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How To Find The Cheapest Time of Year To Go To Disney World

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Disney released it’s new ticket pricing recently with an unexpected side effect. It’s now super easy to find the cheapest time of year to go to Disney World!

Read on to learn how to navigate the ticket calendar on the Disney World website to find the cheapest times to visit Disney World. Conversely, you can see the most expensive times at Disney World with this calendar, too.

I’ll also share the cheapest time of year to stay at a Disney World resort hotel later in the post so read on!

And if you want to learn the cheapest way to get Disney tickets online, check out this post

Disney World Date-Based Ticket Calendar

Disney World Date-Based Ticket Calendar

Starting October 2018, the price for Disney World multi-day tickets depends on the dates you are visiting.

This is yet another attempt by Disney to distribute crowds evenly throughout the year. They have been offering discounted rates on their hotels during the “off-season” for many years, so this just extends that demand-based pricing to tickets.

What is helpful about this date-based pricing is that the highest-priced days correspond to the busiest days at Disney World. This can help you avoid those busy days when you are planning your Disney World vacation.

I always recommend getting discount park tickets from Undercover Tourist as opposed to directly with Disney. A reader just let me know she saved $365 on park tickets for her family by getting her tickets in advance from Undercover Tourist!

The Most Expensive Times of Year at Disney World

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The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year to visit Disney World

First, you can view the interactive date-based Disney World ticket calendar here.  

To save you some time, here are the Disney World 2020 dates that are the most expensive to visit (and the US holidays to which they correspond):

  • 1/1  (New Year’s)
  • 4/1 – 4/15 (School Spring Break/Easter)
  • 5/20 – 5/24 (Memorial Day)
  • 11/18 – 11/25 (Thanksgiving)
  • 12/15 – 12/31 (Christmas Holiday)

If you want to avoid the busiest and most expensive times at Walt Disney World, these are the dates to avoid in 2020.

Now if you already have a trip planned for a certain time of year, you can also use the Disney ticket calendar to find the busiest days within a month.

You can also use this approach to find the cheapest time to go to Disney World!

The Cheapest Time To Go To Disney World in 2020

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Festival of the Arts takes place in January & February at Disney World

By studying the date-based ticket prices you can find the cheapest dates to visit Disney World. Not surprisingly, most of these dates are when kids are traditionally in school.

I categorized the dates into the two slowest times of the year based on ticket prices. The slowest time of year is Value 1 and the next slowest dates fall into Value 2. 

Here are the dates for the cheapest time to go to Disney World in 2020:

Value 1 Season (4-day tickets under $105 per day)

  • January 9th – 31st
  • February 1st – 8th
  • August 19th – 31st
  • September 1st – 26th

Not surprisingly these dates fall in January, February, August, and September.

Here are the next cheapest times to go to Disney World in 2020:

Value 2 Season (4-day tickets under $110 per day)

  • January 4th – 7th
  • February 9th – 11th
  • February 16th – 24th
  • April 20th – 30th
  • July 3rd – 9th
  • July 23rd – 28th
  • August 6th – 18th
  • September 27th – 30th
  • October 20th – 26th

If you are trying to plan a visit during the cheapest times at Disney World, these are the best dates to visit.

Cheapest Time of Year To Stay at Disney World Hotels

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Disney All Star Movies Resort

Not only do tickets prices change throughout the year, but the prices at Disney World resort hotels do as well.

For example, the “rack rate” for a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort fluctuates from $112/night to $241/night throughout the year, depending on when you are visiting.

Note that prices are always cheaper on Sunday through Thursday nights than on weekend nights. 

Here are the dates that are overall the cheapest times to stay at a Disney World resort hotel in 2020:

  • January 2nd – 8th
  • January 12th – 16th
  • January 20th – February 12th 
  • August 23rd – September 12th
  • October 25th – November 4th
  • November 8th – 20th
  • November 28th – December 5th

These dates will be the cheapest time of year to go to Disney World and stay on Disney property. 

If you want a recommendation on when to visit based on crowds, cost, and weather, check out my post on the Best Times To Visit Disney World here.

I hope this post helped you find the cheapest time of year to go to Disney World! If you want help planning a Disney vacation from an expert (at NO additional cost to you!), get a free quote from Destinations in Florida here.

AND if you have any questions, just leave a comment below or join the discussion over at my free Facebook group for The Budget Mouse!

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Joe

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Hi there great info thanks. I have a question if some one can answer does anyone know if a truck camper would be allowed to camp in the tent area or does it have to go to the RV camping area as it is as big as a good size tent. Thanks

Leah

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Hi Joe and good question. A truck camper and some small trailer campers are actually allowed in the tent camping sites.

Jordan

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

I’m SO glad I found your blog! We are planning just 2 days at Disney next week throughout our travelling around Florida. We have no idea which is the best way to purchase tickets as we are there for such a short time it seems a shame to buy a 14 day pass, but don’t want to get caught out on the day and end up paying almost the same. Could you please advise me on what to do Disney queen 😆 Thank you, Jordan x

Leah

Tuesday 17th of March 2020

Hi Jordan! Here is my post on the cheapest way to buy Disney tickets: https://www.thefrugalsouth.com/cheapest-way-to-get-disney-tickets/ Hope it helps!

Jordan

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Sorry I also forgot to mention, we are coming from England x

Lisa Roth

Friday 21st of February 2020

Hi, looking at a Disney trip in August of this year. We are campers, so we want to stay at the campground on property (is there only one?). What is the best way to book the campground and settle on dates for park tickets?

Leah

Friday 21st of February 2020

Hi Lisa! There is a campground at Fort Wilderness. Here is my post all about camping at Disney World: https://thebudgetmouse.com/campsites-disney-fort-wilderness-resort/ I'd suggest getting a quote from my travel agent parter Siera for your campground stay here: https://thebudgetmouse.com/get-a-free-disney-world-vacation-quote/ Hope that helps!

Carmen

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Hi, We live in South Africa. I'm a single parent and don't have much to spend but my daughter (almost 6) has been selling cupcakes and washing cars to save enough for a Disney vacation. I have no idea where to start planning and what would give her the best experience for the lowest prices possible. Please help!

Isaiah

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

Hello, I know it has been over a year since you asked for assistance but I will try to help. First I would recommend Disney's All-Star Movies Resort as a hotel because it is the cheapest "resort" at Disney, it embodies all of the wonderful Disney magic, it provides free transportation to and from the parks as well as to and from Orlando’s airport, and as a bonus, you get to book fastpasses early (I will get back to this). A problem I assume will be in your way is the cost of international travel, I would recommend using the most inexpensive international airline you can find because no matter how inexpensive the flight is, it's an international flight so you will have amenities. Once you are there I would recommend a backpack that has a cooler pocket so that you can go grocery shopping and bring your meals into the park so that you don’t have to buy the food in the parks which is more costly. My next tip is to prioritize what your daughter is interested in and what fits her age group, for example, you might not want to do some of the thrill rides and instead focus on Peter Pan’s Flight and Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid which is slower and more magical. Also if your daughter loves princesses (let’s face it, we all love princesses) or any other characters, there are character meet and greets that take place throughout the parks as well as special restaurants where the characters will come to your table; I recommend Chef Mickey’s as well as Cinderella’s Royal Table. However, you do have to pay for the character restaurants whereas you do not have to pay for the meet and greets.

If you don’t know what Fastpasse’s are then simply they are “Fastpass (aka Fast Pass or FastPass+) is essentially Disney World’s ride reservation system. It allows you to reserve access to certain rides, shows, and character meet-and-greets in advance.” - Leah. These allow you to get in shorter lines for various rides and attractions at every park. You can reserve up to 3 Fastpasses in advance for each day; Fastpass reservations can be made 30 days prior to the trip if you are not staying at a Disney resort and 60 days prior if you are staying at a Disney resort. The links to Leah’s fastpass articles for each park are at the bottom of the comment.

A small tip for making things more magical is the Disney snacks, these do cost money but if you are packing most of your meals then a little snack never hurts (especially Mickey ice creams). Another tip is when you are entering the park, go to the Guest Relations building and if you ask they will give you a pin for free that you can wear on your shirt that says something along the lines of “First Time at Disney,” not only is this fun for the kiddo (and you as well) the cast members in the park will usually say “Welcome” if they see someone wearing the pin. A final tip is to check crowd calendars and try and go during the times with the fewest amount of people. I have a few more things however this is getting very long, if you would like planning help or just more tips just ask, I would love to help more in any way I can.

Fastpass Links:

Overall Guide: https://thebudgetmouse.com/disney-fastpass-everything-you-need-to-know-free-printable-cheat-sheet/ Magic Kingdom: https://thebudgetmouse.com/fastpass-magic-kingdom-planning-tips/ EPCOT: https://thebudgetmouse.com/epcot-fastpass-2020-guide-tips/ Animal Kingdom: https://thebudgetmouse.com/hollywood-studios-fastpass-tiers-2020/ Hollywood Studios: https://thebudgetmouse.com/animal-kingdom-fastpass-tips/

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Tare' Stapp

Saturday 24th of August 2019

Hello! First off, thank you for all of this useful information! Secondly, I usually purchase my tickets and hotel directly through the website, but I have never tried Undercover Tourist. If I book my hotel and purchase my tickets through them, do I still receive the same amenities, such as "extra park hours" and such? I know this is probably a really stupid question, but I was just curious!

Thank you so much for your help!

Leah

Saturday 24th of August 2019

Hi Tare' and this is a very good question! Yes, you'll get all of the same benefits of staying at a Disney World resort if you buy your tickets from a broker. You'll get an email with your ticket number. You use this to link the ticket to your My Disney Experience account. Then it's just the same as if you bought your ticket from Disney. You can make your FastPass reservations and have access to Extra Magic Hours, etc. This post might be helpful: https://www.thefrugalsouth.com/cheapest-way-to-get-disney-tickets/

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