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Walt Disney World’s New Date-Based Ticket Pricing & Other Disney News This Week

Every week I gather the latest news from Walt Disney World and Disneyland to help you keep up with all of the changes. Here is the most recent Disney news for the week of Sept. 24-Sept. 30, 2018:

1. Disney World Welcomes A New Pricing Structure 

If you haven’t heard, Disney World is introducing a new pricing structure for park tickets beginning Oct. 16, 2018. As the Disney Parks Blog announced on Sept. 24, “Introducing date-based tickets and pricing will allow us to better distribute attendance throughout the year so that we can continue to improve and deliver a great experience.”

Admittedly, the change is a bit confusing, especially for those not buying a vacation package, but rather purchasing their tickets separately. Basically, the new system features date-based tickets. This means prices will be generated based on the date you’ve selected to visit the parks. If you purchase a one-day ticket, it will be priced for that specific day and will not be valid for any other day. However, when selecting multi-day tickets, the price will be based on the first day of your trip and will only be valid for the number of days you purchased tickets, in addition to a few extra days.

You can watch the video below to see how it all works.

2. Rafiki’s Planet Watch ISN’T Closing

On Sept. 21, the closure of Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was announced. Then, on Sept. 25, multiple outlets reported Oct. 20 as the last day for Rafiki’s Planet Watch. However, Disney confirmed (via WDW News Today) on Sept. 28 that Rafiki’s Planet Watch will in fact reopen in spring 2019 after an “extensive refurbishment.”

3. More Mobile Ordering At Disneyland

As reported by WDW News Today, more mobile ordering is at Disneyland. You can use the mobile order feature on the Disneyland app for Edelweiss Snacks, Refreshment Corner, Royal Street Veranda, and Stage Door Cafe.

4. Details About Disneyland’s Holiday Celebrations

On Sept. 25, Disney announced dates for several festive experiences that are part of Disneyland’s 2018 holiday celebrations, which officially begin on Nov. 9. On Nov. 4, Disneyland’s Pixar Play Parade will end to make way for A Christmas Fantasy Parade. On Nov. 7, Disney California Adventure’s Paint the Night will come to a close, meaning Festival of Holidays and Festive Foods Marketplace will be right around the corner. Plus, park goers can look forward to Believe…in Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at DCA. You can check further details here.

5. Early Morning Magic Expanding At Magic Kingdom

Early Morning Magic at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will double its attractions available for guests beginning Dec. 2. New to the event will include Princess Fairytale Hall, “it’s a small world”, Mad Tea Party, and Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. The new Early Morning Magic will take place on select Tuesdays and Sundays from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. In addition to regular theme park admission, it costs $79 for adults and $69 for children.

6. New Candlelight Processional Narrators

The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the HolidaysCandelight Processional (Nov. 22 through Dec. 30) has announced four new celebrity narrators, including Helen Hunt, Alfonso Ribeiro, Bart Millard, and Moana‘s Auli’I Cravalho.

7. Some Major Disney Cruise Line News

As reported by Chip and Co., in 2020, Disney Cruise Line will be going to Hawaii and will be sailing out of the Louisiana Port of New Orleans for the first time ever. The Disney Wonder will sail off on six special cruises from New Orleans: four six and seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, a seven-night Bahamian cruise, and a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, departing Feb. 7 through March 6. The Disney Wonder will also head back to Hawaii after a five-year hiatus with a nine-night cruise to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada on April 29 and a 10-night cruise back to Vancouver on May 8. For more information, head on over to Chip and Co.

Disney Cruise Line Mickey

8. New Play, Stay, and Dine Offer 

There is a new 2019 Play, Stay, and Dine Package now available for Disney World guests. The booking window began on Sept. 26 and goes through Jan. 2, 2019. According to Disney, “With this offer, a family of four can play, stay, dine and save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day room, Magic Your Way ticket and dining plan package at a select Disney Resort hotel most nights January 1 through March 9, 2019.” Be sure to head on over to Disney World’s official website for more details.

That’s it for Disney news from this past week. I’ll continue to collect park updates, so be sure to keep your eyes open for my weekly news post!

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