Your Walt Disney World vacation just got a bit more complicated — if you like to save money, that is. The Florida entertainment powerhouse just unveiled a new ticketing system that could change how you approach your next vacation.
To book a visit to see Mickey Mouse, you’ll now need to know the exact date you plan on visiting, which date your multi-day ticket will start on, or what you’ll be doing each day of your trip in order to determine what admission will cost.
One-day tickets have shifted from a dynamic pricing model, where days are split up into three clear pricing tiers, into different pricing for each day of the year. With four pricing options — and all parks now costing the same — you’ll pay between $5 and $7 more on most tickets by default. The one admission option unaffected by this shift is 1-Day adult tickets to the most crowded park during the busiest time of year. Peak tickets to Magic Kingdom will continue to cost $129 on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.
Disney’s method for booking multi-day tickets is perhaps the largest shift with the Most Magical Place on Earth’s booking system. Before, guests would pay the same regardless of when they visited; now, pricing is based on which exact days you plan to spend in the park. With multi-day tickets no longer uniformly lasting 14 days between first use and expiration, you’ll now have less time to use your 2-day and 3-day tickets specifically, requiring a further level of planning before snapping up admission.
Ticketing is slightly adjustable — first day of use can be changed up until the night before — but it’s not quite a win. Disney now charges guests a Flexible Ticket premium just to have the same freedom that was included in all multi-day admission previously.
Parking has increased at Walt Disney World’s theme parks as well, with cars now costing $25, and WDWNT is reporting that standard MagicBand prices have slightly increased as well, to $14.99 each. (If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you’ll save a few bucks here, as the MagicBands are automatically included with room reservation.)
Walt Disney World’s two tiers of Annual Passes have increased $45 each — in contrast to Universal Orlando Florida’s recent promotion, which gives guests up to six months completely free.
The increases are all part of recent changes to Walt Disney World resort, likely in preparation for the influx of crowds at next year’s Star Wars Land. Just last week, Disney raised prices on all its popular snack foods and sodas, and earlier this year began charging their hotel guests for parking, up to $24 per day.