Disney Ticket Prices On The Rise: What This Means For You

Have you ever been to any of the Disney World Parks and thought, man this would be a lot more enjoyable if there were fewer people here. Well, you might be in luck, but only for a certain price. Disney implemented the simple law of supply and demand by raising ticket prices all across the board. 

On Feb. 20, increases in Disney ticket prices were implemented. Disney prices tickets depending on how busy the season is. If it’s the “on” season (summer, spring, winter breaks, etc.) time, prices will be higher, because people will be willing to pay more to be at Disney during their breaks.  

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Now, with new price increases, the best time for guests to visit Disney can be all the time. Disneyland tickets have reached an all-time high of $209 for a single day ticket during on season days. These price increases are all across the board too, including all types of annual passes. The price increases range from $15 to almost $80 for all types of passes.  

At first glance, the increase in these prices is definitely discouraging. Who wants to spend more money at the Happiest Place on Earth than they have to? Guests are already spending a decent amount on food and parking, but at the end of the day, guests are paying for the Disney Park experience. And for that reason, the rise in prices is good for you.  

Who actually enjoys large crowds, filling up the whole walkway? This isn’t a mosh pit at a concert, this is Disney! Disney’s goal with the price rises is to decrease the demand for tickets so that the experience is more enjoyable for guests. On the craziest of days, the parks are not enjoyable and Disney recognizes that, so the increase in prices will help lower the number of visitors the park gets, but at the same time, maintains the worth of the multi-billion dollar company.  

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With new openings at the parks like, Star Wars: Galaxy Edge (in Disneyland and Hollywood Studios) and the Ratatouille ride at Epcot one would expect the parks to be more crowded than usual, but this wasn’t the case (the Ratatouille ride isn’t open yet) this year. Even with the new additions to the parks of one of the greatest movie franchises ever, these openings were considered flops. One possible theory is that the hype scared away patrons. Especially being a Floridian, residents usually avoid parks and Orlando in general, more when there is a new attraction opening. And this is basically what happened in Florida and California even without the price increases.  

Regardless of new additions to the park, which are inevitable, the price increases will help reduce the crowd sizes in the long run. Price increases will probably keep rising with inflation, but for now, the price of a more enjoyable experience at the Disney parks is the price of the new tickets. 

 

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