Sunday, February 23, 2014

Walt Disney World Ticket Prices Increase



Well, it's Sunday, so usually it's my Walt Disney World News and Rumors post.  Which I will, of course write in a little while.  But something happened late last night, into this morning in regards to ticket prices that I thought needed it's own separate post.

You see, ticket prices increased, yet again, just a mere 8 months after the previous increase.  (Which happened in June of 2013.)  This increase happened so stealthily, in the quiet of the night on Saturday night with no warning, what so ever.  We hadn't heard rumbles about this one at all, when usually, we hear something a few days before.

So, how did tickets increase?  Well, first, a one day Magic Kingdom base ticket increased by $4, to the unprecedented total of $99. (Which truthfully does surprise me that Disney chooses to be the first who's so close to that $100.  I mean the next price increase for the Magic Kingdom will have to be over $100...and those three digits seem to be a scary threshold to reach...is that just me who thinks this?)  Disney has also decided to continue the prescience set forth the last time, where Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom will see cheaper rates.  The cost to get into those three parks will be $94, again a $4 price increase.

It wasn't just One Day tickets that increased though.  Instead, all Magic Your Way tickets have increased an average of about $15 per ticket option.

In addition, both the Park Hopper Option and the Water Park Fun and More option have increased by $1 each.  Also, the dual option where guests get the Park Hopper and the Water Park Fun and More increased by $2.  And the No Expiration option increased overall as well. 


One Day Theme Park Ticket Options
TicketAges 10+ Ages 3-9
Single Day Magic Kingdom Ticket$99$93
 Single Day Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ticket$94$88




Magic Your Way Ticket Options
Number of DaysBase Ticket
Optional Add-Ons
Ages 10-upAges 3-9Park Hopper®Water Park Fun & MorePark Hopper® & Water Park Fun & MoreNo Expiration
10 days$354
($35.40/day) increase of $15
$334
($33.40/day)
increase of $15
$60  increase of $1
$60 (10 visits) increase of $1
$86 (10 visits) increase of $2
$340 increase of $15
9 days$344
($38.23/day)
increase of $15
$324
($36.00/day)
increase of $15
$60  increase of $1
$60 (9 visits) increase of $1
$86 (9 visits) increase of $2
$295 increase of $15
8 days$334
($41.75/day)
increase of $15
$314
($39.25/day)
increase of $15
$60  increase of $1
$60 (8 visits) increase of $1
$86 (8 visits) increase of $2
$270 increase of $25
7 days$324
($46.29/day)
increase of $15
$304
($43.43/day)
increase of $14
$60  increase of $1
$60 (7 visits) increase of $1
$86 (7 visits) increase of $2
$250 increase of $30
6 days$314
($52.34/day)
increase of $15
$294 ($49.00/day)
increase of $14
$60  increase of $1
$60 (6 visits) increase of $1
$86 (6 visits) increase of $2
$210 increase of $20
5 days$304
($60.00/day)
increase of $15
$284
($56.80/day)
increase of $14
$60 
increase of $1
$60 (5 visits) increase of $1
$86 (5 visits) increase of $2
$160 increase of $15
4 days$294
($73.50/day)
increase of $15
$274
($68.50/day)
increase of $14
$60  increase of $1
$60 (4 visits) increase of $1
$86 (4 visits) increase of $2
$100 increase of $5
3 days$274
($91.34/day)
increase of $12
$255
($85.00/day)
increase of $11
$49 decrease of $10
$60 (3 visits) increase of $1
$86 (3 visits) increase of $2
$50 increase of $5
2 days$188
($94.00/day)
increase of $4
$175
($87.00/day)
increase of $3
$49 decrease of $10
$60 (2 visits)  increase of $1
$86 (2 visits) increase of $2
$40 increase of $5


Base Ticket: One theme park per day
Park Hopper: Can hop between more than one theme park on each day
Water Park Fun and More: Allows guests a specific number of visits (between 2 and 10 depending on the number of days of your ticket) to choose between the Disney Water Parks, DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Disney’s Winter Summerland.
No Expiration: Allows you to use your tickets at any time, with no expiration date. (Tickets are only good for 14 days after first day's use, unless this option is purchased.)


In addition, Annual Passes have increased in price as well.  Both adults and children pay the same price for their Annual Pass. There is no separation of pricing like the Magic Your Way tickets offer.

Annual PassPrice
Annual Pass (Pass gets you into all four theme parks for 365 days.)$634 increase of $25
Premium Annual Pass (Pass gets you into all four theme parks, Disney’s two water parks, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, DisneyQuest, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.) $754 increase of $25


Lately, tickets have typically increased in the Summer, so it will be interesting to see if Disney decides to increase tickets this summer too.  Especially given that Universal will likely increase their tickets with the opening of Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, which is slated to open sometime this Summer.

What are your thoughts on the increase?  Were you just as surprised as I was?  Do you see the reasoning behind it?  Let me know in the comments section.

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2 comments:

K said...

Seems to me that our only options are for us to pony up for the AP from DVC. I was on the fence about doing it again this year, but with the new promotion (it's not a perk, like they're advertising it to be. It expires in April. Things that expire aren't perks) for an AP. It's only $484. Makes it look like an insane bargain, even though it'll cost our family of four close to TWO GRAND for tickets. Ouch!

Rikki Niblett said...

Yep...so crazy isn't it?

And right..."perk"...and then DVC rates go back to being the normal cost after April...I agree. Not the same as it was before.