Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increase – December 2022

On December 8, 2022, Disney is implementing several changes and increases to ticket pricing for Walt Disney World. Firstly, they are changing 1-Day Tickets so there are different prices for different parks. The price range remains the same for Animal Kingdom, but it’s going up for the other three parks. The net effect is to raise the price of most 1-Day Tickets. The pricing of the Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus add-ons will change and will vary from day to day, and possibly be different for different parks. They’re also raising the price of annual passes (which are still mostly not available for new purchase; only renewal). 

We think, just based on Disney’s previous ticket changes, that it’s entirely possible that other ticket prices will be affected besides the handful of things they’ve announced. We believe it would be prudent to get any tickets you need for the rest of 2022 or 2023 before December 8 to lock in current pricing. If the specific ticket you need doesn’t go up in price, no harm done. But if it does go up on December 8, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for your foresight.

We go into more detail about the changes below.

1-Day Ticket Changes

The price of 1-Day Tickets is going up, on average, and will now vary from day to day and park to park!

For most of Walt Disney World’s history, the price to enter any of the theme parks has been the same. From 2013-2018, Disney did charge a bit more for Magic Kingdom 1-Day Tickets than for the other three parks, but stopped that practice in 2019.

Now Disney has restarted differential pricing, but with different prices for all four parks, in addition to the existing daily variation in 1-day ticket prices depending on predicted demand. Starting December 8, 2022 the price ranges for a 1-Day, 1-Park Adult Ticket (age 10+) for each park will be:

In addition, when you buy a 1-Day Ticket, Walt Disney World will automatically add a park reservation to your account for the day the ticket is valid. You’ll still need to make your own theme park reservations when you buy multi-day tickets.

Park Hopper & Park Hopper Plus Increase

Disney is also going to adjust the prices for the Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus add-ons (and possibly other add-ons, like Water Parks & Sports). They will now vary from day to day, and possibly from park to park. We expect the net result to be that the price to add Park Hopper will go up on average, though it’s certainly possible that a few low-crowd days might get cheaper.

We are pretty sure at this point that price increases to add-ons will apply to all tickets, not just 1-Day Tickets, but whether add-on prices will also vary day to day for multi-day tickets hasn’t been announced.

Read more about Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus

Annual Pass Price Increase

Finally, Walt Disney World is increasing the prices for most annual passes, as follows:

Renewal prices are roughly 15% lower. As of now, you cannot purchase any brand-new annual passes other than the Pixie Dust Pass (which is only available to Florida residents). However, you can renew an existing pass, and when you renew, you can choose a different annual pass from the one you currently have, as long as you are eligible for that annual pass.

Read more about the different Walt Disney World Annual Passes.

Our Recommendations

If you have a trip planned for 2022 or 2023 and you have dates, even tentative dates, buy your tickets or reserve your vacation package now and lock in the price. Remember that while you have to pick dates for your tickets, you can change those dates any time in the Disney World app. And vacation packages only require a deposit to lock in the price. As long as you don’t change major parts of the package, the price stays the same even if the sub-components on the package go up in price.

If you have a variety of dates that might work, buy tickets for the shortest, cheapest period you are likely to go. If you have to change those dates in the future, you’ll need to pay the difference if the new dates are more expensive, but you don’t get any money back for changing to less expensive dates. 

If you buy tickets from a discounted source like Undercover Tourist, you retain your discount, even if you have to change or upgrade your tickets later. Let’s say the original tickets you purchase normally cost $400, but you buy them from Undercover Tourist for $350. Great, you save $50! If you ever have to change them in the future, Disney will charge you the difference between the $400 the tickets were worth when you bought them and the price of the tickets on the day you make the change. So if your new dates cost $420, you only pay $20 for the upgrade. You’re still getting a $50 discount on the new tickets, because you’re only out of pocket a total of $370 for a $420 ticket!

And if you are an annual passholder and your renewal period falls sometime before December 8, 2022, definitely get the renewal completed by December 7, 2022. The renewal period for annual passes at Walt Disney World is 60 days before your expiration date and 30 days after your expiration date. If you’ve been thinking of buying a Pixie Dust Pass, the price is not expected to change, so there’s no specific need to rush.

For vacation packages, we recommend Small World Vacations. They are the largest and oldest Disney-focused independent travel agency in the world, and we’re proud to say we’ve been recommending them for almost as long as they (and we) have been around! They are dedicated to guest service and are meticulous and detail-oriented. You’re in good hands with one of their agents, and best of all, it costs you nothing! You get all the same features and benefits of booking with Disney, but with a personal agent you can email any time if you need to make a change or ask a question.

For tickets purchased separately, we recommend Undercover Tourist, and have recommended them for more than 15 years! They discount all 3+ day Walt Disney World tickets, and they actually offer refunds (with a small restocking fee) on those tickets for a full 365 days after purchase. The tickets they sell are the exact same tickets that Disney sells, with the exact same benefits. You can link them easily to your My Disney Experience account, use them with MagicBand or MagicBand+, upgrade them, add features, and so forth.