Disney has announced a new round of price increases for theme park tickets, annual passes and parking at Disneyland and Disney World — and tried to distract from the hikes by simultaneously revealed a few favorable policy changes and additions.
On the West Coast, single-day Disneyland tickets are jumping by just under 9 percent. The lowest tier days — called Tier 0 — will remain set at $109, with the most expensive days on the calendar now set at $194 to get into a single theme park.
As one social media post noted, there are actually situations where it makes more sense to buy two one-day tickets rather than a single two-day ticket due to Disneyland’s pricing structure:
Disneyland is counting on people being not doing the math. A 2 day ticket on tiers 0-3 is more expensive than two 1 day tickets. A negative under saved means you paid more. pic.twitter.com/RlCUwwqKvG
— 💖✨Andrea✨💖 (@andreajessica) October 11, 2023
The resort also raised prices for multi-day tickets by up to 16 percent, and the park-hopping option will be $25 more expensive to add onto some multi-day admissions. The Genie+ service will now cost at least $30 per day, up $5, with theme park parking up to $35 per day. Disneyland’s Magic Key passes, which aren’t available for any new sales, will now cost between 3 and 21 percent more to renew, depending on the tier.
At Walt Disney World, one-day ticket prices did not change. However, daily parking fees are up to $30 and annual pass prices have been raised by between 3 and 10 percent.
Guests to the Florida resort are getting one perk back that’s been gone since the COVID-19 pandemic hit: All-day park-hopping. Rather than needing to wait until 2 p.m. to go to a second Disney World park, guests with park-hopping, date-based tickets can go to whatever park they please as soon as possible starting on Jan. 9, 2024. That’s the same date that Disney has previously announced ending its reservation system for date-based tickets.
Disney World annual passholders will still have to make reservations to visit parks in the mornings on and after Jan. 9, 2024, but will be able to go to a different park as soon as they’ve scanned their admission to their reserved park.
For now, Disneyland still requires reservations past Jan. 9, 2024, and has not announced a shift to all-day park-hopping. But the California resort did announce four new dining options coming to Downtown Disney to smooth over its slew of price hikes.
As part of the shopping and dining district’s ongoing makeover, a new area called Parkside Market will include:
- Seoul Sister, a “fast-casual modern eatery that will serve a Korean-forward menu based on bibimbap (Korean rice bowls) with a California twist,” according to Disney;
- Sip & Sonder, a “Black women-owned brand that has been recognized as one of the best cafés in L.A. by the Los Angeles Times,” featuring lattes, frozen drinks and “Caribbean-inspired bites;”
- GG’s Chicken Shop, a new location for a Chicago-based eatery serving “chicken sandwiches, salads, and classic dinner table sides;”
- An unnamed second story bar.
Downtown Disney’s new west end stage and green space is scheduled to open later this year. No opening timeline was announced for any of the Parkside Market locations.