The Biggest Ticket Price Increases We’ve Seen Through Walt Disney World’s History

Over the years, Disney World has seen some big price increases. We’ve seen everything from Mickey bars to resort rooms to Minnie ears get more expensive.

Mickey Bars!

But one of the things that get price jumps most regularly are Disney World tickets, and today we’re breaking down the five most significant price increases in history!

The First Big Price Increase

Back in 1973, just two years after Disney World opened, tickets got their first big price increase. They started at $3.75 and jumped all the way to $4.50. That may not seem like much, but it’s a 20% change!

Magic Kingdom in 1973

But the $.75 hike didn’t stop there, prices kept jumping that same amount each year until 1975. Nowadays, a $.75 increase seems so small!

Preparing for the Opening of EPCOT

One of the biggest price increases in Disney World history came shortly before the grand opening of EPCOT. In June of 1982, the price of a day ticket jumped from $9.50 to $13.25. That’s a $3.75 increase, which was 39% of the original cost!

Epcot Center in the later stages of construction. [Associated Press]
That’s the highest percentage increase in Disney World history. Thankfully we haven’t seen one of those in recent years, because that would be more than $40 extra!

Two Increases in a Year!

And apparently, one increase wasn’t enough, because Disney raised ticket prices by another $1.75 in September of 1982. EPCOT opened on October 1st, 1982, and in October of ’83, the price leaped another $2.

EPCOT in 1983

That means that the tickets started at $13.25 and made it all the way to $17 in a little more than a year. What a big year for EPCOT and Disney in general!

Modern Price Increases

Since then, there weren’t any notable price increases until 2016. That year, peak season tickets went up by $19 when Disney introduced the tiered pricing model. 

Tree of Life Guests
People watching the projection shows on the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

This 15% jump sent the tickets up to $124 during peak times, $110 for regular days, and $105 for value season. The date-based system has stuck around since then.

Annual Pass Price Hikes

Annual passes were introduced to Walt Disney World in 1982, and they’ve seen their own fair share of increases over the years. They had a $25 jump in October 1983, but the next really big change wasn’t until 2019.

Annual Passholder Orange Bird Magnet

In June of that year, the regular annual pass went up to $1119 from $894. The Premier pass also got a $225 increase, moving up to $1219 per person. That’s a huge jump!

There you have it — the biggest moments in Disney World price increase history! Stay tuned to AllEars for more details on Disney price jumps in the future and for all the planning advice you need for your next vacation.

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5 Replies to “The Biggest Ticket Price Increases We’ve Seen Through Walt Disney World’s History”

  1. Love Disney and Universal. Last time there was 2019 when I won a trip to Sapphire falls.

    Just booked a trip to Disney/Universal this Oct 2021. Depending how this Covid surge goes and Disney’s response to it .I.E . Wearing masks all the time I may have to cancel and come back when I can feel free in the Parks.

  2. We always got the Florida Resident Annual Passes, and didn’t really mind the price increases because Disney is so unique (and, of course, our favorite place to visit!). But, we won’t be renewing this time around because of the new COVID restrictions and the return of the mask mandates. Not Disney’s fault, but the loss of so many of the usual things at WDW (character greets, just walking around without a mask, etc. etc.) kind of suck all the magic out. We’ll be back when things get back to normal and stay that way, but that might be a while!

  3. Sure seems that Disney is pricing themselves out of the working class price range . It’s always been the average Joe that has put them in the position they are in now. A daily pass is getting out of reach for a lot of people. To pay the daily rate for a Disney hotel is astronomical especially if you want to stay in one of the nicer facilities. Then you have all the areas only “A” listers are allowed into. The new Star Wars Hotel ? Forget it. You have to save for a couple of years now to go the Most Magical Place on Earth or at least I do. It’s becoming an exclusive club and normal people are getting gradually pushed out. Just an observation.