Disney Parks Seasonal Tiered Ticket Pricing: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Disney World Tickets Tiered Seasonal prices
Updated for 2017!
By Elizabeth Mallers, Destinations in Florida Travel Agent

So many exciting new attractions are coming to Walt Disney World Resort in 2017.  Rivers of Light, Pandora – The World of AVATOR, and ‘Happily Ever After’ the new nighttime show at Magic Kingdom are just some highlights of what guests will get to experience this year at Walt Disney World.

But along with all of the fun and exciting attractions and refurbishments that are sure to add magic to your vacation, Disney also announced another ticket increase for Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. Are you thinking this is going to have a huge impact on your trip? Don’t worry! In most cases, it won’t negatively impact your budget.

For example, if you are traveling to Disney World over the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year) and you are purchasing a Magic Your Way package with resort accommodations and tickets, you are still going to be getting the value in buying that package. The more you stay, the more you play, and the less you pay.


Last year, Disney introduced new seasonal, or tiered, ticket prices. There is generally a ticket price increase every year, but for 2016, there was a significant change. The price of your one (1) day tickets is now based on the time of year you visit Disney World. Also, guests going to just the Magic Kingdom theme park, will pay more.


Disney Land Tickets Tiered Seasonal prices

Understanding the New Tiered Seasonal Ticket Pricing with the 2017 Increase

Each month in the calendar year has now been divided into peak, regular and value days. If you visit the theme parks during the value dates, for example, your adult ticket price will remain at $107 for one day admission to Magic Kingdom and $99 for the other parks. The prices will increase to $115 for Magic Kingdom and $107 for the other parks during “regular dates”. While Magic Kingdom will cost $124 for “peak dates” and $119 for the other three theme parks.

This tiered structure is currently only being applied to ONE day park admission tickets.  If you are visiting Disney World for one day during the holidays, and purchasing a one day ticket, your price for that one day of admission is going to be more than if you were visiting for one day in September or February.

If you have already planned your trip and booked your package or bought park tickets for an upcoming trip, this will not affect you at all.  But all tickets do come with an expiration date now. Be sure to check your tickets when you purchase them for your expiration date.

Now, ticket prices are also increasing for multi-day tickets as well, but they will NOT, as of now, be a part of this tiered structure.

Annual passes also saw an increase with the Florida Resident Gold Passes (blackout dates) jumping up $10, and the Platinum passes (no blackout dates) increasing $30.  Also, preferred parking will increase to $40.


The 1-Day Calendar

The following graphics, compliments of the Walt Disney Company, show you how days are divided into peak, regular and value days.

How to save money on Disney World and Disneyland tickets




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How to Save Money on Tickets

Purchasing a ONE day ticket during value or regular days, choosing multi-day tickets, OR booking an entire package will give you more value.
The best way to get the most value for your money is in purchasing the Magic Your Way Package.
How to save money on Disney World and Disneyland tickets

You can see by this simple chart, the more days you purchase tickets, the less expensive your per-day prices become.

How to save money on Disney World and Disneyland tickets


Why Use a Travel Agent?

There are so many reasons why booking a trip with your travel agent is very beneficial. We will always make sure you have all of this up-to-date information, because not everyone has hours to research updates and changes. We give our clients all the information you need to help make the best decision for your family’s vacation.

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  • We will always give you the run down on the best time to plan your vacation;
  • We will keep you informed regarding crowd predictions;
  • We will make sure you know the best ways to maximize your time in the parks;
  • We can build your vacation around just about any budget range; and
  • We will always help you figure out the best way to stretch your vacation dollar.


So, while it is never fun to hear of any ticket price increasing, if you can plan your vacation during the value or regular season then you can get the biggest bang for your buck.  This new tiered, seasonal ticket increase is really not going to impact your trip unless you are just looking for a one day ticket during those peak times.

If you have any questions regarding these new ticket prices, or you are ready to start planning a trip, but you would like to see different pricing options, please request a QUOTE HERE.

Elizabeth Mallers

 How to save money on Disney World and Disneyland ticketsElizabeth fell in love with Disney World as a little girl and has continued to visit again and again. She has been to Disney as a little girl, in her 20’s with friends, pregnant, with a preschooler, and with a child who has severe food allergies. Elizabeth is an agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She is ready to help you plan a magical Disney vacation, all at no cost to you!

Elizabeth loves planning and researching any adventure! She will work with you and your family to ensure that your vacation is everything you dreamed of and more! You can reach Elizabeth at elizabeth@destinationsinflorida.com or call her at 317-753-5959. You can fill out a quote request form here.

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