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Date Based TicketsHow much are tickets to visit Walt Disney World?  The answer now depends on the date you want to visit.

On October 16th, Walt Disney World will introduce a new pricing structure for park tickets where the cost is based on the dates you want to visit.  Disney is rolling out this new model along with a new online portal that is meant to simplify these changes.

Disney has said the reason for the changes is to “better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience.”

The actual pricing has not yet been released, but it will be interesting to see how different the price is for different dates.  The value of course will be in off peak times, and you will pay a premium to be there on New Years Eve I’m sure!  I think the problem will be with guests trying to compare dates and pricing – there are now more variables to consider when booking your vacation.  First you have to decide how many days, what parks, to hop or not?  Now you have to also consider if you’re arriving on the peak day of the week in peak season?  Should you arrive Sunday instead to get the better pricing than Tuesday?  The resorts have always fluctuated in price for peak times and weekends, but now that tickets will as well – the packages could have a substantial difference depending on when you arrive.

The change has not been well received on social media:

With all of these changes, it highlights yet another reason to use a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel.  I can’t imagine the big booking engines will be able to explain this one!  It will also make the comparison shopping that much harder – how do you know you have ALL the same components?

Stay tuned for more updates as they are released, this currently only applies to Walt Disney World in Orlando.

What do you think of these changes?

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