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
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.