Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets

Disney has introduced seasonal pricing for single-day admission to its theme parks, while raising prices on "Magic Your Way" ticket media.  

Effective Sunday, February 28, 2016 Disney has introduced seasonal pricing for one day admission to its Florida theme parks.  Three unique seasons--Value, Regular and Peak--have been established for pricing on theme park admission.  Prices also vary depending upon the age of the guest (adult / child) and other features including park hopping and "water park, fun & more."  

Single day admission to the Magic Kingdom continues to exceed the cost of other Walt Disney World parks in all scenarios.  

The chart below from our friends at Allears.net outlines all single day ticket options available.  

Tickets Feb 2016

It is important to note that the seasonal pricing currently applies to only single-day admission.  

Along with the structural changes to single-day passes, each ticket now includes a stated expiration date.  Passes will expire at the end of the next calendar year following the purchase.  For example, a ticket purchased any time in 2016 will expire on December 31, 2017.  

The "season" designation is applied on the date the pass is used, not the date of purchase.  Guests wishing to enter the Magic Kingdom on December 25 must use a Peak Season ticket, regardless of when the purchase is made.  

Meanwhile, prices also increased on all varieties of multiday "Magic Your Way" passes.  Allears.net has a complete rundown of each ticket by duration and option.  

Multi-day passes are not currently subject to peak pricing, theme park rate variations or expiration dates.  

Annual pass prices were not impacted by this wave of price increases.  The last round of adjustments to the Disney annual pass program occurred back in October 2015.  

Similar changes have also been implemented to ticket media for the Disneyland Resort in California.

Reader Comments
Re: Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets -- rkstocke5609
2016 Feb 28 11:12:07 PM
Well, all of these charts and spreadsheets are making it way to complicated to plan. For example, if I have to know exactly what dates I would travel over a year, then check blackout dates against variations of AP's to determine what I need. Now, you have multiple choices for daily tickets, so get out that calculator and try to determine when / if you want to go based on your calculations...good grief.

I think if I can't afford the most expensive AP / Multi-day / Daily ticket choice that I will just skip it. The whole thing is stupid. Does anyone really think that these slight variations in price will actually decrease how busy MK is on Christmas for example? People vacation when they find it fits into their schedule and budget. I for one am growing weary of how complicated it seems to be getting to calculate. So, for me I am just going to look at the most expensive choice when planning -- if for some reason it ends up costing me less I will treat myself to a Mickey Ice Cream or maybe a Soda.
Re: Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets -- Diana
2016 Feb 29 06:15:17 AM
rkstocke5609 wrote:
Well, all of these charts and spreadsheets are making it way to complicated to plan. For example, if I have to know exactly what dates I would travel over a year, then check blackout dates against variations of AP's to determine what I need. Now, you have multiple choices for daily tickets, so get out that calculator and try to determine when / if you want to go based on your calculations...good grief.

I think if I can't afford the most expensive AP / Multi-day / Daily ticket choice that I will just skip it. The whole thing is stupid. Does anyone really think that these slight variations in price will actually decrease how busy MK is on Christmas for example? People vacation when they find it fits into their schedule and budget. I for one am growing weary of how complicated it seems to be getting to calculate. So, for me I am just going to look at the most expensive choice when planning -- if for some reason it ends up costing me less I will treat myself to a Mickey Ice Cream or maybe a Soda.

I totally agree. After looking at the charts on AllEars, the only way I could figure it all out would be to print out the charts and pin them to a wall. There are now too many prices to deal with. I, too, will just buy the tickets I need and deal with the increase. If possible, I will stick with the APs.
Re: Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets -- bigcu
2016 Feb 29 10:50:07 AM
rkstocke5609 wrote:
... The whole thing is stupid. Does anyone really think that these slight variations in price will actually decrease how busy MK is on Christmas for example?
No, of course not. But it will increase their bottom line, which is their whole point, I suppose.

I would think most people who buy single day tickets are there for other reasons, for example a conference or convention. They'll pay the price since they are there anyhow and only have a day or a few hours to spare. Yes, there probably also are a few people visiting relatives and such who visit for a day, but $5 or $10 won't make it or break there either.

One thing the peak pricing does though is call attention to the busiest days. Maybe in the long run that will redistribute longer visits as well, but I doubt it. I think people usually just visit when they are able to visit.
Re: Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets -- Stitch
2016 Feb 29 10:53:04 AM
rkstocke5609 wrote:
Does anyone really think that these slight variations in price will actually decrease how busy MK is on Christmas

This is neither the goal, nor the point, of Tiered pricing.
Re: Seasonal rates & price increases for Disney park tickets -- rkstocke5609
2016 Feb 29 11:01:16 AM
Stitch wrote:
This is neither the goal, nor the point, of Tiered pricing.

Oh, I thought it was designed to adjust peoples behavior and hopefully adjust crowd levels. If it is solely to price gouge then I guess I missed the memo...

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