Walt Disney World To Increase Ticket Prices

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Well, Disneyland did it a few weeks ago and now it appears to be Walt Disney World’s turn.  Ticket prices will be increasing from $85 for a one day, one park ticket to $89 for the same ticket.

According to Disney, the new pricing structure looks like this:

Days On Ticket Base Ticket Optional Add-Ons
Ages 10-up Ages 3-9 Park Hopper® Water Park Fun & More Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More No Expiration
10 days $318
$57 $57 (10 visits) $79 (10 visits) $275
9 days $308
$57 $57 (9 visits) $79 (9 visits) $250
8 days $298
$57 $57 (8 visits) $79 (8 visits) $215
7 days $288
$57 $57 (7 visits) $79 (7 visits) $190
6 days $278
$57 $57 (6 visits) $79 (6 visits) $165
5 days $268
$57 $57 (5 visits) $79 (5 visits) $130
4 days $256
$57 $57 (4 visits) $79 (4 visits) $85
3 days $242
$57 $57 (3 visits) $79 (3 visits) $40
2 days $176
$57 $57 (2 visits) $79 (2 visits) $30
1 day $89 $83 $35 $57 (2 visits) $79 (2 visits) n/a


Base Ticket: One Theme Park per day

Park Hopper: Can Hop between more than one Theme Park on each day

Water Park Fun and More: Allows guests a specific number of visits (between 2 and 10 depending on the number of days of your ticket) between the Disney Water Parks, DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (which includes 30-minutes of game play at The PlayStation® Pavilion), Disney’s Fantasia Gardens (before 4:00 pm) and Disney’s Winter Summerland (before 4:00 pm).

No Expiration:  Allows you to use your tickets at any time, with no expiration date.  (Tickets are only good for 14 days after first day’s use, unless this option is purchased.)

Annual Passes: In addition to changes made for park tickets, Disney has also made a major change to Annual Passes.  First, for Ages 10+, passes jumped $55, from $519 to $574.  For children ages 3-9, for the first time, Annual Passes are now going to cost the exact same as adult passes.  Here we see an increase in price of $96, from $478 to $574.   For guests who would like to purchase the Premium Annual Pass, for Ages 10+, the pass increased $50, from $649 to $699.  For ages 3-9 the pass increased $101, from $598 to $699.

Ticket prices are scheduled to make the increase on June 3, 2012, so if you are headed to Walt Disney World this summer, you should consider purchasing your tickets ahead of time.

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19 thoughts on “Walt Disney World To Increase Ticket Prices

  • June 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    What about military pricing? I had planned on buying the 4 day park hopper for 138 then adding the water park option..Will that be increasing too?

    • June 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Maggie – the military offer is separate from the gate ticket prices. The current offer goes through September 30, 2012. So far they haven’t announced an extension of the current offer, or a different offer for dates past then. Check out http://disneymilitarysales.com/ I’m anxiously awaiting the next offer because we hope to use military tickets in December.

    • June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

      I agree that–like most things from Disney–tickets are expensive.

      However, the $79 upcharge for the combination of Water Parks Fun & More AND Park Hopper is one area where prices went down. Until the price change, this combination of add-ons costs an extra $110. So if you want to purchase both of these add-ons, the incremental cost will actually be $31 less after the June 3 price increase, making certain tickets cheaper.

  • June 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    That looks to me like the Water Park option is $57. The $79 dollars looks like the price is you add BOTH. I think that is new.

  • June 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    If I buy annual pass voucher now, how long is it good for?

    • June 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      I just called disney about this today Neil. You can exchange the voucher anytime without restriction per the cast member. We just bought one for our 2 year old as she will need one next year. Our 3 year old has a season pass but I am thinking with this much of an increase we will be better off buying her a new pass as well instead of renewing. I’m betting the renewal price may be more than the current price that ends today.

  • June 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I really don’t understand why the child AP would be as much as an adult AP. A 3 yr old can’t go on a lot of the rides. Highly unlikely they would use the free parking, store discounts, etc either. I find that to be the most upsetting.

  • June 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Yup. It’s official now. I’ve gone to Disney World every year of my life since 1976, sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. And not short trips either–minimum of 7 days up to 21 days. But not now. A couple of years ago, we thought their resort room prices just became too high–especially for a family of 6 and started staying offsite. I mean, a 4 bedroom house with a private, heated pool located closer to the theme parks than the value resorts and several hundred dollars cheaper than the cheapest onsite options? EMH aren’t even good touring parks! As of last year, we deemed the restaurants not worth it anymore and coupled staying offsite with eating offsite. Better food, better service, and saved another $1000+. Now, they want me to spend the same amount on an AP for my 3 year old as for myself? Not happening. We’ll do a few days at Disney and a few days at Universal every 2-3 years now. Disney used to understand that customer loyalty was how you made money; it’s a shame they’ve forgotten that.

  • June 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Wow. This is pretty funny, actually. On our next trip to Disney World, my wife and I will actually pay LESS for tickets than we normally do. That WP+PH price is much better than buying the two separately. It more than offsets the price increase in base tickets. I wonder why they’d do that – I guess they see room for growth in Water Park sales if they make it that much more of a deal?

    • June 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      I’m going to guess that they have data that shows most families do *one* or the *other*, but not both—coupled probably with some survey data that suggests that this new combined price point will tip the scales for some.

      One of WDW’s main strategies is to get guests to over-buy before they arrive, because guests tend to drop things they’ve planned, rather than the other way around.


  • June 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I just bought a set of 10 day hoppers + WP + No Expire tickets at the 2011-2012 price from Undercover Tourist with the Mousesavers discount. The 20 admissions will cover 3 week long vacations and last my family about 6 years. I’m insulated against future price increases for a while, thank goodness!

    I do have a question though. I have heard some confusing talk about a new gate price bridging policy that will make upgrading old tickets more expensive. Do you have any info on the new price bridging policy?

    • June 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      From what I’m hearing, tickets purchased directly from Walt Disney World will no longer be bridged to current gate value. You’ll still get the amount you paid credited, but no “bonus” savings. Anything purchased from an authorized reseller will still be bridged–and good thing too since otherwise, you’d get credited less than what you paid!

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

    It’s odd that the largest price increases are aimed at WDW’s most loyal customers: those that purchase APs (10.6% increase) or those that purchase 10-day base tickets (9.3%). The price increase for an AP for the 3-9 year-old crowd is huge, children now paying the same as adults. Disney seems to be targeting their most devoted customers. It’s unclear why Disney would target these purchasers, unless their data indicates that these people would purchase tickets no matter what the price. The price increases are stunning given the current rate of inflation, about 2.5%. It also appears that Florida residents have been hit hard with price increases and new blackout dates.

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Tickets are still available at the old prices on Undercover Tourist. If you are at all planning on heading to Disney in the near future, get your tickets there now. Our family just saved 17% off of the current prices on Disney’s web site.

  • June 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Disney ticket is not bad pace.I just read on Undercover Tourist that they haven’t increased their ticket prices yet! You still have until Wednesday to by at the old price.

  • July 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I was thinking about upgrading to an annual pass when we go in August (we have 8 day park-hopper tickets), then coming back down for reunion at the end of the year, but now it would be more expensive to buy an annual pass, then just buying 4 more single park days. It makes a second trip look pretty unappealing!

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