BREAKING: Disney announced today that Walt Disney World and Disneyland ticket prices will be increasing tomorrow, Sunday February 28, 2016. The good news? You can still lock in today’s lower prices (even at a discount off of the current rack rate) with this TMOM insider trick — if you act quickly today!
Disney typically increases tickets prices every year in the late winter or early spring. Tomorrow (Sunday, February 28, 2016) is D-day for ticket price increases. Disney hasn’t announced all the details yet, but Disney made the fact of the increases official in a statement on the Disney Parks Blog today.
What Disney Ticket Price Increases are Coming?
There are two big changes coming for 2016 pricing that Disney travelers need to know about. First, expect an across-the-board increase on nearly all kinds of tickets, as is usually the case every year. At Walt Disney World, for example, a basic four day ticket without the park hopper option will increase from $305 to $325. At Disneyland, a single day park hopper ticket will change from $155 to $169.
Second, the ticket price adjustment this year will also come with a brand new twist: variable pricing. Variable pricing only affects single day, single park tickets at Disneyland and Disney World. Days will be designated as either value, regular or peak, and Disney will charge more or less based on the demand that those seasons usually experience. Disney hopes that this variable pricing will bring some level of crowd control to the parks. Park attendance has been at record levels recently and has caused more than a few complaints.
Variable pricing works mostly the same at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but only Disneyland visitors could see a little bit of a savings under this system. Currently, a single day single park ticket at Disneyland costs $99. Under the new tiered plan, guests who go during low season will save a few bucks, as value ticket prices will be $95. All other guests will experience an increase (regular tickets are $105 and peak season tops out at $119).
For Walt Disney World visitors, none of the tickets are going down in price. Value season ticket prices at Walt Disney World will be set at the current prices already in effect ($105 for Magic Kingdom and $97 for all other parks). Regular and peak season prices go up from there, topping out at $124 for peaks days at the Magic Kingdom and $114 at the other three parks.
How Do I Save Money on Disney Tickets TODAY?
While price increases are always discouraging, all hope is not lost when it comes your family’s Disney budget! If you anticipate a 2016 visit to Disneyland or Disney World, you still have an opportunity to lock in lower pricing before tomorrow’s change.
You can still buy tickets at today’s prices, but there is a way to save even more. TravelingMom recommends trusted reseller Parksavers, where you can buy Disneyland and Disney World tickets good through December 31, 2016. These tickets are already discounted off of today’s pricing so you essentially unlock double savings by getting a discount today and also avoiding tomorrow’s price changes. Plus, use code TM2 for an additional $2 off every ticket – a third way to save!
What do you think of the Disney price increases and variable pricing?