This week at Walt Disney World, prices go up for annual passes and parking, Disney's Animal Kingdom cuts hours, plus a new hotel for the Magic Kingdom is confirmed!
Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” this week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!
1. Disney raises prices on annual passes
Though we already saw some substantial price hikes for annual passholders back in February 2018, it looks like Disney is double-dipping in 2018 with the price hikes once again, with the following changes now in effect:
- The Disney Platinum Plus Pass is now $994, up from $949. For Florida Residents, the price is $849, up from $829
- The Disney Platinum Pass is now $894 up from $849. For Florida Residents, the price for this pass is now $749, up from $729
- The Gold Pass is now $609, up from $589 (this type of pass is only available to Florida Residents, so there is no additional location-based discount)
- The Silver Pass is now $479, up from $439 (this type of pass is only available to Florida Residents, so there is no additional location-based discount)
- Florida Resident Weekday Select Seasonal pass is now $319, up from $289
- The newly introduced Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass is remaining $439 per guest, which is the same
2. Parking Fees have also gone up
- Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – Now $50 per day, up from $45
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle – Now $25 per day, up from $22
- Oversized Vehicle Parking - Now $30 per day, up from $27
3. Disney Skyliner re-confirmed for 2019 debut
Though this will come as little surprise for those who have been following this project for the past few years, Disney has re-confirmed this week that this new transportation option would be taking flight next year at the resort. To celebrate this announcement, Disney has released a new video with some vital statistics about the Disney Skyliner, which you can watch above.