Disney Parks and Resorts Surveying Guests about Possible Change in Ticket Pricing

If you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation you already know that a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom for guests ages 10 and older is $105 plus tax. A one-day ticket to the other three theme parks is $97 plus tax. But could those prices be changing?

Is Disney considering tiered ticket prices?Is Disney considering tiered ticket prices?

There have been many online reports this week from guests and other news outlets about an online survey that Disney Parks and Resorts is sending out. The survey is asking past guests their opinions on the possibility of paying more for theme park admission based on when they visit.

The email survey shows a price structure that includes a Magic Kingdom ticket priced at $125 for certain times of the year including the month of July and the winter holidays. Other tiers show ticket prices of $115 and the current $105 per day rate.

The other three theme parks also had proposed tiered ticket prices that were based on the time of year guests would visit.

A similar survey has reportedly been sent to Disneyland guests.

Disney has made no official comment on the surveys or on any potential of a new tiered ticket pricing system other than to say that they often survey guests on various issues.

How much would you be willing to pay for a one-day ticket to any of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on this survey.


Matthew J. Smith wrote on Sat, 05/30/2015 - 22:33:

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We always get a multi-day park hopper, going 5-7 days. How will this tier system affect that purchaser?

MojraL wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 11:07:

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We usually go during the non-peak times, and this kind of pricing would absolutely guarantee that would be when we go! I am a grandmother with limited resources, 4 grandkids, and a love for Disney! I save up my money so I can take them about every 2 years. Higher prices limit our choices: how often we can go, when we go, how long we stay...

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 13:45:

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Matthew - I'm afraid we don't have any more information. Just because Disney is surveying for something doesn't always mean it's going to happen. We'll just hav eto wait and see if anything comes of it.

MorjraL - Most of my trips are in the off-peak times as well because I don't deal well with crowds. I'm a little worried that if they switched to this sort of pricing that my uncrowded times of year would no longer be a sanctuary for me.

Lisa wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 14:56:

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So you'd pay more to go at more crowded times when you can do less? I don't see how that makes any sense. It will also make it harder for families tied to school schedules or teachers to go because it will be more expensive for them.

Pat wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:02:

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I am vigorously opposed to these tier increases. As a teacher, I shave always been restricted to visiting during summers and holidays. This price increase adds insult to injury.

Irene wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:06:

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I think there should be a senior ticket which includes park admission but not large, fast ride (roller coasters, etc) admission. We go every year and go into the park but never ride any rides except maybe the WDW RR, etc.

Shelly wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:13:

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I'm a Florida Resident. I used to go several times a year, then once a year. I haven't been in over 5 years now. They made it impossible for me to afford going.

cj mitchell wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:14:

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Why is this even a discussion??
you need a survey to tell you if people are going to like being GOUGED even more???


BarbaraH wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:20:

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Why? Why raise prices even higher? Millions of people visit the Disney Parks each and every year ( for those who can afford it), you cannot tell me that Disney is hurting financially. This is pure greed plain and simple!

Steven wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:20:

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Yes: no longer charge for children under age 6.
Lower prices all around for children 6-12 and lower for 13-adults.

Pat Deck wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:26:

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We get multi-day passes but they are becoming more and more out of reach for us as a family of 5. My children are in school and we are limited to the times we are able to come as it is. To punish us because we are only able to come during school breaks limits further Disney trips. Resort prices are higher as it is during peak seasons now. Adding hundreds more makes out of reach for us.

Nanny Janie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:36:

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Enough is enough! Even though I am a Florida a Resident and can take advantage of the resident discounted passes, we have friends and family that visit and enjoy going to theme parks. Increasing your prices does not make them feel the magic. Now they stay off property and rent strollers from outside sources. Universal Studios is looking better to them. They will let you buy a 2 day ticket and get a 3rd day free right now. The only thing this new idea will do is increase the crowds on the off peak times. Good for Disney, bad for the rest of us!

Killnme wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:52:

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What will this mean for Annual Passholder renewal prices?

Susan wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:19:

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I don't think we (my husband and I), will be able to take much more price increases. We used to be able to go about 4-5 times a year with our annual passes. Now it's down to a couple of times a year. If they go much higher, we will have to stop. Along with theme park tickets and passes, the prices at the resorts also seem to rise at the same time. The value resort is coming closer to moderate resort prices. Please don't price out all but the wealthy Disney. Thank you.

Kathy R. wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:21:

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I feel the pricing system that is currently in place should stay the same. The resorts are already pricing accommodations based on the time of year. If you increase the park tickets to match the peak/off-peak schedule you are making an already very expensive vacation to potentially too expensive. We do not go during peak season, but we are not able to go during off-peak because of school and work schedules. We value the amount of time our children are missing school, but also value the family time we are able to spend at Disney. Don't make it harder.

Debbie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:22:

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I think the prices are high already - I would hate to think that I would have to find someplace else to visit when schools are closed because I wouldn't be able to afford Disney as many times a year as I do now.

Bo wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:23:

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They have already priced me out, I have been a Florida Resident Weekday select passholder and while I go anytime I want, there just isn't any slower times.

Debbie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:32:

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we LOVE WDW and find a way to pay so we can go but is it really fair to ask how much someone is 'willing' to pay? By that I mean it sounds like you plan to charge the highest price you can get agreement on and that feels more like you are taking advantage instead of trying to calculate what you can afford to provide this service for. Prices are high enough now that we can not afford to buy any really nice souvenirs or eat at the beat restaurants when we are there because we spend so much money with a family of 5 on weekly park passes and lodging. I'm not complaining that we can't do those things because we are just happy that we get to visit the parks but would be nice if you could keep the prices close to where they are now for a while longer.

Anna wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:33:

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The only reason my family can afford to go is because we are Florida residents. Raising the price again (after just increasing it) seems a bit greedy. And paying a premium for certain times increases my perception of greed.

Stephanie Marie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:52:

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My parents took me to Walt Disney World for the first time when I was 21 years old, i am going to be 28 soon and from the first trip till now I was taking my fiancé at least twice a year and we plan on taking our honeymoon there come October... But as each year passes I find it harder and harder to find the money to go anymore and the prices now are high especially because when I go I always get the dining plan when I first started to go it wouldn't be more then $1,500 for two people plus dining now it costs over $2,000 just to go for 5 days if the price's change how can we continue to go every year or at some point bring our children.... Please keep the prices affordable I don't want to stop going to the place I love the most!

kate wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 16:56:

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I think that all the parks should be priced the same and it shouldn't matter whether you go in high, holiday or low season. For their special events -- Halloween -- you have to pay additional price on top of park admission so are they going to make these part of the higher price ticket too ?

mamagski wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 18:40:

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Way too much money. WAY too much. It is so crowded at those times, it's hardly worth going as it is.

Debbie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 18:46:

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FL residents and there families should get discounted prices for "everything."
We would go several times a year instead of "never!"

Winter wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:01:

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I don't agree with this. Just make it the same across the board. I think they'd get more people coming if they gave say special perks for coming during off season. Like half price parking or free meals or something like that.

Michelle wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:18:

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I try to go when we have a few days off work , it doesn't
Always happen during special months. If the
Prices keep going up we will be forced
to go someplace closer to home as I live in Alabama
Having 4 grandchildren cost a lot now but
any higher we won't
Plus the going to Epcot was disappointed this year
We were so excited to get to see Off Kilter and they were not there
So I am pretty sure Epcot is off our list

frank wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:29:

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I understand that WDW is a business. I describe WDW as the most "perfect rip-off" ever devised. Don't hate me, because I too, am a Disney addict. It costs a ton of money, but after 6 visits and a planned 7th, we're "hooked". Disney does deliver what they've said...making magical memories. They'll raise the park tix and people will still pay. I just hope they don't "jump" too high, too fast. Carry on, Disney!

David Francis wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:32:

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It will certainly put up prices for the brits who cannot take children out of school during term time or face fines and jail threats. There will be a tipping point when crowds stop growing or Start to decrease.

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Diana P wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:45:

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How will this affect annual pass holders. Will there be blackout dates or will the prices of an AP increase if they make this change? As a grandparent, we like to take our grandchildren to the parks. If the prices increase anymore then they already have, we will have to try to take them when the park isn't so busy. This makes it difficult to do when family vacations have to work around the school year. Prices for everything are already higher during school vacation times. We would have to probably reduce the number of days we go to Disney and take a day or two to one of the other theme parks since they have better price deals.

Lonnie T. wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 19:56:

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Disney tickets just are overpriced already and are hurting the average family and certainly the lower waged families from ever getting to go.

Debra Rorie wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 20:30:

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I love Disney. I go every year. But, I also believe it doesn't matter what any of us say. Perhaps they will read the comments, but in the end, they will do what they want to do.

Tom wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 21:30:

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Oh heck no! Dropped from annual passholder after 10 years because I got priced out. Now? Can barely go once a year. This is too much.

Terri wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:19:

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Price hikes happen I understand that we buy multi day tickets so will this effect those prices too? All that being said it seems there is a price increase every year over the last few years. At this pace Disney will price it's self out of most families budget including our family

Misty wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:23:

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I love to visit Disneyland & disneyworld but I,m unable to afford the high prices that are not family affordable after you book hotel& fight it really unaffordable to purchase park tickets that are unreadable in cost .When I go for a family of 6 it usually cost me for the park hopper with water park for a 5-7 day stay around $1500.00 when you on a budget it is just to mush and after including food & buying souvenirs along the way most family's can't afford to take there kids to the happiest place on earth at the current $ cost. I really hope the management and personal making the cost really start helping families afford to go to there Disney parks. Higher cost will for sure keep me away in the further every year the cost go up and it is just per greed. Have some understanding for people on fixed income.

Vicky wells wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:33:

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We love to go in just for one day in magic kingdom it last time was 2009 as prices still same ... We coming back in July for 2 week I'm hopeful to go in for a day...
It out last time flying over to Disney world thus year as far to much money while living in U.K ...

Mykaela Carlton wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:35:

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My family and I have gone to Disney World for about the last 6 or 7 years. Last year I personally had to save up the money for the park tickets because my parents just couldn't afford it all. I'm sad to say that If the prices go up I don't think i'll ever be able to enjoy the wonderful magic of Disney World ever again. And that makes me very sad. I always enjoy going on our vacations and I almost think I wouldn't go without the promise of being able to enjoy my favourite part of the vacation. It's hard enough affording it as it is. Don't they realize if they lower the prices a little more people will be able to afford it and more people will be able to go?

Karin C. wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:37:

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I gotta be honest I am not for this change! I also am wondering how this will impact the annual pass holders. I like during the less busy times of the year as my veteran hubby does not always deal well with crowded areas or intoxicated idiots. Plus we get to have some fun and not having to wait too long for rides, shows and dinner reservations. We do brave the crowds usually for the Food and Wine festival (our one exception). Also the times I take our Godchildren I don't always have the choice of going in the off times. I am bound to school schedules and when we can get them to visit from Wisconsin. It's expensive but worth it to see them smiling but if his Tier plan goes into effect we may just do passes for sea world and bush gardens (we live in Davenport) rather then Disney. Even Universal studios might be a cheaper although not necessarily preferred way to go. Just my opinion.

Frank wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:37:

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how will this effect the annual passes

Frank wrote on Sun, 05/31/2015 - 23:37:

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how will this effect the annual passes

Traci wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 00:59:

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I think a price hike is ridiculous. It is already barely affordable. Walt is rolling in his grave. Disneyland & WDW is supposed to be for all families. A price hike guarantees it is not

Matt P wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 02:38:

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I wouldn't get too worried that the "slow" season will all of a sudden become crowded. The reason that the peak seasons are swamped is because those are the only dates that most families who have to adhere to a school schedule can take a vacation. Raising ticket prices will not discourage them from going much, and it certainly won't increase their odds of taking their kids out of school for a vacation. School attendance is penalized too heavily for most people to consider that. If anything, this ticket price structure benefits off-season attendees by keeping your costs level compared to today's year-round prices.

Michele S wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 02:56:

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If Disney keeps raising the prices, they are going to push away their loyal customers. These are hard times and people can't afford expensive trips. The government allowed the airlines to consolidate and now we gave high airline prices. I along with most parents can't afford to fly the whole family to Florida or California, so we have to add extra vacation days to accommodate the driving to Disney. I may have to spend all my hard earned money at Universal Studios or on a cruise. Oh, by the way, a Disney cruise is too pricey for a family of four. No wonder Carnival, RCCL and NCL get a lot of customers and repeat cruisers. It hurts not to choose Disney but it is obvious you don't need my business.

Iris Jones wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 02:56:

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Dear Disney,
I am afraid in the last few years, the off seasons have not been so quiet. We go in the off season, but with all this blasted free dining, it's been way too crowded for my taste.
I am not getting why they would ask if anyone would "vote" to pay more. Just stop with the free dining and all is well again.

Nuts, not for the price, but for the crowds, I am debating going on my annual treck to WDW at all. I have not booked yet, and may just go somewhere else, like, dare I say it, Universal.

Unhappy in Michigan

KathyH wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 03:22:

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i sincerely believe that Disney does not need to raise its ticket prices, and Walt would be horrified if he knew how difficult it has become for the average family to plan a Disney vacation. The prices are too high for a one day ticket to ANY of the parks, and not everyone wants to do the park hoppers. My daughter has only been once, with U.S. When she was 13. She now has 3 boys 17, 14 & 11 and they have never been, nor their dad, and it is impossible for them to go and will be for quite some time. It's a shame, they want to go so badly but it is not affordable for them on their income. Even at $80 a ticket, that would cost them $400 for one park! There should be better park-hopper pkg deals and PLEASE DO NOT RAISE PRICES! And not for special times of the year, that's not fair!

Justin wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 04:42:

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In my opinion, it's TWDC. They know what they're doing. I don't think I would say it's just them putting money in their pockets - they're smarter than that. I would love to see tickets get and stay under $100 though.

NJL wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 09:53:

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I am disappointed in the continuous price increases both for residents and non. You're pricing out way too many of your loyal guests. Also extremely disappointed that you no longer offer non-expiring. I am holding onto my last 14 days and am using them wisely. When gone? Who knows.
I'll still stay at your resorts but will visit the parks less.

Kathie R wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:12:

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Disney pricing is just getting too complicated and too expensive. We usually visit in the off season and this kind of new pricing would continue to guarantee we would go during these times.

Disneyjulie wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:21:

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I think it just makes life very confusing. You already have to contend with bigger crowds in July etc. so why be penalized if thats the only time some people can come due to school holidays etc. In the UK we get a 14 day hopper ticket for around £300, how would it work with that?

Kjaristi wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:27:

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We buy our tickets months ahead of time and for multiple days. It takes us a lot of time to plan a trip and would be horrific if we found the tickets we paid for wouldn't work with the times we wanted to go. It's already a major expense, don't complicate it with different pricing schedules.

tigger2esq wrote on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:30:

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I am just curious how they think this would even work? particularly for those who don't book a resort package through Disney. It seems to me that you would have to purchase tickets for specific days and thus it would prevent you from prepurchasing tickets in the event your plans change. For example: I decide I want to go to Disney in May. I buy my tickets for the week but something comes up and I have to push my stay to July. Now what? I need to pay the difference? What if the opposite is true. do I get a refund? it seems that they are considering going strictly to "length of stay" passes which is a bit of a bummer. particularly for those families who might not necessarily want to go to a park each and every day they are at Disney. We used to always buy the 10 day park hopper no-expiration to reduce the per day cost. We were sad to see Disney eliminate that option and it will certainly affect how we visit Disney in the future.

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