The new policies offer more flexibility, discounts for residents, and free PhotoPass digital downloads
If you have planned a Disney Parks vacation in recent years (or really, the last few decades), you are well aware of how expensive it’s gotten, from park passes to Genie+ to parking fees. Disney has addressed this complaint in a recent press release by making some changes to offer more flexibility and savings to families. While they aren’t outright decreasing the cost of park tickets, the changes are a step in the right direction to make a Disney visit more feasible for families. Here’s what we know:
At Disneyland Resort:
- The park will offer nearly two months’ worth of days when adult tickets are priced at $104, the lowest price tier.
- Park Hopper tickets will become more flexible, allowing park crossover as early as 11 a.m. (starting Feb. 4).
- Throughout the Disney100 celebration, all ticketed park guests will receive complimentary Disney PhotoPass digital downloads of attraction photos (starting Feb. 4).
- Disney will increase the number of days when Magic Keys are available for purchase.
- A 3-day SoCal Resident weekday ticket will be available for $73 per day through late May at Disneyland Resort.
At Walt Disney World Resort:
- Beginning in the next few months, Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will be able to visit the theme parks after 2 p.m. without needing a park reservation, except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom Park. Pass blackout dates will continue to apply as they do today.
- Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels will receive free self-parking.
- Guests purchasing the Disney Genie+ service will receive digital downloads of their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos taken in the park on the day of their purchase, at no additional charge (to begin in the next few months).
- 2-, 3- and 4-day Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic tickets and a special package offer that includes a Disney Dining Promo Card for guests staying at select Disney Resort hotels will become available.
Disney is “committed to listening, adapting, and staying relentlessly focused on making the guest experience at our Disney parks even better,” according to Josh D’Amaro, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. While we’d all love to go back to 1980s pricing, these changes will at least help families make the most of their upcoming visits.
“As we step into this bright future it is important that we continuously evolve to help deliver the best guest experience possible.”