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Date-Based Tickets Coming To Walt Disney World Resort

Date-Based Tickets Coming To Walt Disney World Resort

Beginning Oct. 16th, Walt Disney World guests will be able to purchase theme park tickets with prices based on the date of the park visit. Disney states the changes are designed to give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets and help them to more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams.

With this new date-based ticketing system will come numerous questions. Below are some of the most common questions related to the new Walt Disney World tickets. Hopefully these will provide better insight as to how the new tickets will affect your vacation. As the date-based tickets do have the potential to be a bit more complicated than the current ticketing system, I highly recommend allowing our travel partner, Park World Travel, to assist in planning your vacation and making sure the tickets selected for your vacation will accommodate your vacation expectations.

When will date-based tickets expire?

1-Day base tickets are valid for admission on the specific start date selected. Multi-day tickets are valid for admission beginning on the start date selected and must be used within a limited time period.

Ticket DurationValid Use Period
1-Day TicketOnly the start date selected
2-Day TicketAny 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date
3-Day TicketAny 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date
4-Day TicketAny 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date
5-Day TicketAny 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date
6-Day TicketAny 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date
7-Day TicketAny 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date
8-Day TicketAny 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date
9-Day TicketAny 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date
10-Day TicketAny 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date

For example, a 6-day base ticket with a start date of Nov. 1st would be valid  for any 6 days from Nov.1st – Nov. 9th.

Add the Park Hopper option to visit more than one park on the same day. For example, a 6-day ticket with the Park Hopper option with a start date of Nov. 1st would be valid any 6 days from Nov. 1st – Nov. 9th.

Add the Park Hopper Plus option to include visits to the Disney water parks and other attractions—along with the ability to visit more than one theme park on the same day. This option also extends the period of time within which you may use your ticket by one day. For example, a 6-day ticket with the Park Hopper Plus option with a start date of Nov. 1st would be valid any 6 days from Nov. 1st – Nov. 10th.

When will tickets purchased as part of a package expire?

Date-based tickets purchased as part of a package will have one of the following valid use periods (whichever is longer): (i) the same valid use period described above, OR (ii) a valid use period beginning on the package resort arrival date and ending on the package resort check-out date.

For example, a guest who purchases a vacation package with a 3-Day base ticket and a resort length of stay of 6 nights with an arrival date of Nov. 1st would have a ticket valid for any 3 days from Nov. 1st – Nov. 7th.

Will multi-day discounts continue to be available?

Yes, the price per day will decrease as more days are added to your ticket. Multi-day discounts will vary depending on the length of the ticket.

Are the tickets I’ve already purchased still valid?

Yes, unused, unexpired tickets will remain valid. Tickets maintain the same terms and conditions – including the expiration date – as they had at the time of purchase.

Is it possible to modify date-based tickets after purchase?

Yes, you will be able to modify tickets prior to the ticket start date. If the ticket is changed to a higher priced date, you will be responsible for paying the difference. There will be no refunds to changes to lower priced dates.

Will this change affect Disney water park tickets?

No, 1-Day water park tickets will not be affected by the new date-based tickets.


Your Thoughts

What do you think of the new date-based tickets? Are you excited for the potential of lower-priced tickets based on your travel dates? Do you prefer the old way of purchasing Disney tickets? Let us know in the comments below.

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I very rarely have to buy tickets for Disney. I like open ended tickets.

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