On Oct. 1, 1971 Walt Disney World Resort officially opened. With the Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground ready for guests, visitors paid a whopping $3.50, according to Allears.net.

In comparison to the opening day price, today’s Walt Disney World Tickets range from $109 to $159. So how much has the price per ticket risen each decade?

The website Go Banking Rates took Allears.com’s data, adjusted the dollar amounts for inflation using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ calculator and came up with figures (in today’s dollars) for the decades since Walt Disney World officially opened.

Walt Disney World’s 1971 price equates to just under $22 in today’s terms. The rates rose to $3.75 (or $23.26 today) by the following year. Ticket prices jumped to $9.50 (or $26.05 today) a decade after the opening year, in 1981.

By 1991 the ticket price skyrocketed to $33, or just under $63 in today’s prices. With the ever-increasing cost of admission, the 2001 price was $48 (or $70.22 today) and the 2011 price was $85 (or $96.46 today)! How times have changed.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Thomas Kelley via Unsplash 



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