Like any other business on the planet, Walt Disney World is a business, and they've got to make business decisions. One of those is raising prices as needed and to keep up with rising costs of advancements, expansions, and so much more. Well, on Sunday, October 4, Walt Disney World revealed price increases to daily parking at theme parks, Annual Passes, and the Disney dining discount program known as Tables In Wonderland.
First of all, the daily parking at Walt Disney World theme parks has now been raised, according to the official Walt Disney World website. The price increases are full $3 raises over the prices beforehand and are, indeed, in effect as of October 4.
- Car or Motorcycle – $20 per day
- Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer or RV – $22 per day
- Bus or Tractor Trailer – $25 per day
Another big change is that there is now a tiered system of sorts for Annual Passes to Walt Disney World. As of October 4, the new passes are in place, and the official Walt Disney World website breaks them down in complete detail.
No longer around are things such as Seasonal, Regular, and Premium, but now there are Platinum, Silver, and Gold.
For non-Florida residents, there are two options -- Platinum and Platinum Plus. The Platinum Pass is $749 plus tax and includes the following.
- Magic Band
- Admission to all 4 parks
- Park Hopping
- PhotoPass downloads
- No Block Out Dates
Florida residents also have options of the Disney Gold Pass, Disney Silver Pass, and Disney Weekday Select Pass, which have block out dates for the busier times of the year at Walt Disney World. The Epcot After 4 Pass is also only available for Florida residents.
One of the biggest changes for the Disney World Annual Passes is the addition of unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the Gold, Platinum, and Platinum Pass options.
A third big Disney change on Sunday was an increase in price in the dining discount program, known as Tables In Wonderland. This service is available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Florida residents for a 20 percent discount off of dining at select Walt Disney World restaurants.
The prices increased on October 4 and saw both options raised $50 over the previous listing. It is now $150 for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members and Annual Passholders. Florida Residents can pay $175 for the service.
The official site for Tables In Wonderland lists the details and specifications for using the dining discount card. It also has a full list of all the Walt Disney World dining locations that accept the 20 percent off discount, and if there are any block out dates.
Walt Disney World's changes are being done for a number of reasons, and the biggest are the expansions and additions coming over the next few years. Star Wars Land, Toy Story Land, Pandora (Avatar Land), and Disney Springs are just a few of the new things happening through 2020.
The increases in prices for daily theme park parking, annual passes, and the dining discount program aren't totally unexpected. Still, many Walt Disney World fans and guests are extremely upset that so much has happened at one time and believe it's just overwhelming.
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