Though the cost of admission is always going up at Walt Disney World, it is not just ticket prices that are perpetually on the rise at the resort. In truth, Disney is constantly adjusting and modifying its prices on pretty much everything, from food to souvenirs and of course hotel room rates and everything in between. And while you might not notice when your $5.95 drink is rounded up to $5.99 or a formerly $11.49 pin suddenly costs $11.99, some more noticeable pricing changes happened this week that take effect immediately and could have an impact on your next trip, especially if you are staying at a Walt Disney World on-property hotel...
1. Walt Disney World hotels introduce a new package handling fee for hotel deliveries
If you’ve ever stayed at an on-property Walt Disney World Resort hotel, then you might have taken advantage of a free service that allows guests to ship packages to the front desk before or during a stay. This free service has been invaluable for those who would rather pay to ship luggage directly to their hotel rooms rather than suffer with the rising costs of checked bags, or are having something special delivered for a celebration (like flowers, a cake or a gift).
However, effective immediately, this service is no longer free, as Disney has begun charging a $5.00 handling fee for each package received via USPS (or any other delivery service) through the Front Desk or delivered to a hotel room. So, for instance, if you are expecting three packages during your stay, you can expect a $15 fee added on to your bill.
Though other hotels around the world charge a similar fee, this is a surprising move from Disney, as the lack of a fee seemed like a "Disney Difference" amenity that helped justify the high cost of staying on property. And unfortunately, this isn't the only free service that got cut this week...
2. Reservation fees now required for covered patio areas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort's Oasis Pool
Historically, the covered patio areas at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Oasis Pool have been available for hotel guests to reserve on a first-come-first-serve basis after a quick call to the front desk. However, this past week, Disney officially discontinued this policy, and is now requiring guests who want to reserve one of these shady spots for their own private use at the pool to pay the following reservation fees:
$26.63 for a half day (either from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
$42.60 for a full day (from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM)
As was the case before, each patio continues to include a couch, three chairs and a coffee table. Interestingly, even though Disney is imposing these hefty reservation fees, no other amenities are being offered to make this new fee at least a little more tolerable for guests who have enjoyed this previously free service in the past.
Though these two price hikes affect guests at Disney’s on-property hotels, Disney also made a very interesting change to ticket prices this week as well…