Q:I heard Disney changed ticket options starting today. Is this true?
Yes. As typically happens around this time every year, Disney has made some changes to the prices of Walt Disney World and Disneyland tickets, as well as implemented other ticketing changes that may impact visitors to the parks in 2017. Here’s the skinny on what we know so far.
Changes to pricing – If you’re budgeting for your Disney vacation, the first thing to be aware of is that Disney is increasing the cost of single-day tickets both on the East and West Coasts. Here’s how these changes pan out both at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
- Walt Disney World – Disney World introduced a tiered pricing system last year on its theme park tickets with prices being lower during off-peak and more expensive during peak times of year. This system will remain in place this year. However, Walt Disney World will be increasing the cost of tickets both in the value and mid-tier categories by $5 per ticket. This means tickets to the Magic Kingdom will cost $107 for Value, $115 for mid-tier and $124 for peak. In addition, the costs of Annual Passes for Walt Disney World will be increasing. The Platinum Pass is increasing by $30 taking its price from $749 to $779. The Platinum Plus Pass which also includes water park admission is increasing by $40 taking its cost from $829 to $869. Premier Passport pricing however will stay the same.
- Disneyland: Single-day tickets for Disneyland will also face an increase. Value-tier will go up by $2, and mid-tier and peak-tier will increase by $5. Therefore the costs of tickets this year will be $95, $105 and $119, up from last year’s $97, $110 and $124. The Southern California Select and Southern California passes will also be increasing by $10 to $339 and $469. However, the monthly payment option still remains. The Deluxe Pass is also increasing by $20 with a new price tag of $619. Similar to Walt Disney World, the Premier Passport option will stay the same price.
Savings for Walt Disney World guests purchasing multi-day day tickets in advance via phone or online – This year, guests will receive a $20 savings on a 3-day or longer Magic Your Way ticket when purchased at Disneyworld.com or through the Call Center at 407-939-5277. Guests would not be eligible for the discount for on-the-day tickets, those purchased at park ticket windows, Guest Relations or at Sports Welcome Center.
All Walt Disney World tickets will have expiration dates – The days of getting a ticket with no expiration date are over as Disney announced that all Walt Disney World tickets will expired on a specified date. For visitors that find themselves with never-used park tickets that have expired, it is possible to exchange these tickets for a credit toward new tickets if they are of an equal or greater value. Guests with the old no-expiry tickets should note that these tickets will still be valid until used.
No More Water Park Fun and More Tickets at Walt Disney World – Disney has finally done away with the Water Park Fun and More add-on ticket option. Going forward, guests wishing to visit one or both of Walt Disney World’s water parks will either need to purchase standalone tickets or add get Park Hopper Plus tickets which will include admission to both water parks.
Walt Disney World to increase Premium Parking prices- Walt Disney world introduced Premium Parking last year for those driving to the theme parks who are willing to pay extra to be a little bit closer to the front gates. The cost last year for a premium parking spot was $35. This year sees a $5 increase with the new cost coming in at $40.
Readers should note that price increases are subject to change and that the information above may change as Disney releases further details in the days ahead. Please check back with Disney Addicts for the latest ticketing information or our sister site Chip and Co for up-to-date news.
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