It’s coming. It’s BIG and really scary. What am I talking about? The new dated based ticket pricing for all Walt Disney World tickets.
What is Date Based Ticketing?
The price for getting into Walt Disney World is going up – Photo by Cliff Wang
Back in 2016 Disney rolled out single day tickets based on the crowd levels predicted for that day. The higher the crowds the more expensive the tickets. It wasn’t an earth shattering announcement, annoying but not earth shattering. Most of the other theme parks were doing the same thing.
How it Works
Date based ticketing works by assigning a crowd level to each day of the year. Disney has 3 levels. Value, Regular and Peak. Then they assigned a “premium” to the two higher levels. They couldn’t just make it easy, so the Magic Kingdom and the other parks are different.
At the Magic Kingdom you pay $10 extra for Regular and $20 extra for Peak tickets. For the other parks it’s $12 for Regular and $20 for Peak.
That’s the way it’s currently structured.
Actions Have Consequences
There were immediate consequences to the new system. The higher prices especially during the summer drove guest to go in other times of the year. Summer has gone from a CRAZY crowds to just moderate to heavy crowds.
Disney World attendance hasn’t gone down so, where did those Summer crowds go?
January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December. They spread out through the whole year. October went from being a sleepy nice month to visit to one of the busiest months of the year. Busier than July.
Actions have consequences.
All Tickets Will Be Date Based Tickets
On October 16, 2018 Disney will move to where ALL tickets will be date based not just single day tickets. This means that even if you have a ticket in a package, if you buy a ticket from a Disney Authorized Ticket Broker (like our partners at The Official Ticket Center, or if you buy a multi-day ticket from Disney it will be subject to date based pricing.
What That Means
Let’s take an example. If you were planning a trip to Walt Disney World from January 5th though 12th, you would have a ticket that has 1 Peak day, 3 Value days and 4 Regular Days. That would be an 8 day ticket. Currently that ticket sells for $425.
Since the current Regular tickets are roughly 10% more and the Peak 20% we’ll use that for calculations.
I was a math major so let’s see if I can figure this out. If we divide $425 by 8 we get $53.12. Multiply that by 3 Value days and you get $159.37. Multiply $53.12 by 1.1 (10%) and you get 58.44. Multiply that by 4 Regular days and you get $233.75. Finally multiply $53.12 by 1.2 (20%) and you get $63.75. Add those up and your 8 day ticket will cost $456.87 which I’m sure Disney will round to $457. That’s about an 8 percent increase.
Let’s say you pick a week that doesn’t have a Value Day in it. The price goes up pretty quickly. For example March 16-23 has 2 Peak days and 6 Regular days. That would be $478.15. For April 18-27, all Peak it would be $510 for the same ticket you pay $425 for today.
Ticket prices are going up.
One big thing that changes with the new date based tickets is the 14-day expiration or tickets goes away. The new system makes tickets expire quickly after the first day on the tickets. If you add the Park Hopper Plus (not just the Park Hopper) option which gives you access to the water parks, you get an extra day before it expires.
For example our 8-day ticket will expire on the 12th day. If you add the Park Hopper Plus option it will expire on the 13th day.
Here’s a chart of expiration dates:
October 16, 2018
This goes into effect on October 16. OCTOBER 16th. Just over 2 weeks. This is BIG. HUGE. This is coming. On October 16 ticket prices are going up for almost trip. Up to 20%
I can’t emphasize this enough. BOOK YOUR 2019 VACATION NOW!!!! BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR 2019 NOW!!!
Yes, I’m yelling, but I don’t want you to pay more for your trip than you have to.
If you only need tickets get them from our partners at The Official Ticket Center. Pay Value ticket prices instead of Value, Regular and Peak prices. Save up to 20%.
If you plan to stay in a Disney Resort, LOCK IN YOUR PRICE NOW. Don’t get caught in the coming ticket price increase. Don’t wait because soon Resort rates will be going up. Prices are going up. Lock in your price today. It’s only a $200 deposit.
Our partners at Destinations to Travel are ready to help you save money today. They will help you book your package, but that’s not all they do. They partner with you to help you have the BEST. VACATION. EVER. All you have to do is go over to my Destinations to Travel page and fill out the form at the bottom to get started.
Trust me. Do it now.
Dad’s Bottom Line
So, date based ticketing is coming to Walt Disney World on October 16th. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. This is going to happen. That means that on October 16th, ticket prices will go up at much as 20%. On October 16th. Did say that DISNEY TICKET PRICES ARE GOING UP ON OCTOBER 16TH?
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