Disney ticket prices on rise in Orlando

Disney ticket prices on rise in Orlando

The happiest place on earth just got a little bit more expensive.

At Walt Disney World in Florida, a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom park during peak season increased by $5, or 4 percent, to $129.

Starting Sunday, "value" days for Magic Kingdom will cost $109 for adults and $103 for children, which represent a $2 increase. "Regular" times for adults will be $114 for adults and $108 for children, and "peak" tickets jump to $122 and $116, respectively for adults and children.

Disneyland is holding the value-season price for a one-day, one-park ticket steady at $97 and is actually dropping the price of a one-day Park Hopper on value-season days by $10, from $157 to $147. A ticket during "peak" periods will cost $135, an $11 increase.

"Given the small percentage of guests that purchase a 1-day ticket at Walt Disney World, extending pre-published, date-specific pricing to multi-day tickets will further advance our efforts spread to attendance throughout the year", said Andrea Finger, spokeswoman for Walt Disney World.

That's a $2 increase over ticket prices previous year on "value" days.

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The Florida-resident Platinum pass, with has no block out dates, now costs $729, up from $679.

The company says they hope the price hike will prevent overcrowding at the theme parks.

Southern California residents still have rights to buy a "select passport" for 369 USA dollars but that pass blocks out all weekends and nearly the entire summer and Christmas season.

The price for parking is also increasing. Managers of the company have been struggling for years to balance their desire to keep the parks full against the reality that they are crowded on a daily basis.

The price increases comes months ahead of the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer.

All prices changes are reflected on the official Disney Parks website.