Walt Disney World increases ticket prices for the second time in the span of a year

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Up until December 8, you may still purchase 2023 tickets at the current price if you intend to visit Walt Disney World. All ticket costs, including single-day tickets, multi-day passes, and annual pass renewals, will go up at that time. 

This is the second time in a calendar year that the price of admission to the “most magical place on earth” has increased. The company’s flagship resort in Orlando, Florida, already increased ticket prices in February.

This, according to a Disney spokeswoman, is the result of the recent major investment made throughout the company’s theme parks and ongoing, strong demand. 

A one-day, one-park ticket now costs between $109 and $159, depending on demand. The range, however, will now also depend on the park you choose to visit as of December 8. The admission prices to three of the four theme parks will increase, with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both experiencing increases of more than 12%. 

One-day, one-park tickets will be available beginning on December 8 at these prices:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109-$159 (same range as today)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124-$179

EPCOT: $114-$179

Magic Kingdom Park: $124-$189

Without a park hopper, those who purchase such single-day tickets no longer need to make a park reservation for that day. All other ticket categories still necessitate park reservations.

Changing ticket prices

Disney points out that the most expensive one-day, one-park ticket, $189, only applies to Magic Kingdom for nine days during the busiest holiday season from the week before Christmas to the week after New Year’s. Of the four theme parks of Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom is the most frequented and well-liked.

As of right now, Magic Kingdom park reservations for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve in 2022 are not possible.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the second most visited park, largely due to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, according to Don Munsil, president and co-owner of Mouse Savers Inc., a website that records discounts and costs at Disney parks. 

He said that the park’s pricing adjustment was motivated by demand control.

“Their bottleneck is often the Magic Kingdom. Lots of people want to come to the Magic Kingdom. And Disney would really like to get people to spread out and try the other parks. And they’ve tried keeping the prices the same as a way of sort of signaling that they’re all just as good. But I don’t think anyone has ever bought that idea,” he said.

Munsil suggested that maybe reduced single-day admission fees at other parks will drive visitors there. 

Multi-day tickets will also cost more, though a Disney representative did not provide precise price information.

“We continue to focus on providing guests with the best, most memorable Disney experience, and we’re doing that by growing our theme parks with incredible new attractions and offerings,” the spokesperson said.

“We are also making planning easier with new 1-day tickets that automatically include a guest’s theme park reservation and continue to provide a wide range of options to visit throughout the year, including our lowest priced ticket of $109 which has not changed in more than four years.”

Disney reported $7.4 billion in worldwide park income in an earnings report earlier this month, an increase of 36% from the previous year. That revenue was driven by larger audiences and increased average guest spending, the research claims. According to the report, the introduction of the premium Genie+ skip-the-line service contributed to an increase in visitor spending.

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