Price Increase Alert! Snacks and Beverages Go Up Around Disney World

Several AllEars.Net readers have written in to us today to alert us to a number of price increases around the Walt Disney World Resort counter service restaurants.

AllEars.Net reader Randy wrote that just overnight he noticed that the price of bottled water went up from $3.00 to $3.50. He said that Mickey ice cream bars  and ice cream sandwiches went from $5.00 to $5.75.

Mickey’s Ice Cream Sandwich

Others reported that bottled sodas went from $3.50 to $4.25.

In checking Mobile Order on the My Disney Experience app, we see that the price increases carry over to coffee, tea, and cocoa (up to $3.29), smartwater (now $5.50) and other fountain beverages (now $3.99 for a regular).

Mobile Order also shows that the menus for D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs and Spyglass Grill at the Caribbean Beach Resort also reflect the increase in price for bottled water and fountain beverages.

In other news, it looks like the price for kids’ meals at the quick-service spots have gone up by 20 cents. An Uncrustables meal at the Electric Umbrella in Epcot is up to $6.19 (was $5.99); a kid’s turkey sandwich meal that was $6.79 is now $6.99, and a cheeseburger meal is now $7.49 (was $7.29).

AllEars.Net will be busy updating its menus to reflect these changes, as we wait to see what other increases — for other snacks, in particular — may be coming down the pike.

Check out our comprehensive Dining Database, with menus, dining locations descriptions and photos galore.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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18 Replies to “Price Increase Alert! Snacks and Beverages Go Up Around Disney World”

  1. Many people may not be aware but Disney unions and the company just negotiated a new contract. The new minimum wage for most Disney employees will rise in steps to $15/hour. The first increase is scheduled to take effect in December of this year. WDW is raising prices NOW to offset this. Disney’s Florida neighbor, Universal Orlando, not to be outdone, has also begun the same process although they have yet to announce whether they will follow suit and raise THEIR wages (they almost have to, “keep up with the Joneses” and prevent their employees from defecting). Lanyard prices increased about a month ago by over $1 with no advance notice; earlier this week, ALL annual passes increased overnight again with no advance notice whatsoever, even taking employees in ticket sales by surprise. The consequence of higher minimum wages will mean higher prices for the consumers, someone’s got to pay for it and rest assured it won’t be the shareholders.

    1. A minimum wage (or living wage as they like to call it) higher than is supported by the economic market is just welfare. Because employees are paid more than their performance justifies. But unlike government welfare programs, businesses do not have tax payer money to subsidize them. Therefore business are forced to cut the number of employees, raise the price of goods and services, and/or reduce services beyond what the consumer market will support. All of these options result in an inferior product or service and push consumers away. And in addition to a poor product or service, artificially inflating wages, in the end, just hurts the same employees they claim they want to help.

  2. Keep buying and please purchase the alcohol drinks during lunch and I think I heard breakfast at Beast Castle?
    Your truly,
    Disney Stockholder

    1. Well, that is why businesses exist. To make a profit. If, increasing prices and cutting services results in an increase in revenue then I would call that a successful business model. The trick is knowing when additional price increases and service cuts start to decrease revenue. And unfortunately for those of us who have been priced out, Disney World has decided they aren’t there yet.

  3. I’m from Australia, we used to go every year. It’s a long and expensive trip even BEFORE you arrive at WDW for us.
    The last few years we had to go every 2nd year, now we are going every 3rd year.
    Flight prices have remained the same but WDW is absolutely getting more and more expensive. It is still worth it to us, and we will continue to travel there for our vacations but just not as often.

  4. Come on good people. You wouldn’t be hanging out on a Disney site and posting comments if you weren’t addicted to Disney. Why do I find it hard to believe you all won’t be back. No one is better than Disney at addicting people to their product. Once you have fallen in love with Disney it’s harder to stop than crack. You will whine, complain, and gripe, but you will be back and you will pay the higher prices. And Disney knows it. So enough with the idle threats. Start saving every penny you have, book your next trip, and vow to enter into Disney rehab another day.

    1. It’s not a matter of idle threats, it’s a matter of I seriously don’t make enough money to go there anymore. They’ve priced me out. I only ever went to WDW on vacations and as of 2 weeks ago I tried my first cruise (which would typically have been a week spent at Disney) I booked my second cruise for January, (which would have typically been another week at Disney) and I cancelled a trip to Disney that I had planned for the end of this month for a much cheaper trip to Paris soooo….nothing idle about my threats, I’ve already responded to their ridiculous price gouging with my pocketbook. In the same note that I don’t have enough money to take an all inclusive vacation to say Atlantis…I also don’t have enough money to go to WDW unless that’s ALL I wanted to do for a couple of years, but I’m a 3 or 4 times a year vacationer.

      1. I hear you Dana loud and clear. We reached the end of our financial rope with Disneyworld in 2013. Since then we have taken a couple of fantastic week long west coast vacations for far less than one Disney trip. But I’ll be honest with you, the decision to cut the Disney cord was also helped by new imagineers completely destroying the vision and philosophy of Walt with every redone and new attraction. Sad to see it just become another theme park. Enjoy your new adventures!

  5. I typed this long comment and then lost it. Oh well. My opinion is WDW is run by Marketers who want to extract every $$ from their guests. The Floridian and Saratoga Spas are generic and high priced. Nothing special except when I was there in September and they offered a non advertised 40% discount on all Spa services. They were slow at a time, F&W, when they used to be busy. Lucky me. I believe the restaurant, quick serves and snack prices are kept ridiculously high so Dining plan participants feel they are getting a bargain. $3.00+ for a Dannon yogurt cup in the resort store is crazy. Non dining plan guests are subsidizing the dining plan guests and hopefully get tired of it and join the dining plans. The more guests using the dining plans the fewer will leave WDW property during their stay. This is WDW’s goal.
    Airplane to ME bus to WDW resort. Staying on site until departure day.

    1. You nailed it Dot! To take it a step further, I think Disneyword eventually wants every visitor to belong to the Disney Vacation Club (time sharing) for total and complete control.

  6. We began taking our family to WDW back in 2011 when we were finally at a point where we could comfortably afford it. Our kids were in middle and high school then and we have gone about every 2 years since then. They still enjoy it at college age but it is now priced out of our budget. We got great deals in 2011 (with free dining). Now even when there is free dining it is priced out of our budget and there seem to be so many restrictions (black out dates, availability generally at the top of the deluxe, etc.). It is sad. Makes that very first trip all that much more magical! We have to choose other vacation options now.

  7. The prices increases are out of control!! It’s always something, tickets, dining and now snacks and drinks! What’s next!! It’s very sad to think that many families will not be able to enjoy a Disney vacation due to the never ending price increases.

  8. This is getting out of hand. I just cancelled a 4 day trip to WDW in a moderate hotel, driving ourselves down and only 2 day park hopper with dining plan and booked 9 days in Paris, flight, hotel, train to London and hotel for a night for LESS money! How insane is that? I have been to WDW 6 times this year and travel from SC. They are losing me and my family as customers and we have started booking non- Disney cruises and European trips in order to vacation on a budget. That just doesn’t even sound right, but there you have it. I’ll be going on my last Disney trip for many years in December. It’s a very sad, bittersweet goodbye trip, but I’d rather go on several vacations and not just one bank breaker.

    1. WDW becomes more elitist by the day. I have little kids so I go every other year. However, spending $7,000.00 on a vacation is not within most family’s budgets.

    2. Wow! That is pretty sad. The prices keep going up and up. I guess they need to come up with a way to pay for all the added security. It’s the world we live in. Very sad.

  9. Drinking water while in the parks is often a necessity to avoid dehydration and its potential consequences on hot humid days. The price increase on water preys on customers’ vulnerabilities.