I guess there’s a big price to pay for entering the “happiest place on Earth,” and thankfully I went to Disney World for the first time before the price hike that took place this past Sunday. It’s the second price hike that has taken place in less than a year.
A single-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom have gone up $4 and will now cost $99 for ages 10 and up. Single-day tickets for Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom have also gone up by $4. If you’re over the age of nine, you will now have to pay $94 to get into those parks.
For children who are under 10, the cost is $93 to get into the Magic Kingdom and $88 for entrance into the other parks. “Our pricing reflects the high quality and breadth of experiences we offer and our ongoing commitment to investing in our parks,” said Kim Prunty, Walt Disney World spokeswoman, via e-mail. “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.”
Last year’s price hikes affected visitors to Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, but the latest price hike only seems to be affecting Florida.
Disney isn’t specifying the reason for the recent increase, but the Florida parks do have something called “MyMagic+,” which is a new high-tech wristband ticketing and ride reservation system that cost the company $1.5 billion. That’s a lot of money, right? Disney hopes to recoup the big investment by encouraging people to spend more on things like food and souvenirs and by getting them to spend more time in the parks.