Ticket Prices Rise at Disney Theme Parks


Price increases affect parks in California and Florida and come as attendance levels rise for Disney's resorts biz.

The Happiest Place on Earth is getting a little more expensive to visit.

With summer vacation season heating up, Disney has increased ticket prices at its resorts in California and Florida.

Over the weekend, Disney upped the price of a one-day adult ticket at either Disneyland and Disney California Adventure by $5 to $92 and a kids ticket to $87, also up $5. One-day park hopper passes now cost $137, up from $125. Buyers of annual passes will also see a price increase, with Southern California residents no longer receiving discounts.

At Walt Disney World, adult admission to the Magic Kingdom — Disney’s most popular theme park around the world — rose $6 to $95, while those for kids age 3-9 is $89. Single-day tickets to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom costs $90 and $84, for adults and kids, respectively.

Disney said the increase was the result of “a variety of factors,” but still represented “a great value” given the attractions and entertainment offered at the parks.

The move comes several weeks after Universal Orlando Resort increased ticket prices for single day tickets by 3.4% to $92, the first time an Orlando-based theme park upped prices past $90. They had cost $89. A single-day park hopper rose 3.2% to $124 from $128.

Universal also boosted ticket prices last year to $88, thanks to the success of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at its Islands of Adventure park. Universal is currently expanding the Harry Potter-themed park into Universal Studios Florida by building Diagon Alley and other locations from the franchise.

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Disney’s decision to increase prices comes as attendance and spending at its theme parks division is on the rise. Disney’s resorts biz has long been used as a barometer to gauge the health of the economy.

In the first quarter of the year, spending by visitors to Disney’s parks rose 10%. Average spending was up 7% last year, according to the company. Overall Disney’s theme parks and resorts group saw revenue and operating income grow more than any other division last year. Revenue rose 10% to $12.9 billion, while profits came in at $1.9 billion, up 22%.

Tourists flocked to Disney’s theme parks and resorts during this year’s Easter holiday and Spring break vacation season, helping revenue rise 14% to $3.3 billion for Disney’s second-largest unit, during the second quarter.

Attendance levels have evened out at Disney’s theme parks in California, after the company spent $1 billion to overhaul its California Adventure with new rides and attractions, including Cars Land. Iger revealed that before the revamp, 75% of guests visited Disneyland, while 25% crossed the plaza into California Adventure during a typical day. Now, it’s split their time 55% and 45% between the parks.

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  1. JiminyC says:

    Shame on you Disney! Enough already! I know your parks are crowded, I know you are beholden to shareholders, but enough is enough. Your prices go up every year–twice this year. That is not alright. You are forcing families to make big sacrifices or miss out on what is a very special, sentimental place to many. The price of your Deluxe annual passes has DOUBLED since 2008, your SoCal passes have DOUBLED since 2009. Shame. Your Single Day Park Hoppers are so expensive that families are frantic to squeeze in as much as possible and usually end the day failing to feel they got their money’s worth (easily $1k/day for some families!)—but they lie to themselves and say what a “Magical” day they had. Unfortunately for all of us, that magic is fading, the lies aren’t as convincing as they used to be, that impervious shell of sentimentality you have had for ½ a century is wearing thin. Your biggest defenders are being priced out of your parks.
    Now is the time to let your conscience be your guide and lower ticket prices, lower annual pass prices, lower the prices of your hotels, lower your blu-ray prices, your toy prices, lower concession prices, lower prices on your $30 t-shirts, lower prices across the board. Get the MagicBands going immediately, work harder to attract crowds to lower census days and to lower census areas of the park, stay open a little later to stretch out age concentrations, etc. Be more creative than driving up costs and becoming elitist. Every year I see fewer members of several societal groups represented in your parks. Not OK. Get back to cleaning every nook and cranny of your parks and demanding that your employees be the best—I’m tired of seeing dust and cobwebs and garbage stashes, I’m tired of rude and lazy employees (although these are not the norm, they should not exist in the numbers they do). All of the preceding is my opinion. Yes, I’ve been around for a long time but when I don my top hat and grab my little umbrella you have to stop and take heed or you will all end up sprouting donkey tails and ears. -JiminyC

  2. Destiny says:

    Disney has become far to expensive to go to, between ticket prices, parking, eating, it certainly is not the happiest place to me. I would much rather take my money to Islands of Adventure, and do. I have not been to Disney in over 7 years due to increase of price at there Park in FL. With all the movies, toys, what not Disney throws at us you would think they could make these Parks affordable to everyone? After all isn’t that what Walt Disney always wanted?

    • Joan says:

      I agree with you wholeheartedly; admission to Disney is way out of control. The cost for a family of four to go to Disneyland now equals the cost of a vacation. I live in Southern California and have not been in 20 years because of the outrageous admission fees. So sad.

  3. SOShea says:

    Unfortunatelly the previous prices that are quoted in this article are incorrect. For example a prior Childrens (age 3-9) One Day/One Park Base ticket Orlando $88.40 and an adult (ages 10+)$94.79. According to this article the increase is only pennies. People are in a panic when there is really no cause for it.

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