It’s getting to be a habit. About once or twice a year Disneyland and Walt Disney World raise admission prices for their theme parks. Why? Because they can, of course. The parks are busy with many weeks approaching capacity. This year’s price hikes come a bit earlier than usual (it’s typically in August and January), but the fact that it is happening shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
The Official Disney Parks Blog has created specific pages for the new Walt Disney World and Disneyland prices. They go into effect June 12th. So you can still take advantage of the current low prices tomorrow saving up to 11% if you buy a 7-day Magic Your Way ticket.
If you look at the percentage increase chart for WDW prices that the Orlando Sentinel created, you can see that the lowest increases were for the Resident APs. I think that’s a clear sign that Disney expects more traffic to come from ‘locals’ in Florida and they want to push people to buy the AP, which will encourage them to come back and spend more in the parks throughout the year, instead of just the 3 or 4 day ticket they might otherwise get.
A one day ticket is now $85, but if you buy tickets as part of the Magic You Way program, you can get the price for one day down to $30 a day (or $51 if you add the non-expiring option). You’ll definitely want to check out the charts Disney provided to see which option suits your needs best.
If you visit the parks 5 days over your vacation, you’re paying something more like $50 a day. Which is a great deal for 10-16 hours of entertainment. That compares to 5 movies in a row or one day at NASCAR (in the cheapseats). Insert your own value here.
So, what do you think? Have the prices finally been raised beyond what’s reasonable? Or are we still getting a good deal at Disney theme parks?