It’ll Cost You a Lot More to Spend a Day at Disney World

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Planning your Disney family vacation just got a little more expensive, because Walt Disney World ticket and snack prices have just gone up. If you didn’t know, the Disney company operates on a fiscal year that starts in October, so now that its fiscal calendar has flipped over, it’s time for all those lovely price adjustments that come with the new year.

Park-goers will notice price increases in parking, passes and on many popular noms. While there is no huge increase on any one item, when you add everything together it can make a difference when it comes to your vacation budget.

Parents and grandparents traveling to Walt Disney World Resort with young children will find it is easier than ever to explore the place where dreams come true. From attractions in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom to experiences designed especially for little ones throughout the theme parks and resorts, Walt Disney World Resort has endless ways for families to start the magic together. Walt Disney World Resort is located in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Photo: Courtesy of Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks

New Parking Prices

Regular parking has now increased to $25 per day, which is up from $22. This cost applies to parking at Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Preferred parking—which gets you closer to the front gates has also gone up to $50 per day—up from $45.

New Ticket Prices

Oct. 16 launched Disney World’s new ticket pricing system that’s based on date. While tickets have not gone up in price individually, if you plan to visit on a day that’s super popular (and bound to be crowded), you will pay a premium.

The good news is, you can use the new My Disney Experience app to help plan your trip and avoid those expensive days. Generally speaking, non-peak days will cost you around $109 per ticket while and busier days cost upwards of $129 per ticket.

New Food & Drink Prices

Park-goers have already caught on to the change in snack prices, as well. Below you’ll find a sampling of favorite park snacks that have seen a price increase.

  • Mickey pretzels, now $7 from $6
  • Mickey ice cream bars and sandwiches, now $5.75 from $5
  • Popcorn, now $5 from $4.25
  • Souvenir bucket popcorn refills, now $2 from $1.75
  • Bottled soda, now $4.50 from $3.50
  • Bottled water, now $3.50 from $3

Knowing is half the battle, so now that you’re up to date on all the park price changes, go book that once-in-a-lifetime trip!

––Karly Wood



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