As has been expected for some time now, the ticket prices for Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks will soon be going up. Actually, it looks as if they will be rising this weekend -- Sunday, February 22 -- and for the first time ever, the price of some tickets will be going up over $100.
As reported by Inquisitr last month, the annual Disney tickets price hike was going to be coming in mid to late February. Now, even though Disney has yet to confirm it, the leaks are starting to become reality.
WDWNT states they have gotten confirmation that the price hikes for Walt Disney World will go into effect on Sunday. Not all ticket increases are known yet, but it has been revealed that a one-day ticket to Magic Kingdom will go up to $105 plus tax.
One-day tickets to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom will go up to $99 plus tax.
Currently, Magic Kingdom one-day tickets are $99 plus tax while one-day tickets to each of the other three parks are $94 plus tax.
It's been a full year since Walt Disney World last raised their ticket prices, and this has become an annual occurrence. The Orlando Sentinel states that Disney has not yet confirmed the price increase and has had no comment.
Duncan Dickson is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management and a former Disney executive. He said he has been advised by an unidentified Disney cast member that the price increase will happen.
"We're getting ready to go into spring break. It's race week (at Daytona International Speedway). You've got all those types of things happening. It's that time of year."
Something else that will be happening is the end of the "No Expiration" ticket option. This option always allowed guests to hold onto any unused days on their tickets if they purchased it. Now, all daily park tickets will expire 14 days after the first day of use.
Another change is that one-day water park tickets will automatically have the "Park Hopper" addition. Now, guests will be able to visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach freely with their one-day tickets without having to choose just one.
Ticket price increases won't just be coming to Walt Disney World. It is expected that the increases will be happening for tickets at Disneyland as well on Sunday, but if not then, very soon after.
Full details on all the Walt Disney World ticket price increases will be here by Sunday, but Disney can sometimes throw curve balls to go against what everyone expects. No matter what, a Disney ticket price increase will indeed happen soon.
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