Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Prices Have Increased

Disneyland and Walt Disney World raised prices as of February 11, 2018. The average increase was about 4%, with some tickets going up as much as 11% and some as little as 1%. Both of the ticket vendors we recommend have tickets available at the 2017 prices for a limited time. If you have a trip planned next year, it would be a good idea to get your tickets now and lock in the current prices. All of these tickets do have an expiration date (typically the end of 2018), but if you should happen to not use them for some reason, the tickets can still be turned in as credit towards new tickets.

Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood raised their prices as of February 16, 2018. Both of the vendors we recommend have tickets available at the old prices for a limited time. Again, if you are planning a trip for 2018, now is the time to buy.

The other big news is that Walt Disney World announced that “later this year” they will be extending their tiered price structure to multi-day tickets! Currently you only have to worry about value, regular or peak dates when buying single-day tickets. But at some point this year, multi-day tickets will also be priced for different seasons. Exactly how that’s going to work is unknown right now, but it does mean if you have a Walt Disney World trip planned that includes any peak dates (Christmas, Spring Break, all holiday weekends, and fall/winter Saturdays), it’s a very good idea to buy tickets now before the tiers are implemented. Disney has always honored tickets at their previous terms, so any ticket you buy now will be valid on any day of the year until it expires.

Walt Disney World (Florida) last raised ticket prices on February 11, 2018. For most people, the best source for discounted Walt Disney World tickets is Undercover Tourist. They offer discounts on all multi-day tickets, as well as bundles of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando tickets.

Disneyland (California) last raised ticket prices on February 11, 2018. For most people, the best source for discounted Disneyland tickets is aRes Travel. They offer discounts on all multi-day tickets, as well as bundles of Disneyland and Universal tickets.

Universal Orlando last raised ticket prices on February 16, 2018. For most people, the best source for discounted Universal Orlando tickets is Undercover Tourist. They offer discounts on all multi-day tickets, as well as bundles of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando tickets.

Universal Studios Hollywood last raised ticket prices on February 16, 2018. For most people, the best source for discounted Universal Studios Hollywood tickets is aRes Travel. They offer discounts on all multi-day tickets, as well as bundles of Disneyland and Universal tickets.

Regular Walt Disney World multi-day tickets expire, usually at the end of the year after you purchase them. Specifically, the first use of the ticket typically has to occur before December 31, and then they expire after 14 days (counting the first use day). If they expire and have never been used, you will still be able to get what you paid for them as a credit towards new tickets. Note that if buy tickets at last year’s prices from Undercover Tourist, tickets will generally have last year’s expiration date: December 31, 2018. Once Undercover Tourist starts selling tickets with the later expiration date, they will probably have to switch to the new price structure.

Disneyland tickets expire at the end of the year you purchase them (or the next year, if you purchase them close to the end of the year). Current regular tickets expire at the end of 2018. Completely unused tickets can still be turned in toward the price of new tickets, even after the expiration date.

Universal Studios Hollywood tickets expire at the end of the year you purchase them (or the next year, if you purchase them close to the end of the year). Current regular tickets expire at the end of 2018. Completely unused tickets can still be turned in toward the price of new tickets, even after the expiration date.

Universal Orlando tickets expire 1 year after being issued. The ticket is issued once you have something you can take to the gate. So if you print them at home, the 1 year starts when you print them or the printable PDF is issued. If you select will call kiosk or ticket window pickup, the expiration starts when you pick the ticket up at Universal Orlando. Completely unused tickets can still be turned in toward the price of new tickets, even after the expiration date.

Here’s a table of the dates that the price increased at the parks over the last few years.

Historical price increase dates for the Disney parks:

  Walt Disney World Disneyland
2012
Jun 3
May 20
2013 Jun 2 Jun 2
2014 Feb 23 May 18
2015 Feb 22 (APs Oct 4) Feb 22 (APs Oct 4)
2016 Feb 28 Feb 28
2017 Feb 12 Feb 12
2018 Feb 11 Feb 11

 

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Discount Tickets

Disneyland (California) and Universal Studios Hollywood Discount Tickets