Disney World raises ticket prices for the second time in a year

(CNN) – If you plan to go to Walt Disney World in 2023, you can still buy next year’s tickets at current prices through December 8th. This is when most ticket types will go up in price, including single-day tickets, multi-day tickets and annual pass renewals.

The company’s flagship resort in Orlando, Florida, actually raised ticket prices in February, making this the second time in the calendar year that admission to “the most magical place on earth” has become more expensive.

A Disney spokesperson said this has been driven by continued strong demand and significant investment across the company’s theme parks in recent years.

The current price for a one-day single park pass is between $109 and $159, depending on demand. But starting December 8th, that range will now also depend on which park you choose to visit. Visiting three out of four theme parks will be more expensive, with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both seeing increases of more than 12%.

Starting December 8, single-park tickets for one day will be as follows:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109 – $159 (same range as today)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124 – $179

EPCOT: $114 – $179

Magic Kingdom Park: $124 – $189

Those who purchase such tickets for a day, without the park hopper, will no longer have to book a park for the day. Park reservations are still required for all other ticket types.

Ticket prices vary

Disney notes that the single-day theme park ticket limit, $189, only applies to the Magic Kingdom for nine days around the week of Christmas to New Year’s when crowds are at their highest. The Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world and the most popular of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World.

Currently, Magic Kingdom theme park reservations are no longer available for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve in 2022.

Don Maunsell, president and co-owner of Mouse Savers Inc. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the second most popular theme park, in large part due to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

He said that this change in price by park is related to demand management.

“The bottleneck is often the Magic Kingdom. A lot of people want to come to the Magic Kingdom. And Disney really likes to get people to spread out and try other parks. And they’ve tried to keep the prices the same as a way of kind of signaling that they’re all about the same quality. But I don’t.” I think anyone has bought into this idea before.”

Maybe one-day lower prices at other parks might attract people, Munsell said.

Prices will also go up for multi-day tickets, but a Disney spokesperson didn’t provide specific pricing details.

“We continue to focus on providing guests with the best and most memorable Disney experience, and we are doing this by growing our theme parks with incredible new attractions and shows,” the spokesperson said.

“We’re also making planning easier with new one-day tickets that automatically include a guest’s theme park reservation and continue to offer a wide range of options to visit throughout the year, including our lowest-priced $109 ticket that hasn’t changed in over four years. Years.”

The $109 ticket applies to Animal Kingdom only and will be available at 20 days out of the year, during low-crowd season. These tickets are mostly available on weekdays in late August and September.

Those who want to hop between parks on the same day will also see the “park hopper” price vary by date. Starting December 8, there will be some dates where park jumpers will be $65, but other dates will see higher prices.

High annual traffic prices

Prices for most annual renewals of Walt Disney’s boardwalks are also going up. Starting December 8, the prices of three out of four Walt Disney World annual tickets, which are currently only available for renewal, will increase by up to $100.

The price of the Disney Pixie Dust Pass will remain the same: $399. New sales are now possible for the Pixie Dust Pass.

New sales of the Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer Pass, and Pirate Pass have been paused. But prices go up as follows: Incredi Pass will go up by $100, to $1,399; Magician will increase from $70 to $969; The Pirate card will go up by $50 to $749. Renewal pricing on these permits is offered at a discount.

Tom Bricker, co-founder of DisneyTouristBlog.com, said Disney World fans “are increasingly disappointed with the ever-increasing prices coupled with cost-cutting measures and the myriad ways the company has made visiting its parks more stressful.”

However, pent-up demand remains strong and parks are crowded, for now. Already, investors and analysts have wondered how Disney will cope with a recession or downturn. In that case, it remains to be seen if Disney will be able to steer and maintain strong numbers. Or if high prices and assorted frustrations alienate fans for life and cause irreparable damage to the brand.”

Changes to food reservations

The resort has also updated its dining reservations policy, effective immediately. Reservations can now be canceled up to two hours prior to booking time with no cancellation fee, with the exception of three locations. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Victoria and Albert’s, and Monsieur Paul will maintain a cancellation policy without penalty up to 24 hours in advance.

Disneyland in Anaheim, California, has similar changes planned for dining reservations.

“The Disneyland Resort plans to update our dining reservation policy to allow same-day cancellations later this month,” Disneyland officials said, allowing cancellations up to two hours in advance.

But unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, the California resort will still require park reservations for all ticket holders, and will maintain a flat rate of $65 for park transportation.

In that time, both producers have increased prices for the Genie+ line-skip service and merchandise like custom-made lightsabers and robots, among other things. Disney World has also raised the prices of hundreds of food items.

Disney has invested more than $31 billion in new guest experiences in the past decade.

In an earnings report earlier this month, Disney reported $7.4 billion in park revenue worldwide, up 36% from last year. According to the report, higher crowds and higher spending per guest generated this revenue. It stated that the growth in guest spending was due in part to the introduction of Genie + skipping the paid service line.

Top photo: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom theme park, July 30, 2022 (Octavio Jones/Reuters)

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