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Disney Announces Surprise Ticket Price Changes on the Heels of Budget Cuts

Last week the news out of Walt Disney World revolved around several rounds of cuts that were confirmed for the resort as it continues to grapple with lower-than-expected attendance in 2018. And though you might have thought that these trims might have been enough to pull Disney out of its current slump, it looks like there was another component to this plan waiting to be implemented: price hikes. 

Though we already saw 2018's annual theme park ticket price increase back in February, Disney has changed its pricing structure yet again, which will result in higher prices for many visitors who come to the resort this fall. Here's everything you need to know about Disney's latest ticket price changes, which will be in effect beginning next month:

All tickets are part of a demand-based pricing model now

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Though Disney has offered demand-based pricing for one-day tickets in the past, beginning on October 16th, Walt Disney World will be expanding this pricing model to apply to all ticket types, with prices now determined  by the start date when the guest chooses to visit the theme parks. These prices are set in advance, and are based on Disney's own internal attendance projections. 

No discount for non-Magic Kingdom parks

In the past, Disney has separated its theme park tickets into two different tiers: Magic Kingdom, and everything else, with the former commanding a higher price. However, as part of this new pricing scheme, all parks will be the same price, with prices for single-day tickets for Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios rising to the level of Magic Kingdom tickets, which will cost between $109 and $129, depending on how popular the day is expected to be. This is a slight increase for guests who visit during the value period, as the lowest-cost single day tickets used to cost $102. 

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