8 Price Increases to Plan for in Disney World in 2022

It’s no secret that Disney World is expensive!

Magic Kingdom

Things cost more in the theme parks than they do in the outside world, and you’ll probably have to do a little budgeting and saving ahead of your trip. On top of that, Disney World gets price increases from time to time. And today, we’re sharing eight of them that you need to plan for in 2022!

Disney Genie+

Let’s start with the obvious — the free FastPass system is gone now, replaced with the paid Genie+. So, if you were hoping to use those new Lightning Lanes, you’ll need to budget $15 per ticket, per day when visiting the parks. On top of that, you’ll have to save up extra money if you plan on purchasing access to the Individual Attraction Selections (the “Fancy Rides”) — they’re between $7-$15 each.

Disney Genie+ is now in Disney World!

Airport Transportation

Another big one we’ve got to think about this year is airport transportation. With Magical Express disappearing, you’ll have to start setting aside extra vacation money to pay for transportation to your Disney World hotel. Popular choices will likely be Mears Connect and Sunshine Flyer, so make sure to compare prices before your trip.

Mears Connect Bus

Annual Passes

In 2021, Disney World started selling annual passes again, and not only did the categories and perks change, but prices went up across several categories. The cheapest pass is now $399, while out-of-state guests only have one choice — the Incredi-Pass for $1299. And those prices don’t include tax! You’ll also need to budget extra if you want the water park or Memory Maker add-ons for $100 each.

50th Anniversary Annual Passholder Card

Merchandise

Disney World has been on a wild trend in 2021 of releasing ridiculously expensive merchandise. What do we mean? Well, we got three pairs of ears in the new Luxe Logo collection priced at $250, $750, and $1000 (!!!) each. That same collection gave us an over-the-top tracksuit, a pricey backpack, and more. If Disney World continues this trend of “luxury” merchandise (especially for the 50th Anniversary), then you may want to start saving now.

Wow. That’s all we can say.

After Hours Events

Instead of the typical Halloween and Christmas parties, Disney World hosted After Hours holiday events in 2021. And those events were DEFINITELY more expensive than what we were used to with the old holiday parties. In all fairness, After Hours events have typically been pricier because of the promise of low crowds. However, for 2022 we’re not sure if these After Hours offerings will continue or if we’ll go back to the old way, so it’s best to budget a little bit extra just to be safe.

Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Tours

Disney World recently announced that they’re bringing back select tours in 2022, and reservations for those are currently available. However, it looks like some of them got price hikes in the nearly two years that they were gone. The Keys to the Kingdom Tour used to be $99, but now it’s priced at $114 per person. The Caring for Giants Tour got a $5 price jump, and Savor the Savanna, Up Close With Rhinos, and the Wild Africa Trek all got little bumps as well.

©Disney

MagicBands

This past year, the free MagicBand perk was discontinued for Annual Passholder and resort guests. Now, you’ll have to pay for whatever bands you want, although you’ll be offered a discounted price if you fall into one of those categories. In addition to needing to budget for MagicBands, 2022 will also bring the introduction of MagicBand+, which will have new technology and will likely cost more than what we’ve got right now. Disney hasn’t announced prices yet, but we’ll be waiting.

MagicBands

General Price Increases

And finally, let’s talk about general price increases. These occur regularly around Disney World at restaurants, snack stands, gift shops, and more. This year, several dining locations got small price changes on their menus and some popular merchandise items got more expensive by a few bucks. This kind of thing happens frequently, so we recommend bringing a few extra dollars just in case your Mickey bar costs more than it did last time.

Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

So those are the price increases that you should beware of in 2022! We’ll keep you updated with all the news you need to know for your next trip, so stay tuned to AllEars!

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9 Replies to “8 Price Increases to Plan for in Disney World in 2022”

  1. Hey someone has to pay for the Di$ney purchase of FOX, the lost of sales do to the pandemic and executives high salaries and retirement packages! Right?

  2. Disney will be the death of itself. They are becoming a place that caters to the elite; kinda like that Disneyland feel where you see the Kardashians, Vanessa Bryant, etc. The working class aren’t welcomed anymore. We went for Christmas and stayed off-site and brought our own food. We resort hopped and the resorts were empty. Let your wallet teach the lesson.

  3. Is it just me? It seems like every week Disney World has either jacked up another price again or taken another perk away. I felt like WDW used to welcome all and treat everyone the same. Now it seems like WDW is seeing how much money it can get from its customers. And if you spend that money, you get treated differently.

  4. Used to go to WDW for a week each year since 1971 and twice a year since I retired in 2012 at a minimum. I haven’t been there since surgery in Jan 2019. I am not sure I will be going again. I don’t think the changes at Disney will provide a good experience for me.

    1. It used to be that Disney tried very hard to put the “ magic “ in the forefront. Now the insatiable greed in right in our faces and the “ magic “ is being pushed off to the side. Chapek and his team of money grubbers have caused us , who are 20+ year DVC and annual pass holders , to rethink everything. It used to be exciting to plan our Disney World vacations and now we are planning not to go for the first year in a very long time.

  5. Creo que año tras año Disney nos toma de tontos, nos quitan cosas y aumentan los precios de por sí ya caros y no nos dan nada a cambio. Por tema de covid tuve que pasar mi viaje para el año 2023, y seguramente sea el último, no dejaré que Disney me tomé por tonto

  6. A family tradition during the holidays is to plan our “big family vacation” trip for the next year,1st time ever Disney world is not even on the table or considered. We went last summer and we were just totally disappointed, the value for money is not there anymore and the quality has went down ( food and experiences and atmosphere), even though it’s more expensive. Mind you, you would go every year and multiple times to Disney, but last few years, it is just not the same or enjoyable. The constant price increase, will reach a point , I hope, where they reverse the constant price increases it and provide better deals like they used too. Until then, we will vacation elsewhere to get a better value for the money we spend. Sad, but Disney is just not what it used to be.

  7. This would have been a much shorter article if you had just come out and stated the obvious.

    Everything. Everything will cost more in Disney. From losing services and “freebies” to straight up price increases on most if not everything across the board. Every aspect of a vacation to Disney will cost more.

    Unless Disney has an INCREDIBLE sale for Florida resident’s, I will never set foot in a Disney park again. Considering I would go 5-10 times a year, this says a magnitude.