Walt Disney World has announced that starting in December, prices on admission tickets, as well as annual passes, will increase.
Plus, for the first time, it will charge extra for one-day tickets based on which park a customer visits.
The price changes will take effect starting December 8, 2022.
Current theme park ticket prices range from $109 for a value ticket to $159 per day, depending on date.
When the change takes effect, the new price range will be as follows:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109 – $159 (no increase)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124 – $179
- EPCOT: $114 – $179
- Magic Kingdom: $124 – $189 (the latter price is for the 9 days encompassing Christmas and New Year’s Eve)
In a statement, Disney said Magic Kingdom will be priced higher than the other parks because it is the “most-visited theme park in the world.”
They also state that starting December 8, when you purchase a 1 day 1 park ticket, the system will automatically book a park reservation for you.
This is only true for one day/one park tickets. Reservations will still have to be made separately when purchasing a one-day park hopper or multi-day ticket.
The prices of the Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus ticket add-ons, which allow customers to visit more than one park a day, will begin varying by date on December 8, as well, but Disney hasn’t released those prices yet.
Multi-day tickets are also expected to increase, but again, no pricing details were given.
Though annual pass sales for the Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer, and Pirate tiers has suspended, it looks like when Disney chooses to reactivate them, they will be priced higher as well.
The new prices:
- Incredi-Pass: $1399 (was $1299)
- Sorcerer: $969 (was $899)
- Pirate: $749 (was $699)
The Pixie Dust Pass (exclusive to Florida residents) will remain at the same price of $399.
Current passholders still receive a discount on renewals, the company said.
The Bottom Line
These price increases are being levied despite the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division recording record revenue in its recent Quarter Four/Fiscal Year Earnings Report.
The Walt Disney Company Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy said during the call that Disney is “actively evaluating [its] cost base” across the company and “looking for meaningful efficiencies.”
Shortly after, CEO Bob Chapek clarified in a memo that would mean layoffs within the company, but didn’t say where in the company they were looking.
The question is will these price increases be used to increase minimum wages of cast members, whose unions are currently in contract talks with the company, or be used to offset the recent streaming losses reported during that Earnings Report.
It’s also worth noting Disneyland raised its admission prices last month in October, so it was expected that Walt Disney World would, as well.
As for avoiding the upcoming price increases, the time to book is now. All vacations booked by December 7 will reflect the current lower pricing.
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