Disney is shaking up pricing at its Florida parks. The entertainment giant announced this fall that it will soon be switching to date-based pricing for tickets. What does this mean for the average Disney visitor? The answer depends on when you plan to take a Disney vacation.
Travelers heading to Florida during peak times of the year will find it harder to get a bargain on tickets. However, people headed to the Sunshine State to spend some time with their favorite characters during off-peak times could really benefit from date-based ticket pricing.
This isn’t Disney’s first dance with date-based pricing. Disney actually introduced seasonal pricing a while back. Many insiders questioned whether or not that move was Disney’s way of testing the waters when it came to pricing models that were more specific.
It turns out that the company really was moving toward date-specific ticket prices. However, park visitors shouldn’t worry that ticket prices for Disney’s popular attractions will see spikes throughout the year the way that airline fares and hotel rooms often do.
Disney will be setting prices based on the previous year’s performance instead of moving prices up and down based on real-time demand. That means that you won’t see ticket prices bouncing around once they are set for the year. All prices will be set based on historic popularity.
Disney’s new date-based pricing model will debut on Oct. 16 of this year. A new platform is launching that is designed to make it easier for visitors to plan their visits to parks. Here are some key things you need to know when booking tickets under the new system:
- Disney will quote per-day ticket prices when you search online.
- The price of tickets for multi-day visits will be based on the first day of your visit.
- You will have the option to purchase anytime tickets at peak prices.
Regular Disney visitors will probably notice that the option to pay a flat rate for multi-day tickets regardless of when you plan to visit is gone. That may upset some guests. However, the new changes do bring some new perks.
Disney’s upgraded booking platform actually provides purchasers with the opportunity to browse special pricing calendars to find the cheapest tickets possible throughout the year. What’s more, you can actually shop for off-peak tickets if you’d like to enjoy the park without having to deal with crowds. The new system offers lots of transparency in a world where booking travel plans can often be difficult.