How You’ll Be Paying MORE During Your Next Disney World Vacation

We have seen prices increase over time in Walt Disney World, but lately, it feels like everything has gotten more expensive in the parks and resortsIf you’re planning a trip to Disney, now’s the time to start budgeting so that you can see how much you need to start saving! 

Magic Kingdom

Although there are some significant new added costs to consider, we have plenty of tips and tricks to help you save some money!

From the cost of a flight to higher-priced meals to Genie+, there are a lot of expenses to consider — and some you might not have even known! 


The cost to fly to Walt Disney World will vary based on a number of factors. Depending on the time, size of your family, location, and airline preference, the price can be anywhere from $35 (on the extremely low side) to $1000 (on the high side) for a round-trip flight. 

Orlando International Airport

Don’t forget those added fees for things like checked luggage or seat selection if you’re flying! Plus the cost to park your car as the airport, the cost of food during your travel day, and other incidentals can add up, too.

Take advantage of free personal items and carry-on luggage!

As of January 2022, Disney’s Magical Express will no longer provide free transportation for Disney resort guests. This means that you will need to pay extra to get your family to and from Disney World. 

Click here to learn more about the new Mears Connect Airport Service

To replace this free service, Mears, Uber, Lyft, or a taxi can take you to your resort.

You will be missed, Magical Express!

You can also rent a car in Orlando, but keep in mind that the price to rent a car is increasing, too!

Rental cars are great for people who don’t want to wait for Disney transportation!

On top of all that, there are several other costs associated with traveling to Disney that you should factor into your budget. You might need to pay for gas, bus tickets, or maybe a ridesharing service. 

Rideshare Drop Off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Keep in mind that you may also need to pay for parking at your Disney resort and/or in the parks!

Click here to check out some tips about transportation

Ultimately, you should compare the cost of each transportation option to see what’s best for you and your family’s budget. 

Price Increases

Lately, we have seen price increases across the board in Walt Disney World.

Spirit Jerseys are EXPENSIVE!

Restaurant menus are showing higher prices, and even some merchandise is starting to cost a little more in the parks!  

Crew’s Cup Lounge costs MORE!

Disney’s hard-ticketed holiday parties were replaced with new After Hours events that cost significantly more money.  A ticket to Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours Christmas event will range in price from $169 to $229 per guest (plus tax).  


If you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in a while, you might be surprised at the high prices all around the parks!

Click here to read about small price increases that made a big difference in Disney World this year

While we’re on the subject, we should also mention that Annual Passes have returned to Walt Disney World.

Annual Pass

The price for a new Annual Pass varies, but it will likely cost $1299 for the new Incredi-Pass.

Click here to read 5 Details You Missed from Disney World’s Annual Pass Announcement

Annual Passes certainly have some benefits, but some perks like free PhotoPass access will not return.


One of the biggest upcoming added costs is Disney Genie+. This new system serves as a Fastpass+ replacement that costs guests $15 (plus tax) per day, per person.  

Lightning Lane signage replaces Fastpass+ signs

With Genie+, guests are able to use the Lightning Lane (AKA the old Fastpass line) to ride some Disney attractions. For the more popular rides, Disney designed a separate system where guests can make up to two Individual Attraction Selections per day.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The price of these attractions varies depending on the the date, the Park, and the attraction. 

Click here to learn more about Disney Genie+

If you want to read about our eight biggest takeaways from day one of Disney Genie, click here.

GO start budgeting!

There’s a lot to look forward to in Walt Disney World, despite all the new extra costs. If you’re a little nervous about budgeting for an expensive vacation, we have some great advice that can help you make the most of your trip while saving a little money!

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Did you know about all of these new expenses? Let us know in the comments!

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