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Price hikes and upcharge events have become an unfortunate reality of the modern landscape of Walt Disney World, where attendance is uncertain but there is still a push from upper management to keep revenue high.

And while many of Disney's recent upcharge experiences (like Express Transportation) have been well-received, over the past few months several new price hikes and "premium" experiences have been announced, including a new charge being added on for something that was previously always free... 

1. Preferred Parking upcharge comes to Disney Springs

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Though preferred parking has been an option for theme park guests since last year, Disney announced earlier this week that beginning today, Disney Springs will also offer its own preferred parking option for guests. For $10, guests can now park in the Grapefruit lot on the West Side near Cirque du Soleil, or the Lemon lot next to World of Disney. Both preferred parking locations are surface lots away from the Lime and Orange garages. This new option is in addition to the valet parking at Disney Springs, which costs $20 and is also located on the West Side near Cirque du Soleil. 

Though it perhaps isn't surprising to see the addition of preferred parking at Disney Springs, many are wondering if this means that free parking at Disney's on-property resorts could be going away soon as well as Disney continues to add these little upcharges when it comes to parking.

2. New Epcot upcharge experience announced

Disney has announced a new upcharge experience that will bring Epcot guests on a luxurious trip around the World Showcase. Called the Day Cruise Around the World, this upcharge experience takes place daily at midday, and takes guests from the Bayside Marina at Disney's Yacht Club Resort on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. The experience is 60 minutes long and includes bagged snacks and soft drinks. Day Cruise Around the World costs $149 plus tax and gratuity per boat, which includes up to 10 guests. Private dining can also be added for an additional fee to turn this into a lunch cruise.  Reservations can be made now on 407-WDW-PLAY.

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Definitely not a fan of all the up charging. Having just returned back to the UK from Orlando the prices have certainly been rising. Disney is not alone in this as Aquatica had some pretty steep locker prices going on. We love visiting Orlando but things like the resort fee for hotels as well as parking charges soon add up and could price out a lot of people.

In the second paragraph you say "including a new charge being added on for something that was previously always free". What would that be? I saw you speculated that Disney might even consider charging for resort parking, but you did NOT say that was being implemented. Is that what you meant? or did I miss something?

It's ridiculous to pay extra money for parking at Disney Springs and Disney World. I hope they still have free spots near the entrances for disabled park goers.
I love Disney World and have a yearly resident's pass but it's becoming more difficult to love it due to the continuous upcharges, added fees, and other ideas to make more money. Some people save for years for one trip to Disney. The powers that be are making the lifetime dream of going to Disney World out of reach for so many families. I understand raising ticket prices from time to time but adding so many upcharges and other ways to separate hard working people and their money seems to go against its slogan: "the happiest place on earth".

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