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Tomorrowland pricing is clearly here today at Disney. This week the company raised admission prices to the “happiest place on earth.”
A standard one-day ticket to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, which includes Cinderella’s castle, now costs $119 — a $4 increase. Pluto will take a bigger bite out of your wallet if you visit on peak days as the cost for the same pass jumps to $129. But, if you’re flexible, the price to see Mickey and company drops to $109 on less popular days. Tickets to other Disney World theme parks, and for children under 10, also increased and are just a few dollars less than the Magic Kingdom standard pass. Kids under 3 are still free!
At Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., admission to ride up Big Thunder Mountain and more rose from $110 to $117 for adults on normal days and to $135 on peak days. A value pass is offered on select days for $97.
To put this into perspective, if two grandparents take two children (between ages 3 and 10) to one of the magical parks on a regular day, admission would cost:
- $464 at Magic Kingdom.
- $444 at Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.
- $454 at Disneyland.
Through the years, Disney has routinely increased prices and changed its pass structure. Twenty-five years ago, the dream vacation probably cost you under $150 to get a family of four into a park for the day. Just three years ago, the Magic Kingdom made headlines when the cost of a one-day ticket topped $100 for the first time. Now it can cost as much as $129. But, the increases don’t appear to be deterring guests from coming. Walt Disney World reported record-breaking attendance for its last quarter and Magic Kingdom even had to shut down entrance gates twice in December when the park reached maximum capacity.
In a statement, a Disney representative addressed the price hike and said the move aligns with another ticketing structure that will be announced and rolled out later this year. "We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to families and we will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives families a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit," says Andrea Finger.
We could see more pricing options, similar to ones offered for one-day passes. Discounts are offered on less busy days, but on the flip side, tickets cost more on peak days. Finger said since starting this price structure two years ago, it has been very popular and helpful spreading out attendance, but she noted the vast majority of people don't purchase a single-day pass, rather a multiday.
The cost for annual passes has also increased. At Disney World, the top tier pass for Florida residents went up $50 to $729. Disneyland’s Signature Plus annual pass increased $100 to $1,149. But, Disneyland is still offering Southern California residents a select pass for $369, but it can’t be used on weekends, most holidays or on summer days. The parks also offer multiday passes and resort packages, which may be cheaper, if they fit your travel.