Walt Disney World and Univeral Orlando, both of which are due to open major new attractions within the next few months, have increased ticket prices for the summer 2014 season.
At Walt Disney World, a single-day ticket for entry to the Magic Kingdom will now cost $99, a $4 increase. Single-day entry to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Disney's Animal Kingdom has risen to $94, also a $4 rise. There are larger increases on multi-day Magic Your Way tickets of around $15, while there are also minor increases to the cost of the Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More options of $1. However, the cost of the Park Hopper option for 2-3 day tickets has actually decreased by $10 to $49. Both standard and premium Annual Passes now cost $25 more, at $634 and $725 respectively.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster will open at the Magic Kingdom in spring 2014, completing the line-up of the expanded New Fantasyland. This goes some way to explaining why Disney has hiked prices twice inside eight months.
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Universal Orlando, meanwhile, will now charge $96 for entry to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure, exactly matching Disney's $4 increase. As at the Disney resort, per-day prices are cheaper for longer-duration tickets. For example, a two-day ticket without Park-to-Park hopping privileges costs $155.99 ($78 per day).
The largest price rise at Universal Orlando is on the Park-to-Park option. For a two day ticket, this now costs $40 extra - double the previous price difference. The reason? The installation of the Hogwarts Express attraction, which will link the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure to the under-construction Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Guests will only be able to ride the train with a Park-to-Park ticket.