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.
Though Disney has yet to announce any new upcharge experiences for the rest of 2018 or the beginning of 2019, they are expanding two of their most well-known experiences with new dates and locations to try and allow as many guests as possible to experience these special extra experiences. However, a third upcharge experience has officially been cancelled, and will not be returning after a long attraction refurbishment is completed later this year.
1. Disney After Hours extends into spring 2019 with a new, higher ticket price
Though Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom had a troubled start when it first debuted back in 2016, Disney lowered the price of this event last year and has seen ever-increasing returns from this event, which allows guests to get into the Magic Kingdom at 7:00 PM, and then stay after closing for three hours while enjoying walk-on access to select attractions as well as complimentary ice cream novelties and beverages through the night.
However, though the lower price may have attracted additional guests over the past few months (Disney After Hours actually sold out several times this year!), it looks like Disney is now going to be trying out a higher price point again, with tickets now costing $125 plus tax for all guests over the age of 3 with advance purchase, or $129 for day of (a $6 increase for both). As has been the case in the past, Annual Passholders still get a discounted rate, but their costs have also risen from $89 to $95 dollars for guests over 3. Though this new price point is a far cry from the original $150 ticket price, it looks like Disney is trying to inch these ticket prices upwards as Disney After Hours grows in popularity.
Here are all the newly-announced dates that are now available at this higher price point:
- January 7
- January 17
- January 24
- January 28
- February 7
- February 28
- February 14
- March 7
Reservations are now available for all these dates (as well as all of the remaining 2018 dates, which were previously announced and less expensive) and can be made online here.