The Scoop on Walt Disney World’s Date-Based Ticket Pricing

As we announced yesterday, Walt Disney World increased their prices on parking, magic bands and annual passes. Additionally, Walt Disney World also released their date based ticket pricing structure for park tickets,which we learned about just a few weeks ago. At the time of the announcement, we were not sure what the pricing structure would look like. With today’s release, we now have insight on what the changes look like,

How Does Date Based Ticket Pricing Work

How do date-based tickets work?

Every day has its own separate base price, which is based on guest demand. You select the specific day you which to start your park admission and based on the rate of that day, is what you will pay for each day. This rate is also based on the number of days you select and if you chose to include park hopper or park hopper plus. Below is a screen shot of October 2018 which illustrates how pricing changes by day.

This calendar is for a 5 Day Base ticket during October 2018

I have also put together a table showcasing the lowest and highest daily rate for 1,3,5,7,and 10 day tickets.

When will date-based tickets expire?

1-Day base tickets are valid for admission on the specific start date selected. Multi-day tickets are valid for admission beginning on the start date selected and must be used within a limited time period.

Ticket DurationValid Use Period
1-Day TicketOnly the start date selected
2-Day TicketAny 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date
3-Day TicketAny 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date
4-Day TicketAny 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date
5-Day TicketAny 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date
6-Day TicketAny 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date
7-Day TicketAny 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date
8-Day TicketAny 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date
9-Day TicketAny 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date
10-Day TicketAny 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date

For example, a 6-day base ticket with a start date of Nov. 1, ticket is valid any 6 days from Nov.1 – Nov. 9.

Add the Park Hopper Option to visit more than one Theme Park on the same day. For example, a 6-day ticket with the Park Hopper Option with a start date of Nov. 1, ticket is valid any 6 days from Nov. 1 – Nov. 9.

Add the Park Hopper Plus Option to include visits to the Disney Water Parks and other attractions—along with the ability to visit more than one Theme Park on the same day. This option also extends the period of time within which you may use your ticket by one day. For example, a 6-day ticket with the Park Hopper Plus Option with a start date of Nov. 1, ticket is valid any 6 days from Nov. 1 – Nov. 10.

When will tickets purchased as part of a Walt Disney Travel Company package expire?

Date-based tickets purchased as part of a Walt Disney Travel Company room and ticket package will have one of the following valid use periods (whichever is longer): (i) the same valid use period described above, OR (ii) a valid use period beginning on the package resort arrival date and ending on the package resort check-out date. See above for the explanation of valid use period and how valid use period is not the same as ticket duration.

For example, a Guest who purchases a Walt Disney Travel Company package with a 3-Day base ticket and a resort length of stay of 6 nights with an arrival date of Nov. 1; ticket is valid any 3 days from Nov, 1 – Nov. 7.

Obviously this is very new and can be confusing for both previous and future guests. IF you don’t want to navigate this on your own, we always recommend using an Authorized Disney Travel Agency. Our travel partner is Academy Travel, and they excel at maximizing your Disney vacation budget. If you’re worried about how much it costs to book a trip through a Disney travel agent — don’t! Their services are 100% free!

[Source: Disney Travel Company]

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