One-day tickets to Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks will continue to vary by season, with three different prices offered, based on anticipated crowd levels at the parks. A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom now will cost $107, $115, or $124 dollars. That's a $2 increase for low-demand days, a $5 increase for average days, and no change for peak days.
One-day tickets to Disney World's other three parks — Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios — will cost $99, $107, or $119. That's an increase of $2 for the low-demand days and $5 for the other days.
Walt Disney World annual pass prices also will increase, with Gold Florida resident passes going up $10 to $559 and unrestricted Platinum passes rising $30 to $679.
And starting tomorrow, Walt Disney World will offer $20 discounts on three- to 10-day tickets when purchased online. This is the first time that Disney's offered a regular discount for online ticket purchases through its website, something that's long been available from competitors Universal and SeaWorld in Orlando.
At the Disneyland Resort, one-day tickets to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will now cost $97, $110, or $124, up $2 for low-demand days and $5 for other days.
SoCal Select and SoCal annual passes go up $10, to $339 and $469, respectively. Deluxe APs go up $20, to $619. But the prices of Signature, Signature Plus and two-coast Premier passes will remain unchanged.
Parking at the Disneyland Resort goes up $2, to $20 a day. And monthly payment plans remain available for local residents, despite rumors that Disney would eliminate that option and require payment in full for APs.
Update: Here are the complete price tables, with changes.
1 day: $97/$110/$124, up from $95/105/119. Park Hopper $157/$165/$174, up from $155/160/$169
2 days: $199, up from $195. Park Hopper $244, up from $235
3 days: $270, up from $255. Park Hopper $315, up from $295
4 days: $290, up from $280. Park Hopper $335, up from $320
5 days: $305, up from $295. Park Hopper $350, up from $335
SoCalSelect*: $339, up from $329
SoCal*: $469, up from $459
Deluxe: $619, up from $599
Signature: $849, no change
Signature Plus: $1049, no change
Walt Disney World
1 day: $99/107/119, up from $97/102/114. Park Hopper $162/170/174, up from $155/160/164
1 day MK: $107/115/124, up from $105/110/124.
2 days: $199, down from $202. Park Hopper $259, up from $257
3 days**: $289, down from $290. Park Hopper $349, up from $345
4 days**: $350, up from $325. Park Hopper $425, up from $394
5 days**: $370, up from $340. Park Hopper $445, up from $409
6 days**: $390, up from $355. Park Hopper $465, up from $424
7 days**: $410, up from $370. Park Hopper $485, up from $439
8 days**: $420, up from $380. Park Hopper $495, up from $449
9 days**: $430, up from $390. Park Hopper $505, up from $459
10 days**: $440, up from $400. Park Hopper $515, up from $469
Epcot After 4*: $259, up from $249
Weedkday Select*: $269, up from $259
Silver*: $419, up from $389
Gold*: $559, up from $549
Platinum*: $679, up from $649
Platinum: $779, up from $749
*Local residency required
** Prices are for online purchase. Gate prices are $20 higher per ticket
We long ago abandoned WDW for Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. We can enjoy all three with their annual passes for the same price as WDW annual passes. True, those parks aren't quite in the same league as WDW. But we also don't have to schedule a ride time 6 months in advance with FP+. Low stress, lower crowds and more variety. It is a win win for our family.
Most of my AP visits had multiple lands with multiple rides, sometimes multiple e tickets either under "refurbishment" or construction, and not just for a few days, I'm talking months at a time. Rediculous. It was like you get half the park with each visit. Major Rides like Soarin would only use 1 of the 3 boarding gates causing 30+ minute lines which would otherwise be a walk on in the off season. Just a few examples how I would feel cost saving at the guest's expense with every single visit and it was enough for me. If I'm paying a premium price for Disney I expect a premium experience.
For the average punter who goes to the parks once every few years (where I'd say Disney makes most of their money - I'd be curious to know if I'm wrong), I'd be shocked if their biggest complaint was not how much of their time is spent in queues. Raising prices would be a secondary complaint.
Ultimately if attendance drops back from the price rise, Disney will not necessarily be disappointed since many guests will be happier, and their profits will be up.
Universal and the other parks will be happier too, because their attendance will increase, allowing for a more competitive theme park industry.
There are many options for other parks, but I can't say they are a substitute for Disneyland. They just don't compare. Nonetheless, I put off Universal Studios Hollywood due to their AP mess-up when Harry Potter Land opened. I will likely buy the USH AP in 2018 and enjoy it for a year.
Once upon a time, Everyone had to wait in the same line.
Disney World needs to restructure the fastpass system so it's more flexible to pass holders and last minute visitors. Get rid of Fastpass for attractions that don't need it, and only have one fastpass per day ahead of time.
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