BREAKING: Disney Parks Switch to Tiered Seasonal Ticket Pricing Imminent

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We have talked about this for a long time, but expect a formal announcement from Disney that Disneyland ticket pricing will be switching to a new tiered system very, very soon.

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Rumors of Disney Parks going towards this kind of pricing system have been rumored for years, so much so that some of the competition has researched such pricing, and some other parks have even rolled it out already (namely Universal Studios Hollywood):

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Universal Hollywood is already trying a similar system for ticket pricing

Under tiered seasonal ticket pricing, ticket prices can be higher or lower based on when you are visiting. Peak seasons like the summer and the Christmas season would be most expensive, while “off-season” months like January or September would be the least expensive. We have not yet received any pricing charts or information, but we expect a formal announcement from Disney soon.

UPDATE: Walt Disney World is expected to make similar changes to the ticket pricing structure over the weekend. We expect a Disney announcement soon.

We have since found out more information on this new ticketing structure which you can read here.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • There is no way they are going to make it cheaper for anyone to visit their parks. This would create a deficit that will be made up elsewhere, right?

    • It’s not about making it cheaper. It’s about making it less crowded. Disney is in high demand no matter the price, so it won’t hurt their business one bit. People who start “boycotting” Disney because of price changes only prove that it works. The goal is to get less people to come for safety reasons. There is simply no room to accommodate the number of people that walk through those gates.

      • “The goal is to get less people to come for safety reasons.” Absolutely not! That’s a poor business model. The goal is to get as many people there as possible. Fill the resorts and close entrance to the parks if needed, but NEVER reduce attendance.

  • This would be fine if they dropped the prices during the off-season periods, but I’m sure that won’t happen. We’ll keep the same expense we currently have off-season and then have increased prices during summer and holidays.

  • They should also tier the prices based on how many attractions are down for maintenance that day. Not going to happen, but they should.

    • Yes, because if the ticket prices change before your visit or while making installment payments, you would/should be grandfathered at the original ticket price you started your purchase

  • They should also have a special price for Seniors. My husband and I have been going to Disneyland since the month the Park opened, and have been Annual Passholders for several years, but it is becoming really hard to afford on our present incomes as Seniors and we poop out fairly early on. If we get 3 rides in per visit it’s good. They used to have one for Military but I think it’s long gone.

    • The best discount you can get any time of year for either park is from a Military Base – 3-day hopper at DL, and 5-day hopper at WDW. It is better than On-site Military discount, better than CM discount! No Military AP though.
      I have no idea how this will affect Military ticket pricing. Check your local Base.

  • I think it’s good that Disney Parks is doing this. I first off disagree with the comments about the experience being ‘cheap’. I have been in the hospitality industry my whole life and I am a restaurateur. I’m picky and I understand what it takes to do your best, day in and day out to make sure your guests are getting the experience you envision. My experiences at Disneyland are always awesome and that says something. When I look at the Disney brand today and it’s the parks and resorts that I cherish the most. To pull off the type of things we expect and to stay relevant they need to up prices to ensure that it’s also a healthy business model for them. This process also evens out crowds and financially disincentives attendance surges.

  • interesting comment Arielle Jones. So if the Disney company wants to control over crowding at Disneyland, Why on Earth are they bringing Star Wars Land to Disneyland? Can you imagine how much MORE crowded Disneyland will become when that new land opens? What they should have done instead, is Open a 3rd Gate with Star Wars, Marvel and Muppets together. If they are going to continue to buy up Non-Disney Franchises and want to control the crowds, they need to open a 3rd park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, as they did with California Adventure. I often wonder what goes on in their heads??? Not much in the way of being Smart, I’m afraid.

  • Parks are WAYYYYYYY too crowded. They’re not expanding space much either. Mostly tearing down old and refurbishing. Disney emphasizing efficiency far over individual guest experience and it shows at every level. I hope they double the prices, especially in peak season and make everyone of all ages pay full price. Sure, if you buy many days or passholder is some discount, but seriously, Disney World makes traffic jams look fun!

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