Walt Disney World has followed in the footsteps of the rival Universal Orlando Resort and increased its ticket prices ahead of the summer 2012 season.
The price of a 1-day, 1-park ticket has risen from $85 to $89 for adults, a 4.5 percent increase. The cost of a child ticket has hiked by the same amount, from $79 to $83. There are larger increases in the cost of longer-duration tickets, with the price of a 10-day base ticket now $318 versus $291 previously.
The "Park Hopper" and "Water Parks & More" add-ons, which enable entry to multiple parks and Walt Disney World's water parks respectively, have increased by $2 per day to $57.
As with the recent price changes at the Disneyland Resort, Annual Passholders are the hardest hit. A standard Annual Pass will now cost $574, an increase of 11 percent. Walt Disney World has also abolished child prices for Annual Passes, resulting in a huge 20 percent increase in the cost of the equivalent pass for a child aged 3-9.
In previous years, Walt Disney World has been the first of Orlando's major resorts to raise its prices. However, the Universal Orlando Resort moved first this year, setting its own 1-day, 1-park ticket price at $88, a single dollar lower than Walt Disney World's new level.