Nothing is certain in this world except death, taxes and Disney raising prices in its theme parks.
The latest price increases were announced Tuesday. Here are the areas where you can expect to pay more on your next trip to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Park tickets at the Disneyland Resort jumped by an average of 8 percent, though some prices have risen considerably more in the span of a few years.
Under Disneyland’s tiered ticketing system, the lowest prices (the new Tier 0) will cost $104 for one-day, one-park tickets. The highest tier, Tier 6, will cost $179. One-day Park Hopper tickets will range from $169 in Tier 0 to $244 in Tier 6. Multi-day tickets jumped by 11.7 percent, from $255 to $285.
The resort also raised the price of preferred parking to $50 from $45, and hotel valet parking jumped by 30 percent, from $50 to $65.
“Disneyland Resort is always planning the next new idea, attraction, and story,” Disneyland said in an unsigned statement. “Our tiered ticketing structure offers guests different options to experience that magic throughout the year, including our lowest price point – which hasn’t changed since 2019.”
The Genie+ line-skipping service was introduced to both Disneyland and Disney World last year and now looks to be included in annual price hikes going forward.
Both parks will now use a variable pricing system for Genie+ similar to what the resorts use for park tickets. This means the price can fluctuate based on crowd levels and demand.
At Disneyland, the service will now cost at least $25 per person per day, up from $20. At Disney World, Genie+ pricing in October ranges from $15 (the original Genie+ price) and $22 per person, per day, and Disney World confirmed that it could be raised even higher for future dates.
Individual Lightning Lane
Prices for skipping the line on Disney parks’ most popular attractions are also increasing. Separate from Genie+, Individual Lightning Lane reservations for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland will cost as much as $25 per person, up from the old maximum of $20.
These reservations were already subject to date-based price jumps. On the plus side for Disneyland guests, the resort’s newest ride, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, is now included with the regular Genie+ service and won’t require a separate, paid reservation going forward.
Prices are also going up for two add-ons at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World.
The build-your-own lightsaber experience at Savi’s Workshop will now cost $250, up from $220. To build a droid at the Droid Depot, you’ll have to pay $120, up from $100.
Food and drinks
These price hikes will vary more from location to location, but Disney Tourist Blog reports that prices for most menu items at Walt Disney World were raised Tuesday, typically by 30 to 50 cents per item at quick service restaurants and $3 to $5 per item at table service locations. At the resorts, WDW News Today reported that refillable cups were now priced at $22, up from $28.
Disney has consistently reported significant increases in guest spending at the theme parks in recent quarters compared to pre-pandemic numbers. However, the constant price hikes have created a popular perception that Disney theme parks are making their parks too expensive for most American families and catering only to the highest income brackets.