Though the Magic Kingdom doesn't have large construction projects going on like those underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, this generally-consistent park has actually gone through a number of changes recently, including the addition of a number of new upcharges and the redesign of Tomorrowland
However, even though we are just two months into 2017 it looks like the updates for this park are continuing to stream in, as Disney is continuing to cope with the massive amount of guests preparing to flood this park during the upcoming Spring Break holiday. If you are planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom in the next few days, here's everything you need to know:
1. The Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party begins nighttime performances this week
Even though it has been four months since the Main Street Electrical Parade left Walt Disney World for good, guests used to their normal routine at the Magic Kingdom still occasionally line up to see an evening parade at this park, which has been a nighttime mainstay for more than four decades. And though Disney has yet to announce a new parade for this park, it looks like they will be at least doing something for guests at this park after dark before the nightly fireworks spectacular. Beginning later this week, the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party will now be performed on select nights after dark, after February 17th.
While this certainly isn't a replacement for the Main Street Electrical Parade, it is likely Disney's attempt to get some kind of additional nighttime entertainment at this park before the Spring Break crowds start showing up in droves to the Magic Kingdom next month. And even though this might help mitigate evening crowds a little bit, it hardly seems like a long-term solution for this park. While nothing has been announced yet, we're still hoping that Disney will announce a new nighttime parade sometime soon, as the extension of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party doesn't really seem like a permanent solution.
2. Dramatic price hikes continue to hit the Magic Kingdom
Just a few days ago Walt Disney World's annual price increase took effect, and just as in years past, the Magic Kingdom has remained the most expensive Disney park to visit. Here's the new price breakdown for those who are wanting to take a trip to the most-attended theme park in the world using a single day (non-Magic Your Way) ticket.
Peak season tickets (including spring break, much of the summer and late December) will remain $124 for the Magic Kingdom in 2017, $5.00 more than the $119 price point for admission to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom
Regular season tickets (Covering the early spring and fall) have risen to $115 from $110 for the Magic Kingdom, $8.00 more than the $107 price point for Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom
Value days tickets (late August and almost all of September) will now cost $99 for the Magic Kingdom, $2.00 more than the $97 price point for Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
You can read more about Disney's recent price hikes (including those for parking, annual passes, and more) here.