Walt Disney World Introducing Date Based Tickets October 16th, 2018

Big changes are coming to the way we purchase Walt Disney World Tickets. Starting October 16, 2018 new daily pricing will hit all Disney World Theme Park tickets. This means that tickets will be priced differently depending on each of the days you visit.



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In this new ticket structure, after October 16th, 2018 Disney will use a variety of criteria (such as historic crowd levels) to set the prices to assign day by day ticket value. This isn't that different than the recently introduced seasonal pricing, or how the Walt Disney World Resorts Hotels have priced rooms for years. What the new system does is expands similar pricing concepts to a daily level and includes the multi-park tickets in the daily pricing.

According to a Disney representative, "introducing date-based tickets and pricing will allow us to better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience." Disney World is getting too crowded at certain times of the year, and that lessens the overall guest experience for everyone. By making popular days more expensive, Disney believes that they can effectively control the crowds by incentivize guests to visit at historically low capacity times.

Check out the teaser video just released.





The new process of of purchasing your tickets with the new system looks pretty easy.

  • First you choose the type of ticket you want, such as a "1 Park Per Day" ticket or a Park Hopper ticket.
  • Next tell them the number of days you want.
  • Finally choose a starting day for vacation.

The calendar will do the rest and quickly calculate the cost of your tickets for you. It will also show you the lowest-priced days within a month giving you more information in one place so you can pick the best days for your Walt Disney World vacation.

And that's not all you'll be able to do in the new web interface! DisneyWorld.com will be a whole new online vacation-planning destination with "customized suggestions based on each guest's personal preferences." It's all about helping guests make more informed decisions and plan the perfect Walt Disney World vacation.


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One more thing - if the thought of these changes makes you nervous because you need to stay flexible on Park ticket dates, Disney will offer a new add-on option just for you. Guests will be able to upgrade their tickets to have a "flexible start date" for an additional fee. This will allow you to use your tickets at a future date if you need to postpone, instead of the original dates they were bought for.

The whole new system is set to make its debut October 16th, 2018. Wondering what other Disney communities are saying about this? Check out what our friends are saying over at the Disney Food Blog and at AllEars!

JeffC wrote on Wed, 09/26/2018 - 14:22:

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Thanks for the overview. I can't say I'm surprised. And I'm certainly not surprised that there are upgrade options for a fee. That seems to be a common theme everywhere.

It's kinda interesting with the rationale about spreading out the crowds - I keep hearing over and over that there are little.to no slow.times anymore and it's always busy..but I am sure they have park stats that support their plans.

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