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Walt Disney World increases ticket prices: Magic Kingdom reaches $99 for one day

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Walt Disney World Resort has unexpectedly raised its admission prices, with its one-day tickets approaching the $100 mark for its most popular park, Magic Kingdom. The new prices went into effect Feb 23.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World (WDW) increased it one-day, one-park ticket price by $4. A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom now costs $99 (plus tax) for adults, $93 for children (ages 3-9). A one-day admission to the other WDW parks – Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom ­– goes up to $94 for adults, $88 for children.

Walt Disney World also raises prices on multi-day tickets, passes

Admission prices to WDW have increased almost across the board, including multi-day tickets as well as annual and seasonal passes.

Multi-day tickets, called Magic Your Way, decreases the cost-per-day of admission to WDW. For example, a five-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket (no Park Hopper) now costs $304 for adults, $284 for children. A 10-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket costs $354 for adults, $334 for children.

Adding either the Park Hopper option or the Water Park Fun & More option adds $60 to the cost of the ticket, while adding both options costs $86 more. A “No expiration” ticket option is still available.

The Premium Annual Pass (PAP) to WDW, which includes admission to the water parks and DisneyQuest, increased from $729 to $754. Annual Passes for non-Florida Residents increases from $609 to $634. For Florida Residents, the price of an AP increased from $464 to $485. The Florida Resident PAP increased, from $584 to $605, while the Florida Resident Seasonal Pass increased $10, from $309 to $319.

A one-day ticket to either Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, Walt Disney World’s water parks, remains the same as the June 2013 increase. Admission still costs $53 for adults and $45 for children.

Prices for parking, stroller rentals and wheelchair/ECV rentals also remain the same.

For more information on tickets and passes, visit Walt Disney World’s official site.

That WDW raised its prices today came as something of a surprise to Disney fans and industry watchers. Today's price increases marks the second time within a year that WDW has raised admission. WDW’s last price increase occurred in June 2013, with Disney increasing one-day ticket prices from $89 adults and $83 for children. At that time WDW also added a tiered admission structure, where a visit to Magic Kingdom costs more than the other parks.

Not only did the annual increase take place earlier than expected, but the news was quietly released less than 24 hours before the changes took effect. Previously, Disney has announced such information on its official blog.

The price increase also comes shortly before Magic Kingdom will complete its New Fantasyland expansion by opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; that opening will occur in time for early summer crowds. New Fantasyland was officially dedicated in December 2012, with most of the land’s attractions open by that time.

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