Disney has wowed guests again, and this time it has nothing to do with the magic. Disney World and Disneyland annual passes experienced a sizable price hike, and we have the details.
Basically, the system has gotten a face-lift and those changes are coming with a hefty price tag. Disney axed the Premium Annual Passes in favor of the new Signature and Signature Plus options. Before the hike, guests who wanted to spend every day at the park could purchase an annual pass for $779. That pass let Disney-lovers into the park anytime with no black out dates. The new version of this option – the Disney Signature Plus Pass – grants the guest admission the theme parks for 350 dates. Select days during the winter holiday are excluded – December 19 through January 2. Not only does the new pass have blackout dates, it’s also $849. That’s $70 more for less days in the parks.
If you want admission to the theme parks without restrictions, you need to pay $1,049 for the Disney Signature Plus Passport. The Plus version is comparable to the now retired Premium Annual Passes, but has a whopping $270 price hike. Essentially, Disney increased the price of the Premium Annual Passes by 35%.
It should be noted this passes do more than get you into the park. The passes also offer parking (which was also increased to $18 a day), unlimited digital downloads for PhotoPass, and discounts for select dining and merchandise.
The magic in Florida has broken into categories – Platinum Plus, Platinum, which replace Premium and Premium Plus Annual Passes.
The Disney Platinum Plus Pass gives guests access to all 4 parks and the 2 water parks in Disney World. This no-black out offering will cost residents $729, and non-residents $829. The pass offers the park-hopping option, and while it comes at a price increase, it now includes parking; which has also been increased from $17 to $20. This pass also features unlimited digital downloads for PhotoPass, and discounts for select dining and merchandise.
The Disney Platinum Pass features all of the benefits of the Platinum Plus Pass, but does not include the water parks or Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and access ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This level of access will cost non-residents $749.
The bottom line seems to be that attendance is up, and so are the prices. This is the second price increase Disney parks have seen in the last year. In February, Disney raised the price on select passes by 11%.
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