Disney announces ticket and parking price increases at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
Disney announced substantial price increases for admission tickets and annual passes at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resorts, effective tomorrow. (So buy today if you're planning a trip soon!) Prices will rise from one to 15 percent.
No, it's not filled with money. But soon...
And for the first time in the United States, Disney's priced a one-day ticket at one of its theme parks above the price of a one-day ticket at other parks in the same resort. A single-day visit to the Magic Kingdom will cost $5 more than visiting one of the other Disney World theme parks, starting tomorrow, for those rare individuals who do not buy a multi-day pass to the WDW theme parks.
Here are some of the new prices you'll pay, starting Sunday.
At Walt Disney World
- A one-day, one-park rises from $89 to $95 for the Magic Kingdom, and to $90 for the other parks
- A four-day base ticket (one park per day) rises from $256 to $279
- A 10-day base ticket rises from $318 to $339
- Adding the park-hopper option to your pass rises $2 per ticket (regardless of the number of days on your ticket), from $57 to $59
- A four-park Annual Pass rises from $574 to $609 for non-Florida residents and from $425 to $464 for Florida residents
- A one-day one-park ticket rises from $87 to $92
- A one-day park hopper ticket rises from $125 to $137
- The SoCal Select Annual Pass rises from $269 to $279
- SoCal Annual Pass rises from $329 to $359
- Deluxe Annual Pass rises from $469 to $499
- Premium Annual Pass rises from $649 to $669 (no blockout days, parking included)
- The parking add-on for non-Premium APs goes from $129 to $139
- The AP blockout day ticket goes from $70 to $84
The one-day parking fee will rise $1 on both coasts, to $15 at Walt Disney World and $16 at Disneyland.
The biggest price increase, 15 percent, is reserved for Disney's high-roller fans, as the two-resort Premiere Pass, good for 12 months at all Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks, raises $130 to $979.
A friend who's planning his son's bday at Disneyland later this year asked me yesterday about price increases. I told him typically they occur first weekend in June, but said he should call as I haven't read any updates yet.
FWIW, I have no problem with price increases as long as something new is brought to a park. This year, Disney adds what? If they want to increase prices, do so next year when the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens.
I worked at the Auto Plaza at EPCOT, and I'd say 3 out of 4 guests who paid cash gave us a $20, making us provide $6 in change.
It really makes me angry that they give you one day's notice of this kind of thing.
.not a surprise.....except the mk costing more.
The fact that Disney wants to charge more for Magic Kingdom probably speaks volumes about the rest of the parks at WDW.
Disney stopped being affordable years ago. Their ticket prices are simply absurd.
Behind all that pixie dust we need to remember Disney is running a business here, first and foremost. Judging by how attendance numbers are high at their parks and people still pack their parks, they are have every right to raise ticket prices. It's just good business, just about any business owner will do the same.
Disney is free to do what they want. That doesn't mean I like it. I lost interest in Walt Disney World quite a while ago and I won't visit their parks if all of them have received substantial upgrades and additions.
Someone posted 'Dismey, your parks are crowded...' That simply means the price is too LOW. Raising the prices might even out supply and demand a tiny bit, making the park more pleasant for those who can afford it. I'm a bit surprised Disney hasn't figured out a 'premium' experience yet ala Discovery Cove.
Every major theme/amusement park around the world is upgrading and putting new e ticket attractions every two to three years but WDW. Even Disney in California and International is making improvements. The last thing that Disney World did that's E Ticket quality is add Everest which in many opinions is still broken with a non animated yeti (disco yeti). I'm tired of hearing well its a business and people still go whatever the price. What price is too much for a park that doesn't improve for like 10 to 15 years?
Here is an informal economic explanation for the recent price increases in central Florida’s oligopoly theme park industry. Historically, Disney has been the dominant firm and demonstrated it by exhibiting price leadership; Disney would announce its price increase and Universal would match it, SeaWorld would set its price a little less. With the opening, of Harry Potter Universal started to challenge Disney as the dominant firm in Central Florida. Last year 2012, Universal tried to exhibit price leadership by announcing its daily park price increase before Disney, but Disney set its price later and slightly higher. This forced Universal to re-announce its daily ticket price to match Disney’s (to avoid the appearance of having an inferior product as measured by daily ticket prices.)
An update to my earlier comment:
Walt Disney World is always exciting for me and probably many others. Any time that we are planning to go I am very excited. Prices going up doesn't make me happy, but going to WDW does.
How does the average family afford to go at $92 per entry? For a working family of four they're looking at spending $400 before they step into the park. By the time you have two meals at inflated prices, snacks, multiple drinks on 100 degree days, and buy the kids a balloon and a hat, you've got to be looking at more than $800, maybe a grand for the day.
I visit the parks twice a year and will continue to do so. My problem is that they are really making it difficult for those who struggle to afford to visit. They reduced the amount of time they offer the free dining and now the cost increase. Bottom line it is a business and a smart one at that.
Disneyland....not worth the money...
I don't think WDW Parks are too crowded. The problem is they lack attraction offerings which results in huge wait times for every major attraction. Look at CA adventure which will soon eclipse Epcots annual attendance. A park 4 times the size of CA adventure, yet consistently has longer wait times for its attractions. The difference is CA adventure simply has more attractions, which spreads out the crowd throughout the park. WDWs Parks are huge compared to Disneyland Resort but they lack attractions. New lands /attractions/parks are the only way to ease overcrowded Parks. The price increases are purely for profit and competition with universal.
Speak for yourself. Disneyland is my Laughing Place. Period.
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