Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increase Breakdown

by on February 21, 2015 27 Comments

Filed under: Recent News, Walt Disney World (FL)

MYW_Ticket_LogoBeginning tomorrow (Sunday, February 22, 2015), if you’ll be traveling to Walt Disney World, entering a theme park is going to be more expensive.

For the first time ever, Disney has increased the price of a Magic Kingdom single day park ticket past the $100 mark: a one-day ticket to just the Magic Kingdom will now cost $105 for those ages 10 and up, an increase of $6. Ticket prices also increased for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with a one-day ticket costing $97 for those ages 10 and up, a $3 increase.

Other Magic Your Way base tickets have jumped about $11 per ticket (with a few exceptions).

It’s not just Magic Your Way base tickets that have increased in price. All options have increased, with minor increases to Park Hoppers, as well as the Water Park Fun & More options – both of which increased about $4. (Again, there are a few exceptions.) Also, the Park Hopper plus Water Park Fun & More combined ticket option increased by $4.

I do have some bad news for those of you who like to purchase the No Expiration option. Disney will no longer offer the No Expiration option, and now all tickets will expire 14 days after first use.

This is how the new pricing is structured:

One Day Theme Park Ticket Options
TicketAges 10-upAges 3-9
1-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket$105$99
1-Day Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ticket$97$91
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper Ticket$155$149
1-Day Magic Your Way with Water Park Fun & More Ticket$169$163
1-Day Magic Your Way with Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More Ticket$195$195

 

Base Ticket: One Theme Park per day

Park Hopper: Can enter more than one Theme Park on each day

Water Park Fun & More: Allows guests a specific number of visits (between 2 and 10, depending on the number of days of your ticket) to the Disney Water Parks, DisneyQuest Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf.

If you are looking for a Magic Your Way Multi-Day Ticket purchase, the new pricing is as follows:

Magic Your Way Ticket Options
Days On TicketBase TicketOptional Add-Ons
Ages 10-upAges 3-9Park Hopper®Water Park Fun & MorePark Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More
10 days$365
($36.50/day)
$345
($34.50/day)
$64$64 (10 visits)$90 (10 visits)
9 days$355
($39.44/day)
$335
($37.22/day)
$64$64 (9 visits)$90 (9 visits)
8 days$345
($43.13/day)
$325
($40.63/day)
$64$64 (8 visits)$90 (8 visits)
7 days$335
($47.86/day)
$315
($45.00/day)
$64$64 (7 visits)$90 (7 visits)
6 days$325
($54.17/day)
$305
($50.83/day)
$64$64 (6 visits)$90 (6 visits)
5 days$315
($63.00/day)
$295
($59.00/day)
$64$64 (5 visits)$90 (5 visits)
4 days$305
($76.25/day)
$285
($71.25/day)
$64$64 (4 visits)$90 (4 visits)
3 days$275
($91.63/day)
$256
($85.33/day)
$50$64 (3 visits)$90 (3 visits)
2 days$192
($96.00/day)
$179
($89.50/day)
$50$64 (2 visits)$90 (2 visits)

 

In addition, we see an increase in Annual Pass prices (which are the same for everyone, ages 3 and up):

  • The Annual Pass price increased by $20, to $654. This pass gets you into all four theme parks (hopping is permitted) for 365 consecutive days.
  • A Premium Annual Pass now costs $779, also an increase of $25. This pass gets you into all four theme parks (with hopping), Disney’s two water parks, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, DisneyQuest, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

There is also a change to admission for Disney’s water parks. Guests who purchase a one day water park ticket now have the ability to spend time at both Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon on the same day, when both water parks are open. The cost of a one-day ticket to the water parks is $58 for those ages 10 and up and $50 for those ages 3-9.

Disney’s last Walt Disney World ticket increase happened one year ago, last February.

If you’re looking for tickets, remember that our Price Comparison Tool can help you find the least expensive tickets for your particular needs. Prices are updated each night. Sometimes when Disney increases ticket prices, third-party resellers continue to sell their “old stock” of tickets at the old prices while supplies last, so you may be able to snag some lower priced tickets if you act soon!

Thoughts on this latest increase?

Posted on February 21, 2015

27 Responses to “Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increase Breakdown”

  • I am baffled at why they would drop the no expire option.

  • Very happy to see there was only a $20 increase on the annual pass! 🙂

  • They have to honor the no expiration tickets already purchased. Otherwise they would have to refund the premium folks paid for it. When you say all tickets will expire in 14 days, you mean new ones, correct? My no expiration tickets will still be honored?

    • Correct. No new “no expiration” tickets will be sold by Disney as of February 22, but existing ones can still be used.

      It impresses me that Disney honors ancient tickets, but that “good forever” thing was a big selling point for a long time. Imagine what the manual for validating the authenticity of decades of old tickets must look like!

      • David- I think you hit on an important point. I also am a “no-expiration” buyer and connecting them to the new Bands has been an absolute nightmare for everyone- us and them! They have messed them up so many times (3 different trips) that Disney has given us the equivalent of 7 free park-hoppers with no expiration for free for all 5 people – that is 35 free park-hopper days. My guess is this mess is also part of why they aren’t doing it anymore- not just because it will help with profits. I just don’t think it is working with the magic bands. If I didn’t have 35 free days to play with right now, I would be more upset about the elimination of the no expiration option.

        • I do wonder if the MagicBands are part of the reason behind this move to get rid of the No Expiration option. That and the perk for Disney that the “resale” market goes down the toilet now. No more unused days to be sold on ebay and craigslist to worry about. It won’t matter.

          On the other hand, it seems like such a silly thing to get rid of in a way. A lot of the time, I would bet it was just money in Disney’s pocket. I’d guess that a lot of people lost their previous tickets and such.

          Either way, I guess I can see both sides of the coin for getting rid of the No Expiration option. There are strong positives and negatives for both having and not having it as an option.

          But I would guess the issues with My Disney Experience and MyMagic+ may have a lot to do with it too.

          • My feeling is that all those old non-expiring tickets are a liability on their books — they all must be honored, and there’s no way to know when they will be. I think part of their motivation is to turn off the faucet and stop adding to the pool of unused admissions.

            I’m disappointed because our strategy has been similar to what Roland described below — we buy 10-day non-expiring hoppers and then spread their use out over 3 trips. I have to be honest, if we didn’t have admissions available, it certainly would make it more likely that we’d consider other vacation destinations.

            In building My Disney Experience, they apparently didn’t build in the capacity to display how many admissions you still have left. Irritating. When I was at the parks recently, no one at Guest Services could even give me a print-out of exactly how many admissions each of my family members still has. I had to write it all down as the CM was relaying the information, which was a pain because each of the 4 members of my family had slightly different totals of park and water park admissions available. I thought that was poor customer service, to tell you the truth.

  • Rikki, thanks for the immediate, detailed and thorough breakdown regarding WDW ticket prices. As usual, visiting TouringPlans is generally a faster and more user-friendly method to get the latest information that any other site, including Disney’s.

  • Well done, touringplans! Any word on a Disney Quest price increase?

  • I just paid 365 from undercover tourist for 10 day magic your way base ticket – is there no increase for those – it seems the same what am i missing

    • UCT continues to sell the ones they have at the “old” price until they run out. They also sell discounted tickets anyway so you have 2 things going on there. All the tickets directly from Disney went up some amount.

    • Sorry Mike, I see what you are asking now. The prices you see above are pre-tax so if you purchased that ticket directly from Disney you would have paid $388.and some change so you saved the taxes 🙂

  • Given that one-day water park tickets are now water park hoppers, did anything change with WPF&M? If you go to BB and TL on the same day, does that still take away two of your WPMF&M options, or only one now?

  • by Ruth Woodhouse on February 22, 2015, at 3:15 am EST

    I read in the previous blog on this website that annual cardholders no longer get free parking at the Disneyland parks. Does this also apply for WDW annual passes? We are going to WDW for three weeks next time we go (which will be 2016) staying off site and I was going to buy an annual pass because with the free parking and other discounts it would work out cheaper! Could I have bought the annual pass yesterday – or does the annual pass run from the day you purchase it rather than the first day of use?

  • I go on Feb.23.
    Previously paid admission. Does this affect me?

  • I saw that the DisneyLand annual passes will no longer cover parking. Is the same going to happen to WDW annual passes? Mine go until May. Are they going to start charging me to park even with current Annual Passes?

    • Disneyland used to offer you the opportunity to purchase “free” parking for an additional $159, i believe, added to your annual pass price for the deluxe annual pass. I think that was removed; however, WDW parking benefit was truly free,or at least included in the price of your AP. I just checked the WDW website and the new ticket price for the annual pass is reflected as well as the free parking still being listed in the benefits section of buying an AP. Looks like our free parking is still safe.

  • It seems like Disney is targeting my system. We were buying 10 day no exp tickets and using them over 2-3 trips, sometimes in one year, sometimes across 2 years. AP prices were always too expensive. About 3-4 years ago Disney started raising the price/day for 10-day tickets and raising the no exp option to make APs almost the same price. Now they cancel the no exp option. Dang it!

    This also killed another trick we did. We bought a couple sets of 10 day no exp/park hopper/WP&M tickets so we still have about 18 WP&M credits that are still good until used (or they decide to cancel those). We like DisneyQuest and Typhoon Lagoon and usually go to each once per trip. At least we still have that. Just don’t tell the suits, I know they’re still watching to see how to take any extra money we have.

    Too bad we’ll still pay whatever it takes. 😉

  • I realize those of us who pour over this and other sites to plan our vacations down to the minute are a small fraction of the general vacationing public. But are there that many people who–with no planning whatsoever–pile their family onto a plane or into the car and just show up at Disney’s TTC, only to be dumbfounded by the cost of one-day ticket prices? …let alone parking, food and souvenirs?

    • You would be surprised how little planning some people do. I would say that there are probably quite a few people who show up having no idea how much the cost of a one day ticket is. Don’t underestimate the non-planner.

  • Just a note to my fellow Brits. Our special “Ultimate ticket” giving us unlimited access to Disney parks for either 7, 14 or 21 days has not increased yet! So try your usual ticket agent and avoid the price rise.