Date-Based Tickets at Disney? Here's What You Need to Know

As of October 15, 2018, Disney World has launched date-based tickets. This means a host of things for you and your family.

What are Date-Based Tickets?

Date-based tickets are park admission tickets that differ in price based on when you're visiting Disney World. As some times are peak season, while others are slower, the price you pay will depend on what time of year you are going to see The Mouse.

How Will I Know what My Price is?

Disney now has an interactive online vacation planner that guests can utilize to plan their vacations. I'll post an article on using the tool in the near future.

What About Annual Passes/Florida Resident Discounts?

These will still be available for purchase. Single-day tickets would be under the new pricing strategy. Check Disney's website for more information.

When Do I Need to Use my Tickets By?

From Disney's website:

1-day – The ticket expires on the selected start date.

  • 2-day – The ticket expires 4 days after the selected start date.
  • 3-day – The ticket expires 5 days after the selected start date.
  • 4-day – The ticket expires 7 days after the selected start date.
  • 5-day – The ticket expires 8 days after the selected start date.
  • 6-day – The ticket expires 9 days after the selected start date.
  • 7-day – The ticket expires 10 days after the selected start date.
  • 8-day – The ticket expires 12 days after the selected start date.
  • 9-day – The ticket expires 13 days after the selected start date.
  • 10-day – The ticket expires 14 days after the selected start date.

  • Keep these in mind when planning your itinerary for your trip. You don't want to go to Disney Springs, only to realize your park tickets have expired when you try to go to the Magic Kingdom the next day.

    What if I Already Bought Tickets?

    Good news- those tickets will continue to be honoured on these same terms and conditions as before even know that date-based ticket prices are in place! You're good to go :)

    Can I Change Dates? What Happens to My Tickets?

    Yes, you can change dates on your tickets if need be. Guests changing to a higher-priced date will need to pay the difference in price. Unfortunately, there will be no refund to a lower-priced date.

    What is a Flexible Date Ticket?

    These tickets can be first used on any day prior to December 31, 2019. Like the previous Magic Your Way Tickets, these tickets will expire 14 days after their first use.

    How Can I Get the Best Bang for My Buck?

    First things first, you may wish to check out a crowd calendar such as the one on Dad's Guide to WDW. This can help you predict lower traffic (and possibly lower priced) times to go. Please note that these are only a prediction - there is no guarantee that traffic in the parks will be as predicted on the calendar. But if you're looking for a starting point to plan your vacation, this may be a good tool to utilize regarding tickets, flights, and accommodation.

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