because it was suppose to be affordable for all family’s to enjoy… JUST SAD 😥

  10. Terra

    We have been to Disney 9 soon to be 10 times. Yes it is expensive but with every single penny! We budget and save all year long. We have a continuous savings account for vacations. It is so possible!!

  11. Amy

    Everyone complains about how expensive it is, but you can get about 10% savings on your entire trip. A one day ticket to Disney is $109… six flags in my town is $75. If I want to go on more than four or five rides a day I need a flash pass which is $45 if i want a time to come back at (like the fast pass), or if I want to cut time down its $75 for 1/2 time or $115 for 90% off time PER DAY. Other than the flight… it’s so much cheaper going to Disney if I want to visit a theme park.

  12. Urvi

    Rising pricing has been the trend for years. Seasonal pricing makes perfect sense from s corporate standpoint. If demand is higher why not make more $$.
    That said, I agree that Walt did not intend his parks to become an outrageously expensive vacation. He intended joy and laughter and impeccable service. They still deliver those, but at a premium price.
    We’re lucjy I was able to invest in 10-day no-expiration tickets years ago. They don’t sell those anymore unfortunately.
    I never stay in the park. There are a million hotel options 5-10 minutes away with great amenities. I always pick free bfast places and we have a HEAVY breakfast on Disney days.
    Also, we alternate Disney with other activities. Once we caught a classic car rally at Daytona – oh the breathtaking cars and the very sweet drivers we met. My kiddo even ended up in the winners circle bc the driver said she brought her luck and wanted to share her victory.
    Disney is a great vacation and if you can save for the tics, the rest (food, hotels) can be done super cheap!
    Try http://www.mousesavers.com for great tips! I read the entire website twice. And it’s mad comprehensive.

  13. Shirley

    Disney is a magical experience, but the cost as gotten so high people can not afford to enjoy the parks . And all the parks are so crowed . Long lines , food is way over priced.
    Come on Disney stop over pricing . Enough is enough!!!!

  14. Renee

    *Universal Studios Orlando always charged for parking @ their hotels. If you come to Orlando and don’t want to spend the money at the parks, go to Disney Springs…free parking, AMC 24 Theatre, Sephora, bowling, music, shopping, dining and the ambiance of Disney without the attractions. Check it out.

  15. Heather C

    Disney is definitely no longer designed around a vacation for an average family. Our family opts to enjoy places like LEGO land and knotts berry farm instead, which offer great discounts and coupons throughout the year. (Legoland always has free child admission with paid adult admission in their LEGO magazine) and they each offer great military rates where Disney offers zero. Then we still have money left over to go on other vacations. It’s unfortunate that Disney has gotten so crazy expensive but there are a lot of other fun places to take your kiddos that don’t cost a zillion dollars! I say money talks if you don’t like the high prices spend your money elsewhere.

  16. SuperDawn

    Our annual passes were up last December and we finally decided to not renew after ten years. Everything just keeps going up and up and the parks are still packed with people more than ever before. They just raised food and drink prices this past week as well. $4 for a large soda! $45 for lunch at Biergarten! It’s just too much – we hit our breaking point. I’m sure others will do the same. I won’t say that we will not be back but it probably won’t be for a few years. We’ve purchased passes for Universal and SeaWorld/Busch Gardens (three theme parks for the price of Disney!) and have not regretted it. I really think Universal has upped their game, too — the employees have been amazing the last few months we’ve been going. Even the parking attendants have put a smile on our face!

  17. *Angela-Miles*

    I think I like Disney more as an adult than when I was a kid Lol. My parents always took my siblings and I growing up an I always hated the amount of people in the parks and all the standing. Now my favorite time to go is during the holidays. Halloween or Christmas. We are going the first week of December this year (booked in march)and I’m still excited about going lol 🙂

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