Disney Implementing Date Based Ticket System on October 16th, 2018
About a month ago, Len Testa from touringplans.com broke the story that Walt Disney World Park tickets would go to a dynamic pricing system. While Len is a reputable source of information nothing official was given to us from Disney, until today. Starting on October 16th a new pricing system based on your dates of travel will go into effect. I would advise you to take a look at a trusted WDW ticket broker to buy your tickets prior to then if you’re planning a visit in the near future as most of these retailers sell tickets that will expire at the end of 2019 and won’t be subject to the floating prices. Now I could be way off-base here but my assumption is this date based pricing WILL NOT be cheaper than what’s currently out there if you’re traveling during peak season (basically anytime US schools are closed). There is the possibility that those of use who visit in the off-season may see some pricing relief versus the current offering but this is Walt Disney World so I wouldn’t bet on that shit. In no particular order here’s a list of ticket brokers we’ve used and trust. Undercover Tourist, Park Savers, Boardwalk Ticketing there are others who are also reputable, but we’re just listing those we’ve done business with.
For more on the new system here’s the release from the Disney Parks Blog:
At Walt Disney World Resort, we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver the best experience possible for our guests – from the moment they book their vacation through the very last attraction they visit in the theme parks.
With all there is to see and do in our parks, we know guests are increasingly looking for easier ways to plan a vacation with personalized options that fit their individual needs. Beginning Oct. 16 on DisneyWorld.com, guests will be able to access our new online vacation-planning destination and purchase tickets priced by the date of visit. These changes are designed to simplify the booking experience, give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets and help them more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams.
The new online vacation-planning destination features park offering overviews, travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists and customized suggestions based on each guest’s personal preferences – helping guests make more informed decisions.
When guests are ready to purchase tickets online, they may use an interactive online calendar, which displays different prices based on the dates guests choose to visit and states tickets will need to be used during a specific time period. The calendar also allows guests to quickly see the lowest-priced days within a month. For example, prices may be lower during off-peak travel periods.
Check out the video below for a first look at how it works.
Once tickets are purchased, guests will be able to continue seamlessly planning their vacation on the website through My Disney Experience, which guides guests through the different phases and steps of personalizing their vacation to make the most of their travel party’s unique interests. Guests can manage their plans through the My Disney Experience mobile app as well, where they will also be able to access the interactive calendar and purchase their tickets on the go.
So why are we making these changes? As our parks have increased in popularity, there are more and more guests who wish to experience our world-class attractions. Introducing date-based tickets and pricing will allow us to better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience.
These updates are designed to help you plan your dream vacation – both now and for years to come. This is an incredibly exciting time at Walt Disney World Resort, which continues to grow and expand with industry-leading immersive lands like Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In addition to these groundbreaking expansions, guests will also have a chance to experience upcoming attractions that take creative storytelling to the next level from the recently announced “Ratatouille” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” attractions at Epcot to a Tron-themed attraction at Magic Kingdom Park, to the first Mickey Mouse-themed attraction with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and so much more coming soon.