Though Walt Disney World raises prices on things like souvenirs, events, and food all throughout the year, the resort is rather methodical with its ticket price increases. Every spring, prices for single and multi-day tickets go up, and effective today, it looks like prices for tickets have gone up yet again. Here's the new price breakdown for single-day (non-park hopper) tickets, effective immediately:
Peak season (including spring break, much of the summer and late December): will remain $124 for the Magic Kingdom, but will rise to $119, from $114, for Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom
Regular season (Covering the early spring and fall): will rise to $115 from $110 at Magic Kingdom, and is up to $107 from $102 for Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom
Value days (late August and almost all of September): will now cost $99 up from $97 at the Magic Kingdom. Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom will remain $97 during this period.
In addition to the changes to daily admission prices, the cost of two different types of Walt Disney World annual passes are going to cost guests more beginning today as well.
Florida-resident gold passes with blockout dates during Christmas and spring break will now cost $559, up from $549. In addition the highest tier of Platinum passes, which have no blockout dates will now cost $679, up a full $20 from last year's price of $649. All other annual pass prices will remain the same in 2017.
While these most recent price hikes weren't as dramatic as they have been in previous years, Disney is also making some other changes around the resort in the next few days that could have a big effect on the cost of your next vacation.
1. Guests are going to have to pay A LOT more for preferred parking
One of the most controversial upcharges introduced last year was the addition of preferred parking, which allowed guests to pay $20 extra to park a little bit closer to the theme parks. Though this option hasn't exactly been the most popular offering (preferred parking lots rarely fill up on regular days), it looks like enough people have paid for better parking for Disney to keep this option around into 2017. And now it has been revealed that Disney is looking to charge guests who want the best parking $40 beginning today, double the amount of the original price.
While this is certainly a steep price increase for a relatively minor convenience, it doesn't really come as all that much of a shock, as Disney's most recent financial results showed that attendance is still on the decline, which means that Disney will be trying to make up for lost ticket revenue by charging the guests that are still visiting the resort more for tours, food, and of course, conveniences like preferred parking. And that's not the only change coming with these price hikes that will affect guests visiting the resort this year...