Disney and Universal offer new Orlando ticket options
The Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts each have posted new multi-day ticket offers for their guests.
At Walt Disney World, visitors can buy a four-day ticket that includes admission to one park each day during this holiday season and into the spring. The "4 Park Magic Ticket" costs $279 and will is valid through May 26, 2017, with block out dates from Dec. 17–Jan. 2 and April 10–21, 2017. Note that all four days must be used within 14 days of your first visit with the ticket. Vacation package offers that include the ticket are available on Disney's website.
At Universal Orlando, the resort has begun selling multi-day tickets that include admission to its upcoming Volcano Bay water park. The new 3-Park Ticket starts at $244.99 for three days for adults — a $40 increase over the three-day base ticket for the resort's current two parks. The 3-Park ticket will be available for stays of two to five days and are valid for travel beginning June 1, 2017. So pencil that in as the start of "safe" operating dates for the new water park, though it might open earlier than that. Universal Orlando also is offering vacation packages that include admission to Volcano Bay.
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Is the Orlando FlexPass still a thing?
Disney offering ticket discounts? I guess they did end up pricing themselves out of too many customers.
So Universal is making us shell out an extra $40 just for the privilege of trying out their new water park, on top of the regular admission price. Frankly, that's pretty lousy. Methinks we'll be sticking with Disney's water parks on our next trip.
I took a look at the WDW Ticket page and noticed that the 4 Park Magic Ticket is valid for one day at EACH of the four Parks. This is spelled out in one of the footnotes at the bottom of the page. So no "skipping" one Park completely and visiting, say MK for a second day. My family does not plan to visit DHS until late 2017 at the earliest, so this special ticket would not be cost effective for us. YMMV.
The WDW Magic Ticket sounds like an excellent option for first time visitors, though I can definitely see how it would hold less appeal to returning visitors. That said, the purpose of the ticket is likely to distribute crowds more evenly, so changing it would defeat the purpose.
This sounds like the old Value tickets that Disney discontinued a few years ago when they went to Magic Your Way tickets.
Regular tickets AND annual passes prices have increased... What a joke.
Have to laugh at universal increasing the price even if you choose a 2 park ticket because they will be opening volcano bay in 2017. Planning a trip soon. Will be picking Disney instead.
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