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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.

Tickets for both resorts are also sold by independent resellers. Both Maple Leaf Tickets and Undercover Tourist sell Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando tickets at a slight discount.

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sure at a time of tight money .... raise prices

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