BREAKING: Disney World Ticket Prices Increase Again!

After substantial ticket price hikes in October 2018, we have just learned that effective today Walt Disney World has increased prices for date-based tickets, water park annual passes, preferred parking, and more.

As of today, a peak period, 1-day base theme park ticket for the dates 12/25 to 12/31 is $159.00 before tax. By contrast, the same ticket for 12/24, is $139.00 before tax.

A few examples of the increases: a value 1-day base ticket for dates 12/2 – 12/5 was $114 before tax; it is now $117 before tax, an increase of $3.00 per day. A value 1-day base ticket for dates 11/4 – 11/7 was $114 before tax; NOW it’s $125 before tax, an increase of $11.00 per day.

Multi-day tickets have also seen increases — some as much as a $9.00 per day increase.

Other notable increases:

— Annual Passes for Disney World’s two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have increased from $130.00 to $139.00.

—  Preferred Parking is now divided into two tiers: During regular season the price dips to $45 per day. During peak season, the price is $50 per day. Standard parking fees have not changed.

We have no information on any other increases at this time. As far as we know, Annual Pass prices have not changed.

What’s your reaction to these price increases, so soon after the October changes? Let us know below.

Read more about Disney’s date-based ticketing system here.


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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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12 Replies to “BREAKING: Disney World Ticket Prices Increase Again!”

  1. Just another reason why I won’t be back anytime soon. I may go for a few days and stay off property when all of the new stuff is built after 2020 but that’s a far cry from the SIX visits I made last year. Guess who just booked her second trip to Paris and London for a third of the price of a Disney trip? That’s right, ME! I went last year and I can afford to go again. As long as it stays this way, foreign travel to real countries in place of pretending I’m there at Epcot is where my money will go. 8 days in Paris, flight and hotel were $845 this year. Not to mention, if I need a Disney fix, Disneyland Paris is a mere $70 for a one day park hopper on some sites. Why not take a trip to France for your next Disney trip? So much more bang for your buck there.

    1. Dana, I was right there cheering you on till you mentioned maybe going to Disney Paris while you were in Europe. Disney addictions are so hard to kick!

      1. That’s the entire point. It’s a shame that it’s cheaper to go to Europe to get a Disney fix than for me to DRIVE 8 hours down the street. It makes no sense at all. Yes I’m still giving Disney my money, but I never WANTED to give up my Disney trips, I got forced out. Disneyland Paris is not a park that I will feel the need to go back to time and time again, but I’ll be darned if I was going to get that close and NOT see it.

  2. This is actually a good thing, i.e., maybe less people will go at certain times of the year and the parks will be less crowded.

  3. My first annual pass to Walt Disney World was in 1986 and it was $155, and it has gone up almost every single year to where it is today at $849 (renewing is slightly less). Disney has priced out ordinary Americans to become a resort for the elite. I admit that I used to spend a fortune at WDW, but I have cut way back because it’s becoming such a burden to go there… I have always Loved Disney, but my love is beginning to wane.

    1. 1986 was the first year we started going. Our Florida Three Season Pass was only $80. It was the glory days, or the “Eisner days”, as some people called it. From 1986 to about 1995. Cheap tickets, cheap hotels, absolutely no crowds, no advanced reservations needed (or accepted) at restaurants, no lines for attractions. Characters walking the park everywhere.

      People that didn’t start going till sometime after 1995 have no idea what us oldtimers are talking about when we say the place is not the same. It is sad that today’s WDW lovers will never experience it like we were lucky enough to.

    1. I think it goes much much, much deeper than that. I believe the CEO, Board of Dorectors and imagineers are deliberately erasing the legacy of Walt Disney. They don’t want to be constrained and second guessed any longer by people comparing every stupid move they make with “what would Walt think about that”. If they could change the name and remove his statue from Main Street they would.

  4. I would tend to agree that this is no longer breaking news. The whole point of changing to this new price system is so that they can change prices, as dictated by the popularity of the season/ day. It’s just like a hotel room or a cruise. As fewer rooms, or in this case, park capacity is available, the prices go up. I would guess that price fluctuations will become more common with and with more frequency. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see Disney offer a last-minute ticket, only to be sold within 72 hours of the day, with a heavy discount for those last-minute travelers looking for a deal. Whatever it takes to get spenders in the park.

  5. Why is this Breaking News? It happens more often than a valley girl say “like”. Breaking News would be WDW doesn’t raise ticket prices.