Prices at Disney are up – again, effective immediately

It’s no secret that the cost of taking a family to Disney World or Disneyland can be quite high. But, unfortunately, like so many other things in the world right now, the price is on the rise.

In California, Disneyland Resort has quietly raised prices in a number of categories, including park tickets, Genie+ skip-the-line access and even parking. These changes take effect immediately.

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The price increase for Anaheim’s parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) is the first in a year and includes single-day, multi-day and Park Hopper tickets, as well as Genie+.

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Walt Disney World ticket price increases were implemented in February 2022 and are not currently tied to price changes in California. However, Florida parks were not entirely spared. Daily Genie+ prices for Disney World are becoming more variable — and, in many cases, increasing. Some other costs at Florida parks have also increased.

So how much will a trip to the Disney parks in California cost? And how much will you pay to use Genie+ in Anaheim and Orlando? Here’s what you need to know to budget for an upcoming visit to the park.

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Ticket price increase

If you visit Disneyland on October 11, it will cost you $40 more for a family of four than the day before, with the average cost of a day park ticket increasing by $10 a night.

And dynamic pricing is still the name of the game at Disney Parks, meaning the more popular the day you visit, the more it will cost.

You’ll still see this dynamic pricing reflected in Disney’s new pricing, plus there’s a new so-called Tier 0 that keeps the base price the same for the cheapest, day, and park ticket: $104. However, the cheapest Park Hopper ticket is $169, which is $5 more than the previous lowest price.

For example, for the next few holiday months, you’ll pay the maximum Tier 6 price of $179 per day to visit a park (that’s right, a park for a day). But if you come back on a weekday in mid-January when everyone is back home and school, you’ll pay the Tier 0 ticket price of $104.

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Here is an overview of the prices for a day for 1 park with the Disneyland pricing structure:

Ticket prices for one day, 1 Disneyland park and California Adventure

1 day, 1 park (level 0): $104 (new level price).
1 day, 1 park (level 1): $114 (previously $104).
1 day, 1 park (level 2): ​​$129 (previously $119).
1 day, 1 park (level 3): $144 (previously $134).
1 day, 1 park (level 4): $159 (previously $149).
1 day, 1 park (level 5): $169 (previously $159).
1 day, 1 park (level 6): $179 (previously $164).

Full-Day Park Hopper

Park Hopper 1 day (level 0): $169 (new level).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 1): $179 (previously $164).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 2): ​​$194 (previously $179).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 3): $209 (was $194).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 4): $224 (previously $209).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 5): $234 (was $219).
1-Day Park Hopper (Level 6): $244 (previously $224).

Related: My Top 19 Tips for Saving Money and Having Fun at Disney World

Genie+ Price Increase

The Genie is out of the bottle in the Disney parks. That is Genie+ pricing.

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But it’s not just the price of admission that has gone up. We are seeing prices for skip-the-line service increase at the parks, as noted and reported by several visitors to the Orlando and Anaheim parks.

Previously, the cost to add access to Lightning Lane (which is essentially a paid version of the old FastPass program) to your reservations was $20 at Disneyland parks. Now it’s up to $5 to $25 per day per person. It does not vary by date. And like before, it still includes Disney PhotoPass for the day, which makes it a little more palatable.

Good news is a new Genie+ perk at Disneyland is that it now includes California Adventure’s SpiderMan: Web Slingers, so you won’t have to pay extra Lightning Lane fees for any of the ride experiences the latest and most popular in the park. (You’ll still need to wager for $25 access to Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane, which is up from $20.)

At Walt Disney World, prices for Genie+ and Lightning Lane access vary by date, which means the most popular days will be the most expensive. According to Disney blogger Scott Gustin, only sample prices for October are currently available and are $15 on the least busy dates and $22 on the busiest dates. It used to be a $15 all-dates package at Disney World (and doesn’t include PhotoPass access).

Additionally, at Disney Hollywood Studios in Disney World, you’ll need to pay a separate, expensive Lightning Lane fee to mount Rise of the Resistance. Maximum skip-the-line price is now up 25% from $20 to $25.

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Related: How to Use Points for Disney Tickets

Increase in Disney parking

But wait, there’s more. Disneyland is also implementing a price increase for Preferred Parking, which will now be $50, up from $45 previously. Valet parking at Disneyland Resort hotels jumped 30% from $50 to $65 with new signs already in place.

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The price for free parking ($35) will remain the same at Disneyland parks and resorts.

Rising Costs at Walt Disney World

While the price of admission isn’t going up (yet) at the Orlando parks, there are price increases at other areas besides Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.

Most notably, we’re seeing increased costs for additional experiences in Hollywood Studios at Galaxy’s Edge, where handcrafted lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop are now priced at $250, down from $220. And the cost to build a droid at Droid Depot is now $120, down from $99 before.

We also hear reports of rising food prices at Walt Disney World, with The Disney Food Blog reporting that hundreds of items have new high prices, and some character dining experiences have also gone up in price.

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At the end of the line

If you’re budgeting for a Disney vacation, be sure to check out the new pricing dynamics at the parks. These increases were immediate, so your day in the park today may cost more than yesterday.

If it’s always been true that being flexible about your park dates will save you money, now it’s truer than ever.

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