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August 21, 2014

Walt Disney World Tickets Price Increase

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Effective today is another Walt Disney World ticket price increase. This was somewhat unexpected as historically prices would have been expected to rise in June. The price increase is effective today, 23rd February and the price increases are across the board – from single, to multi day tickets and Disney World annual passes.

The price of a single ticket for adults to Magic Kingdom is now $99 plus tax for adults and children aged 10 and up. The price for Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom increases by $4 to $94 for a single day adult ticket.

Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius said the prices reflected “the high quality and breadth of experiences we offer.”

“We offer a variety of ticket options that provide a great value, and find that most guests select multi-day tickets that offer additional savings,” he said.

Prices have increased at a very quick pace at Disney World for the last 5 years. Just 5 years ago a one day ticket for any of the parks cost $65 for adults. Now the price is only just under the $100 mark – many see this as just too high a price to pay for a theme park ticket.

But based on our recent visit guests are not being deterred by the price of Disney World tickets. Of course Disney has very complex ways to decide just how much of a price hike the market can stand and certainly park attendance shows now sings of dropping. On the contrary, more and more guests are visiting Walt Disney World.

What do you think of the price rise for Disney World tickets? Will this put you off from visiting?

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How Much Do Disney World Tickets Cost?

How much do Disney World tickets cost?

How much do Walt Disney World tickets cost? This guide to Disney World ticket costs will tell you the basic price of the tickets as well as the amount that you will pay for the ‘add no’s’ such as the Park Hopper and the Water Parks and More features.

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It is important to understand how the Disney ticket system works so that you can choose the right one for your visit to Walt Disney World.

You start with a basic Magic Your Way Ticket. This allows you into the theme parks (not the water parks) for the amount of days stated on your tickets. The 2 to 10 day tickets will get you entry into all four of the Disney parks, namely Disney Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios.

If you want to add on options you can do this (subject to certain rules explained below).

Note that all prices quoted include Florida sales tax and are correct as at June 2013. In the land of the Disney parks an adult is anyone aged 10 and up. A child is aged between 3 and 9. Under 3s do not need a ticket.

Disney World tickets are no transferable. What that means is that only the person who first used them can use them for subsequent visits. Don’t try and get around this rule – it won’t work and it is against the law!

Here are all the prices of a basic Magic Your Way Disney World ticket for a 2 to 10 day ticket:

Days

Adult

Child (aged 3 to 9)

2

$195.96

$183.18

3

$279.03

$259.86

4

$297.14

$276.90

5

$307.79

$287.55

6

$318.44

$298.20

7

$329.09

$308.85

8

$339.74

$319.50

9

$350.39

$330.15

10

$361.04

$340.80

The way the 1 day Disney World tickets work is now a little different due to some changes made in June 2013. A 1 Day Magic Kingdom ONLY ticket is now $101.18 for adults and $94.79 for children. If you want to visit one of the other theme parks (Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios or Disney Animal Kingdom) the cost of a 1 day ticket is $95.85 for adults and $89.46 for children.

Disney World Park Hopper Tickets

The Magic Your Way base ticket allows you to visit one theme park on each day. If you think you want to visit more than one theme park on each day then you will need to upgrade and ad on a Disney World Park Hopper option.

The price is $36.21 to add a Park Hopper to a 1 day Magic Kingdom ticket. The upgrade costs $41.54 for a Park Hopper add on to a 1 day Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom ticket. For the 1 day tickets I would rarely say that it is ever a good option to add on a park hopper. If you only have one day to see the parks I would advise against park hopping unless there was a very specific reason.

It costs $62.84 to add a Park Hopper to any 2 day or longer Disney Magic Your Way Base Ticket.

The Park Hopper can be a very useful feature but of course it does add extra costs – a family of 4 will pay almost $250 to upgrade their tickets to a Park Hopper.

Disney World Water Park Fun and More

A Disney World Water Park Fun and More upgrade adds $62.84 to a Base ticket to any 2 day and more ticket and to a 1 day Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom Ticket. If you want to add a Water Park Fun and More to a 1 day Magic Kingdom ticket $57.51 is the upgrade price (although I really can’t see when you would want to do this)

The Water Park Fun and More Disney ticket upgrade gets you admission to Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, or a round of golf at Oak Trail and a round of mini golf.

You get a pre set amount of admissions depending upon the amount of days on your Base ticket. So if you have a 4 day ticket you get 4 admissions, a 9 day ticket you get 9 and so on.

As with all Disney Magic Your Way tickets this will expire after 14 days ( so day of use plus 13 days). As a general rule if you are going to visit these places twice then you will save money on a separate admission price.

Disney World Tickets Non Expiration Option Cost

You can buy an Disney World ticket non expiration option. The costs of this are considerable so you do have to think about this very carefully.

With this non expiration option you can use your tickets any time in the future – that is if you remember where you have put them. Rumor has it that the majority of the non expiration options for ticket are never used!

Days

Adult

Child (aged 3 to 9)

1

n/a

n/a

2

$37.28

$37.28

3

$47.93

$47.93

4

$101.18

$101.18

5

$154.43

$154.43

6

$202.35

$202.35

7

$234.30

$234.30

8

$260.93

$260.93

9

$298.20

$298.20

10

$346.13

$346.13

How Do I Upgrade to Add on Options to My Magic Your Way Ticket?

You can add on options at any time until your ticket expires. All Disney tickets expire 14 days after first use. So you can upgrade within the first 14 days (which is counted as the day of first use plus 13 days after that) or before the admissions on the original tickets have expired.

Where Not To Buy Disney World Passes

There are scams out there. There have been a number of recent arrests in Orlando of ticket scammers. There is no need to fall victim to one of these. Just follow the simple rule to only ever buy direct from Disney World (either at the gate or online) or from Authorized Disney Ticket Agents.

Disney World tickets are never transferable so if someone is offering you un expired days off tickets or you are looking at sites like eBay or Craigslist just do not go there. Never, ever buy a Disney ticket unless it is from an authorized source.

Discount Walt Disney World Passes

There are safe places to buy discount Disney World Passes. You can buy direct from Disney or an Authorized ticket dealer. Click below to look at the discount prices for this highly reliable ticket seller:

Discounts on Disney Park Tickets!

Savings vary according to which ticket type you buy but it can save your family a lot of money.

Do you have any questions about how much Disney World tickets cost? Do you think they are over priced? Did Disney push the recent price rises too much? Leave me a comment below to let me know what you think about how much Disney World tickets cost:

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Walt Disney World Ticket Non Expiration Option Ending

The Walt Disney World Ticket Non Expiration Option seems to be about to become a thing of the past. The Disney World ticket purchase page now says that “all ticket days must be used within 14 days of first use” and the non expiration option is no longer on the site. It would seem that it is still possible at the moment to add the non expiration option to a Disney ticket if you buy one at the Disney World ticket booths at the parks if you request it.

The signage for this option has been removed from the ticket booths at Disney World so we are guessing that this non expiration option will very soon not be available at all. The non expiration option was still available on the Disney Travel agent portal when we checked today – but again who knows how long before this option disappears.

The non expiration option was a good choice for some Disney World guests. If you knew that you were going to be returning to the parks a sensible choice for some was to buy a 10 day ticket with the non expiration option so that you could use the tickets on a return visit.

The non expiration option was always an expensive add on to a Disney World ticket, and it was always thought that many of the unused days on the tickets remained just that – unused! This new system brings the Disney World ticket system into line with Disneyland, where there has never been a non expiration option. But of course the number of parks in Disneyland is much less with just the 2 theme park options rather than 4 theme parks and 2 water parks at Walt Disney World.

Will the disappearance of the non expiration option affect you and your family? Or did you never consider a Disney World non expiration on your ticket? Leave me a comment!

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Disney World Cuts Discount for Premium Passholders

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Disney World Cuts Discount for Premium Annual Pass Holders

Disney World has just announced that the merchandise discount for Premium Annual Pass Holders will be cut from 20% to just 10% from January 1st 2013. This has angered some Disney fans who say that the ones being hit in recent years are the most loyal followers of the parks – the annual pass holders.

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A Disney World premium pass costs $744.44 per person with sales tax included. If you are a family of 4 you will now pay almost $3000 for annual passes for the 4 Disney World parks, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon and Disney Quest. That is a very sizable chunk of change – and a 7.7 percent increase over last year. It isn’t too long ago that we paid a very similar price for tickets which included all Disneyland and Disney World parks.

All annual Disney World pass prices increased substantially last year. The basic annual pass price jumped a massive 10.6 percent to $519. Even Florida residents, a big source of revenue for the parks, now pay $299 for a limited seasonal pass – the biggest increase at 11.2 percent.

We all know that Disney World is investing huge amounts of money in the parks and that will continue in the years to come. Although Disney has not released the exact figures the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion is believed to have cost over $425 million.

But are they right to increase the ticket prices so much for annual pass holders? And then reduce the benefits that they receive?

Most Disney World guests will not be affected by these cuts in shopping discounts as only a small number are Premium Annual Pass Holders. And some may argue that if you can afford $3000 for Disney World tickets for a family of 4 then the effect of a 10% cut in merchandise discount is really not going to mean that much to you.

What do you think? Should Disney World be extending rather than reducing the benefits to Annual Pass Holders? Leave me a comment to tell me what you think.

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Disney World Military Discounts

How do you get Disney World Military Discounts and what do they offer for both active and retired military personnel and their families? Disney World offers excellent military discounts for both hotels and tickets.

The Disney World Let The Memories Begin offers military discounts of up to 40% on Walt Disney World Hotels together with considerable savings on tickets for military families whether they are staying inside or outside Walt Disney World.

Here is a guide to military discounts for Disney World.

Disney World Tickets Military Discounts

There is a great discount ticket offer for 2011. Disney World is offering considerable discounts for military families who can purchase up to six Disney Military Promotional Tickets. This current offer is available up to September 28th 2011.

Who is eligible for the ticket discounts? Active or retired members of the U.S. military. This includes the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Disney 4 Day Military Tickets with Park Hopper Option are $138.
A 4 Day Ticket with Water Parks Fun and More is also $138 (no park hopper). If you want a 4 day ticket offering Park Hopper, Water Parks Fun and More then this is just $165 each. All tickets prices exclude tax.

This is a great deal considering that the current price for an adult 4 day ticket with no park hopper is $239.63.

All tickets are of course non transferable (as with all Disney tickets) and must be used prior to 1st October 2011. There are a few black out dates of 17th April to 24th April 2011 for all parks, and July 4th 2011 for Magic Kingdom.

How do you buy a Disney World military discount ticket? Call 407-939-7830 or contact your participating U.S. military base ticket office. Or you can purchase then at the Disney World Shades of Green Resort Hotel and then you will not be charged tax.

In addition to the current 2011 offer discounts are always available on Disney World tickets if active military personnel are staying at Disney World Shades of Green Resort. These tickets are called the Magic Your Way Stars and Stripes Pass. These discounted tickets are only available for guests staying at Shades of Green or a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. The discounts are not as generous as those offered in the Let The Memories Begin promotion but are more flexible as you can purchase anything from a 2 Day to a 10 Day Disney World ticket.

A third way to get military discount Disney tickets (and this is the only option for those staying offsite) is to make a mail order request by calling the Commander, Navy Region Southwest 619-767-6000 or Air Force Central Ticket Program at 210-652-2855. Again the tickets are discounted but not as heavily as the other two options.

Disney World Hotel Military Discounts

Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located close to Disney World. Shades of Green resort has recently been expanded and now includes 586 rooms all with either a balcony or private patio. The location is excellent and very close to Disney Magic Kingdom. The hotel was originally built as a deluxe Walt Disney World hotel but was later leased to the Department of Defense for their exclusive use.

The rates at Shades of Green are always the best deal of any Walt Disney World hotel. To make a reservation call 888-593-2242 between 9am and 5 pm EST.

Discounts are often available in the other Walt Disney World hotels too. Check online or call a Disney Authorized Travel Agent who will be able to assist you with the current offers available.

Will Walt Disney World Ticket Prices Increase?

There is some speculation that the price of Disney World tickets will increase in the very near future. Every year since 2007 Disney World ticket prices have increased and each time it was the first week of August. In 2006 there were 2 price increases. So as we are rapidly approaching the ‘magic date’ in 2010 perhaps you ought to think about buying your tickets now if you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

Of course it may be that prices stay the same. Perhaps Disney has decided that now is not the time to raise prices. Only time will tell.

Remember that how you buy your tickets is very important. Always buy either direct from Disney itself of from a Disney Authorized Ticket Agent. By buying from an authorized agent you know that you are getting the best possible deal and that the tickets are legitimate.

At the moment my recommended agent has some great deals available including a free upgrade to a 5 Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket when you buy a 3 day ticket. You can have the tickets delivered right to your door so that you are already to go.

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Disney World and Disneyland Annual Pass

Are you thinking of visiting both Walt Disney World and Disneyland this year? Disney has just announced a new combined annual pass for Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.

Named the Disney Premier Passport this annual ticket will give pass holders access to Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Wide World of Sport’s and the Oak Trail Golf Course. In other words it is a combined Disneyland Annual Premium Pass and Disney World Premium Annual Pass.

You will of course get all the usual Premium Annual Passholder perks including free parking, select merchandise discounts and invitations to special events.

Whilst I am extremely pleased that Disney is finally offering this pass as I visit both parks and this will represent a considerable saving, it will be ineresting to see how many guests become Disney Premier Passport Holders.

Each Premier Pass costs $749 plus tax for adults and children aged 3 and up. As an adult Disney World Premium Annual Pass costs $649 plus tax for adults and a Disneyland Annual Premium Pass costs $499 plus tax for adults it is a considerable saving.

So if you know you are going to be visiting both Walt Disney World and Disneyland this year then the Premier Pass may make a lot of sense for you and your family. You can buy your Disney Premier Pass at any Disneyland ticket window, Guest Relations at Walt Disney World theme parks and Downtown Disney. This pass is not yet available online.

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