Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by rteetz, Sep 24, 2018.
At Walt Disney World Resort, we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver the best experience possible for our guests – from the moment they book their vacation through the very last attraction they visit in the theme parks.
With all there is to see and do in our parks, we know guests are increasingly looking for easier ways to plan a vacation with personalized options that fit their individual needs. Beginning Oct. 16 on DisneyWorld.com, guests will be able to access our new online vacation-planning destination and purchase tickets priced by the date of visit. These changes are designed to simplify the booking experience, give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets and help them more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams.
The new online vacation-planning destination features park offering overviews, travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists and customized suggestions based on each guest’s personal preferences – helping guests make more informed decisions.
When guests are ready to purchase tickets online, they may use an interactive online calendar, which displays different prices based on the dates guests choose to visit and states tickets will need to be used during a specific time period. The calendar also allows guests to quickly see the lowest-priced days within a month. For example, prices may be lower during off-peak travel periods.
Check out the video above ^ for a first look at how it works.
Once tickets are purchased, guests will be able to continue seamlessly planning their vacation on the website through My Disney Experience, which guides guests through the different phases and steps of personalizing their vacation to make the most of their travel party’s unique interests. Guests can manage their plans through the My Disney Experience mobile app as well, where they will also be able to access the interactive calendar and purchase their tickets on the go.
So why are we making these changes? As our parks have increased in popularity, there are more and more guests who wish to experience our world-class attractions. Introducing date-based tickets and pricing will allow us to better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience.
Tickets will now be valid for a specified number of days as reported by WDWNT in this post:
New Tickets and their Validity
The above ‘valid time span’ is for separately purchased tickets.
Regarding Tickets purchased in a hotel + tickets package - info posted by @GillianP1301:
Date-based tickets purchased as part of a Walt Disney Travel Company room and ticket package will have one of the following valid use periods (whichever is longer):
(i) the same valid use period described above, OR
(ii) a valid use period beginning on the package resort arrival date and ending on the package resort check-out date.
For example, a Guest who purchases a Walt DisneyTravel Company package with a 3-Day base ticket and a resort length of stay of 6 nights with an arrival date ofNov. 1; ticket is valid any 3 days from Nov, 1 – Nov. 7.
Also from the WDWNT blog post:
These prices are set in advance and will not fluctuate like airline prices. Basically, certain days are more or less expensive based on the perceived demand.
I'm really looking forward to getting to learn how this works on our end.
Best of luck, @ravenclawtrekkie!
@Robo - here’s the info for which we, mainly you, have been waiting!
The pricing based on dates makes business sense. Be curious to see what that pricing is as compared to current flat rates.
Sounds like a blast... I don’t envy you.
It will be "interesting" to see how they handle tickets that are purchased for one visit but used on a different visit. Can you imagine all the fun of figuring out how to bridge the pricing? Arghhh. Do they not realize a lot of people (like me) will purchase a package (free dining) and not use the tickets for that visit(AP holder). Sheesh.
With this rollout, I wonder if they are also going to be adding a ticket price increase as well. I might look into buying discounted tickets for next year.
I can't wait to see how much ticket prices are for the opening of Star Wars!
I have an itch that this won't shift crowds around like they hope to. Most people are still locked in to certain periods due to school, work, etc. I think the bigger concern is that this system could very well support park block outs. Up charges for specifically visiting DHS on a weekend after Star Wars opens comes to mind.
I think that might be what the flexible add on is for.
I don’t see why they wouldn’t be.
May be a silly ?, but is there inclination when this launches? I want to buy AP's before increases...
So this seems a lot less complicated than I thought it was going to be, as in it doesn't seem as though you need to pick a park each day, just a one park per day ticket.
Happy to see park hoppers still an option.
Terrified to see how much May will cost!
Do you still get a "discount" when you go for 5+ days? I see a price for each date. Will it even out at check out or are we stuck paying $100 for each day if that's the cost for each day of our one week trip?
It launches October 16th.
Blech - Firing more staff, raising ticket costs...
So I am needing to purchase at least a 2-day PH + a 3-day PH for next year for two of my family members. We are planning on going at Thanksgiving. Should I go ahead and purchase their tickets now since I'm sure Thanksgiving will be sky-high? Will they honor them?
And I'm going to assume the tickets I have in MDE right now for our November 2018 trip will be fine to use with no upcharge, correct?
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