Walt Disney World to Raise Ticket Prices Dec 8th

Walt Disney World will be seeing a price increase for Annual Passes and more on December 8th. Here’s the complete breakdown from USA Today-

Visiting Walt Disney World is about to get more expensive. The Florida resort is raising base ticket prices for the first time since 2019, but that’s not the only major change coming.

Starting Dec. 8, Disney will introduce park-specific pricing on one-day one-park tickets, making Magic Kingdom the most expensive park to visit on its busiest days.

“Magic Kingdom Park will be priced at or above our other theme parks due to the incredible demand as it remains the most-visited theme park in the world,” Disney said in a statement.

Among other changes, Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus pricing will begin varying by date, and the price of most annual passes will increase. Here’s everything guests planning Disney World vacations should know.

Disney World ticket prices increasing

Effective Dec. 8, each of Disney World’s four theme parks will have a different price range. Currently the lowest price for all four parks is $109, and prices go up depending on date and demand. Animal Kingdom will be the only park to keep its current price range. Starting Dec. 8, one-day one-park pricing will cost as follows.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109-$159
EPCOT: $114-$179
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124-$179
Magic Kingdom: $124-$189

Disney notes that top end $189 Magic Kingdom price is only for nine days between Christmas and New Year’s, a peak period for the park, and more than 99% of one-day, one-park tickets will cost less than that. Additionally, discounted tickets will again be available to active and retired U.S. military in 2023, though details have not been announced.

Park Hopper pricing changes

Starting Dec. 8, Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus pricing will vary by date, depending on demand. That pricing range was not immediately revealed.

The paid Park Hopper add-on allows guests to hop between parks, after 2 p.m.

Park reservation requirements

Disney World will continue to require reservations to visit its parks, on top of tickets. However starting Dec. 8, the resort will automatically make those reservations for guests who purchase one-day one-park tickets.

Guests who purchase multi-day tickets will need to make their own park reservations, as they have since the resort reopened amid the pandemic.

Annual pass prices increasing

Disney World offers four tiers of annual passes, though most have only been available for existing pass holder renewal for about a year. New sales have been suspended for every pass except the Pixie Dust Pass, which is limited to Florida residents and has the most blockout dates.

New sales for the top three passes will continue to be paused for now, but prices are going up Dec. 8. Here’s how much all four annual passes will cost.

Pixie Dust Pass: $399 (no change)
Pirate Pass: $749 (currently $699)
Sorcerer Pass: $969 (from $899)
Incedi-Pass: $1399. (from $1299)

Existing annual pass holders will continue to get a discounted rate for renewals. That pricing was not immediately shared by Disney.

Disney dining reservation changes

Effective immediately, guests will be able to cancel most dining reservations without penalty up until 2 hours before the reservation time.

Disney hopes the change will give guests more flexibility in enjoying parks “at their own pace.”

“We continue to focus on providing guests with the best, most memorable Disney experience, and we’re doing that by growing our theme parks with incredible new attractions and offerings,” Disney said in a statement.

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