Recently, I wrote about 10 year price increases in WDW snacks. Now I’m back with a look at WDW table service price increases over the past ten years.
The comparisons here were chosen because I found a stash of, um, purloined, menus from two trips at the end of 2009. One of the first things to note is that while some menu items have stayed constant over the past decade, at several restaurants the food offerings have almost completely turned over. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. Chefs should be innovating and using new ingredients to meet the needs of the current guest, but it may mean that your favorite item from a trip long ago does not exist any more. When I’m comparing prices, I’m doing so with the most equivalent menu item now available.
Note: All the large menu photos below are pictures of menus from meals I had at Walt Disney World in late 2009. The screenshots with uniform type on a white background are all from today’s menu listings on TouringPlans.com.
Beaches & Cream at the Yacht & Beach Club resorts
Beaches & Cream provides my easiest points of comparison because the menu today is largely the same as it was during 2009.
Ten years ago, the Beaches & Cream classic, the Kitchen Sink, cost $21.99. Today it is $34.00, a 55% increase. The Fudge Brownie Mudslide was $7.99 and is now $11.00, a 38% bump.
Moving on to savory items, the 2009 chili was $6.99. Today’s chili is $9.00, or 29% more.
The 2009 veggie burger was $7.99; today it is $17.00 – a 113% bump. A single burger was $8.99, now it is also $17.00 – an 89% increase. The onion rings were $5.99 and are now $7.00, a modest 17% hike.
Le Cellier at the Canada pavilion at Epcot
The Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup is one of the few menu items that are exactly the same from ten years ago. In 2009 the price for a bowl was $6.99, the rate now is $12.00, about 72% more.
The filet mignon is described slightly differently now, but it’s a similar dish, selling for $34.99 in 2009 and for $59.00 today – 69% more.
Mac & Cheese was $4.99 in 2009 and is $11.00 now, a 120% increase.
The Magical Star cocktail listed for $10.25 in 2009 and is now $13.75 – 34% more.
Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Village resort
Very few items from 2009 remain on the dinner menu at Kona Cafe today. Among the few that are still around, pot stickers (though the current are pork and the old version was duck) were $7.49 and are now $10.00, up 34%.
The crab cakes were $10.49 and are now $15.00, up 43%.
Strip steak was $27.99 and is now $42, a 50% jump.
50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The 50’s Prime Time dishes have new names for the same things. We don’t know why the meatloaf used to be Dad’s recipe, but is now Cousin Megan’s; we do know that the price is up.
The 2009 meatloaf was $14.99, it is now $20, up 33%.
Pot roast was $16.99 and is now $23, a 35% boost.
From the beverage menu, Grandma’s Picnic Punch was $10.25 and is now $13.50, up 32%.
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Nutty Irishman drink was $9.25 in 2009 and is now $12.50, a 35% increase.
The Cognac and Grand Marnier Flights are now drastically increased, with the cognac listed at $20.00 in 2009 and $90.00 now, and the Grand Marnier listed at $26.00 in 2009 and $46.00 now, increases of 350% and 77% respectively.
Not surprisingly, table service food prices have gone up over the past 10 years. Some increase are as little as 17% and some are over 300%, with many falling in the 30-60% range. The actual rate of inflation during this time was about 19%.
How do those price jumps compare with the 10-year change in park admission ticket prices? The August 2009 adult one-park ticket price was $75. At the time, all dates were priced the same. Today, one-day park admission rates vary. For visits in August 2019, the rates are $109, $117, or $125 depending on your exact entry date. At $109, you’re looking at a price hike of 45% over 2009, at $117 that’s 56% more than 2009, and at $125 that’s 67% more.
Ticket prices have gone up, but you’re not imagining it if you think other prices are taking a big hit on your wallet as well. And yes, Disney World food prices and ticket prices are both going up at a rate higher than inflation.
EDIT: Thank you to the readers who aptly pointed out that this English major had not had nearly enough coffee when initially working out the percentage increases. The increase rates have now been corrected. I will now keep my hands and feet away from the math for the remainder of our journey.