Disney World is changing how you buy tickets to visit its theme parks. Beginning on October 16, 2018, guests will have a new online tool that will assist them in planning their vacation and buying tickets that are priced by the date of your visit. Instead of having seasonal pricing, Disney World will have different prices by day, so a weekend trip to the parks may cost more than a weekday trip.
The video below highlights the new vacation planning portal as well as the new pricing structure that will charge guests a varying rate depending on the day of their ticket. Please note that the prices shown in the video are just examples.
The new date-based tickets will have different expiration windows. Guests can add a “flexible” option to their tickets that grants a larger expiration window, but it comes at an additional cost.
Ticket Duration – Valid Use Period
Only the start date selected
Any 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date
Any 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date
Any 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date
Any 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date
Any 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date
Any 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date
Any 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date
Any 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date
Any 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date
Summarized, Disney World is attempting to spread out its crowds by making its peak times more expensive and its quiet times more affordable. Unfortunately, this adds yet another step to planning a Disney World vacation. In addition to planning out dining reservations and FastPass selections, guests will have to be strategic in selecting what dates they want to go to the parks to make the trip as affordable as possible.