Walt Disney World Raises One-Day Ticket Prices Above $100 - Prices Rise at Disneyland, Too

February 21, 2015, 10:44 AM · 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.

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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.

One-day, one-park:
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

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Replies (24)

February 22, 2015 at 1:25 AM · 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.
February 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM · 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.
February 22, 2015 at 11:01 AM · 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.?

Disney doesn't offer a big discount, unless you upgrade to the 4 or more days plans. Would this pricing strategy seem to indicate that most customers purchase 3 day plans or less?

February 22, 2015 at 12:14 PM · Quick WDW observations...
Days 5 to 10 on a 10-day ticket are only $10 per day (1-pk or hopper).
FL Res Seasonal pass used on 9 days and cost of parking 9 days is the same as FL Res Annual Pass.
February 22, 2015 at 12:15 PM · After 20+ years of a few visits a year, last years increase did me in. Will miss it, but still have the memories.
February 22, 2015 at 5:21 PM · 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.
February 22, 2015 at 8:03 PM · 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.

The crowds are a problem, but not for Disney. The price increases are not enough to fix the crowding. I'm not sure why Disney would want to alleviate the crowds in that sense if they also want to suffer from lower profits. If you're in favor of higher ticket prices as a solution to the crowding, it invites a response that you might not like. Disney wants just enough of an increase to pad Disney's wallets and lighten your wallet and there is no relief on crowds. A lose lose.

February 22, 2015 at 7:06 PM · 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.
February 22, 2015 at 8:05 PM · 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).

But Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom at $97?

Nobody can tell me that's even a halfway decent deal.

February 22, 2015 at 8:32 PM · 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.

Every year, I have to wonder what the limit on price increases is for the Disney parks. For the past several years, I've felt the parks were getting close to it yet none of them have had a noteworthy attendance drop. I know Disney is a business, but there's a point where they'll start to lose money if they end up pricing themselves out of the market. They've definitely shifted to more of a focus on multi-day visitors, as nobody can deny that once you get above three days (and especially above five in Florida) you're getting a pretty good value compared to other major parks as long as you can use that many days.

February 22, 2015 at 9:33 PM · 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.

There's speculation that Disney is trying to discourage annual passholders from dropping in for visits of just a few hours by making them pay for parking each time. If they don't want to pay for parking for each visit, Disney is trying to entice them to upgrade to a higher-level and more expensive pass.

February 23, 2015 at 2:05 AM · Mr. Keith writes: "Disney should change to a fluctuating price system. It would encourage more people to go during the off season ..."

I Respond: I'm sorry, but when exactly is this "off season" you speak of?

February 23, 2015 at 4:48 AM · 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.
February 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM · 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.

At first I was disappointed they barely raised some of the AP prices, however it sounds like a parking upgrade is no longer an option. You now have to purchase a premium pass to get free parking.

February 23, 2015 at 8:44 AM · 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.
February 23, 2015 at 10:39 AM · Here is an opportunity for Universal to Lower their prices by lets say $3.00.

This would piss off Disney and maybe drive some more attention to Universal.

I now every time one of these two have a price increase - the other company also has an increase. But why not buck the trend and stick it to Disney...

So I am officially calling for a Universal decrease in Price... Unofficially of curse..

February 23, 2015 at 10:59 AM · 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.
February 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM · 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.

Disney is busy all year, but there are still times that are relativity quiet. Having a lower rate on the least attended days would boost attendance on those days, and would stabilize crowds on busy days. Disney probably wouldn't do it because it means eliminating it's premium price, but they already do that with hotel prices, and multi-day ticket discounts.

February 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM · I can't find out anything about the Premeire Passes. Are they still being offered?
February 23, 2015 at 6:51 PM · Universal will raise their prices....it seems to happen like clockwork!
February 24, 2015 at 9:23 AM · 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.
February 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM · 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.

With that said, I do find this rather sad. The company's actions on this, and on other fronts, are sending me a message that it doesn't want-- or need me.

We have a timeshare, so obviously staying on property is not something we're going to do. Our visits to Orlando are about once a year. We see a rock-bottom airfare and we grab a timeshare week and we go. Sometimes, it's a rather quick decision (when we happen to spot an Allegiant Airfare sale of $30!!!!). Because of our pattern, we have typically bought non-expiration ten day park hopper passes. We go one or two days during our week in Orlando, depending on our mood. Our tickets last about five or six years. We bought new ones last year, so we have eight days remaining to use.

But as we've already discovered with our 10-day non-expiration ticket, we've got to plan sooo far in advance to reserve dining and ride times with this new (and improved ;-) fastpass system that it just doesn't work for us. There is no longer the leisure decision of it's sunny on Monday so we'll do timeshare pools on Monday and go to Disney when it's cloudy and cooler on Tuesday.

If a trip to Disney World is a trip of a lifetime, then fastpass+ is wonderful. For us, who have been before, who just want to go for a day or two, without much planning to visit our favorites, then we're up the creek.

I understand "most" people do not buy a single day ticket. However, there are reasons to purchase one... maybe your family is driving back from a cruise or the beach and wants to stop for just one night in Orlando. Or maybe you're spending a week at the beach and want to drive over to Orlando for just one day... and you play it by ear which "day" (depending on sunburns and weather). The people buying the most expensive tickets will have the worst experiences because they'll encounter no reserve times for rides or dining since they didn't/couldn't plan in advance.

February 24, 2015 at 12:23 PM · 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.

When you buy the multi-day pass or the no-expiration day passes, you locked up lots of money for the short or long term. Is it a good use of your money to invest a $300 for a 5 day pass or $700 for a 10 day no-expiration day pass? The economics is even worse when you have a family of 4. That's $1200 or $2800 worth of passes.

Certainly, the more days you use, the cheaper the cost as it spreads out. However, if you change your perception and use the single day pass as a benchmark, you'll try to get more use out of that day.

Going more times a year makes you want more. Going once and making it count could be more lasting in your memory.

February 24, 2015 at 7:22 PM · 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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