Walt Disney World is changing up the way guests plan their vacations online with a new personalized way to shop for tickets.
UPDATE – 10/16/18: As of this morning, the new ticketing website has made its debut, and with it have come a few unexpected price increases.
Guests planning a visit to Walt Disney World can now expect to see higher pricing for parking at the theme parks, Annual Passes, and MagicBands.
- Standard – was $22 per day, now $25 per day
- Preferred – was $45 per day, now $50 per day
- Oversized Parking – was $27 per day, now $30 per day
- Silver – was $439, now $479
- Gold – was $589, now $609
- Platinum – was $849, now $894
- Platinum Plus – was $949, now $994
Starting Oct. 16, guests can check out the new online vacation planning site and buy their tickets priced by the date of their visit. The new site will feature park overviews, tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists, and customized suggestions based on the guest’s personal preferences.
When guests are ready to purchase their tickets online, they can use an interactive calendar that shows the different prices for their chosen dates, as well as the lowest-priced days during a month. The new website will also explain that tickets will need to be used during a specific timeframe.
Once the tickets have been purchased, guests can continue planning their Walt Disney World vacation through My Disney Experience, choosing the various aspects of their trip to best suit their party’s interests. Guests can also utilize the My Disney Experience mobile app to access the new interactive calendar and purchase tickets on the go.
For the first time ever, guests will be able to modify their tickets prior to their start date online through this new website. However, if the ticket’s start date is changed to a date with a higher ticket price, the guest will be responsible for paying the difference. There will be no refunds available for guests changing their tickets to lower-priced dates.
Currently, unused and unexpired tickets are still valid, and if purchased before Oct. 16, can be used until their original expiration date. Check out our breakdown of expiration dates for each ticket type below:
- 1-Day Ticket – Valid only on the start date selected
- 2-Day Ticket – Valid any 2 days within 4 days beginning on the selected start date
- 3-Day Ticket – Valid any 3 days within 5 days beginning on the selected start date
- 4-Day Ticket – Valid any 4 days within 7 days beginning on the selected start date
- 5-Day Ticket – Valid any 5 days within 8 days beginning on the selected start date
- 6-Day Ticket – Valid any 6 days within 9 days beginning on the selected start date
- 7-Day Ticket – Valid any 7 days within 10 days beginning on the selected start date
- 8-Day Ticket – Valid any 8 days within 12 days beginning on the selected start date
- 9-Day Ticket – Valid any 9 days within 13 days beginning on the selected start date
- 10-Day Ticket – Valid any 10 days within 14 days beginning on the selected start date
According to the Disney Parks Blog, these changes are coming as a result of the parks ever-growing in popularity. The resort hopes that date-based pricing on tickets will better distribute park attendance throughout the year. No changes to annual passes have been announced at this time, and these updates to ticketing are for Walt Disney World only.
Check out the video below to get a first look at how this new vacation planning site will work:
To learn more about planning a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, as well as see current ticket prices, visit DisneyWorld.com.