Walt Disney World Raises One-Day Ticket Prices Above $100 - Prices Rise at Disneyland, Too
As we warned you earlier this week, Disney confirmed today that it will raise its theme park ticket prices at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, effective tomorrow.
The one-day price for the Magic Kingdom goes to $105, as we reported. The one-day price for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure goes to $99. The price for Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom goes to $97.
Of course, few visitors pay the one-day price, with substantially less expensive per-day prices available for multi-day tickets.
Here are the current ticket prices for Walt Disney theme parks in the United States. Prices do not include sales tax.
Magic Kingdom: $105, was $99
Disneyland: $99, was $96
Disney California Adventure: $99, was $96
Epcot: $97, was $94
Disney's Hollywood Studios: $97, was $94
Disney's Animal Kingdom: $97, was $94
Two-Day, One-Park-Per Day at Disneyland Resort: $185 ($92.50 per day), was $178
Two-Day Park-Hopper at Disneyland: $225 ($112.50 per day), was $217
Five-Day, One-Park-Per Day at Disneyland Resort: $275 ($55 per day), was $266
Five-Day Park-Hopper at Disneyland: $315 ($63 per day), was $305
Four-Day, One-Park Per Day at Walt Disney World: $305 ($76.25 per day), was $294
Four-Day Park Hopper at Walt Disney World: $369 ($92.25 per day), was $354
10-Day, One-Park Per Day at Walt Disney World: $365 ($36.50 per day), was $354
10-Day Park Hopper at Walt Disney World: $429 ($42.90 per day), was $414
Disneyland Premium Annual Pass: $779, was $699
Disneyland SoCal Select Annual Pass: $299, was $289
Walt Disney World Annual Pass: $654, was $634 ($529 for Florida residents, was $485)
Walt Disney World Florida Seasonal Annual Pass: $329, was $319
Last year, the Universal Orlando resort matched Disney's price increases four days later, so be prepared for a price increase on those tickets, too.
Earlier: The Magic Kingdom Breaks the $100 Barrier This Weekend
That's ok, Disney hasn't build a world class ride these past 10 years and I'm sure the next 10 years they'll also not make it worth to visit. Add declining service and I will never have to buy a WDW ticket ever again.
I'd be curious to see hard data on the number of one day tickets Disney sells for MK and at what point those sales took a significant nose dive as prices continued to soar upwards. At this point it's hard to imagine a scenario where somebody goes for the one day for a family of four. Going to WDW, especially MK, really isn't something you do on a whim anymore. The amount of planning that goes into touring that park, especially with the advent of FP+ and advanced ride bookings coupled with the high admission to get in has made that a fools endeavor. Unless you just want to go to the park to enjoy the atmosphere and don't care about rides and attractions or ADR's, but who's really doing that unless you're there for a photo tour or press event where your admission would most likely be covered by whatever publication you would be working for.
Here's an idea for a poll: How many guests purchase the 1 day plan vs the 2 day plans vs the 3 day plans, etc.?
Quick WDW observations...
After 20+ years of a few visits a year, last years increase did me in. Will miss it, but still have the memories.
I know people complain about the yearly price increases, but, based on demand, the parks are still not overpriced. I would be in favor of even higher increases if it would alleviate the crowding problem in the booming theme park industry.
The price increase isn't enough to convince me to pre-purchase tickets to avoid the price increases. You tie up $99 to save $6. Or tie up $354 to save $11 on a 10 day Disney World pass.
Disney should change to a fluctuating price system. It would encourage more people to go during the off season as well combating the perception that Disney overcharges. Prices will keep going up but Disney needs to do it in a way that isn't an annual news story. It would be much less noticeable when there's not a set price.
You could argue that MK is worth $105, Disneyland is worth $99, and EPCOT is worth $97. I'll buy that argument (though not the tickets).
I haven't been to Florida so I can't say for those parks, but I can say that in California I consider $99 on the bubble for Disneyland. It's worth that price, especially for one visit a year, but I probably wouldn't feel I got my money's worth if I was paying much more than that. DCA, on the other hand, I feel is worth closer to $70.
I don't know if this is true about Walt Disney World, but one of the big issues about the price increase at Disneyland among the annual passholder community is that Disney has taken away the ability to add the parking option to annual passes (except the Premium level, which has the parking included). If you already have parking included on your annual pass, you can renew it, but you can no longer add it to a new or existing pass.
Mr. Keith writes: "Disney should change to a fluctuating price system. It would encourage more people to go during the off season ..."
Alleviate crowding? Attendance has been rising for decades at these theme parks, despite exponential price hikes. This is greed pure and simple. Tokyo disney parks have higher attendance than 3 disney world parks, and considered by anyone who's been there to be the best theme park resort in the world, with 1 day tickets only about $53.
I'm so conflicted about the new prices. Part of me realizes Disney tickets are underpriced based on crowd levels, but the DLR 2-day hopper price seems crazy. For that much money I can fly to Vegas or spend a night at a nice beach front hotel. For a family of a four, a weekend at DLR is now approaching $900 just for tickets. That is no longer a weekend getaway price.
It's simple to say "supply and demand so the prices go up!" but could there be a better way? I think the issue is about the logistics of crowd control vs the guest experience and I think the change in how Fast Pass works is evidence of this. So how do we keep the experience "magical" while we keep the parks from becoming overcrowded or super exclusive? Do we tie in hotel nights with park tickets exclusively? Do we require a ticket and a reservation to visit the parks? Do we build a second Magic Kingdom or Disneyland and double our capacity? This is new territory for the industry.
Here is an opportunity for Universal to Lower their prices by lets say $3.00.
Eventually, or maybe now, some families just won't be able to go including myself if it get too much more expensive. I am not sure this is what Walt would have wanted. Didn't he want "working families" have a place they could afford and enjoy? Yes inflation does happen but the prices are going up faster than the average pay/salary increase as far as I'm concerned.
Universal is already lower than Disney, at least for single day price. Running parks is expensive so I don't see a flat out price drop of any kind, especially when the price will go up again sooner or later. Keeping the current price for another year would make them look more generous and a better value.
I can't find out anything about the Premeire Passes. Are they still being offered?
Universal will raise their prices....it seems to happen like clockwork!
Universal, if they follow the usual pattern of recent Disney price extortion will announce their price increase 2/25 or 26 and be just below Disney in cost. Predictable as rain in the summer in Florida.
From a business and shareholder standpoint, I am not against the price increase. Like any product, if people keep paying, the company should raise the price. It's not "greed," it's business. Disney, as magical as the illusion can be, is not a charity organization.
When you think about the economics of purchasing the single day pass, why not just pay the one day price of $105? It may be a lot, but that is all you pay.
I'm mostly bothered by the price increases coming at the same time things aren't working. I was at WDW the past 4 days. Madame De la Grande Bouche a.k.a. Wardrobe was covered up at Enchanted Tales with Belle, leaving the cast member to do all the talking. And the Buzz Lightyear and View Master at the front of the Space Ranger Spin line were completely covered by a black curtain. This may not seem like a big deal, but these technologies are things that separate Disney Parks from other amusement parks and they should be working, especially on the day of a price increase.
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