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 February, prices for single and multi-day tickets go up, and now that we're only a few weeks away from that inevitable price increase, let's take a moment to look at the current landscape of ticket prices around the resort and suggest some ways that guests planning a visit to the resort could save some money ahead of what has to be every Disney fan's least favorite annual tradition
Where prices are now and where they are going
Several years ago Disney changed its flat-fee ticket prices, instead adopting a demand-based system for tickets that breaks down as follows:
- 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.
Of course, these prices do not apply to park hopper or Magic Your Way bundles, which have their own pricing scheme, but they serve as a good barometer for prices as a whole. And this year, we are expecting hikes on one-day tickets across the board to be fairly, slight, rising another $3-$5 across the board, as they did in years past.
Though annual passholders typically get hit with price hikes later in the year, back in 2017 Disney raised annual pass prices in the spring too, with Florida-resident gold and platinum prices rising $10 and $20, respectively, and we could see a similar hike in 2018 too as Disney starts to make it more expensive for annual passholders to renew ahead of the opening of Star Wars Land next year. Though we won't see the biggest price hike until next year, a smaller increase will undoubtedly happen this year to perhaps "soften" the blow next year and get guests ready for MUCH higher prices next year.
While this year's price hikes are forecasted to be among the more moderate we've seen in recent years, guests who are looking to stretch their dollar as far as possible are likely looking for ways to avoid these rising prices. And if you're visiting the resort soon, you're in luck!