CONFIRMED: Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increase Coming This Month; 1-Day Tickets To Exceed $100

A few weeks ago, we told you that a ticket price increase was coming to Walt Disney World’s theme parks. Today, we have some more information that has leaked about the planned price hike coming sometime this month.

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According to sources, a 1-day Magic Kingdom base ticket will be priced at $105.00 (plus tax), while a ticket for Hollywood Studios, Epcot, or Animal Kingdom will be $99.00 (plus tax). All other ticket prices will be raised similarly, probably by the same increments as the last price change seen at the Disney Parks.

We still have no confirmation on the rumors of a water park-hopper ticket being added or the no-expiration option being removed, but we assume we will hear something once the ticket prices change.

The Disneyland Resort is expected to receive similar ticket price increases this month as well.

38 comments

    • Monkeypoopants

      I take it you are talking about all the construction at the resort? Are they supposed to let the parks rot so you can go on everything?

      • bellacam2

        No, but at the same time if part of the park is out of commission should I be paying more for my ticket? They should accommodate guest in some way

        • Roger

          They will accommodate guests by not forcing anyone to enter any of their parks. If you are truly upset over construction, save your money and stay home. That is quite literally your only option to send Disney a “message” over their marginal price increase.

          Not to be the bearer of bad news, but judging by recent fiscal results, they will most certainly not notice your absence.

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  3. Laughable – this CEO is about nothing but squeezing every penny out. I miss the Eisner days when the focus was the guest experience. This is particularly bad considering DHS is a 2-hour experience now.

    • Monkeypoopants

      And when Eisner was in power you were probably complaining about the same thing. Don’t like the increase? Then don’t go. But you probably will still visit the parks and drop hundreds of dollars on merchandise and food while lamenting the demise of Horizons.

      • Tell it like it is , @Monkeypoopants .
        There are people who pay the smaller fee to visit and revisit the parks who come there to act like they call the shots at the parks the way the Billionaire Corporate heads do by pitching a fit when they do not get their way in the parks to where it ruins the magic for themselves and everyone around them .
        Maybe now , some people will think twice before throwing angry money at the mouse .
        I said it somewhere else , and I`m saying it here and now .
        If you are not a sponsor of anything in the parks , If you are not an imagineer , or a Disney Cast Member who is any part in the creative process , If you only pay the minor fee to visit , You only have two choices . Enjoy or Leave , because You do not know what it is like to entertain those who have never been there before , plus those who are not able to revisit the parks often with those who are able to visit and revisit the parks often , and handicapped people that want the same opportunity that normal people do .
        And if the experience in the parks is that poor to where you pay money to visit and fuss against Disney so bad that it dictates the path of the creative processes that You know Disney is NEVER going to take or retake again , don`t do it .
        You are wasting money and you are ruining the magic , more than most of the Disney Fan Online social media communities already are .
        There are too many things in the world to fuss about and against that truly are overwhelming and needs fixing .
        But , when it comes to those things like that which you have no control over ,
        This is where the Disney Theme Parks do their best job in getting your mind off of that , to have a moment of enjoyment in your life free of barriers , free of dictators .
        – Dwight , Jr . ( DJ ) ( djthereplay )

    • adam

      It’s 5 dollars every single year during this century. And and add that to how much they charge for everything else for a family of 4 or more

    • cheryl M.

      It’s $5 this year 5 last year and will b 5 next year. And I do believe prices went up twice last year. I may b wrong but I believe they have

    • Roger

      Adam and Cheryl, your numbers are off, and prices absolutely did not increase twice last year.

      I absolutely despise the complaints about Disney prices. This isn’t taxes, gasoline, insurance or anything else that is difficult if not impossible to avoid. This is a COMPLETELY OPTIONAL VACATION. There are a million ways to vacation on the cheap (or just save all your money and don’t vacation). Disney has never been a “cheap” vacation, and for those of us who truly appreciate the experience, we understand exactly why it isn’t cheap and why we would never want it to be that way.

      Pay the ticket price or don’t go. It’s truly as simple as that.

  4. MK

    What I wonder is if people realize exactly how much money goes into running a park like this. I mean sure they probably get a discount because they would order things in bulk, but if one really stopped to think about it. In the run of any given day when you are at the parks. How many workers do you see? They all need to be paid. How much electricity does it take to run a particular ride that you want to go on or keep the stoves running in your favorite restaurant? The fire works display every night? To feed, house, clean the animals? To ship the merchandise that you want to by? To produce those custom made products you can only get in the parks or in a particular restaurant? To make sure that you get to ride the rides or keep a building from falling on your head as you walk by? It all takes money to run and no matter how much we wish things were cheaper they are not. If people took into consideration that a BUSINESS needs to spend money to get people coming to them, they also have to realize that a BUSINESS needs to make money in order for them to be worth keeping something open.

  5. Nick

    The cast members paid minimum wage, the electricity that disney produce themselves, the fireworks they have cheaper out on and buy generic vs. 10 yrs ago, the custom made products that are DISNEY branded so they can sell them at WDW and DL. I think if you look at the recent earnings for each division of the Walt Disney Company, you’ll see parks and resorts are doing just fine.

    Also, take a walk around Hollywood Studios with a park map from a year ago and walk up to every attraction and count how many are now closed… Yet there is still a price rise. Walk around EPCOT where prices will increase yet entertainment has been dumbed down, Imagination sits with an awful attraction, Ellen’s energy adventure features a 1990s heterosexual Ellen and completely outdated views on energy and now thanks to Fastpass+ you can wait up to 45 minutes for spaceship earth when it used to be 5 minutes. You may want to end your day at the Magic Kingdom where you can watch the Main Street Electrical Parade… That has been playing on and off since the 1970s whilst Toykyo, Hong Kong and DL all host new parades.

    Well, after that exhausting $100+ day! be sure to hop on the monorail and visit the construction zone that is the Polynesian resort, don’t worry about the kids spotting the waterslide on the way back to the pool and asking to go for a splash, the main pool is shut, yet you are still paying upwards of $400 to stay there.

    Yes… disney is a business, but this argument is only valid when they are making business decisions at their parks and resorts, instead of running them into the ground and constantly increasing prices with very little new stuff for visitors to do or see.

    • MK

      From what I have read. If employees are only making minimum wage now they should be getting pay raises soon. I don’t know for certain but it wouldn’t surprise me if they did. They may also produce their own electricity but still have to pay people to work. You have to pay people for every little thing. Disney is like its own little city. There are needs that need to be met. New things coming out all the time that need someone to over see it.

      All a lot of people see is a construction walls. What is behind those walls? New things for the guests to experience. Things like New rides, resorts and updates can not all be completed over night. They take a lot of work, MONEY, and man power. What is to say they aren’t getting all the extra work done early in a prep for the 50th year? That part really wouldn’t surprise me. I mean yes it is a ways away but at the same time things take time and all designs and ideas have to be thought out.

      No matter what there will always be price increases because costs of surviving will be increasing. For a company to survive it need to make a profit. That is the bottom line. In order to make a profit during time of renovations they may possibly need to increase prices because they would lose out on park goers. I am not 100% sure mainly because I do not know all of the ins and outs of that particular business and also I don’t work for Disney, no matter how much I would love to. All I can say for certain is it is a business and like any other business they are working to make money.

      • Nick

        I must have missed the construction crews and on site cranes working on Wonders of Life at EPCOT, working on the backlot tour and American idol theatre at Hollywood Studios. And I am sure work is ongoing to replace Captain Eo with a state of the art film.

        May I suggest you look at all the work Disneyland does every winter to maintain their attractions,.. The holiday overlays they provide. I’d also recommend d watching YouTube to see the enhancements they made to Fantasmic! As well as the updates to Space Mountain and the continued work on their dark rides. It may also be worth a look at seeing what Tokyo Disneyland offer in terms of seasonal entertainment, characters in their parades, quality of attractions and the money they regularly plough into their parks.

        Down the road at Universal Orlando the additions of Harry Potter, Simpsons themed areas as well as transformers and Despicable Me have been combated by disney with the addition of a new daytime parade (floats that debuted in 2001), a restaurant you have to make reservations for 6 months out, or stand in line 2 hours for lunch, a dark ride and a kiddie coaster with exceptional waits.

        I do not argue for one second that businesses need to make money. But business also needs to make investments. Business also need to maintain standards. Businesses also need to remember their roots and that just because they were industry leaders a few years back, resting on their laurels now does not let them maintain their crown.

        You say that disney need to increase prices during construction because they may lose out on park goers… I believe Jay Rasulo last week said that room occupancy at Disney Parks was up and at 89%… It would seem that Disney aren’t losing out on numbers there. I am sure Magic Kingdom is still the top visited theme park in the world. Again I’d encourage you to look at the recent increases in revenue at Disney Parks (it rose 9%) of 3.9 billion.

        Maybe I can agree to a price rise at Magic Kingdom… Just maybe. I’d still argue the cost of a soda is extortionate (considering disney pay next to nothing for the product), I’d also argue that food is mediocre and over priced… But it’s a tourist destination so I’ll let that slide. However, no matter how much of a fan, addict, wannabe cast member or insider you are, EVERYONE should agree that price increases for Walt Disney Worlds other theme parks are unjustifiable.

        • Monkeypoopants

          “I must have missed the construction crews and on site cranes working on Wonders of Life at EPCOT, working on the backlot tour and American idol theatre at Hollywood Studios. And I am sure work is ongoing to replace Captain Eo with a state of the art film.”

          You are upset that there is construction all over the resort but want cranes at Epcot?

          “Down the road at Universal Orlando the additions of Harry Potter, Simpsons themed areas as well as transformers and Despicable Me have been combated by disney with the addition of a new daytime parade (floats that debuted in 2001), a restaurant you have to make reservations for 6 months out, or stand in line 2 hours for lunch, a dark ride and a kiddie coaster with exceptional waits.”

          So Universal Orlando didn’t have construction at their parks? They just snapped their fingers and all the new rides and areas just magically appeared? And long wait times sound like people really like an attraction or restaurant.

          “I do not argue for one second that businesses need to make money. But business also needs to make investments. Business also need to maintain standards. Businesses also need to remember their roots and that just because they were industry leaders a few years back, resting on their laurels now does not let them maintain their crown.”

          Disney is making investments by constructing new restaurants and attractions. They are also maintaining their high standards by evolving their customers experience year after year. How is this resting on their laurels?

          I guess what you want all comes down to classic Disney Selfishness. You hold the company to unachievable high standards but want to pay minimum cost for what you think the company owes you for your continued loyalty.

    • dave

      There are no cast members except a few, and I mean a few, college program participants, making federal or state minimum wage. The majority are actually making over $9 an hour. It won’t make anyone rich, but it’s not minimum wage.

  6. Joe L.

    I don’t mind the increase. This company has a creditable and trusted brand, which offers far more than most others. Igor’s recent investments will bring even more fun so he must help recoup such in a variety of ways.

  7. Roger

    Ultimately, this is simple economics – supply and demand. If attendance at the parks slipped, a price hike would not be in the cards, and they would likely consider a price drop. However, if they charge $105 for a ticket and generate the same if not better sales as when they charge $100, why on earth would they discount it to $100?

    Back in the early 2000’s, Six Flags was the amusement company of choice when it came to offering deeply discount admissions, with season passes as low as $49.99. Why don’t you ask them how that business model worked out… prior to their bankruptcy, I mean.

  8. Pat Rehbein

    It really doesn’t matter if you do like the increase you will still need to pay it in the end, if you have any intention on going there. I personally think it is terrible even if it is only five dollars that is still a lot when you have four or five children and they want the Disney clothing or toys. This is of course not including the air fare or food and drinks and the hotel . It becomes a very expensive vacation that in the end is maybe ok once or twice. But with the money that disney makes its a shame to be so greedy and let’s not forget they don’t treat their help as well as one may think.

  9. John C

    Bottom line….no matter what the price is people are going to come it could be $205 a day and people would still be blowing up the parks.

  10. Larry K.

    THEY NEED TO DOUBLE THEIR PRICES AND CHARGE FOR KIDS!!! Supply/Demand, the WDW parks are TOO CROWDED to enjoy anymore. With fewer things to do, cuts in quality of foods, it’s a mob scene. Heck, I’d pay TRIPLE just to have 25% lower crowds and better experiences.

    • Kellen

      I have to agree. All you see is stroller parking a plenty. This is a great source of revenue charging SOMETHING for little ones. The parents bringing stroller fulls of infants who won’t remember a thing should pay their share…I get the argument that if they can bring their tiny ones it will bring others, but the parks are all busting at the seams. Hard to walk, wait in line half an hour to buy something, and a full hour to do anything free. There’s too much demand for the Walt Disney World Parks. The price is simply by all economics too low.

    • J.E.

      I have kids under 3 and actually agree. They’re always miserable. But, they’re free. Most of the building going on at the parks is for more standing space and stroller parking. NOT anything fun to do. I’d pay much more too if the crowds thinned out.

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  12. cheryl

    As much as I love Disney, there should be a senior tickets especially for people with Heath issues. 100+ for walking around is never going to happen in my lifetime!

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  17. betty

    Was just there in September with the grand kids and felt raped by their ridiculous prices and thieving stores and restaurants-will never go back -never mind at the new prices. A place for fun??? Nope they aren’t happy unless you leave with your pockets inside out. No characters walking about like it used to be and everything costs $$ to see or do. I hate the place. Not the same Disney I went to with my kids.

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