Starting from today, all Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort will notice that the theme parks have adopted a new pricing structure that introduces three new "seasons": Value (low crowds), Regular, and Peak (summer, holidays).
Guests wanting to buy one-day tickets for either of the four Walt Disney parks will first need to check online to see which kind of ticket they'll need to purchase in order to be able to enter the park(s) on the specific date they have chosen.

Before sharing the details, here's the announcement about this change, from the Disney Parks Blog:

"As you may have read in the news, the demand for Disney Parks continues to grow, particularly during peak periods. At the same time, we have an unwavering commitment to exceeding the expectations of all our guests. That is why we continue to expand our parks with new attractions like those noted above, as well as entire new themed lands based on AVATAR, Star Wars and “Toy Story.”

It is also why we continue to look for ways to help spread out visitation. So, beginning tomorrow, we are shifting to seasonal pricing for 1-Day tickets. It’s an approach that you are probably familiar with from many other areas, including sports, entertainment and travel.

How does it work? Each month is divided into value, regular and peak days with an 8-11 month calendar available for viewing online. Here’s an example: if guests plan their visit for September, they’ll have a variety of options, including many days in the value period, which will give them the opportunity to pay less for a 1-Day ticket. If they plan to visit during a peak period, like the winter holidays, they will pay more. Purchasing a 1-Day ticket in a non-peak period, or choosing multi-day tickets and annual passes, will provide additional flexibility and value."

Single-Day Theme Park Tickets

As outlined above, Guests now have to choose a ticket either (1) valid for one admission to Magic Kingdom park only, or (2) valid for one admission to one of the following only: Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Tickets are priced by Peak, Regular and Value seasons. Peak, Regular and Value validity dates continue to be added to the calendar from time to time, so please check back often. The dates assigned to each of these seasons and the number of days in each of these seasons may change from year to year.

The 1-Day Peak, Regular and Value Tickets must be used by December 31, 2017, but the amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price, so long as the new ticket price is equal to or greater than the amount paid for the original ticket.

Multi-Day Tickets 
Multi-day tickets are currently not part of the seasonal pricing structure, but prices have been increased.

Multi-day tickets and any options purchased must be used within 14 days of first use, except for Florida Resident 3-Day and 4-Day Tickets. Florida Resident 3-Day and 4-Day Tickets expire 6 months after first use or December 17, 2017, whichever comes first, and may not be used on the following blockout dates:
  • March 19, 2016 to April 1, 2016;
  • June 6, 2016 to August 11, 2016;
  • December 15, 2016 to December 31; 2016;
  • January 1, 2017 to January 2, 2017;
  • April 8, 2017 to April 21, 2017;
  • June 5, 2017 to August 10, 2017.
All tickets and options are nontransferable and nonrefundable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Water Parks subject to rehabilitation, seasonal and weather closures.

NOTE: The information and prices included in this article were updated on February 28, 2016.

IMAGES AND TICKET PRICES: © 2016 Walt Disney World Resort. All Rights Reserved.

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