Walt Disney World raises ticket prices. One day at the Magic Kingdom up to $99
Published: February 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney World will raise its one-day, one-park ticket prices by $4, taking the price of a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom to $99, with a day at Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom rising to $94.
If this price increase seems like it's coming earlier this year, it is. Last year, Disney raised its ticket prices in June, with prices rising at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Last year's increase raised one-day tickets from $89 a day for all four WDW parks. The four-day base ticket went up $23. No word yet on what the new price of that ticket will be. The new prices go into effect tomorrow (Sunday).
We've not yet heard any news of a Disneyland price increase for this year, so this round of increases appears to be for Walt Disney World only.
Interesting side note: The news of the price increase leaked Saturday evening during a Universal Orlando press event, when pretty much everyone who covers theme parks in Central Florida was over at the Mardi Gras event at Universal. In journalism, there's a cliche about dumping bad news late on Friday afternoon, when reporters are going home for weekend and news breaking then will end up on the late Friday broadcasts and in the Saturday morning papers — the least watched and read of the week. Breaking news on a Saturday night during a rival's press event takes that to a new level though.
Final point, anticipating the comment flame war that inevitably breaks out online following any news of a Disney price increase: As long as more people keep going to the parks each year, theme parks will keep increasing their prices. Disney World's attendance is up, so it's just supply-and-demand for Disney to raise its prices. If you think Disney World's gotten too expensive, don't bother complaining. Disney's looking at attendance numbers when setting prices, not people moaning online. Look for an alternative where to spend your money instead. The one-day prices at Disneyland and Universal Orlando are holding at $92 a day. (So far. Expect a price increase before the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, at least.) A one-day ticket to Disneyland Paris is US$87. Tokyo Disney's one-day ticket is just US$60.50. (Its next price increase will come April 1, to US$62.45.) Better deals are almost always available on multi-day tickets and even annual passes, if you're willing and able to visit often.
Update: Here are the new prices:
- A one-day, one-park rises from $95 to $99 for the Magic Kingdom, and from $90 to $94 for the other parks
- A four-day base ticket (one park per day) rises from $279 to $294
- A 10-day base ticket rises from $339 to $354
- Am I reading this right? No, I wasn't. Park hopper prices didn't go down across the board. Correct information follows. Adding the park-hopper option to your pass rises from $59 to $60 for 4-day to 10-day tickets. It's $49 for 2- and 3-day tickets, and $35 for a one-day. Adding the park hopper option is just $15 for Florida residents on a one-day ticket, $24.50 for a 3-day and $30 for 4 days.
- A four-park Annual Pass rises from $609 to $634 for non-Florida residents and from $464 to $485 for Florida residents
The one-day ticket prices appear steep, of course, but let's remember that Disney World created its pricing structure to encourage longer stays. That means Disney World tickets start at $35.40 a day on a 10-day ticket, and cost just $73.50 a day if you spend four days to go to the four parks.