Visiting Walt Disney World is about to get more expensive. The Florida resort is raising base ticket prices for the first time since 2019, but that’s not the only major change coming.
Starting December 8, Disney will introduce park-specific pricing on one-day park tickets, making Magic Kingdom the most expensive park to visit on its busiest days.
“Magic Kingdom Park will be priced at or above our other theme parks due to incredible demand as it continues to be the most visited theme park in the world,” Disney said in a statement.
Among other changes, prices for Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus will begin to vary by date, and the price of most annual passes will increase. Here’s everything guests planning their Disney World vacations need to know.
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Disney World ticket prices rise
Starting December 8, each of Disney World’s four theme parks will have a different price range for new purchases. Existing tickets will be honored at their previously purchased price. Currently the lowest price for all four parks is $109 and prices increase based on date and demand.
Animal Kingdom will be the only park to maintain its current price range. Starting December 8, new one-day park tickets will cost as follows.
- Disney Animal Kingdom: $109-$159
- EPCOT: $114-$179
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124-$179
- Magic Kingdom: $124-$189
Disney notes that Magic Kingdom’s $189 top price is only for nine days between Christmas and New Years, a peak period for the park, and more than 99% of one-day park tickets will cost less than that. Additionally, discounted tickets will once again be available for active and retired US military in 2023, although no details have been announced.
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Park Hopper Price Changes
Starting December 8, Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus prices will vary by date, based on demand. That price range was not immediately disclosed.
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Park Reservation Requirements
Disney World will continue to require reservations to visit its parks, in addition to tickets. However, beginning December 8, the resort will automatically make those reservations for guests who purchase day tickets to a park.
Guests purchasing multi-day tickets will need to make their own park reservations, as they have since the resort reopened amid the pandemic.
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Annual Pass prices increase
Disney World offers four tiers of Annual Passes, though most have only been available for renewal to existing pass holders for about a year. New sales have been suspended for all passes except the Pixie Dust Pass, which is limited to Florida residents and has most blackout dates.
New sales of the three main passes will continue to be on hold for now, but prices will go up on December 8th. Below is how much the four annual passes will cost.
- Pixie Dust Pass: $399 (no change)
- Pirate Pass: $749 (currently $699)
- Sorcerer Pass: $969 (from $899)
- Incedi Pass: $1,399. (from $1,299)
Existing Annual Passholders will continue to get a discounted rate for renewals. That price was not immediately shared by Disney.
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Disney Dining Reservation Changes
Effective immediately, guests will be able to cancel most dining reservations without penalty up to 2 hours prior to the reservation time.
Disney hopes the change will give guests more flexibility to enjoy the parks “at their own pace.”
“We continue to focus on providing guests with the best and most memorable Disney experience, and we are doing so by growing our theme parks with exciting new attractions and offerings,” Disney said in a statement.