• 11Feb
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on Walt Disney World raising ticket prices Sunday, February 12th, 2017

    Updated: Ticket prices at Walt Disney World resort went up on February 12th, 2017, and it includes changes in some of the options on Magic Your Way tickets.

    The Water Parks Fun and More option is no longer available as a standalone option. It is only available if you also have Park Hopper, and the combined ticket is now called the “Park Hopper Plus”. In general it is the same as before, although DisneyQuest, which had already been dropped from the list last year, is no longer available (DisneyQuest itself is finally closing on July 3rd, 2017.) The list currently includes: Blizzard Beach Water Park, Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Oak Trail Golf Course, ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex (excludes separate admission events), Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf Course (before 4:00pm), Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Course (before 4:00pm). But this may bring back the use of the term “Plus” to mean admissions to these locations!

    Seasonal pricing still only affects 1-day tickets, and there is still the “Magic Kingdom Surcharge” on 1-Day base tickets, which is now 8 for Value and Regular Season, and $6 for Peak Season.

    Guests who purchase 3- to 10-day tickets online or via the Mobile app will receive a $20 discount. Or more precisely, purchasing on site will cost you $20 more. Prices we will quote will be the online price, as we highly recommended getting your tickets in advance so you can make Fastpass selections. It will be interesting to see how this affects the authorized third-party sellers, such as Undercover Tourist, who already sell 3- to 10-day tickets at a discount from the WDW gate prices.

    All Magic Your Way tickets will now have a “use by” expiration date, where the ticket must be first used by that date. Previously, all MYW tickets did not expire until 14 days from first use. That date is not based entirely on the date of purchase, so it isn’t known exactly how far in advance, but currently all tickets that are purchased from today going forward must have their first use on or before December 31st, 2018. We expect that date will jump ahead as we get further into 2017.

    Our Magic Your Way Ticket Price Calculator has been updated with the current online prices.

    Annual Passes are going up as well:

    Platinum Plus: $869
    Platinum: $779
    Gold (DVC And FL Residents only, has blackout dates): $559

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  • 04Oct
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on WDW completely restructures Annual Passes

    Surprise! It seemed to be a well-kept secret, but WDW today restructured the whole Annual Pass ticket system. Gone are the Premium, Standard and Seasonal passes. In their place are Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum Plus – along with a new feature and, of course, higher prices.

    All passes (unless otherwise specified) now include free Photopass downloads. Prices unless otherwise stated do not include the 6.5% tax.

    For the general public, there are the Premium ($749 new, $635 renewal) and Premium Plus ($829 new, $705 renewal). They are the equivalent of the Standard and Premium APs in general.

    For Disney Vacation Club members and Florida Residents, Those passes are now $649 and $729 for new passes and $549/$619 for renewals respectively. In addition, a new pass called the Gold Pass is being offered for $549 new, $466 renewal. This is the same as the Platinum pass, but it has blockout dates when it cannot be used: December 17, 2015 ‒ January 1, 2016, March 19, 2016 ‒ April 1, 2016 and December 16, 2016 – January 1, 2017…basically the busy Christmas season and Spring Break.

    For Florida Residents only, the Silver Pass replaces the Seasonal Pass, and is $414.29 after tax (I don’t have the pre-tax price handy yet.), and does NOT include the free Photopass downloads. The Weekday Select and Epcot After 4 passes are still available, and likewise do not include Photopass. However, all passes now include freek parking! Which, by the way, was increased to $20 as well today, and valet is now $25.

    Information is still fluid, but we expect current AP holders to maintain their existing benefits, and at renewal time will need to choose from one of the new options. Mid-use upgrades would also likely be available to get the Photopass option if desired, but the prices, like always, would not be pro-rated.

    It also appears that the Premier Passport, which acts as a Platinum Plus Pass at WDW and a Premium AP in Disneyland, went up significantly as well, from $1099 to $1439.

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  • 24Feb
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on WDW raises ticket prices – pages updated to reflect new prices

    We’ve updated the prices and calculations mentioned on our Tickets page as well as the Magic Your Way ticket price calculator to reflect this weekend’s price changes.

    Most notably, Walt Disney World has eliminated all sales of tickets with the No Expiration option, which follows last year when they removed the them from online sales and all signage. Some third party resellers like Undercover Tourist may still have stock for a short time if you are still interested in getting a No Expiration ticket.

    The No Expiration ticket was good for those who knew ho to use it effectively, but it also caused a lot of confusion with guests as to how it worked and the fact that it could not be added on to later on. This was one contributing factor to WDW phasing them out.

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  • 23Feb
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on WDW Ticket Price increases as of February 23rd, 2014

    OK, we have what appears to be the complete price increases, and we’ve already updated the Magic Your Way Ticket Calculator. Prices below are for adult tickets – Children 3-9 pay slightly less for Magic Your Way tickets but the same for Annual Passes.

    As expected, the single park, single day (a.k.a. 1-Day Base) Magic Your Way tickets have gone up $5. This applies to both the Magic Kingdom-specific price ($99) and the price for the other parks ($94). The “Magic Kingdom Surcharge” does not apply to a 1-Day Park Hopper, which went up a total of six dollars ($134).

    For the multi-day tickets, the 2-day went up $4, 3-day went up $12, and the reset $15.

    The Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More options each went up a $1 to $60 each, and the combo went up $2 but keep in mind the combo price is only $86.

    The No Expiration prices also increased but by varying amounts. Check the calculator for those prices.

    Both Standard and Premium Annual Passes also increased. Florida Resident and Disney Vacation Club prices went up $21 each, while the Tourist (everyone else) went up $25.

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  • 22Feb
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on One day single-park ticket prices going up tomorrow (Feb. 23) by $4

    Reports spread like wildfire, and I’ve confirmed through a few channels, that the price of single day, single park tickets will go up $4 starting tomorrow, February 23rd. This will bring the Magic Kingdom single-day ticket up to $99, and the single-day ticket for other parks up to $94.

    At this time we are not hearing about any other ticket prices going up at this time, but all will be revealed tomorrow.

    Update: It look like there was an across-the-board increase on Magic Your Way tickets and Annual Passes. We are still looking at the increases, but for example the cost of a MYW ticket 4 days or longer went up $15, and the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More prices went up $1 each.

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  • 04Jun
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on WDW raises ticket prices

    As expected, Disney raised ticket prices on Sunday June 2nd (while we were at the park!) across the board.

    One major change – a 1-Day Magic Your Way ticket will cost more if you want to go into the Magic Kingdom, at $95+tax (up $6), whereas it is only $90 (up $1) for the other parks. A 1-Day Park Hopper or any multi-day ticket is not affected by this difference.

    A contrary to rumor, No Expiration tickets are still available.

    Our MYW ticket price calculator has been updated with the new prices, although at the moment it doesn’t handle the 1-Day Magic Kingdom ticket surcharge yet as it requires extra programming.

    A complete list of prices is available here.

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  • 14Mar
    Walt Disney World Comments Off on Annual Passholders to start getting RFID cards next week

    According to touringplans.com, starting Wednesday (3/20) all new annual passes redeemed at WDW ticket booths will come in the form of an RFID-enabled card similar to those being given out to resort guests (while we all await signs of the actual MagicBands…) which will allow using the RFID entrances at all the parks rather than the old turnstiles.

    Reports have basically shown that the RFID entrances are often walk ups while lines for guests without RFID tickets had to wait in sometimes long lines at the few remaining “old-style” entrances, while Disney has been providing resort guests only with RFID cards. Since then, they have started to give RFID tickets at the booths, and I’ve even heard one report that someone got “plastic” tickets from Undercover Tourist, so even ticket resellers seem to have them now. But annual passholders seemed to have been left out until now.

    Existing passholders will be able to “trade in” their old passes for RFID cards, but ONLY at the old Odyssey Restaurant location in Epcot (you know, that strange building situated between Test Track and Mexico) during normal park hours, starting March 20th and through at least May 19th. After that I believe the ticket booths will be able to handle it, or at least Guest Relations locations.

    The new cards for passholders will have a special colored stripe on them – an orange stripe indicates that the pass has parking privileges, whereas a black stripe indicates that it does not (some restricted passes, like Seasonal and Weekday Select do not get free parking), so it will be quickly obvious to the parking attendants. Some sort of similar adornment is expected on passholder MagicBands.

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  • 16Jan
    News, Walt Disney World Comments Off on WDW may get rid of the No Expiration option on Magic Your Way tickets

    A few weeks ago when Walt Disney World rolled out their new web site (at least to North American U.S. visitors), people noticed that when purchasing Magic Your Way tickets online, there was no longer a No Expiration option. It was first thought to be an oversight or bug in the new site – but when guests called, they were told that the no Expiration option would only be available on the phone or in person, not on the web site.

    I’ve now recently heard that signage at WDW is being changed and the No Expiration option is not listed at all. You need to explicitly ask for it.

    This is leading to speculation that they may in fact be removing the option altogether in the near future. I have no confirmation of this currently.

    Note that No Expiration tickets already purchased will still be honored no matter what changes may occur.

    There could be a variety of reasons for at least bringing No Expiration under cover at least. I can think of a couple (I have no info that these reasons are in fact the cause, only my speculation):

    First, the option confused a LOT of guests, and they may want to cut down on the confusion by preventing people from getting it without thinking it through. It is rather expensive, and even if you used some days on the ticket and then wanted to add the No Expiration option to save the leftover days, you had to pay for the entire length of the ticket, not just the unused days. Also, you couldn’t then add days down the road – the ticket could not be modified after 14 days of first use – so adding No Expiration to save one day on a 7-day ticket and then hoping to add 3 more days on a later trip didn’t work either.

    In a lot of cases as well, it doesn’t make much sense and could cost you more if you didn’t do the math. Saving three days off a 10-day ticket, and then needing to buy another ticket because your next trip needs 4 days ends up costing you more than if you just got a 7-day ticket. You had to fit two or more complete trips within the 10-day maximum for the ticket, or it didn’t make sense. Although some people would do what I call “chaining” the tickets – keep getting 10-day No Expiration tickets over and over, which is fine. Although if you could get more than 12 days or so within a calendar year, an Annual Pass was often the better deal.

    Another possibility is that with the way the new MyMagic+ system appears to be headed, having these No Expiration tickets presents complications in to how the tickets themselves might be managed, when guests can reserve FastPass+ experiences, etc. So they might want to get rid of the option to solve the issues. How they’ll handle current tickets I don’t know. But a lot of changes are happening very rapidly to bring out MyMagic+, so the timing is interesting.

    More info when we have it.

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