(CNN) — If you’re planning to go to Walt Disney World in 2023, you can still buy tickets for next year at current rates until December 8. renewal of the annual card.
The company’s flagship resort in Orlando, Florida, raised ticket prices back in February, marking the second time in a calendar year that admission to the “most magical place on earth” has become more expensive.
A Disney spokesperson said this is driven by continued strong demand and significant investment in the company’s theme parks in recent years.
The current price for a single-park day pass is between $109 and $159, depending on demand. But from December 8, that range now also depends on the park you choose to visit. Three of the four theme parks will be more expensive to visit, with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios both seeing an increase of more than 12%.
From December 8, day tickets for one park are:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $109-$159 (same range as today)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $124-$179
Magic Kingdom Park: $124-$189
Those who buy such day tickets, without a park hopper, no longer need to make a park reservation for that day. Park reservations are still required for all other ticket types.
Changing ticket prices
Disney notes that the high price of the one-day ticket for one park, $189, only applies to Magic Kingdom for nine days around the week of Christmas through New Year’s, when crowds are at their peak. Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world and the most popular of the four parks in Walt Disney World.
Currently, Magic Kingdom park reservations are no longer available for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve in 2022.
Don Munsil, president and co-owner of Mouse Savers Inc., a website that tracks discounts and prices at Disney parks, said Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the next most popular park, largely because of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
He said this price change per park is about demand management.
“Their bottleneck is often the Magic Kingdom. A lot of people want to come to the Magic Kingdom. And Disney would like people to spread out and try the other parks. And they’ve been trying to keep the prices the same as a way of kind of signaling that they are all equally good. But I don’t think anyone has ever accepted that idea,” he said.
Munsil said perhaps lower one-day prices in other parks will draw people to them.
Prices are also going up for multi-day tickets, but a Disney spokesperson does not provide specific price details.
“We remain focused on providing our guests with the best, most memorable Disney experience, and we do so by expanding our theme parks with incredible new attractions and offerings,” said the spokesperson.
“We’re also making planning easier with new 1-Day tickets that automatically include a guest’s theme park reservation and offer a wide variety of options to visit year-round, including our lowest-priced $109 ticket, available in more than four years.”
The $109 ticket applies to Animal Kingdom only and is available at 20 days a year, during a less busy season. These tickets are usually available on weekdays in late August and September.
Those looking to hop between parks on the same day will also see that the “park hopper” price varies by date. As of Dec. 8, there will be some dates when park hoppers stay $65, but higher rates will apply on other dates.
Annual ticket prices are rising
Prices for most Walt Disney World annual pass renewals are also going up. Effective December 8, three of the four Walt Disney World annual passes, which are currently renewable only, will increase in price by up to $100.
The price of the Disney Pixie Dust Pass remains the same: $399. New sales are currently possible for the Pixie Dust Pass.
New sales are paused for Incredi-Pass, Sorcerer Pass, and Pirate Pass. But the prices go up as follows: Incredi-Pass goes up by $100 to $1,399; Sorcerer is increased by $70 to $969; and the Pirate Pass goes up by $50 to $749. Renewal prices on these passes are offered at a discount.
Tom Bricker, co-founder of DisneyTouristBlog.com, said Disney World fans are “increasingly disillusioned with the ever-increasing prices coupled with cost-cutting measures and myriad ways the company has made visiting its parks more tedious.
“However, pent-up demand remains strong and parks are overcrowded for now. Investors and analysts have already wondered how Disney will adapt to a recession or economic downturn. In that case, it remains to be seen whether Disney will be able to report strong numbers. or if the higher prices and various frustrations alienate lifelong fans and cause irreparable brand damage.”
Changes to dinner reservations
The resort has also updated its restaurant reservation policy effective immediately. Reservations can now be canceled with no cancellation fees up to two hours before the reservation time, with the exception of three locations. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Victoria and Albert’s and Monsieur Paul adhere to a policy of no penalty cancellations up to 24 hours in advance.
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is planning similar changes to restaurant reservations.
“Disneyland Resort plans to update our restaurant reservation policies to allow same-day cancellations later this month,” said Disneyland officials, who also allow cancellations up to two hours in advance.
But unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, the California resort will still require park reservations for all cardholders, and it will maintain a flat $65 fee to hop between parks.
At the time, both resorts increased prices for Genie+ skip-the-line service and merchandise such as custom lightsabers and droids, among other things. Disney World also raised the prices of hundreds of food items.
Disney has invested more than $31 billion in new guest experiences over the past decade.
Top image: The Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom theme park on July 30, 2022. (Octavio Jones/Reuters)