What has become a semi-annual right of passage has happened again. Disney has announced price increases for tickets to both Disney World and Disneyland.
Disney announced its current ticket price increases and, to say the least, some are shocking. Some tickets have increased as much as $30 for one day!
Prices are date-based, since Disney adopted this system last year. So if you plan on going when the parks are busy, such as Christmas time, plan on dishing out quite a bit more cash than in the past. For example, a one day, single park ticket for the week of Christmas was $129 in 2018. If you plan on purchasing a one day ticket for Christmas week in 2019, the price is now $159.
Tickets for the Halloween season have also increased. If you plan on going to one of the parks during this time, prices have increased from $109 to $129 a day (not to mention that you will have to dish out extra if you are planning on staying for “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”.)
If you plan on purchasing the “Park-Hopper” option, those have also greatly increased from $139 – $189 in 2018 to a whopping $169 – $219 for one day in 2019.
In general, ticket prices have increased an average of $10 – $30 per day depending on when you visit Central Florida.
This ticket price increase coincides with the announcement of the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on August 29, 2019. Parks in Florida are expected to be filled to capacity for the opening of the new land and Disney seems to want to grab as much extra cash from it as they can.
I have written in this blog before questioning when will Disney come to the point of out-pricing themselves (Disney Adds New Pricing System). It has gotten beyond the point where the average middle-class family can not afford to visit the parks. For February, 2019, the cost for a family of four to visit Disney World, including Disney Resort
Hotel, tickets, airfare, food, and car rental was in the $6,500.00 price range. The ticket prices for 4 people for 6 days was over $1,800.00 and Pop Century, which is supposed to be a “value resort” was charging $205.00 per night.
Although, ticket prices have skyrocketed over the past 5 years, the parks are still always busy. Rides still consistently have a 60+ minute wait time and food reservations are very difficult to get (even six months before!). So I guess that as long as people are willing to fork out the extra cash, Disney will still continue raising prices twice a year.