New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Price Increases Go Into Effect Today

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With bookings for 2020 Walt Disney World vacation packages going on sale today, it seems Disney took some time to refresh Annual Pass pricing for the upcoming year…

That’s right, pass pricing increases are here! Check out the full breakdown of pricing, by pass:

Below you’ll see the Florida Resident price, followed by the Out-of-State price, if applicable (you can see previous pricing set earlier this year here):

  • Platinum Plus: $999 (previously $849) / $1,219 (previously $994)
  • Platinum: $899 (previously $749) / $1,119 (previously $894)
  • Gold: $699 (previously $609)
  • Silver: $519 (previously $479)
  • Theme Park Select: $439 (no price change)
  • Weekday Select: $349 (previously $319)
  • Epcot After 4: $309 (previously $289)
  • Water Parks: $139 (previously $130)
  • Water Parks After 2: $89 (previously $79)

The Disney Premier Passport, which grants guests access to both parks at Disneyland Resort and all parks at Walt Disney World Resort, is now priced at $2,099, up from $1,949.

For Disney Vacation Club members, annual pass prices have increased to the following:

  • DVC Platinum Plus Pass: $999.00 (increase of $150)
  • DVC Platinum Pass: $899.00 (increase of $150)
  • DVC Gold Pass: $699.00 (increase of $90)

What’s your take on the price increase? Will you be renewing or putting off annual passes for some time? (You won’t be able to get into those nifty Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge previews at Disney’s Hollywood Studios without some of the upper-tier passes, though…) Let us know in the comments!

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Pissed off Passholder
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Pissed off Passholder

A 25% increase with NO notice is complete BS. I am an annual passholder that was logging on to buy one for my son. Now he won’t get one and I won’t be renewing. Give passholders a heads up this is coming and you will have more loyalty. Screw Disney, they are bankrupting me.

Ethan Short
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Ethan Short

Disney isn’t responsible for you making decisions to spend money on things you may not be able to afford.

Gatchaman
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Gatchaman

Your reply couldn’t be more ignorant nor arrogant, Ethan, and I am displeased with myself for wasting these 30 seconds in replying to you.

Cylon0011
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Cylon0011

I love your handle! Fellow Gatchaman / BOTP / G-Force fan here

M Casey
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M Casey

Pissed off wrote, “Disney, they are bankrupting me.” In no way is Disney forcing you. Most people voluntarily pay this obscene amount of money to see the mouse! Some even put it on payments. Paying for Disney on credit, is a bad money management decision. Ethan is correct, Disney is not responsible.

Lisa Holly
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Lisa Holly

You are missing the point. People CAN afford it. However, over charging is wrong. We can afford it just fine.

Trey
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Trey

Who cares…

Joe Davison
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Joe Davison

They are responsible for doing the right thing and giving a little notice. This is not the company Walt founded. I have been an annual Passholder for 36 years and think we are did a little respect

Lorene
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Lorene

Well that’s a sarcastic response

Trey
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Trey

That is the dumbest response I have seen in a long time. How long did it take you to think of that response?

Cameron
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Cameron

I’m done with Disney. This is outrageous. Is Disney only for rich people now? It was originally meant for everyone. They are pricing out the middle class. Keep in mind, this is just AP. Regular tickets are also getting extremely expensive. I think I’ll be visiting Universal this year.

Heather
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Heather

Universal is not that much less expensive. I think for many of us this means going every other year instead yearly.
It doesn’t have to feel bad. That’ll help with crowdedness (hope that’s not too optimistic) and free up time for other destinations.

Michelle Holmbeck
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Michelle Holmbeck

Universal’s Preferred Pass (equivalent to Silver) is only $360 right now. WAY CHEAPER! I have annual passes for both WDW and US. Looks like I’ll be dropping WDW and going back to Sea World/Busch Gardens/Aquatica.

Steve
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Steve

A couple years ago we dropped our WDW passes and kept US. Maybe around the 50th we’ll go back to WDW, but only with day passes. The era of us having Disney annual passes is over.

Paul Gilland
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Paul Gilland

Disney has always been for the more wealthy among us. Been going for almost 40 years.

Alicia Sheperd
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Alicia Sheperd

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Lorene
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Lorene

I believe you were customers are very dissatisfied in what your corporation is doing !!!

Robert
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Robert

I was going to renew my annual pass that ends in July, live in GA, with this $150 increase that’s 450 more dollars for my family. Sorry, I’m done!

Concrete K
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Concrete K

Weekday select….I don’t want to be in the parks on weekends or during the summer/holidays.

Lauren
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Lauren

Honestly, it’s getting ridiculous. For non-Florida resident, almost $1200. That’s crazy! This is just AP prices… not the mention the last ticket price hike to regular day tickets. Are they trying to price out the middle class? Do they not want APs anymore from outside of Florida?

Mike
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Mike

Seems to me that Disney doesn’t want out of state visitors who visit less than 2x a year to have an annual pass. This way they don’t have to dole out discounts on merchandise and food.

Steve
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Steve

Weird thing is there was a period where they seemed to not want the local passholders because they didn’t spend enough money on merchandise. Now I’m not sure they know who they want.

Judy
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Judy

Disney, I didn’t think anyone could take my mouse away from me…you did! So sad, I’m out priced. I am a hard working teacher and live in GA. I made the trip six times last year. I honestly don’t believe Walt intended Disneyland or Disneyworld to be only for the rich and famous. I will miss you!

Misty__Mouse
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Misty__Mouse

I agree! I feel like they are trying to push the prices to the point that people will literally not go and the parks won’t be so packed! And the more people continue to go, the more they’ll push the prices.

WDWCP
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WDWCP

I’m sure this will get downvoted into oblivion but I’m honestly super glad for the price hike. Park attendance NEEDS to be controlled in some way and with the amount of expanding and refurbing they are doing, I feel the hike is justified.

I still go 3-4 times per year as an out-of-state AP holder and when I do it’s so packed it’s just not as much fun as it once was. I’m good with the price increase.

Not Renewing
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Not Renewing

You’re going to pay more for the same crowds, enjoy your vacation!

WDWCP
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WDWCP

The response, even in this forum alone, is evidence that the crowds will diminish at least some. And thanks, I always hope to.

Timothy
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Timothy

It’s evidence that people will complain, and that’s about it. People complain with every hike and swear they won’t go anymore, and attendance keeps rising.

Mike
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Mike

Yup, they’ll complain, and then they’ll pay. The same pattern that will repeat next year, and so on…

Kate
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Kate

So as long as you get a better experience it’s ok for others to be unable to go? Wow. Do you hear yourself?

WDWCP
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WDWCP

I mean, what others can and can’t do doesn’t really concern me. I can only control what I can do. They aren’t running a charity, they’re running a for profit business and they’ve been investing HEAVILY in creating more experiences for us to enjoy as well as infrastructure improvements. The cost to build certainly hasn’t gone down so those costs have to be offset somehow. If the bi-product of all of this is that I can have shorter lines and waits and fewer people to bump into, sure, I’m glad for it. Has NOTHING to do with me wishing bad… Read more »

ChrisN2781
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ChrisN2781

agreed. The parks are too busy. I’d love for more people to be able to go (and afford to go) but it isn’t operationally practical until they eventually open another park. The reality is that more and more people are going, and the only way to control the crowd size is to raise the price.

Someone
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Someone

supply and demand. that’s the way everything is…

A.C.
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A.C.

100% agree with this. If they don’t add more capacity (5th gate) then they have to find some way to control crowds. Right now things are crazy crowded and will only get worse with Galaxy’s Edge. If the $90/pass (gold) bump is going to bankrupt you, you probably shouldn’t be going in the first place.

K L
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K L

The $90 will not bankrupt me, I can afford it. The problem is I don’t see the value anymore. I’ve been going to Disney for years and I own dvc. Yes I will visit the new sw:ge, it looks great, but I am done going to the parks and fighting the crowds in a dirty park with rude people and for the most part employees that could care less about Disney Magic. I will stay at a dvc resort and relax, Uber to other places in Orlando and relax.

Kelly P Murdock
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Kelly P Murdock

Dirty park??? Don’t agree with that….we have always been very impressed with how clean all the parks are. But…..disappointed the rate increases 🙁

Lori Turner
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Lori Turner

Interesting thoughts. I also am a DVC member and I too have noticed the decline in service for the price point. The parks are dirty now and I never thought they would be…was there two weeks ago and the condition of the bathrooms was deplorable. the CM’s are no longer magical and the crowds as of late have taken away that MAGICAL feeling I used to always get walking down Main Street. I am trying to hold onto the magic but seems like the strikes are against it…

Ian Michalski
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Ian Michalski

Do I get to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing too or is it only you who is the arbiter of everyone?

Gatchaman
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Gatchaman

I agree that the rationale for price increases is mainly crowd control. I would not say I am super glad about it, because it’s sad. I loved being a AP holder, and loved going to WDW often, but I can no longer afford it. That means less visits for my family and me, which…ironically…is what Disney wants.

Robert
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Robert

I’m not so sure this would actually help crowd control, though. People could just do what I used to do and just buy a vacation package.

Kris Ayers
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Kris Ayers

You can always spend the $349 for VIP tour and get to ride without a wait. If you have the extra money I would do that next time.

ChrisN2781
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ChrisN2781

I do feel truly bad for people who have been priced out but I agree with you – this will thin out the crowds for the people who can still afford to go. Earlier this year we anticipated that the price hikes for out-of-state annual passes would be dramatic so we bought them back in February, even though we won’t use them until at least December (or later if the Star Wars crowds are still huge by then). We have agreed to focus all of our vacation time next year on Disney – hope to squeeze five trips (driving from… Read more »

Andrew
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Andrew

Has your family ever been to Europe? Did you know that you can travel to Europe for a week for the same price as a trip to WDW?

Tinka
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Tinka

I currently have a Platinum Annual Pass, and while I do have the money to afford the price increase (it doesn’t always come down to that, sometimes it’s a principle thing), I cannot say I’m thrilled about it. Upon visiting last week (for the 4th time this year — I’m from Louisiana), I was treated extremely poorly by a Guest Relations cast member, and noticed an increase in rude park attendees who clearly did not understand park etiquette. I think it might be time I take a break from Disney World for a bit.

Not Renewing
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Not Renewing

Just got our passes a couple weeks ago, and with this news, will not be renewing next year or ever again. This is a cash grab for star wars opening that will never go away. I remember when platinum passes were $399… for the same parks they have now with practically the same rides… they have not expanded enough to justify these ridiculous price hikes. They own 60% of all media entering the American home, there is no shortage of cash, this is pure greed.

Douglas E Cobb
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Douglas E Cobb

My wife and I are DVC members and have been since 1998 and have seen tons of increasing prices, even in out yearly dues. But we get the AP on top of being DVC members. This is a bit crazy for Disney too keep raising prices. They keep chasing people away! I don’t think Walt Disney would wanted this too happen? I think they have to pay for all the money they poured into the parks this past yr or so making drastic improvements, Great and that is good but don’t keep driving your loyal Disney Fans out the door.… Read more »

Ana Garcia
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Ana Garcia

I was JUST going to get get my annual pass for the first time tonight and now the price increased…. seriously??

Nicholas
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Nicholas

Ana if you go to samsclub.com and search for “Disney” (just that, nothing more) you’ll see a link to where they are still selling the passes at the old price – actually a little less. At this point, even if you have to buy a membership just for this you’ll be ahead of the game.

Passholder that understands Economics
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Passholder that understands Economics

Ultimately, this is just Economics 101. Supply is relatively flat, and demand is way up. If demand drops, prices will follow. Every time Disney raises prices, people create a temporary social media uproar, and it has absolutely no effect. Demand continues to increase.

Disney is known for magic and fun, but they’re still a business, and they operate as such.

Mark
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Mark

Just what I was going to say. As unpleasant as this is, Disney is a business and they will keep increasing prices until they see a drop in revenue, not volume. Sure, some people won’t renew at these higher prices, but if the overall revenue goes up, it sends Disney the message “it’s OK to keep doing this”. Unfortunately, the numbers govern all and the number don’t lie.

Stuart
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Stuart

As an AP holder, it’s simple math, how many times am I going per year and for how many days? Figure out the price of those tickets and if it’s more than the cost of an AP, buy the AP. If the tickets cost less than the cost of an AP, don’t buy the AP. For the number of people who say they are never returning, Disney has 5 people waiting to take their place. Disney has a fortunate problem of having more demand than supply. If they can charge 10 people $100 and make $1,000 or charge 9 people… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

But what about the renewal price? There was always a discount on the AP price if you renew it so that they could get more people coming back, but did the renewal price go up too?

Tina
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Tina

I was also wondering about the renewal price?

Robert
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Robert

Yes, $150 is just crazy!

Christopher
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Christopher

15% discount I believe so 764 for platinum

andrew
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andrew

I really thought it was going to be more, and I’m sure in September there will be another hike. Sure it sucks, but living in FL and going at minimum once a month it is still a savings for my family. The parks are ridiculously crowded and if this thins them out a bit then it helps. I get it, Disney is not in everyone’s budget and for that I’m sorry, but Disney likes money and this certainly a way for them to get more of it. Happens every year(seems to be twice a year now) and you get the… Read more »

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Is this for renewals or just NEW passes?

Bob
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Bob

I’ll be renewing tomorrow

Boston
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Boston

sap

Chad W
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Chad W

I was trying to renew since Tuesday of last week but it kept giving me error messages, now a price increase today when they actually let me purchase it without an error message haha. I’m still going to buy it since I’m going 5 days in August and 10 days in December, but disappointed with this experience is an understatement.

Roxanne dunlap
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Roxanne dunlap

What was your renewal price and what kind of pass do you have?

Lisa Wisniewski
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Lisa Wisniewski

Unbelievable, how in the world can any middle class family afford Disney any more. I have been going since it opened and so disappointed to see what is happening. Yes lower crowds with this but so many families that will be priced out. Walt would not be happy.

Rudolph
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Rudolph

Of course, there are many families who have *never* been able to go. Not everyone gets to go. Someone has to be priced out in order to achieve lower crowds. There’s no other way.