Disney has just announced that (just like last February) they are increasing ticket prices. The trick this year is that this time ticket pricing is moving to a tiered pricing structure for their 1 day tickets. What does this mean? Well consider when you book airline tickets and hotel rooms where certain dates cost more than others. This is what Disney is moving towards. Similar to their Disney resort pricing structure the new park ticket pricing will be based on 3 different levels of prices based on when the tickets will be used.
Explanation of Ticket Pricing Tiers
The 3 tiers will be Value, Regular, and Peak.
Value prices will be $107 ($101 ages 3-9) for Magic Kingdom and $99 ($93 ages 3-9) for admission to one of the other 3 parks (EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios). The dates will cover late August through most of September.
Peak tier prices will be $124 ($118 ages 3-9) for the Magic Kingdom and $114 ($113 ages 3-9) for admission to one of the other 3 parks. The dates for the Peak tier will be Spring Break, most of the summer, and late December (including of course the Christmas season).
Regular tier prices will be $115 ($109 ages 3-9) for Magic Kingdom and $107 ($101 ages 3-9) for admission to one of the other 3 parks. The remaining dates of the calendar will most likely cover the Regular tier.
Disney will be releasing a pricing tier calendar that will show ticket pricing 8 to 11 months ahead of time to help you plan better. You can view this by accessing Disney’s ticketing page.
UPDATE – A little more info for you guys! A Peak tier park ticket can be used on Peak , Regular, and Value days. A Regular tier park ticket can be used on Regular and Value days. And finally Value tier park tickets can be used (you guessed it!) on only Value days. Disney will not refund the difference if you use a Peak tier park ticket on a Value day. So make sure you plan accordingly!
New Park Ticket Expiration
Currently Disney park tickets (IF UNUSED) never expire. This is now changing for all tickets, both one-day and multi-day. These tickets will now expire at the end of the next calendar year. So for example, a ticket purchased on April 17th, 2017 will be good until December 31, 2018 to use during the correlating tier (Value, Regular, Peak). If you end up not using the ticket then you can then use the amount paid for the ticket and apply it to a new ticket at the current ticket pricing structure.
As of right now Disney is only looking to put their single day tickets on a tiered pricing structure. But as you might have guessed, Disney’s multi-day tickets will also be seeing a price increase across the board.
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