TMSM Explains: A Better Look At Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s 2017 Ticket Price Increase

Yesterday we announced that Disneyland and Walt Disney World would have ticket pricing increases effective today. While Disney Parks released some of the information about this increase, they did not reveal the changes to all multi-day ticket prices, or several changes that would occur with Annual Passes, so tonight we wanted to take a moment to cover this information in full as well as show you ticket pricing for the last three years so that you can see each price increase, or in some occasions price decreases.

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Yesterday we shared that Walt Disney World had confirmed that “visitors buying tickets online or on their phones can save $20 on Magic Your Way bundles from three to ten days.” What this means is that as of today it now costs more to purchase your Walt Disney World tickets at the gate than it does to buy them online, through an approved Disney Ticket reseller like our travel partner Pirate and Mermaid Vacations, or through the MDE app. Effective today ticket pricing that is posted on Walt Disney World’s website is only valid for pre-purchase tickets, and is not the price you would pay at the gate. This also means tickets bought as part of a travel package booked through Walt Disney World Travel or a TA like our travel partner Pirate and Mermaid Vacations will reflect that pre-purchase discount. Per Walt Disney Ticketing, the ticket pricing on packages won’t be changing at this time, but of course this is subject to change. The CM stated that per the information they were given today’s price changes are for stand alone ticket purchases only. The CM also reminded me this ticket package information is subject to change.

While most multi-day ticket prices increased 2 and 3-day Walt Disney World tickets dropped in price. Adult 2-day were $202 and are now $199 and 2-day child tickets were 1$90 and are now $187. 3-day adult tickets were $290 and are now $289, child tickets were $272 and are now $271.  The Park Hopper add-on which ranged between $55 to $69 as it is based on number of days purchased, now ranges from $60 to $75. Waterpark and More was $64 per person and could be added without Hopper. It has been renamed Park Hopper Plus and is now $15, but must be added with the Hopper option.

Another change is that you can no longer “sit” on stand alone multi-day tickets for years without using them in hopes of saving money. Multi-day and 1-day tickets must now be activated within 2 years of purchase. Per Walt Disney World’s ticketing site “Tickets and any options purchased must be used within 14 days of first use. The first day of use must be on or before December 31, 2018.” In 2016, when the tier pricing was released, only 1-day tickets had an “activate by” date. Previously purchased tickets without expiration will remain valid until use. Expired tickets will be applied towards the cost of new ticket purchase, this amount will be decided by Walt Disney Ticketing. If you have old tickets that you may have to exchange save yourself some time  and review our article “TMSM Explains: Ticket Exchange AKA What To Do With Your Old Park Tickets.”

Several Walt Disney World Annual Passes saw a price increase this morning and several like the Water Park Annual Pass, Florida Resident Water Park after 2 and Florida Resident EPCOT after 4PM have been discontinued. Walt Disney World daily parking did not see an increase, but the new Preferred option that was released in 2016, was raised from $35 to $40 per car per day.

At Disneyland pricing will continue to be the same online and at the gate. Ticket price increases on single park tickets average from $5 to $20 based on the number of days purchased. Park Hopper pricing, which ranged between $40 to $45 depending on the number of ticket days purchased, is now $45 regardless of the number of days purchased.

Signature Plus and Signature Annual Pass rates did not change, and Deluxe and SoCal Select and Southern Cal Annual Passes saw a slight price increase. The Annual Pass Parking only option increased from $199 to $219.  Disneyland daily park parking was raised from $18 a day to $20 a day,Preferred Park parking is still $35 per car per day. Resort guest over-night parking is still $20 per car.  Guests parking at Downtown Disney still receive 2 free hours of parking  then the cost is $12 per hour, charged in 30-min increments with a $36 maximum parking fee. Downtown Disney guests can still receive validation from AMC Theaters and select dining locations for activities that take longer than two hours.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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