Though we let you know several weeks ago that Walt Disney World's annual price hikes were coming in the near future, it has been confirmed that these pricing changes will be taking effect this weekend. For the first time ever, single day tickets to the Magic Kingdom will surpass the hundred-dollar mark, soaring to $105.00, not including tax.
The other three parks on property at Walt Disney World (Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot) are all increasing their prices to $99 for single day tickets, effective this Sunday. Though these parks have not yet surpassed the $100 mark, it’s certain now that they will in 2016.
Though it looks like visitors to Walt Disney World will be reeling from more sticker shock than ever due to these price increases, a number of other changes are going to go into effect as well after this price hike takes effect February 22nd
1. No expiration tickets will no longer be sold
We heard hints about this one last month, but now its official, if you want to “lock in” today’s rate (at additional cost) with the “no-expiration” ticket option, you’ll need to do so before Sunday, as this ticket option will be 100% discontinued on Sunday.
To be clear, the end of this option simply means that this ticket type will no longer be sold to guests. Tickets purchased previously with the no expiration option will still be honored at Walt Disney World for the foreseeable future. However, going forward these tickets will no longer be available for purchase.
2. Two water parks for the price of one
Interestingly, one big change coming to single-day tickets is a modification being made to Disney water park tickets. No longer will guests wanting to visit both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon need to add on a park hopper option to visit both of these water parks, as WDWNT has confirmed that all single day water park tickets will automatically allow guests to travel freely between the two parks
Though we’re used to seeing diluted value from Disney tickets when price hike season hits, this is actually a welcome change, and will hopefully boost attendance at Disney’s water parks.