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Disney World Ticket Price Changes Coming On October 16

Disney World tickets will be subject to seasonal pricing as of October 16, 2018.

Disney has announced that they will begin pricing tickets by date starting October 16th in an effort to better distribute attendance throughout the year. In a nutshell, tickets may cost more or less depending on when you decide to visit Disney World. Another big change in that tickets will no longer be good for fourteen (14) days from first use but will now have a valid use window based on ticket length. Since tickets purchased prior to this date will be locked in at current prices and with current expiration policies, we strongly recommend that you book your 2018 or 2019 Walt Disney World Vacation package.

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Daily ticket cost will be determined by your first ticket date. The prices/tiers have not been announced yet but Disney is anticipating a lot of excitement and big crowds due to the opening of Star Wars Land in late Fall 2019 (no exact date has been released at this time) so there is every reason to believe this change will raise prices for peak travel times.

When will date-based tickets expire?

1-Day base tickets are valid for admission on the specific start date selected. Multi-day tickets are valid for admission beginning on the start date selected and must be used within a limited time period.

2-Day Tickets are valid any 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date

3-Day Tickets are valid any 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date

4-Day Tickets are valid any 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date

5-Day Tickets are valid any 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date

6-Day Tickets are valid any 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date

7-Day Tickets are valid any 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date

8-Day Tickets are valid any 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date

9-Day Tickets are valid any 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date

10-Day Tickets are valid any 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date

For example, a 6-day base ticket with a start date of April 1, ticket is valid any 6 days from April 1 to April 9.

Tickets purchased as part of a Disney vacation package will be valid for the length of time indicated above based on ticket length or for the length of stay included in your package, whichever is greater.

Adding the Park Hopper Plus Option to include visits to the Disney Water Parks and other attractions extends the period of time within which you may use your ticket by one day. For example, a 6-day ticket with the Park Hopper Plus Option with a start date of April 1, ticket is valid any 6 days from April 1 – April 10, instead of through April 9 which would be the valid use period for Basic or Park Hopper tickets.

Flexible Date Option: Guests who do not wish to select a specific date may purchase the “Flexible Date Option” for an extra charge. The price for this feature has not yet been announced.

Are tickets able to be modified – what happens if a guest needs to change their date?

Yes, you will be able to modify tickets online or through the Disney Reservation Center prior to the ticket start date. If the ticket is changed to a higher priced date, guest will be responsible for paying the difference in price. There will be no refunds to changes to lower priced dates. If modifications are needed after the ticket start date, guests must visit any Vacation Planning window.

I am planning to visit Disney World in the next year but I won’t be staying on property, should I buy my tickets now?

We’re all wondering if the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion ride can help us out with this one but, given the way Disney keeps stressing how much money they’ve invested in new rides and attractions as they talk about this, we think that ticket prices are going to go up, at least during the seasons Disney currently ranks as “regular” and “peak” season. It is possible that they might lower value season tickets slightly for public relations purposes; there is no way to know for sure here but that’s what they did when they introduced seasonal pricing for one-day tickets. Currently, value dates are only certain midweek dates in the off-season. If you’re waiting for the opening of Star Wars land to visit, you’ll probably want to purchase tickets now, keeping in mind that tickets purchased separate from a package are not refundable.

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Should I book my vacation package now?

You should probably book your trip before the change if you plan to go during busy times like spring break, summer, fall break, right around Halloween, Christmas break, around any 3-day holiday weekend, or once Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Don’t delay; book today! If you are visiting at during the lowest season, there is small chance that you could benefit by waiting just to see if they lower value season ticket prices. Since you’re not a psychic, the safest approach is to let us put a courtesy hold on a package for you on October 15th so you will be able to wait a couple of days to apply the deposit. If the price drops, we can just cancel the hold and re-book at the lower price. If the price increases, your hold will have you locked in at the lower price and you just need apply the deposit to take advantage of the savings. Just check the courtesy hold box and add a note to the comments section of the form below letting us know that you want to do a courtesy hold on October 15 and we will take care of that for you.

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Confusing technical stuff about future discounts

If you book your trip now and Disney releases a promotion in the future for your travel dates, your tickets in the package may have to be adjusted to the new ticket structure to qualify. A classic example of this is the free dining promotion which always has a ticket requirement that is based on ticket prices at the date of the promotion release. You may be thinking, “if that’s the case, what is the point of even booking now?” The answer is that booking early guarantees you the best available pricing but we don’t know that that best pricing situation will be – during peak times when discounts are as low as 10% at the value resorts (or roughly $12 to $15 per night), families may save more by avoiding future price increases in tickets or other features, or they may save more with a great discount even if it does raise their ticket price. Think of it as insurance – waiting means you might pay more later, booking now means you definitely won’t pay more later and you might even have a chance at lowering your package price.

2019 discounts already available:

Disney World Play, Stay, and Dine discount for January 1 – March 9, 2019

Disney World Room rate discounts available for dates through April 27, 2019. This includes Spring Break!

Disney World Military Discounts for most dates through December 19, 2018 and January 1 – December 19, 2019 (excludes April 14 – 25)

Universal Orlando – Save up to $330 on a 4-night or longer package at an official Universal Orlando hotel that includes 3 park, 2-day Park-to-Park tickets with 2 days free for these dates: November 1 – December 25, 2018 and January 1 – 31, 2019. Must book by November 14, 2018.

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A Rough Start to A Disney Vacation - We Want Better for You

Disney Vacation Tips - Thoughts on getting off to a great start of your theme park vacation.

Disney Vacation Tips - Thoughts on getting off to a great start of your theme park vacation.

Steve and I were standing in line outside of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last week when the lady with three grandchildren asked us, “Do you understand FastPass and is it worth it?”  You know how a sound can cause an avalanche? Well, that is what happened to that dear lady; her simple question loosed an avalanche of too much information on her head:

  • We explained, in too much detail, how FastPass works

  • Told her that there is no extra cost to use FastPass so it is definitely worth it!

  • Even though she didn’t really understand how to get the first three FastPasses, we explained how to add additional ones once those are done

  • We told her that shows are not usually a good use of a FastPass because of their high capacity

  • We told her to arrive well before park opening if FastPass wasn’t available for certain popular attractions like Avatar Flight of Passage or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  • Noticing the size and age differences of the kids at her side, we thought she needed to know about Rider Switch Passes

  • We asked if she had a park Times Guide and, when she didn’t, we gave her ours.

Poor lady, it was all too much and, if she did not gain a better understanding of FastPass, she at least learned the dangers of talking to enthusiastic strangers!  Steve showed her the spots on the park map where she would find Disney cast members to help her set up some FastPasses so I sincerely hope she went there and that they took care of her.

We gave her the best advice that we could but I was a little sad because, over the course of the conversation, I learned that this was a once in a lifetime trip for her extended family who find it hard to get away from the family farm for very long.  They had stood in line that morning to purchase their park tickets and I just kept thinking, “It would’ve cost a little less to buy your ticket in advance and you could’ve booked your FastPasses 30-days prior to arrival (they were staying off property), making your time in the parks so much easier.”  It is just too hard and stressful to try to figure out tickets, park maps and complex systems on the spot when the kids are clamoring to go do one of the bright and shiny things there in front of them. 

Making sure our clients get to the Disney and Universal theme parks knowing where to go, what to do and how things work is our number one priority and working with us before you arrive means you never have an experience like that classic final exam nightmare where you’ve arrived for the test but failed to study or even attend the necessary classes. If we meet you in the parks, we’ll try to help you even if you aren’t our client but we’d really love the opportunity to make sure you are well prepared and you don’t have to depend on the kindness of strangers.

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Where to Watch the Super Bowl at Disney World (2018)

Where to watch the Big Game at Disney World

Wondering where you can catch the Big Game on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Disney World?   We've got several great options for you. 

Rix Sports Bar and Grill - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Rix Lounge, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is hosting a special event for the Big Game on February 4, 2018 from 5 - 10PM. The cost is $21.95 per person and the All-You-Can-Eat buffet includes a mini hot dog bar with toppings, Chicken Tenders, Housemade BBQ chips, House Coleslaw, and Deli Sliders.  No advance reservations accepted. Free parking or use Disney transportation - take a bus to either Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios and then catch a bus to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.   This is a little off the beaten track and, as of today, they don't have the event posted on their website so crowds may be lower here. 

The game will most likely also be playing on the TVs in the other Disney hotel resort food courts and lounges.

Splitzville - Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) 

Splitzville will have the game on with sound up the second floor and on the patio and it will be business as usual.   You can make an advance reservation, subject to availability, online through your "My Disney Experience" app or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  You cannot specifically request the second floor during the reservation process so that will happen first-come-first-served at the podium. This is a huge venue with lots of tables but expect a crowd.  

ESPN Club - Boardwalk Entertainment District

As of January 26, 2018, ESPN is completely sold out of for the Big Game so don't plan on going there.   Instead, try the buffet at Rix Sports Bar & Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (information above).   


John T's Lounge - Hilton Hotel at Disney Springs

John T's Lounge will show the big game on their 7 TV's and they will have drink specials.  The sound will be up though they do not have a surround sound system.  You can take Disney transportation to Disney Springs and walk over to the Hilton hotel.


The Lobby Bar at Four Seasons

The Lobby Bar at the Four Seasons hotel, with seating for 70 people, has not yet announced their 2018 plans other to say that "they will probably be doing something" and to call back (855-548-9127) closer to the date.   No reservations accepted, no cover charge and you do not have to stay at the hotel to visit this venue. Food and drinks are available for purchase.  While the Four Seasons is located on Disney property, you can't get to there using Disney transportation.  You can take a taxi if you don't have your own vehicle.  Parking is $15 but drops to $5 with restaurant validation when you purchase food and beverages. 


Lounges at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts

The lounges at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts are not planning any special events but are bringing in extra TVs for the game.  These hotels are located in the Epcot Resort area. 

House of Blues - Disney Springs

The game will be playing at the bar at House of Blues in Disney Springs but seating is extremely limited and the game will not be shown in the dining room.

Watch the Big Game in Your Hotel Room

All of the Disney World Resort hotels have cable TV so you can certainly kick back and catch the Big Game from the comfort of your room.   Pizza delivery is available and all of the rooms have mini-refrigerators so you can pre-order snacks and drinks from Garden Grocer and have them delivered right to your resort.  You may also want to check with the lounge or pool bar at your resort to see if they'll be showing the game.  Click here to learn more about Garden Grocer delivery services. 

The game will most likely also be playing on the TVs in the resort food courts and lounges. 

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