Disney Is Rolling Back Some Price Hikes—Here’s What You Need to Know

Customers can also anticipate changes to the Disney reservation system.

Over the past few weeks, Disney has been reverting course on some of its newer policies. Under Iger’s leadership, dreams might be coming true when it comes to the rollback of a new policy from November—those increased ticket prices. Plus, there are some additional changes to reservations, pictures, parking and more.

Farewell to the need to wish upon a star for cheaper and easier park access. Here’s everything to know about the latest Disney revamps.

What are the Disney ticket price changes, exactly?

Following two Disney ticket price increases in 2022, lots of fans have been asking why Disney Park tickets are so expensive. Now, Disney is taking steps to address—and lessen—those queries.

It may not be as cheap as the Disney World ticket price when it first opened (it was only $3.50!), but Disneyland Resorts will offer its lowest-priced one-day, one-park ticket of $104 notably more throughout the year.

According to Josh D’Amaro, Disney’s parks chairman, the $104 ticket will be available “nearly two months’ worth over the coming year.” With so many cheaper ticket chances, it may just help you seriously save on your next Disney vacay.

While Disney World is not having any similar price changes at the moment, fans can rejoice about the modifications to their reservation system.

What are the changes happening at Disney World?

Lots of fans were not happy about both the price changes and the updated reservation system at Disney World. Luckily, Disney World annual pass holders can enjoy more of Disney’s newest alterations.

Within the following months, pass holders can visit Disney World theme parks without reservations post 2 P.M., minus weekends at Magic Kingdom. Home to Cinderella’s Castle, vacationers visiting the notoriously busiest Disney park on weekends may want to keep in mind how to skip lines. Ride lovers who purchase Disney Genie+ will also have free access to PhotoPass photos.

As an added bonus to the multitude of updates, guests of Disney Resort hotels can enjoy access to self-parking, which is now in effect. The adjustments are part of Disney’s hopes to “help our guests get the most out of their visit,” D’Amaro stated.

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What other changes are happening at Disneyland?

Disneyland is not only making adjustments to access cheaper tickets. On Feb. 4, the resort’s Park Hopper ticket will undergo new changes. Parkgoers will be able to “begin crossing over earlier,” from Disneyland to Disney California Adventure, beginning at 11 A.M.

As part of the resort’s 100th anniversary on Feb. 4, Disneyland will also allow park guests to receive PhotoPass photos for free. Finally, more of the resort’s Magic Key passes will be made available throughout the year.

According to Disneyland’s website, “the Magic Key program provides reservation-based admission to one or both Disneyland Resort theme parks,” that feature “a variety of admission opportunities, pricing options, experiences and savings on food, beverages and merchandise.”

With all these new changes, 2023 might just be the most magical year in two of the happiest places on Earth.

Sources

  • Disneyland: “Unlock the Magic”
  • Disney Parks Blog: “Disney Parks Update From Josh D’Amaro”
  • Fortune: “Disney tries to win back theme park fans by reversing some price hikes made under its former CEO”

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Jessica Kaplan is the Assistant Editor of Trends, where she writes lifestyle articles for Readers Digest, Taste of Home, and Family Handyman. When she’s not writing, you can find her listening to a podcast.