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Making Sense of Disney World's New Theme Park Ticket Pricing - Price Chart

March 9th, 2016 12:29 PM by Brent Ferry

Seasonal Pricing. Tiered Pricing. Surge Pricing. Whatever you call it, it's here. 

Effective February 28, 2016, not long after Universal Orlando Resort raised ticket prices, Walt Disney World shifted to seasonal pricing on 1-day tickets and increased pricing on multi-day tickets.

According to a Disney spokesman, "...the demand for Disney Parks continues to grow, particularly during peak periods....we continue to look for ways to help spread out visitation. So, ...we are shifting to seasonal pricing for 1-Day tickets. It’s an approach that you are probably familiar with from many other areas, including sports, entertainment and travel."

Value. Regular. Peak. What does it all mean?!?!

The first thing to know is that the new tiered pricing ONLY APPLIES to 1-day tickets. 2 thru 10-day tickets continue to be priced the same for all 365 days of the year.

And if we ignore the fact that increased ticket pricing makes visiting cost prohibitive for some, the only people the new pricing structure effects are those visiting the park(s) for just one day.

If that's you, the price now depends on 1. the park you plan to visit (Magic Kingdom versus Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) and 2. when you plan to visit.

Different times of the year now have different prices. The dates for 2016 are as follows:

Value Season - 2/28-29, 3/1-3, 8/22-31, 9/1-29 (1-day pricing unchanged from 2015)
Regular Season - 3/4-10, 4/3-30, 5/1-26, 7/24-31, 8/1-21, 9/30, 10/1-31, 11/1-19, 11/28-30, 12/1-21 (increased 1-day ticket price)
Peak Season - 3/11-31, 4/1-2, 5/27-31, 6/1-30, 7/1-23, 11/20-27, 12/22-31 (premium 1-day ticket price)

For those not familiar with Disney's ticket options, this move further complicates what can already be a complicated ticket buying process. In an effort to make these changes easier to understand, I have prepared the following Disney Ticket Price Chart.

The amounts shown reflect the new 2016 Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket Prices which you can expect to pay direct with Disney online or in person at the gate (Don't do that! You want your Disney tickets ahead of time so you can make FastPass+ selections in advance of arrival).

Step 1. Decide how many days you want.
Step 2. Choose to buy your ticket(s) with or without Options.

The Options, in brief:

Base Ticket w/ No Options - Provides admission to choice of any one of the four theme parks per day for each day of your ticket. For 1-day tickets, you must specify Magic Kingdom or one of the other three theme parks when buying.

w/ Park Hopper Option - Required if you would like to visit more than one theme park in the same day.

w/ Water Park Fun & More Option - Gives a certain number of visits based on the length of your theme park ticket - separate and additional admissions to your choice of Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland Miniature Golf (before 4:00 PM), and / or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (not valid for ticketed events).

w/ Both Options - Enjoy both the Park Hopper and the Water Park Fun & More Options at a combined rate which is less expensive than each individual Option.

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When to buy direct with Disney?

1. 1 and 2-day tickets are typically least expensive directly with Disney.
2. If you are staying onsite and want a Dining Plan. This requires a package of room, tickets, and dining plan.

When to buy with an authorized discount ticket seller?

If you want to save money off of the charted Disney direct prices and neither of the above applies to you! Learn more.

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