How Much Does It Cost to Visit Disney World in 2019? Here’s Why Disney’s New Ticket Prices Have People Really Confused

If you’re considering a trip to Disney World next year, planning your vacation just got a bit more complicated. The theme park giant is rolling out a new ticket pricing structure that includes date-based pricing for multi-day park tickets.

Starting October 16, Disney will debut a new online vacation-planning destination that features an “interactive online calendar.” Visitors will see different ticket prices for different dates for both single-day and multi-day passes. You’ll also need to choose a specific day you want your visit to the park to begin.

How Disney ticket pricing works today

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom | Chelsea Leary/The Cheat Sheet

Currently, Disney has variable pricing only for one-day park passes. For instance, a single-day ticket to Magic Kingdom for ages 10 and up costs $129 on Saturday, October 6. But if you visit on Thursday, October 4, you’ll pay $109 – a $20 savings.

Multi-day park passes, on the other hand, have a standard price. A two-day ticket costs $209, a three-day ticket costs $305, and so on. More expensive tickets give you the option to hop between different parks, so you can visit Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney Hollywood Studios on the same day.

What’s changing

The flat-rate pricing for multi-day passes is going away with the new ticketing system. Now, multi-day pass buyers will be subject to the same variable pricing as those who visit for only one day.

Disney has also made the multi-day passes less flexible. Now, you’ll need to know exactly when you plan to visit before you buy if you want to get the best deal. A flexible start date ticket will be available, but you’ll pay more for it. You’ll also have the option to modify your start date, though if you choose a more expensive day, you’ll have to pay the difference.

The window you have to use your tickets is also shrinking. Currently, you have 14 days from the time of your first visit to use the additional days on your pass. In the future, that window will be shorter and depend on the length of the pass you buy. If you buy a four-day pass, you’ll need to use it within seven days of your start date, for example.

Tickets to all four Florida parks will now cost the same. Right now, Magic Kingdom tickets are slightly more expensive than those for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.

The new ticket pricing system only applies to the Florida parks, though Travel & Leisure warns that similar changes could be coming to Disneyland tickets as well.

Why is Disney making these changes?

According to Disney, the change in the ticket pricing structure is all about improving the visitor experience. “Introducing date-based tickets and pricing will allow us to better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience,” according to the Disney blog.

In other words, the goal is to spread out attendance so that the parks are less crowded on peak days. With cheaper tickets on less popular days, Disney is hoping that more cost-conscious visitors will shift their vacation plans around to get the deal.

What do Disney fans think of the changes?

Disney World has a loyal fan base, and they had a lot of questions about the new ticket pricing structure. The blog post announcing the changes was flooded with comments from people who were confused about how the changes might impact their upcoming Disney trips.

Others thought the new system was just too complicated. “A trip to the moon would require less advanced planning,” wrote commenter David. “This is the most confusing way to get tickets,” wrote a commenter named Malinda.

On DISBoards.com, an online discussion forum for Disney fans, a conversation thread about the changes stretched to more than 30 pages. Some seemed to take the change in stride, but several griped about the additional complexity of planning a Disney trip. Others predicted future price increases once the much-anticipated Star Wars attraction opens in the summer of 2019.

While there might be some complaints about the new system, experts don’t predict the changes will lead to a drop in Disney park attendance.

“Fans are complaining about this now, but they complain about every pricing change at the resorts,” Robert Niles, the founder and editor of Theme Park Insider, told travel industry website Skift. “Disney didn’t get to be the industry leader in theme parks by doing stupid things. It knows that guests ultimately will accept and buy date-specific tickets.”

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