WDWorld Traveler: New Ticket Price Increases and Structure for Disney Parks

Disney celebrated Leap Day by doing what any red-blooded American company would do: raising prices! More specifically, the change went into effect over the weekend.

A Magic Your Way adult base ticket for admission to any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks now costs $202 for a two-day ticket up to $400 for a ten day ticket. An adult Disneyland Resort ticket, with admission to Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure, now costs $195 for a two-day ticket up to $295 for a five-day.  A complete breakdown of the new pricing is below…

WDW Ticket Increase

DL Ticket Increase

Adding a “park hopper” option (allowing you to enter more than one park per day) to your Walt Disney World ticket will now cost an additional $55 for a two or three day ticket, and $69 for four through ten days. Adding the “water park fun & more” option (allowing for admission to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water park as well as other allegedly “fun” things like the Wide World of Sports complex) costs an additional $64 across all ticket lengths. Bundling the two options together costs $95 across all lengths. Adding “park hopping” privileges to your Disneyland pass costs an additional $40.

The other major change Disney announced in their ticket pricing structure is the introduction of peak, regular, and value seasons for one day, one park admissions. This will likely have no effect on the vast majority of people reading this but it is still important to note, both for the few of you who are considering a one-day trip and because it is entirely possible that a year or two down the road, this type of pricing will be rolled out for all lengths of tickets.

Under this new structure, a one-day Magic Kingdom ticket in value season costs $105 for adults and $99 for children. Tickets cost $5 more in regular season and a further $14 more in peak season. A one-day ticket for admission to the other three parks is $97 for adults and $91 for children. This increases $5 during regular season and a further $12 more in peak season. A map displaying which dates fall in which seasons is below, from our friends at Touring Plans.

Map photo courtesy Touring Plans (c)
Map photo courtesy Touring Plans (c)

It is important to note that if you already have a ticket purchased before the new prices and tiers, you can use it. In fact, any theme park ticket purchased for Walt Disney World before this weekend is valid whenever you choose to use it, regardless of this or future price increases. HOWEVER, beginning with these new tiered one-day tickets, you will need to pay the difference in price between what you paid and whatever the new rate is if you choose not to use your ticket until after December 31, 2017.

Prices also went up for annual passes, one day water park admissions, and most other tickets throughout Walt Disney World. Check DisneyWorld.com to purchase your tickets or for a price quote.

On the fence about heading to Walt Disney World in 2016? Check out my post here on the Place to Be to find out what new attractions these ticket price increases are going to pay for. Also check out my posts at Touring Plans and WDWorld Traveler.