It’s Official…Disney is Increasing Ticket Prices for US Parks Tomorrow

WDW Magic Your Way

With record attendance at its theme parks, Disney will be increasing ticket prices at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort effective Sunday February 22nd.

Increases are across the board, with only DisneyQuest, parking fees, and ECV Wheelchair and Stroller rentals escaping an increase. Most notable is the removal of the No-Expiration option on Magic Your Way multi day tickets.

Disney announced Saturday that one-day ticket prices will rise to $105 plus tax at the Magic Kingdom. Prices at Disney World’s three other parks are increasing, too, but at $97 will stay under triple-digit territory.

For guests visiting the California parks, an adult one-day ticket to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure will rise from $96 to $99. A one-day park hopper add-on will increase from $54 to $56. Tickets for children ages 3 to 9 will climb from $90 to $93. A price for a Premium annual pass with parking and no blackout dates will go up 11 percent, from $699 to $779

“A day at a Disney park is unlike any other in the world, and there is strong demand for our attractions and entertainment,” spokesman Bryan Malenius said in a prepared statement. “We continually add new experiences, and many of our guests select multi-day tickets or annual passes which provide great value and additional savings.”

Because of the multi-day tickets, along with Floridian discounts, many if not most visitors will actually pay less than single-day prices. Industry consultants say the sticker shock of a one-day ticket could push even more consumers toward those choices.

Prices are rising on the multiple-day tickets and passes as well. Basic Florida resident annual and seasonal passes will cost $529 and $329 before tax, respectively, up from $485 and $319. Renewals are discounted about 15 percent.

Predictably, some parkgoers were frustrated, even outraged, at the news, taking to social media to rant and rave.

“It is kind of ridiculous that Disney is raising admission costs,” said Tarisa McGillivray, 27, “It’s sad to think you have to spend so much to go to the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

Others took the price hike in stride and took a more reasonable approach.

“In comparison to say a concert ticket to a well known artist, Disneyland ticket prices are not that high for the level of entertainment you get in the parks,” said Andrea Bradshaw, 30, of Corona.

“I do think that Disney’s perspective is they’re a premium-priced, premium product,” said Scott Sanders, a former vice president of pricing with the company. “They believe that … there are some people who can’t afford it, but there are a lot of people who are willing to pay for the experience.”

Walt Disney World Shuffles Hotel Leadership


Disney has made some changes to the leadership team for the Walt Disney World hotels, including the changing of personnel, and creating new positions.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will each now have a dedicated general manager instead of a shared position. Kim Marinaccio takes on the role at the Grand Floridian, moving from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Norm Noble holds the GM role at the Polynesian after previously running both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian.  Kent Mitchell is moving from the GM position at the Contemporary to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village.

Overseeing the deluxe resorts will be Tracey Powell in a new position of vice president, Deluxe Resorts, based at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Tracey has previously held positions in Theme Parks and Resort Pricing, along with most recent roles in revenue Management and Analytics.

The changes come as part of a wider reorganization of the resort hotel leadership, which saw Josh D’Amaro taking up the role of senior vice present, Resort and Transportation Operations earlier this year.

Sunrise Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ending

Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Sunrise Safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be ending at the end of the year, on December 28th.

The tour, available to the concierge guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, goes on an adventure through both Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The 2.5 hour tour costs $75 for adults and $40 for children, which includes a breakfast buffet at Pizzafari in the park.

Jiko – The Cooking Place Announces Wine Dinner


Jiko – The Cooking Place is pleased to announce the following Wine Dinner…

A Pinotage Tasting – Thursday May 15, 2014 

The following details apply to this event:

6:00PM Reception Sunset Lounge Disney’s Animal Kingdom

6:30PM Dinner Dress Code – Business Casual Evening Attire

$160 inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Please see below for Menu Offerings for the Dinner

For reservations please contact Victoria Thompson at

This event is limited to 40 guests. This event is a credit card guarantee, and there is a 3 day cancellation policy.



Moroccan Rock Shrimp Tagine

Grilled Seitan, Delta Asparagus Jus, and Kenyan Style Mashed potatoes

Smoked Pork Belly and Green Mango Atjar

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon, Franschoek 

First Course

Butter Poached Lobster, Delta Asparagus, Chipolini Onions and Heirloom Potatoes

Southern Right, Pinotage, Hamel-en-Aarde

Second Course

Fiddlehead Fern Salad, Rocket, Duck Crackling, and Dark Cherry Vinaigrette

M*A*N Family Wines Pinotage, Coastal Region

Third Course

Egyptian Stuffed Squab, Liver Pate, Prunes, and  Dates

Spice Route Pinotage, Swartland

Fourth Course

Burundi-style Coffee Crusted Veal with Roasted Spring Baby Vegetables, and Ramp Emulsion

Side by Side tasting of Fairview Pinotage, Paarl


Tasting of Seasonal Peaches Local and Beyond with a White Peach Sphere

Fairview La Beryl Blanc Late Harvest Chenin Blanc, Coastal

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