I recently re-discovered a stash of photos I took in the Walt Disney World parks during the summer of 2009 – exactly ten years ago. Among the buried treasure was this image of ice cream snack cart prices.
Ten years ago, a Mickey Premium Bar, a Mickey Ice Cream sandwich, and a Frozen Banana were all priced at $2.75.
Today, those same items are all priced at $5.75. That’s more than double the 2009 price, a 109% increase.
Here’s the 2009 Funnel Cake price – $4.29 for sugar or cinnamon, $5.29 for strawberry and whipped cream topped.
Ten years later, Funnel Cake with powdered sugar is $6.99 and topped with strawberries is $7.99.
The sugar price is 63% more and the strawberry price is 51% more.
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 snack prices and ticket prices are both going up at a rate higher than inflation. According to the CPI inflation calculator, if Disney were tracking with national inflation rates, that 2009 $4.29 funnel cake should be $5.12 today, not $6.99. And the $2.75 Mickey bar should be $3.28 today, not $5.75.
If you’re reading this website, chances are that none of this will stop you from getting your Disney snack fix, but forewarned is forearmed.