If you were thinking about picking up an annual pass to Walt Disney World that cost just jumped up a little bit. Only 8 months after their last price hike, Disney has just announced another Walt Disney World Annual Pass price increase.
Walt Disney World Annual Pass price increase
This move is too close to the opening of Galaxy’s Edge to assume it’s coincidence. It’s been rumoured for awhile that Disney has been planning to increase ticket prices in order to curb the crowds. Annual passes are a good way to do that becuase after an average of 2 or 3 visits per year depending on your stay you’re basically getting into the park for free. Not including the discounts.
What types of annual passes are there?
The first two types of annual passes are the Platinum and Platinum Plus pass. These have no blackout dates, include photopass and parking for free, give you 20% on select dining and shopping, and allow for park hopping.
The only difference between the Walt Disney World Platinum and Platinum Plus annual passes is that the plus gets you into the water parks as well.
Walt Disney World also offers a water park only pass that does not include any extras or discounts.
There’s also passes for Florida residents only and Disney Vacation Club members.
How much is an Walt Disney World annual pass in 2019?
Prices accurate as of June 18, 2019.
Unlike theme park tickets the price for annual passes is the same for adults and kids under 9. Kids under 3 are still free.
Walt Disney World Platinum Plus Annual Pass new 2019 Price:
This is an increase of $225 which is a massive jump, especially if you’re buying more than one. A family of 4 will end up spending $900 extra on their annual passes this year.
Walt Disney World Platinum Annual Pass new 2019 Price:
This is also an increase of $225, just like the platinum pass. In case you’re wondering that’s a 22% increase after just 8 months.
Walt Disney World water parks Annual Pass new 2019 Price:
Guess what didn’t go up in price? The water parks! Again supporting the theory that the reason for the increase is Galaxy’s Edge.
Prices also increased for Florida residents by various amounts. You can see those rates here.
STill a good deal
Of course, if you plan on doing 2 week-long vacations, live within driving distance to do several small ones, or purchase a lot of extras in the park it can still be a good deal. 5 days of park hopping for an adult is around $500, depending on when you go, so two of those trips plus dining can pay for the pass, and your third visit is basically free park admission.
Plus you can ride smuggler’s run as much as you want.