Walt Disney World Ticket Changes – Oh My!

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Walt Disney World Resort is constantly looking for new ways to deliver the best experience possible for guests – just like we do here at Vacations with Character®.

In addition to our previous post about all of the new changes coming in 2019, we would like to tell you about one more debuting next month: Beginning on October 16 a new date-based ticket system is being introduced.  Why you might ask? Well, the answer is quite simple. Walt Disney World has become an ever popular experience and the hope is this new system will allow attendance to be better distributed throughout the year.

All of the graphs and information out there can be confusing  but to sum it up, prices will no longer be based on the number of days on a ticket or the theme park visited. Instead, ticket prices will be predetermined by day and date. For example, it may be more expensive to visit a theme park on a Sunday vs. a Monday. So, guests may be able to save a little bit more money  (and perhaps avoid a more crowded time period) if their plans are flexible.  And, just as before, traveling during peak and/or holiday seasons will continue to cost a little bit more and crowds will probably remain higher during these times as well.

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That’s easy enough, right? Well…there is one more thing to know. All tickets will have a limited-use window attached to them based on the type of ticket purchased unless you want to opt for a Flexible Date ticket option (more on that below).

For example:

2-Day Tickets – Must be used any 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

3-Day Tickets – Must be used any 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

4-Day Tickets – Must be used any 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

5-Day Tickets – Must be used any 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

6-Day Tickets – Must be used any 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

7-Day Tickets – Must be used any 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

8-Day Tickets – Must be used any 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

9-Day Ticket – Any 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

10-Day Ticket – Any 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date selected at the time of purchase

Note: adding the  Park Hopper option will also provide you with 1 additional day!

As for packages that include room accommodations and more, your tickets will be good for THE LONGER OF:

1) the length of stay from check-in date until midnight of the check-out date

OR

2) The standard valid use period for the ticket selected.

If you are unsure of your plans or just don’t wish to think about all of this – no worries! Disney thought of that too and a Flexible Date ticket option will also be available – but it will cost you.

As before, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable once purchased. You may add the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus option, or modify your ticket at a later date, but you can never DOWNGRADE your ticket(s). Also, adjusting the start date could make your ticket price increase, so BEWARE!

And if reading all of this is making your head spin like you just got off the Mad Tea Party tea-cups, don’t worry -we’re here to help. Just be sure to let us know if your dates are flexible so we may provide the best price possible for your vacation dollars!

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Hello Walt Disney World 2019!

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Now, more than ever, it’s time to start planning your 2019 Walt Disney World® vacation because there will be more to see, do, taste and experience here next year than ever before. Whatever your passion for Disney, there’s a big dose of pixie dust waiting for you at all four parks!

Love Mickey and Minnie Mouse? Want to get wild with “The Lion King”? Feel like playing with your Pixar pals? Or maybe you’d like to see a concert every night? All this and more will be waiting for you next year. Here’s a glance at 19 new and limited-time experiences to look forward to in 2019 at Walt Disney World!

Starting Jan. 18…

In honor of the true originals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration will bring new music, dancing and all sorts of other fun to Magic Kingdom® Park.

The new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” at Magic Kingdom will invite you to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their pals in front of Cinderella Castle. Shake it along with live singers belting out new arrangements of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.

The Dapper Dans and other entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom will sing songs in honor of Mickey.

Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom to make this party complete.

And this is a Surprise Celebration, after all, so you can expect more Limited-Time Magic entertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom.

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The Incredibles are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! Pixar Avenue will transform into a Metroville city block, and Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone are throwing a party to celebrate.

Meet the one and only Edna Mode – the greatest super suit designer! She will set up a special location on Pixar Avenue showcasing some of her best creations (no capes!).

Show your #IncredibleSide along Pixar Avenue by striking a heroic pose in front of three-dimensional scenes straight out of Pixar Animation Studios’ Incredibles

Also on Pixar Avenue, look for clues to the whereabouts of the youngest Incredible, the mischievous and multi-powered Jack-Jack.

Elsewhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a door to the monster world will open inside Walt Disney Presents, where you’ll have a chance to meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters Inc. 

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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Lion King” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® along with Timon and Rafiki in the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” on Discovery Island. Let your inner animal roam free on the dance floor in this raucous party!

Also at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have fun posing in front of special three-dimensional photo opportunities re-creating scenes from the animated classic.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts is back! This year’s special event takes place Jan. 18 – Feb. 25, allowing you to indulge in world-class culinary and visual arts.

The Disney on Broadway concert series is expanding to seven days a week during the Festival of the Arts, so you’ll have even more opportunities to experience some Disney musical magic live on stage.

And later in the year…

Welcome spring’s arrival with the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, returning March 6 – June 3 with its wide selection of delectable bites at outdoor kitchens and dozens of Disney-themed topiaries blooming around the park.

Even better, this year’s Garden Rocks concert series expands as well to seven days a week during the Flower & Garden Festival, which means a total of 270 concerts over the course of the 90-day event.

Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy rolls into Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2019. In this new show experience, you’ll come face to face with Lightning and learn from his years of experience on the track.

Outside the Racing Academy, you’ll get to meet Lightning McQueen’s speedy pal, Cruz Ramirez.

And finally…

If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World recently, then there’s even more for you to explore and experience. Become an honorary toy at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, travel to the bioluminescent planet of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or wish a fond farewell to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – the nighttime spectacular at Epcot – before its conclusion scheduled for the end of summer 2019.

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Now, more than ever, you’ll want to be here for it all, so don’t wait to book your vacation!

Be sure to contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional or request your FREE quote by clicking here.