Last fall we saw Disney World’s Refillable Mugs, Minnie Ears, and many popular park snack and beverage options receive minor prices increases.
That was just the tip of the tiny price increase iceberg! Over the last few weeks, we’ve spotted several small price hikes. They may not seem like much at first, but when you roll them all together, they start to add UP! But what effect will all of Disney World’s little price increases have on your trip? Let’s examine each one!
Character Meal Price Increases
One of Disney World’s sneakiest price increases happened to many of its character meals. The adult cost for character meals (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) all increased $1. That might not seem so bad, but the cost of kids’ character meals cost all increased by $3-$4, which could really be a chunk of change if you have a lot of mouths to feed! Here are the restaurants affected:
- 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno in Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Garden Grill at Epcot
- Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom
- Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Storybook Dining at Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Akershus Royal Banquet at Epcot
- Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
How Can You Save?
Generally, character meal breakfasts can be significantly cheaper than character meal lunches and dinners. You’ll also want to consider which character meals are plated and which are all-you-care-to-enjoy options. While buffets can be slightly more expensive, they might be a better value for a hungry group since you’d be able to fill up your plate several times!
Park Hopper Price Increases
Disney World’s two Park Hopper ticket add-ons also recently underwent a small price increase. These options allow guests to enter all four Disney World theme parks (with the optional “plus” add-on feature to access water parks and more) each day that they have a valid ticket. Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus have both increased $5. Here’s the current pricing for both add-ons:
Park Hopper Pricing:
- $60 increased to $65 per ticket for 1 day tickets
- $70 increased to $75 per ticket for 2-3 day tickets
- $80 increased to $85 per ticket for 4-10 day tickets
- $80 increased to $85 per ticket for 1 day tickets
- $90 increased to $95 per ticket for 2-3 day tickets
- $100 increased to $105 per ticket for 4-10 day tickets
How Can You Save?
While we often enjoy the flexibility of having Park Hopper with our Disney World tickets, it’s totally possible to get by just fine without it. And since all Disney World resorts have a pool area for their guests, that’s usually plenty to get us our chlorine fix while on vacation! If you do want to spend a good portion of the day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, water park tickets can be purchased separately for around $69 per day per park which might save you some money in the long run versus purchasing a Park Hopper Plus!
Disney World Annual Pass Price Increases
One of the biggest price increases Disney World rolled out recently was for annual passes. As you’ll see below, both general public and Florida residents were affected by this price change.
- Premier Passport increased from $2,099 to $2,199
- Platinum Plus Pass increased from $1219 to $1295
- Platinum Pass increased from $1,119 to $1195
- FL Resident Platinum Plus Annual Pass stays at $999
- FL Resident Platinum Annual Pass stays at $899
- FL Resident Gold Annual Pass increased from $699 to $719
- FL Resident Silver Annual Pass increased from $519 to $539
- FL Resident Theme Park Select Pass stays at $439
- FL Resident Weekday Select Annual Pass increased from $349 to $369
- Epcot After 4 Annual Pass increased from $309 to $319
(Note that current Disney World Annual Passholders are eligible for discounted renewal rates.)
How Can You Save?
Many people visit Disney World frequently enough to justify the cost of purchasing or renewing an Annual Pass (AP), but with these recent price changes, it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re utilizing your AP status enough to make it worth your while! Be sure to take advantage of all the AP discounts on rooms, dining, merchandise, freebies, and more to help offset the increased cost of your pass.
Minnie Van Price Increases
Hiring a Minnie Van to take you to or from the Orlando International Airport used to cost a flat service fee of $150 (gratuity not included), but the fee just crept up to $155. A Minnie Van to Port Canaveral (which services the Disney Cruise Line) has also increased from $240 to $249.
How Can You Save?
Minnie Vans are a nice luxury to have but aren’t a necessity by any means. If you’re staying at any of Disney World’s Resort Hotels, Disney World provides a free, complimentary airport shuttle service called Disney’s Magical Express. The shuttle is also available to take guests from their Disney World resort to Port Canaveral for less money than a Minnie Van.
VIP Tour Price Increases
Many of us only dream of experiencing a Disney World VIP Tour with our very own “Plaid” (a.k.a. Guest Services Cast Member wearing a fancy plaid vest!), but these experiences run rather pricey. And now the price has gone up once again! The minimum length of one of these tours is 7 hours, and pricing starts at $425 per hour. However, depending on what time of the year you go, this base cost can fluctuate. While these tours previously peaked at $625, it looks like the tours have experienced an increase and now cost up to $750 per hour.
How Can You Save?
If you had your heart set on booking one of these luxurious tours, you’re gonna have to save up a few more bucks! To diffuse the cost, you can try wrangling in some friends and family members to help you split up the bill amongst the group! Each VIP tour can accommodate up to 10 guests including infants, so if you spread the cost around a group it could be much more doable!
Even though these recent price changes may just be a small increase from the previous prices, we understand how important every dollar you spend can be! These changes may mean putting extra money aside for an upcoming trip or restructuring your plans to save a few extra bucks, but don’t let these increases put a damper on your vacation! We always want to make sure you know how to get the most bang for your buck, so make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest price increases and other Disney park news! Check out some more of our favorite money-saving tips below!
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