It may be hard to believe, but we’re almost a third of the way into 2018, and already this year has been full of change. From the unexpected closing of the Festival Center to the cancellation of one of the Magic Kingdom’s high profile projects, it has already been quite a roller coaster. However, we’re not expecting things to slow down any time soon, as a number of interesting changes are still set to come to the resort before the end of the year, even though they have not yet been announced…
1 More price hikes will hit before the end of the year
Though prices on single, multi-day, and annual pass tickets already went up this year for guests visiting Walt Disney World, it looks like another hike is in the near future for this park, specific to multi-day tickets. Though demand-based pricing is currently only in effect for single-day tickets, Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger recently told The Orlando Sentinel that “Given the small percentage of guests that purchase a one-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts to spread attendance throughout the year [and will] ensure all guests have a magical experience no matter when they visit".
In addition, we're expecting another price hike to come to annual passes as Disney prepares for the massive influx of guests predicted to be visiting the resort in 2019. And unfortunately, this price change may come sooner rather than later, as 2018 has already seen higher-than-average crowd levels during what is traditionally an "off" season, and one of the quickest ways Disney has historically tried to control crowds is by raising prices.
While we don't know exactly when these increases will come, based on history (and the fact that Disney has double-dipped with price hikes before), we'd say this fall will likely bring higher prices to the resort.
2 The opening of Club 33 will be confirmed and general memberships will be made available
And speaking of high costs at Walt Disney World, though Club 33 memberships have been available for select people to purchase for over a month now, Disney has yet to officially open up memberships to members of the general public, or announce an opening date. And though construction is still ongoing at a few of the planned locations inside Walt Disney World's four parks, we do know that at least one location is almost ready to open, which likely means an official opening announcement should come very soon. And speaking of announcements...