New Seasonal Pricing at Disney Theme Parks
Yesterday Disney announced on the DisneyParks blog that, as of yesterday, February 28, 2016, it is implementing a new Seasonal Pricing at Disney Theme Parks. With ever-growing visitation rates, particularly during peak periods of the year, Disney is seeking to encourage visitors to consider visiting during the less busy times of the year. Those who choose to visit during peak periods will have to pay a premium for their tickets.
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.
(source: DisneyParks Blog)
Unfortunately, for those of us paying to visit the Disney parks, this “Value Period” doesn’t mean you’re going to save any money over what you’re currently paying for your ticket. The Value Period tickets will remain steady at the current (or formerly-current) price of $95. The peak period price for a 1 day, 1 park Disneyland ticket is a $24 price jump per ticket!
If you chose to go to a Disney park during the school year, Monday-Thursday, you should be fine. If you want to go on a weekend, you’ll be paying for the “Regular Price” ticket, which is a $5-$10 increase per ticket depending on which park you’re going to visit.
A one-day park ticket at Orlando’s Magic Kingdom during a Value period will stay at current levels of $105 for those aged 10 and above.
But tickets during Regular season days (most of April, for example) will rise to $110. The price will then shoot up to $124 for Peak days. That includes holidays like the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
At Disney World’s three other parks (Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) one-day tickets will be $97 for Value, $102 for Regular and $114 for Peak.
Tickets to Anaheim’s Disneyland will cost $95 for Value, $105 for Regular, and $119 for Peak.
(source: CNN Money)