Disney World hikes daily pass price to $99

If you’re heading to Disney World for spring break or this summer expect to pay more for a single-day admission for your family members that are 10 or older. The rate went from $95 a day to $99, according to USA Today.

Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are also raising prices – up $4 to $94 for a single-day pass.

According to USA Today Disney just raised the daily admission last June from $89 to $95.

From USA Today:

“When one central Florida theme park hikes entry fees, the others typically follow suit. Last year, Universal Orlando Resort became the first Orlando theme park to break the $90 threshold for a single-day, single-park ticket when it raised its prices to $92. Two weeks later, Disney announced a price jump from $89 to $95.”

“Industry observer Robert Niles of ThemeParkInsider.com isn’t surprised by the increase, though its timing is a bit unusual.”

“It almost seems as if Disney is daring Universal to go over the $100 barrier,” he says. “We thought there’d be (an increase) this year, but more likely after Universal’s price hike.”

“Universal will open another Harry Potter attraction, Diagon Alley, this summer in its Universal Studios Florida park. It joins the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade, which opened in 2010 in its sister park, Islands of Adventure.”

We have never been to Universal and now that we will be back on the East Coast after this spring I hope we can go to Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I think there is also Simpson’s area in Universal that Michael would love. With that said, Michael would not be happy about paying upwards of $100 a day for four of the five of us.

Is $100 your price barrier? How much are you willing to pay a day for these parks? Do you think an increase after less than a year seems excessive? Will a daily park price increase push your toward the multi-park passes?

38 comments Add your comment

jay

February 24th, 2014
11:49 pm

you could not pay me to go to that place!

Jack ®

February 25th, 2014
5:59 am

To each his own, but I wouldn’t pay $9.

Maude

February 25th, 2014
7:21 am

It is so hard for regular working families to afford a trip to the parks this will make it even harder. It is so sad that it is just priced out of reach for so many families.

A

February 25th, 2014
7:31 am

If you get a multi-day pass, the price per day drops dramatically. And if you bring in your own lunch, snacks and drinks (Disney allows this; not sure about Universal), you can save a bundle.

motherjanegoose

February 25th, 2014
7:34 am

Have not been in years and no plans to go on the horizon. My daughter went, with her room mates, last spring break. They drove down and I picked up the hotel. I worked in schools while they were at Disneyworld. If I have grandchildren, I will take them. I took my kids when they were younger too.

AT

February 25th, 2014
8:14 am

The continuous price hikes are unfortunate. We just took our two kids over the holidays and had a great time. It is expensive but really is a magical place for kids and worth it for us. I’m sure we’ll go again. Luckily we are fortunate enough to be able to afford it.

MomOf2Girls

February 25th, 2014
8:20 am

@A – Universal does allow you to bring in food and drinks. We brought everything we needed for the entire day when we went last summer. I borrowed a stroller from a friend and packed it down with coolers. We called it our “food baby”. (For those of you who don’t get it, my teen girls and their friends call the little bump they get when they eat too much their “food baby”.)

motherjanegoose

February 25th, 2014
8:33 am

When ours were at home, we took several smaller and more affordable trips each year. Disneyworld would be one trip for the entire year and that was not something I was interested in.

Do most folks plunk down $5000.00 or more for a week with hotel, food, airfare, car etc? I have no idea. I see some people on FB going for spring break. NO way I would consider it. I do know that some folks have Disney CC and earn points. That seems to make sense, if you like Disney.

The multi day pass seems to be the way to go. Yet that is a LOT of money!
We once bought a “season pass” when we were first married. I found this interesting:

“BEWARE, however. Unlike Disney’s unused tickets from years ago, which were good indefinitely, Magic Your Way tickets expire 14 days after first use. You can discover how to convert your tickets into no-expiration passes and other buying tips on the pages that follow.”

jarvis

February 25th, 2014
8:52 am

I guess you could say that we are a “Disney Family”. Not for everyone, but we love it. We try to go every year and a half or so.

We just got back. They do a great job of sucking you in for mutiple days, but we like going to all of their parks which is really a 3 day minimum. Prices begin to drop per day greatly at the 3-day mark.

It’s definitely not cheap, but that’s why we plan and budget way in advance.

I also reccomend using DVC Rental or David’s Vacation Rentals if you are planning on staying in a Disney property. Disney has a very popular time share (Disney Vacatioin Club), but some people are not using their time share “points” or are trying to offset the cost of their timeshare by selling some of their points. These two websites are basically brokers that secure Disney time share points for you.

We just used DVC Rental for a four night stay at Bay Lake Towers (directly next to Magic Kingdown…literally within walking distance). After fees taxes and everything, we paid about $170 per night. That’s about half what it would cost for the rack rate plus taxes. Could not reccomend this more!

Pablo

February 25th, 2014
8:56 am

I would love to take the family over there, but the truth is that I can spend two or even three weeks with my family (meals and accomodations included) somewhere else for the same amount of money I would spend on a week at Disney. And a week is not enough time to do all you’d like to do at the Disney parks anyway.

Erica

February 25th, 2014
9:11 am

We’d considered going for spring break, as our daughter is a complete Disney park fan (we’ve been at least 5 times already and she’s 8). We’ve tried it several ways in terms of trying to maximize costs of park admission and lodging. We’ve rented a condo (nice but you have to pay daily parking at parks), stayed in a non Disney hotel in Lake Buena Vista near the park (great room, location, rate but still spent money on daily parking and gas) and in a Disney property (a bit more expensive but we got lucky and got the Disney dining plan free). For spring break this year, we priced it out to stay in one of the moderately priced Disney hotels, and when we added the dining plan in, plus park tickets, it ended up being cheaper for us to go on a Disney cruise. So, our girl gets her Disney fix, but more bang for the buck. With these ever rising park admission costs, a family trip to Disney World gets further and further out of reach for most working family. We are fortunate enough to be able to afford it, maybe once every year and a half to 2 years, but still a $3000 trip for a family is exhorbitant. Especially when we can do a beach trip (condo rental, gas, food), for about half of that. But, even with the ticket price increase, Disney parks will continue to do good business, as it’s an iconic, well known brand and their marketing is brilliant. As for our family, we are psyched to be sailing with Mickey and crew in a few weeks. Hope our girl enjoys it, as this will be her Disney fix for awhile, while our pockets recover!

Jedi Master

February 25th, 2014
9:13 am

It’s called capitalism…deal with it. If enough people don’t go, watch the price fall.

I went once when the kids were little, it was kind of fun. Don’t plan on going back again until I get grandkids. Would rather spend that $100/day on a lift ticket at the ski slopes….yes, it costs that much to ski too!!

motherjanegoose

February 25th, 2014
9:17 am

@Erica…have fun on your cruise. I love kids and work with them all the time. I do not vacation with little kids…haha! Their parents seem to want a vacation from their kids even though they are with their kids. The often let them run rampant. I agree that the cruise might be a better bang for the buck. I also agree that a week in a condo is nice.

jarvis

February 25th, 2014
9:54 am

Remember a few years ago when Disney gave one day tickets away to people that volunteered their time to charitable causes? Would like to see that come around again. That was a great promotion.

xxx

February 25th, 2014
10:00 am

All this over 4 bucks? If four dollars makes a difference in your trip, you couldn’t afford to go to in the first place.

RJ

February 25th, 2014
10:11 am

That is disappointing. I would rather spend money on a vacation somewhere else for that much money. I haven’t been in 10 years but expected to go in about 2 more years when my youngest is 4. I guess that may not be happening. I want her to go and experience it, but at $500 for us to get in, that is just out of my budget. I mean it is Florida.

Jedi Master

February 25th, 2014
10:34 am

RJ, trust me, when your child is 10, she won’t remember she went to Disney when she was 4. Wait until she’s 10. Otherwise, I find that people who take really little ones to Disney only go there so they can have cute pictures hanging on their walls.

Erica

February 25th, 2014
10:55 am

@Motherjanegoose: Thanks! I hear that on needing some vacation time from the kiddies, after having to work around them all the time. From what we’ve heard, our girl won’t even want to hang out with us thanks to all of the kid onboard activities.We’re looking forward to hanging out and doing some family stuff, as well as some grown up hang out time when she goes to the Avengers (Kids Only) club. Given all of the recent drownings aboard cruise ships, we will be watching our daughter like a hawk, especially around the pools and water activities.

One thing I do think helps when planning a Disney vacation is that you can pay a deposit and pay on it if you book through Disney.com and stay on a Disney property. For those of us on a budget, that is a helpful tool.The only thing is you have to have it paid off within 30 or 45 days of trip dates. So, maybe more folks will end up booking that way, to ease the pain of the pricing.

usually lurking

February 25th, 2014
10:56 am

If you are into car camping – camp at Fort Wilderness, buy a multi-day multi-park pass, cook breakfast at the campsite, pack lunch into the park, and eat a nice dinner in the park. We went once when our 2 children were around 9 and 10. A great time was had by all. Glad we did not take them when they were younger.

Hidden Agenda

February 25th, 2014
11:04 am

But the government says that there is only 2% inflation. LOL. Liars as always.

WitchyWoman

February 25th, 2014
11:53 am

The bottom line is …people will pay for it. Disney is a great experience for the majority of people who go there. Most people take their kids to at least one of the Disney parks in their lifetime. That being said, Florida residents get huge discounts. Right now you can go to three parks for $129 per person. That is three parks for 40 bucks each. Heck, Six Flags costs almost that much per person. The only thing is that you can only go to one park per day..which is what most people do anyway.

missnadine

February 25th, 2014
12:40 pm

I guess of you can pay $95 you can pay $99. I would rather use that money and go to something interesting and informative. Use it for a hotel stay in our nation’s capital and see the museums for free. Some are very kid friendly.

missnadine

February 25th, 2014
12:44 pm

I lived in FL for several years, and have been to the parks more times than I can count. Near the end of my time there I would just give our guests directions: “go left out the driveway until the end of the street, turn right and drive for 90 minutes”. That was about it.

missnadine

February 25th, 2014
1:01 pm

You should revisit the Paula Patton/Alan Thicke story…. which blew open last night, since this was a topic in your blog. So I will start: This guy is such an idiot. His main fan base was Black women, those who found him very classy and a sexy husband-type guy. The fact that he was married to a Black woman made him even more appealing, so what does he do? He asks like a total perv at the VMAs (yes Miley was sleazy as hell but she wasn’t the married, middle-aged dad), and also released a pretty risqué video.

Wifey acted like she was fine with it, but come on, which wife (or husband) would be fine with their spouse cavorting with topless women and/or grinding with a singer, all of whom are young enough to be his daughter. He lost his core fan base of Black women, so now we’ll see how long he will last. I found him very disrespectful to his wife.

MomOf2Girls

February 25th, 2014
1:27 pm

@missnadine – Robin Thicke, not Alan Thicke.

Real Life

February 25th, 2014
1:37 pm

Disney had never been for everyone. Its prices have always made it a more exclusive place than the company would like us to realize. It is not a surprise that prices are going up. Disney has made a substantial expenditure on smart tickets that track you throughout your stay–from hotel-to parks-to dining and shopping. So not only are you allowing a business to track absolutely everything you do, you are paying more for that “privilege.”
And the prices will continue to go up until admission drops substantially. So far that has not happened.

missnadine

February 25th, 2014
1:49 pm

@MomOf2Girls. You are right of course. The fact that father and son look exactly the same but 20 years apart doesn’t help me :)

Rod

February 25th, 2014
1:57 pm

Simple economics. People WILL pay the price and Disney knows it. You may say you won’t but others will (and many of you will too, even though you talk big on here).

Have you been to Disney lately? The place is packed. They’d be fools not to raise the prices. Simple supply and demand. You keep raising prices until demand starts to wane. And that’s not happening anytime soon.

Actually, $99...

February 25th, 2014
2:16 pm

…is a bargain for that place! And, cruising on Disney is way more expensive than cruising on most other “non-luxury” cruise lines, and Disney is NOT considered a “luxury” line, either. We just got back from a cruise last week, 7 days, 6 nights for about $410 per person, including taxes and gratuities. Disney, for the same trip, cost about $1100 per person, plus taxes and gratuities…

And, our 25 year old son went to Disney World three time prior to age 10, and he does not remember any of them. Now he tells all his friends he was a deprived child as he “has never been to Disney World”. He remembers going to Universal and other Disney parks, just not Disney World, though he does now admit that he remembers riding Space Mountain, he just does not remember that it was at Disney World!

Donnie

February 25th, 2014
2:46 pm

That is a lot of money to stand in line all day, eat overpriced food, and wilt in the sun. If you’re going to Florida, go to the beach. Much better deal.

A

February 25th, 2014
4:07 pm

@Donnie, we’ve only gone to Disney in winter, so no wilting at that time of year. I’d never go in the spring or summer.

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DB

February 25th, 2014
5:13 pm

I don’t think $4 is make-or-break. If someone is planning to take a family of 4 to Disney World, and had planned to pay $380, then if paying an extra $16 is going to completely foul up your financial planning — maybe Disney World isn’t a place you can afford to go to in the first place.

It’s high at $95, especially for those of us who remember the $40 tickets and thoughts THOSE were high, but it IS Disney — it’s a highly marketable and desirable commodity, with shareholders that expect return on their investment. Way too many discounts, etc. to be had to lose sleep over $4.

RE: Alan Thicke — who gives a flip what entertainers do? With very few exceptions, they are masters of the “any publicity is good publicity” mindset. Looking at them as examples of ANYTHING other than entertainers is barking up a very wrong tree. We have no idea what their personal lives are really like.

motherjanegoose

February 25th, 2014
5:23 pm

Regarding kids who do not remember Disney…mine gave me the same song and dance. They have actually been to Disneyland more than Disneyworld. I had meetings in CA and we thought the weather was pleasant in November and the crowds were thin. I can’t stand to pay to stand in line and sweat either.

I work near Disneyworld several times a year but do not go while there.

The last time we went to Florida, I had 3 free tickets from a client and we paid for the 4th. It was at during spring break. The park was AT CAPACITY and they were taking no more guests. It was bumper to bumper. If I ever go again, it will be in the off season.

WitchyWoman

February 25th, 2014
6:54 pm

The week to go to Disney is the week after Thanksgiving break. No one is there because everyone planned their vacations for Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. That week is right in the middle. Also Jan. and Feb. are good too since they are colder months that don’t have a lot of school breaks.

B

February 25th, 2014
9:08 pm

I hope people are putting as much towards saving for college as they are these multiple Disney vacations.

Rdugan

February 28th, 2014
11:12 am

There are all kinds of deals for a Disney vacation, you just have to look. But it all comes down to, you get what you pay for. No one does customer service like Disney. You can spend a few days at an amusement park, ride the rides, and have a good time, but it’s not going to be a truly memorable experience like a trip to Disney.

a_mom

March 3rd, 2014
3:46 am

No bones about it, Disney is an expensive vacation, but the kids love it so much (me too!) and cast members are really trained to treat you right. The first time I went with the kids, I thought I researched everything to keep expenses down so we stayed at a reasonable hotel with free breakfast, packed snacks and lunch, and only ate counter service for dinner. I think we came out better the next time by staying at a Value Resort on-site when Free Dining Plan was included. Didn’t lug around all that food all day, no daily parking fee, and loved letting a bus driver get us home after an exhausting day. They offer free dining a couple of times a year, so and usually offered for a limited time several months in advance of the dates.

I know if the kids are real young they may not remember it forever, but that’s the time when they really buy into the fantasy. My kids faces were so lit up every time they got to hug a character or see Tinkerbell fly from the Castle! They won’t feel that if you wait until they’re 12. Maybe go when they’re 6 or 7 (not toddlers).