Price increases are imminent; resistance is futile.
Okay, it’s not quite as bad as all that, but it has been over a year since Disney increased their regular ticket prices. Yes, they increased the cost of their Annual Passes in October, but it was February 22, 2015 the last time the regular tickets went up. History and our intuition indicates that will change any day now. So let’s take a quick look at what that may mean for you.
Tiered Ticket Pricing
In June of last year a Disney survey seemed to hint that they would eventually be implementing a tiered ticket system. This system would mean that guests would pay more–up to $125 for a single-day ticket–during times of peak attendance. There was no real indication when, or if, this system would ever come to be, but we suspect it will eventually be utilized. We have no evidence that this will be what Disney goes to on the next increase, but we wouldn’t be surprised either.
How Much Will They Go Up
Since June of 2013, Disney has increased their ticket prices four times. The average one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom has increased incrementally in that time from $89 to $105. The average increase has been around 5%. If that percentage holds, that would mean that the one-day adult ticket to the Magic Kingdom would be approximately $109. The other parks have only increased 3% on average, but that is skewed because Disney went to separate pricing for their non-Magic Kingdom parks in that time. If the Magic Kingdom moves to $109, we would expect the other parks to be priced around $100.
A caveat to this is if the tiered system is put in place. In that case we would expect the peak days to increase further than $109, but the lower attendance days to increase less, maybe not at all.
What This All Means For You
If you have a trip approaching but have not bought tickets yet, you may want to seriously consider it. A family of four could save $100 by buying multi-day tickets now versus after an increase. Also, if you are visiting at a peak time–say July 4th or Thanksgiving–you may save even more if the tiers are implemented. Even if Disney changes the ticket rules in their next increase, they will undoubtedly honor the rules of the tickets at the time of purchase. If you want to find out the cheapest tickets right now at this moment, we have a ticket calculator that will help you out.
We occasionally get a day or two notice about an increase, but not always, so be ready for it. Also, the last time Disney went more than a year without increasing ticket prices was…??? (our records don’t go back far enough).