**UPDATE** The Orlando Sentinel has confirmed that the Walt Disney World price increases will go into effect tomorrow, February 12, 2017.
What would the start of a new year be without some ticket price increases? The word on the street is that Disney is getting ready to raise ticket prices at Walt Disney World Resort.
If we take a look back at Disney’s ticket price increase history, they have increased ticket prices in February for the last three years. Disney raised ticket prices in June before that for three years straight. If we look waaay back, Disney has raised ticket prices every year since the late 1980’s. We usually see ticket price increases over at Universal as well, with the latest being in February, where a one day single park ticket jumped to $105.
What is the reasoning behind these ticket price increases every year? One of the main reasons is that both Disney and Universal guests usually don’t spend 1 day at their resorts, hence the price increase of the 1-day ticket tier, which is most likely the least popular option for guests vacationing at the parks. Disney’s multi-day ticket options decrease the daily price the longer you decide to stay at the park. To give an example, a 7-day adult park hopper ticket comes out to about $62.00 a day, or $439.00 for 7 days.
Other smaller parks, such as SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, cannot afford to increase ticket prices as much as Disney and Universal due to the continued backlash from a certain film about killer whales. From our knowledge, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld did not increase ticket prices in 2016. The last time we saw a ticket price increase from them was in late 2015.
Another questions is how high will ticket prices go? Well, to give you an idea, Disney raised ticket prices by 18% in February of last year.
If you are planning on purchasing a one-day ticket to Walt Disney World, take it from us, you may want to purchase it now before any rumored price increases kick in.