How Disney World is Quietly Making You Pay More

Between the price of your hotel, tickets, food, and souvenirs, the cost of a Disney World trip sure can add up quickly.

Cinderella Castle

And, it’s not just these basic costs that you need to consider when planning your trip anymore. Disney has also introduced quite a few new perks and returning entertainment options that are only available to guests who pay more. So, if you want to take advantage of these extra benefits, you’ll need to be prepared to pay a higher price!

You Need to Pay MORE to Get These Perks in Disney World Right Now!

Extra Park Hours

Earlier this year, Disney announced that they would be discontinuing Extra Magic Hours for Disney World Resort Hotel guests and replacing it with TWO brand new offerings — Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours. The thing is, only ONE of these perks is available for all Disney Hotel guests.

EPCOT at night

Both hotel guest benefits are set to begin in October 2021 but those hoping to take advantage of Extended Evening Theme Park Hours will have to pay the extra cost of staying at a Deluxe Resort or any Disney Vacation Club property.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney World Deluxe Resorts can cost between $400-$1,000+ per night and Disney Vacation Club can cost even more compared to the rates at a Disney World Value or Moderate Resort which range between $100-$500 per night.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Lobby

So, now the only way to gain an extra two hours at the Disney Parks on select nights is to pay the extra hotel cost.

Check Out ALL the Dates Announced for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours So Far HERE!

Lower Wait Times

In addition to the cancelation of Extra Magic Hours, Disney has also suspended FastPass+ in the parks, so all guests need to wait in the standby line to ride any attraction right now. And, though Disney has not yet announced plans to bring back the FastPass service, they have started to introduce new ways to tackle the theme parks without the heavy daytime crowds.

FastPass+ is currently suspended in Disney World

Disney’s new Extended Evening Theme Park Hours will certainly be one of those ways, as only guests staying at Deluxe Resorts and Disney Vacation Club properties will be able to take advantage of the perk resulting in lower crowds. But, that’s not all — Disney is also offering brand new After Hours events and promoting the benefit of lower wait times for attractions.

Guests will experience MUCH lower wait times for attractions during After Hours events

Tickets to both Disney After Hours BOO Bash (which is the new Halloween event) and Disney Very Merriest After Hours (which is the new Christmastime event) are limited and guests have access to over 20 attractions during the three to four-hour events. And, without the crowds, the wait times can be as low as only 20 minutes for popular rides like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Wait Times During BOO Bash©Disney

But, this benefit comes at a pretty pricey cost. Tickets for BOO Bash range from $129 to $199 per person and tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours cost between $169 to $249 per person depending on the date that you choose to go.

BOO Bash Cavalcade

So, for a family of four, you could be spending close to $1,000 to take advantage of shorter wait times along with other exclusive entertainment throughout the night.

Is Disney World’s BOO Bash Worth the Price Tag?


Plus, while cavalcades have taken the place of parades in the parks since they reopened last year, there is going to be a way to catch a FULL parade in Magic Kingdom before the year ends — but, it will cost you extra!

Mickey and friends rolling down Main Street!

Disney has announced that the full holiday-themed parade, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” will be returning but only during Disney Very Merries After Hours Event. And, as we mentioned earlier, the four-hour event can cost anywhere between $169 to $249 per person based on when you’re visiting.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Disney will be continuing the smaller cavalcades in the parks during the daytime, but the only way to watch the roughly 20-minute Christmastime parade will be during the ticketed event.

How Does the Price of Disney Very Merriest After Hours Compare to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

So, your next Disney trip could cost more than you might originally plan for if you’re hoping to take advantage of these perks and entertainment options. And, who knows, maybe Disney will bring back complimentary FastPass+ and parades as time passes, but for now, be prepared to pay a little bit more if you’re hoping to get some extra time in the parks with lower wait times and parades.

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8 Replies to “How Disney World is Quietly Making You Pay More”

  1. Going to Disney in December but will not be paying extra for something that should be part of the package. That is highway robbery especially for large families.

  2. There is nothing secret about Disney raising prices everywhere and all the time.
    whats really terrible is charging people extra to see things. When Walt opened Land everyone was treated the same , yes they had E Ticket rides that cost more, but now people cant afford to go and if they can everything is extra. We used to go 2 times a year but havent gone since 2014 and will probably never go again. We are glad we went a lot when it was still Magical.

  3. The first point doesn’t really make any difference, as we stay DVC anyway, the other two are very much optional for us.