There have been a TON of announcements made over the last week. So this week I want to walk you through the big changes you can expect to see at Disney World over the next couple of years.
The biggest change by far (that will impact everyone), is a new park ticket structure.
The price of your Disney World tickets used to be based on the number of days you were visiting the parks. The more days you visited, the better discount you got on your tickets. And your tickets were valid until the end of the next year. So you could purchase your tickets in advance (and before the annual price hike), and you'd have flexibility on the dates that you traveled.
This is no longer the case.
Starting in October, ticket prices will be based on the dates that you travel.
So what does this mean for you? Well, it means that if you are traveling during peak times you will be paying more than if you were to travel at the "off-season" at Disney. Basically Disney is modeling their ticket prices similarly to how airlines sell their tickets.
This also means that you will need to plan out your dates far more carefully when you are booking. If you decide to change up your dates for any reason, it could cost you.
Bummer, right? Well.. it could be helpful for some travelers. It looks like Disney is doing this to try to spread out the crowds. So if you do have to travel during those peak times maybe you won't see the big crowds that you would otherwise. Maybe. As many travelers are restricted by school and work schedules, I am not sure how much of a difference we will see in the crowds during those peak times. Only time will tell.
One positive thing, is that you can still buy your tickets through authorized third-party sellers for a discount. So shop around before you buy!
I'll be furiously updating ticket information on the website as it becomes available next month.
Some other (more fun) news announced this week:
- Epcot has announced that the Flower and Garden Festival will be held March 6 - June 3 2019
- Epcot has announced that the Festival of the Arts will be held January 18 - February 25
- Rafiki's Planet Watch in the Animal Kingdom will be closing October 21
- Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc will be doing character meets in Hollywood Studios starting January 18
- Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios is being transformed in to Metroville, and will feature Incredibles activities
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See you in the parks