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Ticket prices have increased at Disney World — here's how to pay the old rates if you act quickly

Feb. 21, 2022
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Ticket prices have increased at Disney World — here's how to pay the old rates if you act quickly
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It’s that time of year — Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, the dreary dead of winter and … Disney ticket price increases.

Unofficially, February has become known as the month of Disney ticket price increases. And, likely surprising very few, Disney ticket prices have been on an upward pricing trend since basically forever.

Disneyland kept fans on their toes and increased prices in Oct. 2021, the first increase since just before the park closed for more than a year due to COVID-19. According to the Los Angeles Times, ticket prices for the California-based park went up between 3 and 8 percent, depending on when you visit and the length of your stay. Parking rates increased a full 20 percent.

Disney World, on the other hand, fell in line with historical norms and just released new ticket prices on Feb. 16, 2022.

In our tests, prices for one to three-day one-park tickets and one and two-day multi-park tickets remain unchanged, but all other ticket types saw an increase.

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How to beat the ticket price increase -- temporarily

These sorts of price increases take immediate effect when buying tickets and passes directly from Disney. However, you can usually beat the increases for a short period of time by buying currently available stock from authorized third-party sites, such as Get Away Today and Undercover Tourist.

You can usually save a few dollars buying certain types of tickets via these sites anyway, but the savings are even more pronounced just after a price increase.

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Undercover Tourist reports that it’s selling Disney World tickets at reduced (aka old) prices while supplies last. You can save up to $131 by acting quickly before their old stock is sold.

Disneyland (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

For example, an adult four-day (one park per day) ticket to Disney World valid beginning Jun. 1, 2022, is available via Undercover Tourist for $471.54 all-in. The same ticket bought today directly from Disney World is $484.15. Some differences are relatively small as in that example while others are larger.

If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve, also factor in that you should be able to use your $300 annual travel credit with Undercover Tourist. Additionally, you can use your Capital One Venture miles at a fixed 1 cent each from the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, whereas tickets bought by themselves directly from Disney often code as entertainment, not travel.

Related: How to use points to buy Disney tickets

Bottom line

If you have a trip to Disney World on the near-term horizon, price out the tickets you want both directly with Disney and with third parties such as Get Away Today and Undercover Tourist and lock in something quickly if you can save some money by scooping up tickets at the pre-increase rates.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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