13 BIG Price Increases We’ve Already Seen Disney World in 2022

We predicted last year that 2022 would bring some price increases to Disney World (a pretty safe bet, since the trend of price increases has been going on for a while now).

2022 brought lots of price increases

That prediction was even more accurate than we expected. Several BIG price increases have already arrived at Disney World, including some on food items, drinks, special experiences, transportation, and more. Let’s take a look at 13 of the biggest price hikes we’ve seen so far this year.

You probably heard about the hundreds of price increases that hit Disney World this week right? No restaurant was safe, with increases at spots in the parks, hotels, Disney Springs, and even water parks. That wave affected a few very important snacks, which we’ll list here.

Food

One of the most iconic Disney World treats is the Mickey Premium Bar. These simple ice cream bars are more than the sum of their parts…or maybe we’re just in love with anything that’s shaped like Mickey.

Even ice cream bars have gotten more pricey!

But we’re not as in love with the price increase, which took these bars from $5.69 to $5.99 at most locations.

They betray us…

Another beloved Mickey-shaped treat is the Mickey pretzel, which is often served with a side of cheese dipping sauce.

Mickey Pretzel

At some snack stands around Disney World, this combo (pretzel + cheese) increased from $6.79 to $7.19 (before tax).

A Mickey Pretzel and Cheese might satisfy your Disney cravings

We can’t talk about Disney snacks without mentioning churros as well.

50th Churro

This treat (served with a chocolate dipping sauce) jumped from $6.19 to $6.39.

Speaking of essentials…CHURROS!

And of course some of our favorite treats in the parks are DOLE Whips and DOLE Whip floats, which come in a variety of flavors and swirl combinations.

Soft Serve Coconut and Dole Whip Pineapple

At Aloha Isle, a DOLE Whip cup (just the soft serve) increased in price by a full dollar, going from $4.99 to $5.99. Note that some flavors and locations do not have this price increase. For instance, you can still get a coconut and pineapple DOLE Whip swirl for $4.99 at Aloha Isle.

Pineapple DOLE Whip

Some snack stands also increased the cost of DOLE Whip floats by up to a dollar. For instance, the Pineapple Float at Aloha Isle went from $5.99 to $6.99.

DOLE Whip Float

Many quick-service restaurants around Disney World got small price increases on staple menu items like burgers and chicken nuggets.

Burger

The Backlot Express Burger went from $13.99 to $14.29, and Chicken Strips at the same location went from $9.99 to $10.29.

Chicken Tenders at Backlot Express

Rosie’s All-American Café, Restaurantosaurus, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Capt. Cook’s, and Tortuga Tavern were a few of the other quick service spots that saw similar increases.

Beaches & Cream

Several table service restaurants saw price increases on their menu items as well.

Sanaa

Sanaa got increases to many menu items, especially for the lunch and dinner options. 50’s Prime Time Café saw increases on classic dishes like onion rings and fried chicken. And many of the entrées at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant went up in price by about $1.

50’s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios

Those are just a few of the restaurants that got updated, slightly more expensive menus recently. Check out a more complete list here:

See the Hundreds of Menu Price Increases at Disney World

 

The huge price increase update also affected different kinds of drinks at various locations around Disney World. Coffee shops, snack stands, and bars were some of the hardest hit with those increases.

Drinks

At a lot of snack stands around Disney World, the soda bottles got small price increases. You can find Diet Coke, Coke, and Sprite at several different quick-service stands, and they used to cost $4.19 almost everywhere you went.

Snack Stand in EPCOT

Now, you’ll pay $4.69 for those drinks.

Snack stand in Magic Kingdom

Joffrey’s Coffee was another casualty, with most regular coffee drinks increasing from $3.29 to $3.49.

Joffrey’s Coffee

This is the case for freshly brewed coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, and more.

Joffrey’s in EPCOT

And some of the most prevalent price increases were on alcoholic drinks at a lot of Disney World lounges, restaurants, and pool bars.

Outer Rim

For example, several cocktails at the Outer Rim Lounge (at Disney’s Contemporary Resort) saw increases by $1 or $2. This happened at most of the pool bars around property as well.

Click Here to See a List of the Best Pool Bars in Disney World

Moving on from the eats and drinks, a few special experiences have also gone up in price recently.

Tours

We were very excited to hear that many Disney World tours are returning this year. These experiences cost extra, but they give you a behind-the-scenes look at some different areas in the Disney parks.

VIP Tour Guide in Magic Kingdom

The tours returned, and they brought new prices with them. All five of the returning tours had small increases. The Keys to the Kingdom tour (which takes guests around Magic Kingdom to learn about the iconic theme park) jumped from $99 to $114.

Keys to the Kingdom Tour Guide

Caring for Giants, Savor the Savanna, UpClose with Rhinos, and the Wild Africa Trek all got similar price increases as well.

Click Here to Learn All About Disney World Tours

Transportation within Disney World (including buses, the Monorail, the Skyliner, and boats) is still free for Disney World hotel guests. But the trip from the Orlando International Airport to Disney World itself is not.

Transportation

We learned last year that the Magical Express service that takes guests between the Orlando International Airport and Disney World would be discontinued in 2022.

Disney’s Magical Express is officially retired

This service was free, but all of the options that replaced it cost money. Now you can choose between Mears Connect (run by the same people who ran Magical Express), Sunshine Flyer (buses designed to look like 1920’s trains), and ride shares (like Uber and Lyft).

Mears Connect Bus

Mears Connect and Sunshine Flyer have had similar prices so far ($32 roundtrip for adults on Mears Connect, $34 roundtrip for adults on Sunshine Flyer). Ride share prices vary depending on how many people are in your party and what time of year it is, but those are typically going to be more expensive than the bus options.

©The Sunshine Flyer

Whatever you choose, your trip from the airport to Disney World is going to be a little more expensive than it was in 2021 if you used the Magical Express.

Click Here to See the Difference Between Disney’s Magical Express Replacement Services

And finally, the way that guests can skip the line at Disney World attractions has changed, and it’s no longer free.

FastPass (Genie+)

The new Genie+ service isn’t actually very new anymore (it debuted in Disney World last October), but this is its first full year in the parks.

©Disney

FastPass is officially gone in Disney World. Its replacement — Genie+ — costs $15 per ticket per day.

Lightning Lane Entrance

With Genie+, you can reserve your spot at the Lightning Lanes of certain Disney World attractions, which means you get to skip the standby line.

Not everyone is happy with the changes.

Not all of the rides are included with Genie+, though. Some of the most popular attractions are pay-per-ride. That means there’s a separate fee if you want to skip the line at those attractions. This fee ranges in price from $7 to $15 per ticket. It also changes based on the time of year and crowd levels in the parks.

Seven Dwarfs is a pay-per-ride

For example, if you want to skip the line at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you would need to pay $15 per person  (the pay-per-ride price for this attraction at time of writing). That fee only covers the one ride.

Rise of the Resistance is a pay-per-ride

So if you want to save some time during your Disney day, you can definitely do that — for a price.

See Our Ultimate Guide on Genie, Genie+, and Pay-Per-Ride Here

Those are the biggest price increases we’ve seen so far this year in Disney World. Keep following AllEars for more of the latest news from the Disney parks.

Click Here to See a LONG List of Price Increases at Disney World Restaurants, Lounges, and Snack Stands

Which price increase are you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments. 

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2 Replies to “13 BIG Price Increases We’ve Already Seen Disney World in 2022”

  1. All I can say is look at the list of things noted in the article. And then ask yourself if you went without that thing (like a churro, pretzel, or alcoholic drink) in the park, would it negatively impact your ability to have fun? Most of the other stuff is expenses you can’t avoid like getting from the airport to the resort or if you want to use lightning lane. But you can save some money by ordering groceries to your room and eating breakfast there bringing your own water (and refilling the bottle), carrying snacks like granola bars, and skipping the treats that look like Mickey Mouse, but will not after you have eaten it. In other words, it will be a souvenir snack for about 5 minutes. I wonder what Disney will do if people stop buying this stuff?