On the same day Walt Disney World rolled out new “date-based” ticket pricing and vacation planning tools for its theme parks, it also raised prices on annual passes and parking.
The new method of pricing tickets had been announced in September. Prices for multiday tickets may now be more expensive depending on the time you visit Disney World, with one-day tickets ranging from $109 to $129 for guests ages 10 and up.
There are instances where prices have decreased slightly. For example, vacation planning site Touring Plans found that a three-day ticket with a start date of Feb. 10, 2019, now costs $4 less. Selecting busier dates, however, may cause your price to go up. A four-day ticket cost $380 before the change, no matter what time of year you were visiting. Now it could cost as much as $427 – nearly $20 more per day.
“Date-based prices will be set in advance,” a Disney spokesperson told Orlando Rising. “They will not fluctuate in real time. It would not be accurate to characterize this as dynamic pricing.”
Along with the differences in prices, guests will also have less time to use their tickets. Until now, Disney tickets had been valid for 14 days after their first use. Now that period depends on how many days you’ve purchased – a two-day ticket, for example, has to be used within four days and a seven-day ticket has to be used within 10 days.
Annual passholders won’t have to worry about checking combinations of dates, but they will have to pay more thanks to another set of price hikes:
- Epcot After 4 Annual Pass (only available to Florida residents): Increased from $279 to $289
- Disney Weekday Select Annual Pass (only available to Florida residents): Increased from $289 to $319)
- Disney Silver Annual Pass (only available to Florida residents): Increased from $439 to $479
- Disney Gold Annual Pass (Florida residents and Disney Vacation Club members only): Increased from $589 to $609
- Disney Platinum Annual Pass: Increased from $729 to $749 for Florida residents and from $849 to $894 for other guests
- Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass: Increased from $829 to $849 for Florida residents and from $949 to $994 for all other guests
When factoring in Disney’s earlier price hikes, Platinum Passholders are paying $105 more, and Platinum Plus Passholders are paying $125 compared to 2017 prices.
Parking rates have also increased:
- Regular automobiles: $25 per day, up from $22
- Oversized vehicles: $30 per day, up from $27
- Preferred parking: $50 per day, up from $45
Disney CEO Bob Iger telegraphed the increases during the company’s second-quarter earnings call in August.
“Particularly given the fact that we’ve launched some very, very attractive new properties, including Toy Story Land and the Star Wars Land is going to open sometime in calendar 2019, that’s going to give us some pricing or revenue yield opportunities as well,” Iger said.