Just announced were some pretty massive 2019 price increases at Disney World today and there’s head shaking and shoulder shrugging amuck (tribute to Hocus Pocus here.). So, what three things have gone up recently that will make you spend more money on your Walt Disney World visit? Here are three things you’ll be paying more for in 2019 at Disney World – and one way to save money, too.
You know me. I adore Walt Disney World (WDW) and seldom bat an eyelash at price increases. To me, it’s worth the increase if there’s an increase in park attractions. But today, I have to admit, there were some significant jumps in three major places. Here’s what you need to know about price increases at Disney World effective immediately and into 2019.
1. Walt Disney World Theme Park Parking Increases
Do you drive to WDW or rent a car? If you choose to drive to the theme parks (and you’re staying offsite), you’re going to be paying more effective today. Here’s the pricing tier:
- Regular automobiles: $25 per day (up from $22)
- Oversized Vehicles: $30 per day (up from $27)
- Preferred Parking: $50 per day (up from $45)
Tip: Keep in mind, though, that you’ll only need to pay once per day. Keep your parking receipt if you plan to park hop.
2. Walt Disney World Annual Pass Increase
My family and I have been loving the benefits of a Walt Disney World Platinum Annual Pass compliments of the perks (free theme park parking, dining & shopping discounts) but we’ll paying more in 2019. Here’s the pricing structure:
Disney Platinum Annual Pass
- Florida Resident now $749 (was $729)
- All other guests $894 (was $849)
Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass
- Florida Resident now $849 (was $829)
- All other guests now $994 (was $949)
Disney Gold Annual Pass (Florida Residents and DVC Members only)
- $609 (was $589)
Disney Silver Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)
- $479 (was $439)
Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)
- $79 (was $74)
Epcot After 4 Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)
- $289 (was $279)
Disney Weekday Select Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)
- $319 (was $289)
3. Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets
We’ve known for a while that a tiered pricing structure was going into effect, and today’s the official first day of the change. Each day’s pricing is based on the date you choose, too. If this sounds confusing, it’s because it is.
What you’ll need to do is to log into your My Disney Experience app or head to the official WDW website. You’ll choose your type of ticket (Base or Park Hopper) ans then how many days of tickets you want. The more days you’ll be in the theme parks, the less it will cost per day.
Next, you’ll be shown a calendar with price per day blocks. You’ll choose the first day you want to use the tickets then. You’ll be able to see the total price per ticket (I used a five-day base ticket as an example) and the dates available to use them. You won’t have to use them consecutively, but will need to use them within the given time frame.
The next screen is where you’ll lock down your type of ticket. You may choose Base tickets, Park Hopper, or Park Hopper Plus. Base ticket pricing will stay the same, but you will see an increase on Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus.
WDW Ticket Flexible Dates Option
Straight from the WDW official website:
With this option, you don’t have to choose dates. The first day of use of your ticket can be any day on or before December 31, 2019. Plus, you get more days to use your ticket. When you add this option, you have 14 days (from first use) to use all your ticket days.
Making Mickey Lemonade Out of Lemons – How To Save Money on Theme Park Tickets
I always try to find something positive and this is it: if you have a flexible travel schedule, you can actually pay less per ticket by doing some research. For example, if you can spend time in the WDW parks mid-January instead of Christmas week, the price per ticket drops significantly.