Walt Disney World Resort Introduces Date-Based Tickets, Online Vacation-Planning Destination

Beginning this coming Oct. 16 you will be able to access new, online vacation-planning tools and purchase tickets priced by the date of your visit on DisneyWorld.com.

Date Based Tickets at Walt Disney World

The new online vacation-planning tool features:

  • overviews of what’s available in each park
  • customized suggestions based on each person’s preferences
  • travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists

If you want to purchase your tickets online, you can use the site’s interactive calendar, which will display different prices based on the dates you choose to visit.

  1. Choose the type of ticket you want, e.g. a “1 Park Per Day” ticket or the Park Hopper option.
  2. Choose the number of days of your stay.
  3. Choose a vacation start date.

Date Based Tickets at Walt Disney World

The calendar will calculate the cost of your ticket(s) for you. It also will allow you to quickly see the lowest-priced days within a month. For example, prices may be lower during off-peak travel periods. And remember,  the price per day decreases as you add more days to your ticket.

Tickets will need to be used during a specific time period, but you can also purchase a ticket with a flexible start date.

Check out the video below for a look at how the new system works.


Whether you purchase your tickets online, over the phone or in person, this new system should help you find the ticket that’s right for you.

Disney has even developed a new infographic to highlight the advantages of this new system.

Walt Disney World Ticket Infographic

Once you have purchased your tickets, you’ll be able to continue  planning your vacation on the website through My Disney Experience. MDE will walk you through the different steps that will customize your vacation based on your travel party’s interests. You’ll still be able to manage your plans through the My Disney Experience mobile app. You’ll be able to access the interactive calendar and purchase tickets on the go through the app, too.

Disney claims that these new date-based tickets and pricing will help better distribute attendance throughout the year. The company moved to date-based pricing with its hard-ticket events and hotel rates, so it’s no surprise that it is transitioning theme park tickets in the same direction.

As of this writing, no information has been released as to any changes in the Annual Passholder ticket program.

What do you think of this new system? Will it make your vacation planning any easier? Let us know below!



Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

5 Replies to “Walt Disney World Resort Introduces Date-Based Tickets, Online Vacation-Planning Destination”

  1. So disappointed! Who would buy tickets before you go now? Families now don’t have the option of starting their tickets on the day they want to; what if you get to WDW and instead of going to a park on the 2nd day they like you purchased, you’d like to go ahead to a park on your first day? You can’t! And you can’t have any days off in between days if you’d like. Yet they do charge $100 for a “flexibility” option!?!?
    Just another way to get more $ like the resort parking fees.
    Why is my mouse doing this 🙁

  2. So does this mean that if you buy a multi-day pass for a trip in say October that you can’t use extra days during a different time of the year? We’ve had extra days left on previous tickets and have even added extra days to our passes before checking out to save for the next trip.

  3. I wish I knew how much the ticket pricing would change. I’ll be there for a week in January and planned on buying tickets through AAA – which saves me almost $200 for 4 park hopper tickets. Now I’m struggling if I should wait to purchase tickets in case they are less expensive…or more expensive. Ugh!

    1. I am in the same predicament- we are going to Disneyworld at the end of October and i am going to AAA to buy tix. I just called my local AAA branch and they told me info that is not for the public yet: the new Disney tix (starting 10/16) have a 5 day window of expiration from first day of use. Whereas the tickets currently at AAA now have a 14 day expiration window from first date of use. The expiration dates here will make it worth my while to get them prior to 10/16 for our trip. Even if the price per day is cheaper or better (which i somehow doubt), it will still not cover the timeframe i need them for during this vacation. I hope this helps you and anyone else out there questioning this.

  4. As a self centered, narcissistic crowd hating Disneyite, the last thing I want is an even distribution of crowds throughout the year. I want a lot of very crowded days (for everyone else) while I sit at home planning my visit for those few days of deserted Main Street and no-existent lines.

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