As we know, Disney World is switching on October 16th, 2018, to a date-based ticketing system for its theme parks. This means that when you purchase tickets for Disney World, each day will have its own individual price based on multiple factors, versus every ticket costing the same amount.
The new system will:
- Assign each individual calendar day a specific ticket price (each day will reflect a different price based on various factors like crowd levels)
- Use an interactive calendar for ticket purchasing, and to show guests the highest and lowest ticket prices within a given month or year
- Offer guests the option to upgrade to a ticket with a “flexible start date” for an added cost.
Since this news came out on Monday, we’ve gotten plenty of great questions from our readers and social media followers about the system. And while we don’t have ALL the answers, we can at least help with a few of these!
Disney World Date-Based Ticket System FAQs and Answers:
What Happens If I’ve Already Purchased My Tickets?
If you’ve already purchased tickets for a date after October 16th, or you purchase tickets BEFORE October 16th for a date after October 16th, your tickets and prices will not be affected. The policy is not retroactive.
Does this Affect Annual Passholders?
At this time, no information has been released regarding updates to the Annual Passholder ticketing system. Annual Passes will likely stick around, and historically prices go up yearly.
Will Tickets Still Cost Less Per Day The Longer You Stay?
Yes. The “more you play, the less you pay per day” structure is still in place. So, if you buy a one-day ticket, it will cost more than that same day would cost if you purchased a multi-day ticket.
What If You Book A Vacation Package and Not Just Tickets?
It is our guess that you will be prompted to choose your ticket dates, or that they’ll take the dates of your hotel stay for the ticket dates. This is not confirmed.
What If I Purchase Tickets The Day Of My Visit To The Park?
You will likely be charged the cost of the one-day ticket for that particular day. If you buy a multi-day ticket, you’ll likely be charged the cost similarly to how you’d be charged on the website. This has not been confirmed.
How Does This Change Impact Park Hoppers?
You will still be able to add the Park Hopper option — either to one day, or multi-day tickets. The difference between the ticket cost itself and the price of the tickets with the park hopper option should be similar to what it is now, but is subject to change.
Should I Buy Tickets Now, or Wait Until The Change is in Place?
Disney has confirmed that some ticket prices for low-crowd days will decrease in price, while prices for high-traffic days will likely increase in price. But while there’s the chance for some ticket prices to go down, it’s likely that many will go up…and significantly. Plus, if you purchase your tickets prior to the change, you’ll be able to use them at any time — and will be able to use remaining tickets within a 14-day window after first use — instead of being locked into specific days of the year. Finally, ticket prices go up every year, and they were going to go up anyway. So we’d probably recommend buying your tickets now and confirming they’ll be able to be used through 2019 when you purchase.
How Does This Affect Authorized Discount Ticket Sellers?
Significantly. But from those we’ve spoken to, they’ll still be selling tickets and will still be able to offer a discounted rate over the price charged by Disney. The margin of savings will probably be similar to what it is now.
What do you think of the ticketing system and pricing change? Let us know in the comments! And if you have more questions, please reach out to us here on the blog, or on social media, to ask.