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

on April 14, 2019

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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

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

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 dates that are the most expensive to visit (and the US holidays to which they correspond):

  • 1/1 – 1/3 (New Year’s)
  • 3/15 – 3/24 (University Spring Break)
  • 4/10 – 4/24 (School Spring Break/Easter)
  • 5/22 – 5/26 (Memorial Day)
  • 11/22 – 11/27 (Thanksgiving)
  • 12/13 – 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 2019!

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.

Here is an example for April 2019:

April 2019 calendar showing the busiest times at Disney World
The most expensive days are highlighted in red – these are also the busiest days.

You can also use this approach to find the cheapest days within a month:

April 2019 calendar showing the cheapest time of year to go to Disney World

The green dates are the cheapest of that month which correspond to the slowest days (at least of April).

The Cheapest Time of Year To Go To Disney World

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 those dates:

Value 1 Season (the cheapest 4-day ticket dates)

  • January 12th – February 8th
  • February 20th – 24th
  • August 22nd – September 25th

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

Value 2 Season ($3-$5 more per day than Value 1)

  • January 8th – 11th
  • February 26th – March 1st
  • March 29th – April 7th
  • April 28th – May 17th
  • July 5th – 11th
  • July 25th – 31st
  • August 8th – 21st
  • September 26th – October 5th
  • October 26th – November 1st

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

Disney All Star Movies resort Pool with Mickey Mouse fountain

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 Pop Century Resort fluctuates from $130 to $245 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 2019:

  • January 2-9
  • January 13-17
  • January 21 – February 13 
  • August 25 – September 14
  • October 27 – November 7
  • November 11 – 22
  • November 30 – December 7

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!

Learn how to find the cheapest time to go to Disney World based on ticket and hotel prices! The cost of a visit to Disney World fluctuates wildly throughout the year so you can save hundreds (if not thousands) by visiting at the cheapest time! Get the cheapest dates to go to Disney in this post and do DIsney World on a budget. #disneyworldonabudget #dineyworldtips #cheapesttimetogotodisneyworld

5 Comments

  • Sandra

    I’m looking for a package price for 4 nights during value season in February or March for 2 adults.
    Can I get a quote for pop century and Caribbean resort. Thank you

    August 15, 2019 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Leah

      Sure, Sandra. I sent your request on to my travel agent partner Siera with Destinations in Florida so watch for an email from her!

      August 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • Tare' Stapp

    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!

    August 24, 2019 at 3:56 pm Reply
    • Leah

      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/

      August 24, 2019 at 5:01 pm Reply
      • Tare' Stapp

        Hi Leah! Thank you so much for all of this information!! You are a Disney queen : )

        August 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm Reply

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