Disney Raises Park Prices, Weighs Plan for Fixed-Date Ticketing

In October 2015 Disney introduced flexible pricing at U.S. parks as an incentive for guests to visit during less busy times. Company officials said Sunday that this program will evolve in 2018 to address the visitation patterns of their guests

Disney Raises Park Prices, Weighs Plan for Fixed-Date Ticketing

Walt Disney Co said on Sunday it was changing the admission price for its US theme parks, raising the cost of some single-day tickets by nearly 9 percent. All of the increases are reflected on the parks' websites. A value ticket costs $109, a $2 increase from 2017. That's a $4 increase over past year.

"Value" one-day tickets at Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the Animal Kingdom will cost $102 for an adult and $96 for a child.

"Peak" prices will be set at $129 for an adult and $123 for a child.

A one-day adult ticket for Disneyland or California Adventure is $99 for the low-demand days, such as weekdays in May.

The cost to visit Mickey Mouse and his pals at Disney World in Orlando is increasing, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.

Disney also raised prices for annual passes.

At the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, annual pass prices are going up by just under five to just over nine percent.

"Given the small percentage of guests that purchase a 1-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts spread to attendance throughout the year", said Andrea Finger, spokeswoman for Walt Disney World.

Southern California residents still have rights to buy a "select passport" for 369 USA dollars but that pass blocks out all weekends and nearly the entire summer and Christmas season.

Disneyland ticket prices are seeing the biggest increases. Standard parking will now cost $22 per day, while preferred parking will cost $45 per day.

The new prices still reflect the amusement parks' ticketing policies that reflect popular visiting hours, with value-priced tickets, regular tickets and peak-priced tickets.

However, Sunday's move was widely expected as the park prepares for the 2019 opening of its much-anticipated "Star Wars" land.

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