By Alix Langone
February 11, 2018
In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, Nick Foles of the Super Bowl LII winning team, the Philadelphia Eagles, celebrates in a Main Street parade at Walt Disney World on February 5, 2018 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
In this handout photo provided by Disney Resorts, Nick Foles of the Super Bowl LII winning team, the Philadelphia Eagles, celebrates in a Main Street parade at Walt Disney World on February 5, 2018 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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Ticket prices are going up at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but the increase shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Both of the iconic theme parks have increased their ticket prices every year since the 1970s.

Now, “value” day tickets for the Magic Kingdom will increase $2, raising the price to $109 for adults and $103 for kids, beginning Sunday, according the Associated Press. For “regular” time, tickets will increase $4, making the cost $119 for adults and $113 for children, and the “peak” price will be $129 for adults and $123 for kids.

If you want to go to the Animal Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood studios you’ll have to pay more too. Those one-day “value” tickets are also increasing $2, raising the price to $102 for adults and $96 for kids. “Regular” time will be $114 for adults and $108 for kids, while “peak” time tops out at $122 for adults and $116 for kids.

Disneyland ticket prices are seeing the biggest increases. The regular price of admission is going up from $7 to $117, while a single-day ticket “peak” ticket will cost you $11 extra at $135. The value ticket will still cost $97.

Disney tickets broke the $100 mark three years ago, when single-day Magic Kingdom prices were upped $4, from $99 to $105. Flexible pricing was introduced in 2016 as a three-tiered choice to prevent overcrowding, offering a value option, regular option and peak price option

Disney ticket prices aren’t the only thing going up — the number of people visiting the theme parks is also on the rise.

“Attendance at our domestic parks was up 6% in the quarter,” said Christine M. McCarthy, chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Co. on the company’s Q1 earnings call Feb.6, noting that “operating income was up 18%” over the prior year for its U.S. operations.

 

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