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When Walt Disney World first opened in 1971, it cost $3.50 to go and enjoy the park. The first price increase to $3.75 came just a few months later, and by 1975 prices had increased to $6.00 for general admission. Right out of the gate, Walt Disney World and Disneyland set a precedent of raising prices most years (sometimes three times in one year!), and this year will be no exception for the annual increases. In 2017 a peak season one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom was $124, and now in 2018 that will cost you $129. That price is per adult, before tax, and does not include parking. The cost of regular and value season tickets, annual passes, children’s tickets, and parking are all going up, too.
To erase any thoughts of these price increases just keeping up with inflation or similar, the minimum wage in 1971 was $1.60 per hour, so even those earning minimum wage could earn a ticket into the park by working just a little over two hours. Now the minimum wage varies some by state, but using the Florida minimum wage of $8.25 per hour, someone would have to work close to 16 hours just for one peak ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom. Ouch.
However, the parks are full, attendance is up, profits are good, and I don’t see Disney backing off this trend of ticket price increases anytime soon. Let’s look at how Disney ticket prices are on the rise in 2018, and then how to beat them.
2018 One-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket Prices
- $109 Value ($2 increase)
- $119 Regular ($4 increase)
- $129 Peak ($5 increase)
2018 Other Disney World Park Prices
- $102 Value ($3 increase)
- $114 Regular ($7 increase)
- $122 Peak ($3 increase)
2018 One-Day Disneyland Ticket Prices
- $97 Value (no increase)
- $117 Regular ($7 increase)
- $135 Peak ($11 increase)
The prices listed above are without tax, so expect to pay $137.39 for a one-day adult peak season ticket to the Magic Kingdom once you factor in tax. Parking at Walt Disney World will increase $2 per day to $22, and preferred parking will increase $5 per day to $45. Annual passes increase $70 to $849 and Premium Annual Passes increase $80 to $949. But wait, it gets worse. Right now only single-day tickets are subject to peak pricing levels while the more popular multi-day tickets have a static price throughout the year, but Disney has indicated that this may be changing later this year to help even out crowds.
How to Beat the 2018 Disney Ticket Price Increases
You can’t outrun the Disney ticket price increases forever, but if you are 100% sure you are going to the parks in 2018, you can beat the increases for a little while by buying your Disney tickets via Undercover Tourist ASAP before they run out of their current ticket stock at the old prices. I almost always buy my Disney tickets through them (preferably with an Amex Offer), and you can save a bit over the new Disney direct prices by purchasing tickets right now. Below are some example price comparisons between purchasing Disney World one park per day tickets directly from Disney and via the current UnderCover Tourist remaining ticket stock.
|Disney Adult||UCT Adult||Disney Child||UCT Child|
Be aware you must use your Disney tickets purchased from UnderCover Tourist in 2018. If you are a subscriber to the MouseSavers Newsletter and go through that link to get to UnderCover Tourist, you save a couple more dollars on the tickets than what is displayed below. If you still have some Chase Sapphire Reserve $300 annual travel credit to use, charges from UnderCover Tourist have historically counted towards that credit.
We plan to go to Disney this summer right before my youngest turns 3-years-old as she will still be free to get into the parks. We may very well purchase park tickets for the rest of us from UnderCover Tourist ASAP in order to avoid the newest round of Disney ticket price increases.
If beating these ticket prices increases have you thinking about putting together a Disney trip, head here to learn more about our Disney tips, tricks, and reviews. How do the Disney price increases play into your family’s Disney strategy?
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