Walt Disney World prices rise to $82 for single-day, single park ticket

Posted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 12:01 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney officials announced a plan to raise the price of a one-day, one-park adult ticket to $82. Disney will also increase prices for multi-day ticket packages and annual passes.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010 2:32 PM

Note that Disneyland prices were also raised. As opposed the WDW visitors, the West Coast visitors typically visit for a single day (or half a day in the case of passholders). And speaking of those folks, I think this is going to drive annual pass purchases. I just hope they build that new parking garage soon!

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Thursday, August 5, 2010 11:19 PM

Disney wants you to spend your entire vacation(money) on their properties. Period.
Last time we went in 2005 1 day admission just hit $50.00. We were in Fla. for 5 days but had no desire to spend it all cooped up by the mouse despite the price break.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 12:04 AM

I'm just annoyed that Disney insists that all of their parks are worth the same daily admission fee.

I've played their game. My Disney World ticket is now about three years old and still has one or two days left on it (I don't even know anymore). Yeah, a single ticket cost me well over $300 when I bought it, but I've used it on three different visits so far and still have one left. Because for me, living in Ohio and getting back to Florida every few years, that made sense.

For my Dad, who lives in California, when he had only one day to spend in the parks, it only made sense for him to spend $75 and buy a single-day admission. And the fact that Disney charges the same for all four parks kind of forced us to visit the Magic Kingdom because honestly it's the only park in the complex that, in our opinion, is worth a full price admission.

Personally, I think they ought to make it $82 for your choice of either the Magic Kingdom, or a hopper good at the three other parks. If that had been an option, we'd have split our day between Animal Kingdom and the studio park.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 12:37 AM

I would spend $100 per day at epcot.

There is something about that park that I just love. The only park I think should be maybe a little less, is animal kingdom.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 1:51 AM

Oh, it's easy to spend $100 a day at EPCOT but that's over and above the admission fee. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 1:59 AM

I hate to say it, Dave, but your visit with your dad was a fringe case, and they probably don't care about you because of that. I'm sure they've studied the make up of their visitors to no end, and it wouldn't be a win to accommodate your case.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 6:26 AM

With the 7 night package we were originally looking at was leaving Saturday and coming back the following Sunday. The 9 night package we went with is leaving Thursday morning and coming back the following Saturday. We got a break in the airfare by leaving out on Thursday. The actual price to add two more nights is $89.50 per night. The current rate for the Pop Century is $82 a night. That means the park hopper w/waterparks and the dining plan is an additional $7.50 per day. That's a big difference over the $82 single day gate price. The package pricing isn't broken down by the room and the tickets separately, so I don't know where the discount is coming from. I'd assume its off the park hopper since the dining plan is free with package. I don't know how much it is to upgrade to the higher dining plan over the standard plan that came with the value resort. I don't think the room is discounted, so it is a tremendous value for what we are getting to me.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 8:21 AM

I'm just annoyed that Disney insists that all of their parks are worth the same daily admission fee.

But are they insisting that? Disney doesn't want people to come in for only one day, because those aren't the people they market to, and if you insist on going in for one day, they're going to make the money from you that they're not making from you staying a few days.

Disney wants you to buy a multi-day park ticket with park hopper option. Doesn't mean they thinka ll of the parks are worth the same price, because once you buy a week with a park hopper and waterpark admission, you're thinking about how much your week was worth, not one park.

Disney doesn't want one day enthusiasts, period.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 8:23 AM

crazy horse said:
I would spend $100 per day at epcot.

There is something about that park that I just love.

I agree 100+++% epcot is my favorite place in the country. There's no where else I'd rather be.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 8:26 AM

Agent Johnson said, "First off, the Disney College program students would not have any interaction with top exec's. Second, they would never comment about keeping the certain element out. It may be implied in many people's opinions that WDW is more expensive than the county fair, but money is money."

Listen, I'm getting too old to make up lies just so people on an internet message board will think I'm cool. I was on the WDWCP in '92 when there was a fraction of the students participating today. I had access to many Disney executives (which, oddly enough, is one reason I decided I didn't want to pursue a career at Disney. I asked one exec, after being told that Disney is keen on hiring from within, what my degree would really mean to them. I was told, "your degree is meaningless". Well, it might have been meaningless at Disney but I'm fine, thank you anyway.)

Anyway, not only did I get a chance to talk to various executives but I had a very brief conversation with Michael Eisner who stopped by my attraction one day and I spoke to Dick Nunis several times as well.

Neither of them was the person who said that they priced their tickets high, in part, to keep out a certain segment of society but the statement was made around other Disney full time employees and there wasn't any show of shock or disagreement.

Believe it, don't believe it. It makes no difference to me.

Without even considering race, Disney's pricing does tend to keep out large groups of unaccompanied young people. You do not see those groups like you do at the other parks. And, while as a kid I enjoyed running around like that...as and adult with two kids I appreciate the fact that it doesn't nappen much. I absolutely believe the high one price ticket serves to keep out those Disney would prefer to not come. I was just surprised an official would admit to that.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 8:59 AM

Actually, it was Agent Johnson that said that, not Crazy.

Disney will take anyone's money, but I think it's apparent that they would rather raise one day tickets to the point that you either can't afford to go, or are going to go for at least a few days. If that pushes a segment of the population out, then so be it, Disney isn't hurting for money.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 9:01 AM

I bought a one-day ticket to Epcot back in March. I was in town on business and decided to stay an extra day. Two nights at Pop Century plus a day at Epcot. Worth every penny. :)

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Friday, August 6, 2010 9:22 AM

Coasterfantom2 said:
The actual price to add two more nights is $89.50 per night. The current rate for the Pop Century is $82 a night. That means the park hopper w/waterparks and the dining plan is an additional $7.50 per day. That's a big difference over the $82 single day gate price. The package pricing isn't broken down by the room and the tickets separately, so I don't know where the discount is coming from.

If you go here ( http://thedailydisney.com/blog/2010/08/disney-raising-ticket-prices-once-again/ ) it shows the breakdown in price for the multi-day tickets at the end of the story...

Basically, once you get to the 4 day pass, each day only costs $5 more.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 9:58 AM

Ah, the annual Disney price increase. Just like waiting for those new ride anouncements, we also get to find out "Just how much is the 1 day 1 park ticket going to this year", followed by Gonch's annual remark about who buys the 1D1P ticket anyway. I recall reading an Amusement Business article when WDW hit $50 a day asking "How much is too much?" Obviously, there is still a lot fo room left now at $82 and no sign on it slowing down. Rideman told me once that we were having the same discussion on RRC whenever disney went over some milestone number - $20, $25, $29, $40, etc.

It's almost like Jurassic Park in that they know they can charge pretty much anything they want and people will pay it. Disney just does strange things to ordinarily frugal people. Case in point, about 6 months ago, I had a co-worker come practically screaming down the hall announcing to me that he had gotten his family reservations for breakfast in the castle. Yes, he has the family with daughters of the right age group for that, and after he calmed down from the initial exictement of scoring one of the hardest meal tickets at Disney stated "I can't believe I just dropped $300 to take my family (of 6) to BREAKFAST!" We're talking a guy who is normally very frugal in his spending.

No argument that there business model is planned around increasing length of stay. The meal plan, free airport shuttles and more further drives you into their hotels. It's truly a marvel to behold, really.

$60 for Cirque is a steal compared to what it costs to see Cirque out in Vegas. I think the face price of both my "O" and "KA" tickets were in the triple figures north of $150 nearing $200, per seat per show. I say face price, beacuse I also mentioned Vegas, and of course face prices don't mean much there either.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 10:21 AM

Worth every penny.

And that's the thing. Personally, I've yet to hit up Disney World parks (been to Downtown Disney a bunch). Not because of the price, but I've only been to Florida twice, and it just wasn't in the cards either trip because I was there for other things. I hit up USF/IoA both trips (and for the record, didn't pay face value either time).

I personally wouldn't spend $82 for a day at 1 Disney park, simply because if I'm going to Disney, I'm going for more than a day.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 10:45 AM

Acoustic Viscosity said:
I've gone to WDW for a single day on four different trips in the last two years... The price sucks, but it's all relative as mentioned above.

Yeah, but if you know you're going to go for a day here and a day there every couple years, you can just add the "non-expiration" option to the tickets. Even after the recent price hike, a no-expire 10-day ticket is $475, or for the mathematically impaired, $47.50 per day.

wahoo skipper said:

Without even considering race, Disney's pricing does tend to keep out large groups of unaccompanied young people. You do not see those groups like you do at the other parks.

I think it has less to do with pricing structure and more to do with the fact that most 15 year-old boys don't want to spend the day on Peter Pan's Flight.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 10:50 AM

Well, I'd argue that the Disney Studios is a pretty good park for the older teens/young adults these days. But, I follow you on the Magic Kingdom not being a draw for that crowd.

But, there is definitely a big difference in the crowd experience at Disney compared to the crowd experience at Universal. And, I'm ok with that. There is certainly room for both.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 11:37 AM

The things for the "teen set" always seemed to me to be like tokens to appease families that happened to be dragging along a teenager. There are a few things at each park, but not enough to make a group of teens actually want to hang out there.

YMMV, but I always looked at it as MK=kids' park, EC=adult's park, AK/HS=family parks.

Of course, we're still focusing on Florida. I guess California Adventure would be teen-friendly. (Then again, we see where that got them.)

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Friday, August 6, 2010 2:30 PM

I'm with some of you... I've honestly spent less time at Magic Kingdom than the other parks, and Epcot has easily scored the majority of my time.

wahoo skipper said:
Listen, I'm getting too old to make up lies just so people on an internet message board will think I'm cool.

+1 for so many things in that post.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 4:09 PM

Honestly...what would have possessed me to make that up? Geez. I guess I should have had the presence of mind to whip out my cell phone and videotape those conversations. Oh, that's right...a camera in a cell phone didn't exist back them.

I guess I will just forget telling them that I threw out (poorly) the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game yesterday. They'd want proof and then it would just be this whole big thing.

To kpjb...are Pixar movies cool to the teen crowd? Since DCA is going to be Pixar heavy I'm wondering if it is cool for teens to associate with that?

Then again, who knew teenagers would get a kick out of the same silly bandz my 7 year old likes? I'm over guessing what will be trendy these days.

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