Price hikes and upcharge events have become an unfortunate reality of the modern landscape of Walt Disney World, where attendance is down but there is still a push from upper management to keep revenue high. However, even though Disney just increased prices last week on tickets, annual passes and add-ons, it looks like the resort wasn't quite finished modifying their prices, as two additional price hikes took effect yesterday at Walt Disney World on two of Walt Disney World's most popular offerings. In addition, two new upcharge events were also announced for the resort during this past week as well.
But first, let's get the really bad news out of the way first..
Prices for the Disney Dining plan go up
Though fans debate endlessly about whether or not the Disney Dining Plan is "worth it" Disney has released new pricing for the Disney Dining Plan, effective immediately. Here’s a breakdown of the new per-night prices for un-discounted dining plans:Quick Service Plan
- Adult – $48.19 (up from $46.34)
- Child – $20.88 (up from $20.18)
- Adult – $69.35 (up from $67.33)
- Child – $24.95 (up from $24.22)
- Adult – $106.68 (up from $103.57)
- Child – $38.75 (up from $37.62)
As you can see, these price hikes aren't exactly that massive, with most plans increasing by $1 - $3. However, if you are a family of four spending a week at Walt Disney World, these little increases can add up quickly, costing this hypothetical family (potentially) over a hundred dollars more if they go with the deluxe plan. And this isn't the only "premium" option that just went up in price...
Disney Express transportation also increases prices
Late last year, Disney began offering a new Express Transportation ticket option that allowed guests to pay extra to have a special VIP bus pick them up inside the theme parks and use backstage roads to get guests to their destinations faster than regular bus service. These special Express Transportation vehicles also feature more regular arrival times than standard buses, running on a precise 30 minute schedule.
Just three months ago, this premium option costed $15 per person for a single day, or $24 per person for multiple days. However, as Express Transportation has been quite the hit offering around the resort, and Disney has raised prices in response, with this offering now costing $19 per day or $29 for 7 days.
In addition to these two price hikes, Disney has also announced two new upcharge events for guests as well.