Going to Disney World has only become more expensive over the years, and chances are that won’t be changing anytime soon.
Between park tickets, food, and accommodations — the costs can add up quickly. The last thing guests need are hidden fees tacked onto an already inflated price. But, in some cases, that’s exactly what “resort fees” are — and President Biden wants to stop it.
It’s no secret that your hotel stay will probably be a large — if not the biggest — expense on your Disney World vacation, but new legislation proposed by President Joe Biden seeks to change that (at least a little bit!).
During his State of the Union address on February 7th, President Biden commented on the Junk Fee Prevention Act. The new bill aims to reduce or eliminate unnecessary “junk” fees and hidden surcharges from things like bank overdraft fees, credit card late fees, airline fees, and more.
“I know how unfair it feels when a company overcharges you and gets away with it. Not anymore. We’ve written a bill to stop it all. It’s called the Junk Fee Prevention Act,” Biden declared.
How could this apply to a trip to Disney World? By tackling those pesky additional fees that are often added onto the rack rate for a hotel stay! The president went on to say, “We’re going to ban surprise resort fees that hotels charge on your bill. Those fees can cost you up to $90 a night at hotels that aren’t even resorts.”
Not only that, but the new bill could also make airline baggage and seat selection fees a thing of the past. Biden shared, “…we’ll prohibit airlines from charging $50 round trip for a family just to be able to sit together.”
According to Biden, he knows that junk fees “make it harder for you to…afford that family trip” and the Junk Fee Prevention Act seeks to change that.
As of now, this is only proposed legislation, but if it passes it could drastically change the game for travelers across the United States. Whether or not it passes and will have a big impact on your next Disney trip remains to be seen, but we’ll be on the lookout for updates.
In the meantime, stay tuned to DFB as we prepare to listen to The Walt Disney Company’s Q1 earnings call on February 8th. As Bob Iger’s first earnings call since his return as Disney CEO, experts are anticipating him to share his plan for restructuring the company, and more specifically, the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution division.
We’re also hoping to learn more about the company’s most recent financial reports and any big projects or other successes at Disney. Keep up with DFB for the latest updates!
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Viva C Bessellieu says
I think it’s a great gesture but these companies will simply increase their rates to regain those fees back. In the end, we as consumers still lose out.
Vicki Daley says
To the best of my knowledge I have never paid a resort fee at any of the Disney resorts except the Dolphin and the Hilton in Disney Springs. The hotels will probably just jack up the price of the rooms even more if they have to get rid of resort fees.
Michelle Mcleod says
I think the price on dinsey need to change for the park and hotel too they are too expressive for a lost of family who like to go to dinsey will they kids but can aford to go because of the price.
Dave G. says
My first thought was the airline baggage fees, instead of the fee for checked baggage we might now see $50 added to a one plane ticket. WDW now has removed the resort parking fee (definitely a “junk” fee). If the president wants to reduce unnecessary fees, let’s go one farther and reduce/eliminate those pesky sales taxes or resort taxes. The biggest problem with “eliminating” those pesky “junk” fees is the company will fine a way to still get the money, just in another way by other means. It’s just like the mantra of making big corporations pay their “fair share” in taxes, they don’t take it out of their profits, they raise the costs to the consumer and just make it an added cost on us.
Just my thoughts on this.
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The fees are one thing. The loss of perks is another.
Woohoo! I hope it gets passed and we know what we are actually paying as now they will just add it in the nightly charge. But I prefer that to hidden fees! Swan and Dolphin are a great example of this if you have ever stayed there.
Chuck Stratman says
While this plan sounds great, the price of everything the legislation is trying to cap will just be transferred to the rack rate, rental cars, airline ticket etc.
Alex Biello says
“I know how unfair it feels when a company overcharges you and gets away with it….
How about cutting taxes across the board and making the government budget better. That would have a greater impact on everyone’s money.
Every paycheck the government over charges me. For every purchase the government over charges me.